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Northwest Outward Bound School

  • 6400 NW 83rd Street, Redmond, Oregon

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Wilderness Program – Logistics Coordinator

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.


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$105.00 - $105.00 / day

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Job Overview

Working collaboratively with Course Directors and Instructors, Logistics Coordinators (LCs) support the intentional design of courses to meet the needs of their students and staff. They facilitate the packing of equipment and food, prep and drive vehicles, repair gear, prepare meals for staff and students, and restock inventory. The LC works directly with students and Instructors during course functions such as course start, resupply, or course end. They also work independently or with the logistics team in the warehouse. The workload for LCs is varied and dynamic, with time spent in the field sleeping at trailheads as well as time spent at the Base camp collaboratively creating and maintaining a healthy community culture.

Anticipated Start Date: Early Feb (Oregon program) or May 3, 2023 (Oregon or Washington programs).

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

Training: Attend, fully participate in, and complete 8+ days of tuition-free training beginning in early April or May, focused on educational, interpersonal, student management, and technical outdoor skills.

Safety: Manage risk appropriately, experienced driving on rough roads with trailers, proficient with manual transmission, and competent in loading and unloading trailers. Responsible for safe food handling practices both in and out of the field.

Role model and promote a culture of safety during work and while staying on basecamp.

Leadership Knowledge and Skill: Work effectively with students 12 – 18+ years of age and with students from a variety of backgrounds. Able to effectively work with staff who have different styles and experiences. Able to take initiative and carry out tasks individually and work cooperatively as a team member. Provide clear, effective, and timely communication to Students, Instructors, Course Director, Logistics Coordinators, and Administration.

Course Delivery: Work directly with Course Directors to plan and assist course logistical functions. Participate in course planning, including management of gear/food pack out, management of course transports, and coordination and

management of logistical course functions. Support CD and Admin team with course evacuations.

Educational Knowledge and Skill: Effectively plan and deliver engaging experiential-based lessons to achieve desired outcomes. Able to manage large group sizes and engage students in logistical activities.

Outdoor Knowledge and Skill: Efficiently manage students with gear issue and gear de-issue, able to follow/create organizational systems, able to camp outside for course functions, prepare delicious and healthy meals for 30+ people, and knowledge with gear, maintenance, or repair in one or two course elements including; rafting, climbing, backpacking, sea kayaking, canoeing.

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.

Special Benefits

  • NWOBS New Staff Training, stipend of $1200.00 paid in 2 installments during the training season which begins May 3rd and ends June 4th.
    • Professional development through training (in-house and external), including: Student Management Skills, Outward Bound Foundations, Equity/Inclusion/Diversity, Mental Health First Aid, Logistics, Warehouse and Driving skills.
  • Room & board
  • Employee Assistance Plan
    • Counseling, up to 5 sessions per occurrence
    • 24/7 Crisis line
    • Employer paid 100%
    • Provides up-to-date screened national resources and referrals including childcare, eldercare, legal, financial, well-being coaching, and case coordination
    • Valued at $1000 per case
  • Industry Pro-Deals, discounts from partner brands and other top outdoor gear providers.
  • 50% course tuition discounts for staff and their family members.
  • Individualized training schedules, development plans, and mentorship

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Must be available from early April or May until the end of August. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis.
  • Possess current Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certifications or willing to obtain one before the date of training.
  • 1+ years of extensive and comparable experience in risk management, experiential learning, and/or outdoor education.
  • Experience driving vehicles with manual transmissions (strongly preferred).
  • Experience driving large vehicles and towing a trailer.
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive work and learning environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people, to create an environment of inclusion and cooperation on course and at Base camp.
  • Experience working with students from a broad range of identities, and facilitating positive group environments.
  • Experience working in a team setting and ability to independently resolve conflict or seek support.
  • Awareness of personal biases and the impact (as opposed to intention)  that your language, behavior, or assumptions may have on those around you.
  • Have the willingness to actively engage in anti-racist, sexist, ableist, and all other oppressions, and continually implement new skills and learning to support the liberation of those within your sphere of influence.
  • Ability to take ownership and practice humility in your personal journey toward building a more inclusive and increasingly safer workspace.
  • Possess strong organizational skills, attention to detail, motivation, initiative, follow through, and commitment.
  • Experience working in a team setting with one or more colleagues.
  • Ability to have open, honest, and difficult conversations, including the ability to give and receive feedback.
  • Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all duties as assigned and maintain ample energy and focus to aid students and staff. Ability to carry and load/unload weight up to 50 lbs, and be on your feet most days, sometimes for long hours.
  • Able to sleep on the ground, camp outside, and has some experience in 1 of our technical course activities (backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, white water rafting, sea kayaking, and flat water canoeing). Knowledgeable with outdoor gear, maintenance, and appropriate use.
  • Willing to work a flexible schedule that may require early/late days and overnights.
  • Strong personal motivation, initiative, commitment, follow through, and passion for the NWOBS mission.

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