With over 50 years of innovation in experiential and outdoor education in the Pacific Northwest, Northwest Outward Bound School (NWOBS) continues to change lives through challenge and discovery. Our transformative and educational wilderness courses are set in some of the most dramatic and stunning parts of the United States. NWOBS was founded in 1965 and facilitates wilderness-based programs in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and also serves urban youth and schools in the Portland metropolitan area. As an Outward Bound School, we are committed to the core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, equity, inclusion and diversity, and strive to achieve the following outcomes: building character, developing leadership skills, and creating an ethic of social and environmental responsibility.
Instructors intentionally design inclusive and culturally relevant courses, build rapport with students, facilitate difficult conversations, and empower students in interpersonal and outdoor skills. They craft an appropriate progression of the levels of responsibility to meet our outcomes of character development, leadership skills, and an ethic of engagement and reciprocity towards others and the environment.
Training: Attend, fully participate in, and complete 20+ days of tuition-free training beginning in early May, focused on educational, interpersonal, student management, and technical outdoor skills.
Outdoor Knowledge and Skill: Skillfully manage students and risk in two or more course activities including: backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, white water rafting, sea kayaking, and canoeing. Please view the Minimum Skills Standards for this position and download our Outdoor Skills Log template.
Safety: Appropriately manage physical and emotional safety on course. Manage student groups in hazardous terrain (i.e. rough water or uneven terrain). Develop safety plans and manage emergencies per policy utilizing your best judgment.
Use effective communication in times of crisis including SAT phone use in the event of an emergency.
Role model and promote a culture of safety in the wilderness and at basecamp.
Course Delivery: Participate in course planning, including development of educational and outdoor skill curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization, and packing. Effectively assess student needs and facilitate lessons, activities, and discussions to meet student needs and achieve stated course outcomes.
Educational Knowledge and Skill: Plan and deliver engaging experiential-based lessons to achieve desired outcomes. Assist with delivery of student-centered courses focused on the NWOBS mission and facilitation of character development, leadership, and an ethic of inter-dependence and reciprocity to others and the environment.
Interpersonal Knowledge and Skill: Work effectively with students 12-18+ years in age who have never camped before, as well as students from marginalized communities. Work with staff that have different styles and backgrounds. Take initiative and carry out necessary tasks individually and work cooperatively as a team. Provide clear, effective, and timely communication to Students, Instructors, Course Directors, Logistics Coordinators, and Administration.
Uphold NWOBS values and expectations on course and at base: We commit to personal growth in areas of equity, and inclusion; to act with integrity, role modeling excellence and craftsmanship while demonstrating compassion and respect for the diverse lived experiences of peers, students and families.
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