The Lead Instructor is a mid-level position and stands at the core of Outward Bound course delivery. They hold the responsibility for training and mentoring the Assistant Instructors, creating and facilitating course curriculum, and upholding physical and emotional safety standards. Lead Instructors must have extensive prior knowledge of educational, technical, and interpersonal skills to meet the educational outcomes and safety expectations of an Outward Bound course. Lead Instructors will participate in multiple weeks of annual training to familiarize themselves with VOBS policies, procedures, educational approach, and local course area knowledge. The instructional team of Lead and Assistant Instructors are responsible for using a wilderness expedition or day program to deliver safe, educationally-effective courses using Outward Bound’s educational framework, outcomes, and values. During the summer season, the majority of work will be overnight expeditions with youth and young adults, including but not limited to, a diverse group of urban, suburban, and international students. School-year programming includes a mix of multi-day and day-long courses.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Minimum age requirement is 21 years old
Demonstrated teambuilding facilitation, top-rope rock climbing, river canoeing, backpacking, high/low ropes course facilitation experience
Professional experiential education experience (NOLS, Outward Bound or similar organization) with minimum of 45 professional days in the field
Wilderness First Responder certification

Required Skills:

Competency in expedition skills including canoeing, portaging, backpacking, campcraft, map and compass navigation, expedition logistics and decision-making, and ability to teach these skills to students or staff.
Can manage their personal needs and self-care without negatively impacting the student experience
Ability to lift up to 75 pounds
Ability to participate in moderate to rigorous physical activity

Preferred Skills:

Provide clear, effective and timely communication with co-instructor, Course Director and other staff.
Ability to be flexible and positive in a dynamic, team-oriented work environment.
Exceptional communication skills

About Voyageur Outward Bound School

We challenge you to change a life.
We challenge you to change your community.
We challenge you to change the world!

The need for leaders of character and compassion is great.

For over 50 years, Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) has changed lives through challenge and discovery. We know that personal discovery leads to positive transformation. Our students grow character and compassion through nature-based adventure. Our vision is more resilient and compassionate people for a more resilient and compassionate world.

Voyageur Outward Bound School is a charter of Outward Bound USA, the leading provider of experiential education for youth and adults. We design and deliver intensive single-day and extended wilderness expedition experiences that build and develop character, leadership and service through shared experience.

Application Instructions

Please visit https://www.vobs.org/connect/employment/ to fill out an online application

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