The North Carolina Outward Bound School offers an Apprenticeship Program for experienced individuals interested in becoming Assistant Instructors and Lead Instructors with our At-Risk programs in Florida. The program is designed to provide an understanding of Outward Bound philosophies and operations while working hands-on with students as an apprentice on wilderness expeditions. Instructor Apprentices should be individuals who plan to make a commitment to working as an instructor across multiple seasons following the apprenticeship. This position is located at our base camp in Scottsmoor, Florida.
At the North Carolina Outward Bound School, we are dedicated to the goal of building a vibrant, culturally diverse community of staff who are committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. In this effort, we strongly encourage men, individuals with disabilities, people of color, and veterans to apply.
Length of FL At-Risk Programs Apprenticeship
The 2018 Fall Apprenticeship Program will begin in late August. The Program begins with a 12-day wilderness expedition to train apprentices in technical skills, safety and risk management, self-care, student management, and behavioral theory. Additional trainings and skill development days will also occur intermittently throughout the apprenticeship to support individual development needs. During the apprenticeship, Instructor Apprentices will have the opportunity to instruct on one to two courses and work towards demonstrating the skills necessary to fulfill the Assistant Instructor (AI) position. A third course as an Instructor Apprentice prior to work as an AI can be arranged on a case-by-case basis. The time it takes for an Instructor Apprentice to transition into the Assitant Instructor role is dependent on scheduling, prior experience, and one's drive to demonstrate growth. However, most Instructor Apprentices can attain the AI position in three to four months. The Staffing Manager and trainers will intentionally place Apprentices on courses that will offer the most challenge and potential for advancement based on the skills that an individual brings to the position. Apprentices will earn a stipend of approximately $500 per month until their promotion to AI.
The Next Step
NCOBS Florida At-Risk programs run year-round. After moving to the position of Assistant Instructor, individuals may apply for full-time work. Full-time work requires a commitment of 18 months and is compensated with additional benefits like salary pay, priority in scheduling, a per-course bonus, and a housing stipend. Instructors generally work in the AI position for one to three consecutive seasons (4 months - 1 year) before being considered for promotion to Lead Instructor.
- Minimum 21 years old
- Experience working with youth – preference is given to applicants with experience working with at-risk populations.
- Current first aid and CPR certifications – preference is given to applicants with a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification. **Individuals MUST be certified WFRs before working as Assistant Instructors.
- Valid driver's license
- Experience in the outdoors – preference is given to applicants with experience guiding others.
- Ability to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity, including but not limited to running, swimming, and canoeing.
- Ability to lift and move a minimum of 50 pounds
Compensation and Benefits:
- $500 monthly stipend
- Room and board at a base camp
- Travel stipend for required travel between base camps
- Gear discounts
- Apply through our website by following the link below.
- Follow the directions for applying found at the bottom of the job description.
- Be sure to upload a completed technical experience log and application.
The North Carolina Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or parental status, mental or physical ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local law.