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4 Oct 2021

Full-Time Assistant Instructor

North Carolina Outward Bound School – Posted by ncobsstaffing Asheville, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

The North Carolina Outward Bound School is in search of individuals motivated to live, work, and play in the wilds of North Carolina. For over 50 years NCOBS has been one of the premier providers of wilderness experiences from mountains to sea. Individuals passionate about adventure, wilderness, and leadership education are highly encouraged to apply for the role of Assistant Instructor.

The Assistant Instructor position is an entry-level instructional role intended to prepare individuals for the Lead Instructor role. This is a full time seasonal position intentionally scheduled on a variety of courses throughout the season in order to gain familiarity with the Outward Bound educational model and the many ways it is facilitated. Assistant Instructors can expect to be staffed on courses with backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater paddling, and ropes course components.

The training and experience available through this position is a valuable step for anyone interested in a long-term career with Outward Bound or in the Outdoor Industry in general.

If hired, candidates must be available for one of the following New Staff Trainings, without exception:

  • March 15th – 30th 2022
  • April 26th – May 11th, 2022
  • May 12th – 27th, 2022

Instructing work will begin following New Staff Training and run consistently through September 30th. Instructors can expect 3-10 days off in between courses depending on scheduling needs, course load, or other factors. Field work is available into the Fall and Winter months for those interested.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists the Instructor in the delivery of Outward Bound mission, educational framework and required course components.
  • Participates in course planning, including development of educational and technical curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization/packing, and more.
  • Engages in clear, effective and timely communication with the Instructor, Course Director and other staff.
  • Participates in required staff trainings.
  • Consistently strives to give and receive timely, honest feedback with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Commits to own professional growth as well as improving technical and interpersonal skills.
  • Engages in the community of NCOBS staff, helping create and maintain a positive environment at base camps.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 21 years of age or older.
  • Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications.
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19.
  • Have exposure to and comfort with backpacking, camping, and wilderness living.
  • Must pass a background screening and be cleared to work with youth.
  • Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all course activities while maintaining ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and co-instructors. This includes:
    • Extended time on your feet – sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency.
    • Ability to carry a 40 – 65 pound backpack on and off trail for up to 12+ hours in a day.
    • Ability to participate in fitness events, like trail running.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the outdoor education/experiential learning field
  • Excellent leadership, organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Flexible, adaptable, and open to change.
  • Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow through, and commitment.
  • Able to effectively plan and deliver engaging experience-based educational lessons to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Able to work effectively with students of different ages and backgrounds.
  • Familiar with basic navigation using map and compass.
  • Excellent self-care and ability to oversee self-care of students in a backcountry setting.
  • Knowledge of environmental hazards.
  • Driver’s License held for a minimum of three years with clean driving record.
  • Willingness to drive 15-passenger vans with cargo trailers following appropriate training.
  • Prior exposure to rock climbing and whitewater paddling.
  • Comfort swimming in moving water while wearing a Personal Floatation Device

Compensation and Benefits

  • Pay is per diem
  • Comfortable communal housing is provided; laundry, showers, and internet included
  • Access to seasonal staff benefits (professional development training, staff expedition funds, pro-deal purchase program, etc.).
  • Meals provided from the community kitchen for the duration of contract

Application Instructions

  • Complete application found on our website:
  • Upload a technical experience / trip log which details any and all expedition, hiking, paddling, or challenge course experience you may have.
  • Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview.

Interviews will be completed in three waves: Mid-November, Mid-December, and Mid-January. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and offered an interview during one of these time frames. Applications submitted after January 31st will not be considered. We will reach out in a timely fashion to inform you of the status of your application once received. However, we appreciate your patience in waiting to hear back from us during this busy time. 

How to Apply

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: adventure, adventure education, Outdoor, and outdoor education. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

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