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.
NCOBS runs sea-kayaking courses during the winter in the Florida Everglades and during the summer in the North Carolina Outer Banks. Sea Kayak Instructors are directly responsible for the welfare and risk management of all students participating on courses and assure the delivery of the NCOBS mission. Because NCOBS sea kayak programs are designed to be self-sufficient and mobile, staff must be self-sufficient, innovative, and exercise sound judgment at all times. In this context, judgment is based on personal and programmatic sea kayaking experience, and staff must be considerably practiced in both arenas. Sea kayak lead instructors are responsible for the training of the assistant instructors and oversee the delivery of all course components and curriculum. All sea kayak instructors, lead or assistant, attend a sea kayak training in May in the Outer Banks.
The North Carolina Outward Bound School is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and vibrant staff community that is committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and veterans.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead and manage safe and quality sea kayaking courses.
- Manage all pre-course activities with co-instructor and Course Director.
- Coordinate evacuations and early departures with Course Director.
- Manage a student group and all emergencies.
- Provides students with site-specific briefings based on risk assessment.
- Teach all required sea kayak and NCOBS curriculum.
- Stay abreast with industry associations and standards.
- Provide support in additional tasks as necessary.
- Must be able to lift 60 pounds and participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity, including but not limited to:
- Paddling long hours in rough conditions, through the night, or over extended distances during an emergency.
- Camping in the field; bearing the sun and heat of the NC Outer Banks.
- Performing self-rescue and swimming in rough seas.
- Irregular work hours as necessary.
- Strong personal and professional sea kayaking experience.
- ACA Level 3 or higher coastal kayak instructor certification or BCU Level 2 Coaching + 3 Star Sea Assessment preferred.
- Strong awareness of risk management and a mature respect of the dynamic nature of marine based programs.
- Experience leading groups engaged in sea kayak expedition.
- Experience operating industry standard emergency communication devices.
- Fitness level appropriate for program activities and emergency situations.
- Current CPR and WFR certifications.
- Self-motivated with an ability to work autonomously.
- Strong leadership skills.
- Strong understanding of experiential education methodology.
- Able to pass MVR screening and drive NCOBS vehicles.
- Experience in course area preferred.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Starting per diem rate based on NCOBS credit level and prior experience ($70-$142/day). Previous experience awarded with commensurate pay.
- Access to NCOBS seasonal benefits.
- Access to broad pro-deal purchase program.
- Room and board provided during contracted work-agreement.
- Upload your cover letter, resume, and trip log to our website:
- Please include three references with your resume.
- Qualified candidates will be contacted to set up an interview.
- Applications are due by March 31, 2018.
Most of our hiring is done mid-February for this position. Hiring may also be done on a rolling basis depending on the needs of the school.
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.