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.
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).
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.
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