The internship is an on-the-job training program for individuals aiming to become field instructors facilitating expeditions for VOBS. Depending on skill level, experience, scheduling, and availability, some interns will be promoted to instructor the same season. Most will complete the 9-week internship and will seek to be re-hired as a field instructor the following season. Internships begin with 10-12 days of in-the-field expedition training, 5-6 days of introductory technical skills, and another 5-6 days of student management skills training. This is followed by 6 weeks of practical work supporting the program.
The VOBS Ely Summer Interns will perform a wide variety of duties on any given day or week ranging from supporting a rock-climbing day for students, driving to the airport to greet a new student group, or staining one of the many buildings on our 40-acre wilderness basecamp. The intention is for the interns to have a diversity of work that will deepen their understanding and appreciation of the position of field instructor, program management, how the basecamp runs, and how to work with students. The internship is designed to be an educational experience with approximately 40% of the intern’s time spent in student contact and approximately 60% will be spent supporting courses, course delivery, and the base camp community.

Role and Responsibilities
• Trainee
o Participate in a wilderness training expedition and that is modeled on an Outward Bound student experience and thus, is deliberately challenging.
o Technical Skills: Whitewater and flatwater paddling, rock climbing, top rope anchor building, campcraft, and navigation.
o Facilitation Skills: Group dynamic and student management skills, conflict resolution skills, expeditionary leadership, and decision-making skills.
o Program Function and Logistics: Gain awareness and skills pertaining to how a large program runs ‘behind the scenes’.
• Student Program Support
o Greet, supervise, and inspire students at the airport on arrival days.
o Driving during student transport including to/from the airport, to/from trailheads, and to/from technical sites using passenger vans and equipment trailers.
o Assist with gear issue on student arrival days or gear switches when (i.e. canoeing to backpacking).
o Assist at technical sites including rock climbing, whitewater kayaking or canoeing, and high ropes sites.
o Supervise students who leave the field due to illness, injury, or behavioral incidents.
o Support instructors and students in the Intercept (at-risk) program during their final week at VOBS where they are working to transition home and preparing to reunite with their families.
• Basecamp Support
o Assist field instructors during course preparation including packing food and gear, and setting up camp before student arrival.
o Assist VOBS Facilities Manager in maintaining the basecamp. This includes a variety of tasks that help the basecamp run smoothly and run efficiently.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Support Staff


Skills and Qualifications
 Strong desire to learn and eagerness to serve the mission.
 Exceptional communication skills.
 Passion for back country travel, community living, and youth development.
 Willingness to live in rustic conditions at Homeplace, VOBS wilderness basecamp, with a common dining hall and shared washhouse.
 Ability to be flexible and positive in a dynamic, team-oriented work environment
 Maintains motor vehicle record within OBUSA policies and procedures, ability to drive

Required Skills:

Working Environment and Physical Requirements
● Ability to participate in moderate to rigorous physical activity including, but not limited to, paddling, backpacking, running, carrying canoes overland, swimming, or rock climbing. High-output activity levels and outdoor exposure is varying weather conditions required, especially during emergency situations
● Ability to work a varied and flexible schedule including many weekends
● Ability to pass background & motor vehicle record check

About Voyageur Outward Bound School

It is the people that make Outward Bound the powerful change agent that it is - and has been for over 75 years. Our vibrant culture is comprised of individuals who are passionate about personal and professional growth, committed to serving others and excel at finding joy working with students in both urban environments and remote wilderness areas. Our work is demanding. We believe what sets us apart from the competition is Outward Bound’s core values and the enduring dedication of our professional staff. We teach to and work by the cornerstone values of compassion, integrity, excellence, inclusion and diversity.

Application Instructions

Please visit www.vobs.org/jobs to submit your application. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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