Apprentices perform important program support roles at the Twin Cities base, while simultaneously training to become an expedition instructor. They perform a multitude of instructional and support duties to gain a comprehensive appreciation for the instructor position and program management. Approximately 60% of time will be interacting with students, honing educational skills and gaining professional development and approximately 40% will be spent supporting the preparation, delivery, and logistics of courses.

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


 Understanding of experiential and outdoor education principles
 Maintains motor vehicle record within OBUSA policies and procedures, ability to drive 15-passenger vehicle with trailer in all seasons, minimum age of 21
● Ability to work a varied and flexible schedule including many weekends

Required Skills:

 Teaching or facilitation experience, especially in experiential and outdoor education settings; teambuilding, canoeing, top-rope rock climbing, and/or challenge course facilitation
● Ability to participate in vigorous physical activity including but not limited to running, swimming, backpacking, and canoeing
● Ability to lift and move up to 70 pounds on occasion, 40 pounds regularly

Preferred Skills:

 Desire to support inclusive communities and equitable education opportunities for students of many ethnicities, races, socio-economic backgrounds, genders, learning abilities, and ages
 Patience, flexibility, and ability to work well in a dynamic team setting.

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 our online portal at https://www.vobs.org/connect/employment/ to submit an application. If you have any questions or concerns please email [email protected]

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