Reports To: Instructor, Course ector, Staffing Managers
FLSA Status: Seasonal Exempt
Location: Wilderness Basecamps in the Pisgah National Forrest, NC
Founded in 1967, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is a charter member of the leading outdoor education network in the world. Our wilderness courses, from the mountains of North Carolina to the shores of south Florida to the peaks of South America, deliver our mission to change lives through challenge and discovery.
The Assistant Instructor position is an entry-level instructional role, providing familiarity with OB procedures, policies, and the local course area. The Assistant Instructor works under the ect supervision of the Instructor, Lead Instructor and Course ector and is responsible for supervising students, teaching OB curriculum and facilitating all course activities throughout the course.
The North Carolina Outward Bound School is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community of staff who are committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. In this effort, we strongly encourage people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, social viewpoints, and backgrounds to apply. Women, people of or, and veterans are highly encouraged to apply.
Time Commitment: To blossom as an Instructor with NCOBS usually requires a commitment of two or more summer seasons. Your interest and investment in working with us over multiple seasons and developing into a well-rounded Lead-Instructor is highly considered when making employment decisions.
In the NC Mountains, we hire staff for the following seasons:
- Spring Season: March - May
- Summer Season (Primary): Mid-May - August /October
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.
- Provides clear, effective and timely communication with the Instructor, Course director and other staff.
- Manages student group and all emergencies in Instructor's absence.
- Locates and uses communication systems in the event of an emergency.
- Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the NCOBS Policy Manual and LOPP's.
- Participates in required staff training. New Staff average 35-days of training in their first year.
- 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.
- 21 years of age or older.
- Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications.
- Must be willing to commit to multiple years of work. To blossom as an Instructor requires a commitment of two or more years.
- Have a level of competence in backpacking skills and experience that enables the individual to focus on the students' performance and not their own. Suggested 20+ days, some of which should be extended expeditionary travel.
- Must pass a background screening and be cleared to work with youth.
- Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all site and course activities and maintain ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and 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 complete fitness events that are 7 mountain miles. (Finishing in 75 minutes is an encouraged benchmark.)
- Bachelor's degree and/or 2-3 years' experience in the outdoor education/experiential learning field or any similar combination of education and experience.
- Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary experience. (OB, NOLS, lege Outing/Orientation trip or equivalent)
- 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.
- Confident in basic navigation using map and compass.
- Can assess and choose safe route through 3rd class terrain.
- Excellent self-care and ability to oversee self-care of students in a backcountry setting.
- Knowledge of environmental hazards and weather patterns.
- Driver's License held for a minimum of three years with clean driving record
- Able to pass the NCOBS driving test with a 15 passanger van and trailer.
- Able to teach basic climbing skills, such as movement over rocks, knots and hitches, and belay technique.
- Able to climb (top rope) 5.5 or better top rope.
- Ability to belay and rappel without guidance.
- Ability to frame and facilitate a climbing experience with students.
- Experience with ropes courses as a student or staff is preferred.
- Personal whitewater paddling experience and comfort on class ll and lll whitewater.
- Ability to perform basic tandem canoe strokes in both bow and stern and execute basic maneuvers.
- Competence in identifying & assessing river hazards.
- Ability to frame and facilitate a paddling experience with students.
Compensation and Benefits
- Pay is per diem and based upon the NCOBS field staff pay scale ($70-$142 / day).
- Rustic but comfortable housing is provided; laundry, showers and internet are available on base.
- Access to seasonal staff benefits (professional development opportunities and funds, pro-deal purchase program, etc.).
- Meals: staff receive field food while on course and are fed out of the common kitchen while on base. There is a cook who will prepare lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast foods are provided. While not working, staff can earn daily meals by providing 2 hours of service to basecamp.
At the North Carolina Outward Bound School, we are dedicated to the goal of building a diverse community of staff who are committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. In this effort, we strongly encourage people of all genders, races, religions, social perspectives, physical abilities and veterans to apply.
- Apply through our careers webpage at: https://www.ncobs.org/connect/careers/field-positions/
- Provide a cover letter and upload a resume with three references included.
- Upload your technical experience / trip log. (A blank copy for download is available through our website.)
- Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview.
- Applications are due by January 31st, 2019.
Interviews will be completed in three waves: Mid-November, Mid-December, and at the end of January. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and offered an interview during one of these timeframes. 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.
The North Carolina Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, or, age, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other category which may be protected under applicable local, state or federal law. NCOBS promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender entity or expression.