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17 Oct 2022

Part-Time Instructor

Charley Downing – Posted by Charley Downing Mazama, Washington, United States

Job Description


Reports to: Associate Program Director
Location: Redmond, Oregon or Mazama, Washington
Status: Exempt, per diem
Salary: $105 per day


  • Professional Development opportunities
  • 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, and technical skills training for the activities worked.
  • 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
  • Opportunity to apply for discounted technical training, such as Swiftwarer rescue and Single Pitch Instructor

Anticipated Start Date: May 1, 2023

Northwest Outward Bound School is currently hiring instructors that have at least one year of comparable experiential/outdoor experience. We are seeking applicants that are proficient in at least one, preferably two, of the following outdoor skills: backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, and canoeing. Instructors work in teams of 2-3 to facilitate safe, life-changing experiences for our students. Every instructor team is staffed with at least one experienced Lead Instructor (LI) that provides coaching and course area knowledge for Instructors. Most new hires start out in the Instructor position and promote to Lead Instructor over time. Every instructor brings their authentic and unique self to their role. The work is challenging, yet rewarding, and demands humility, creativity, flexibility, good humor, determination, and above all: compassion.

Position Summary

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.

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Possess current Wilderness First Responder and CPR Certifications or willing to obtain one prior to the start of training.
  • Proficient in at least one, with a preference for two of the following outdoor skills: backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, and canoeing. View guide for Minimum Skills Standards for NWOBS.
  • Minimum 1 year of extensive and comparable experience in risk management, experiential learning, and/or outdoor education.
  • Experience working with students from a broad range of identities, particularly students with marginalized identities, and the ability to facilitate a positive group environment on course, on base, and in any other NWOBS context.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people, to create an environment of inclusion and cooperation on course and at Base camp.
  • Ability to have open, honest, and difficult conversations, including the ability to give and receive feedback.
  • 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.
  • Ability to plan and facilitate activities, lessons, and discussions, including presenting culturally relevant and engaging lessons that meet learners’ needs and reflect their experience beyond their course.
  • Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all duties as assigned and maintain ample energy and focus to aid students and staff.
  • Excellent organizational skills, assessment of self, professionalism, and decision making skills.
  • Strong personal motivation, initiative, humility, commitment, follow through, and passion for NWOBS’ mission.
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How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Part-Time. Job Tags: Education, environment, non-profit, Outdoor, and youth. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.


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