If you are an individual who is interested in entering the field of experiential education, you may be looking for an opportunity to get involved with a program and develop your professional skill set through an entry-level position. At the North Carolina Outward Bound School, we offer two opportunities to do just that through our At-Risk programming in Central Florida - the Central Florida Internship and the At-Risk Instructor Apprenticeship. The key differences of these positions lie in the amount of previous experience that is required for each and in an individual's long-term goals for working with the school following the position. So which one is right for you?
The internship is designed for individuals who are seeking entry-level, holistic exposure to the Outward Bound process. The internship provides an opportunity to learn about multiple facets of our programming and can be a foot in the door for someone interested in pursuing work within the Outward Bound system or at another organization. It focuses heavily on the logistical support of courses while also providing field experience, professional development opportunities, and exposure to the processes of student-intake, family coordination and follow up, and base camp management.
Alternatively, the apprenticeship is designed for individuals seeking to become field instructors. It acts as a direct pathway in providing the training and mentorship one needs to become an Assistant Instructor with our At-Risk programs in Scottsmoor, Florida. The apprenticeship will provide staff with extensive student management training as well as the opportunity to instruct on up to three At-Risk courses in preparation to promote to the Assistant Instructor role.
North Carolina Outward Bound School offers an Apprenticeship Program for individuals interested in becoming Assistant Instructors and Lead Instructors with our At-Risk programs. The program provides an understanding of Outward Bound philosophies and operations and offers the opportunity to work hands-on with students on wilderness expeditions. Instructor Apprentices should be individuals who plan to make a commitment to working as an instructor with the At-Risk programs across multiple seasons following the apprenticeship.
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 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
Food staples provided
Room and board
Professional gear discount program
Travel stipend for required travel between base camps
We are currently accepting applications for our Winter/Spring apprenticeship, which will start in early January. The length of the apprenticeship may vary based on prior experience, but individuals can expect to work about one season (~4 months) in this position before moving into an Assistant Instructor role.
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Florida At-Risk Program Internship –> Logistics Coordinator
We're sad to convey that we are no longer offering an internship program. We have changed our previous internship program into a paid position that will serve the logistical needs of our Scottsmoor, Florida base camp. If you were hoping to apply for an internship with us, we are grateful that you want to learn from the world's leader in experiential education and are confident that the Logistics Coordinator position will continue to offer an amazing hands-on learning opportunity. If you are available for the time frames listed below and interested in learning more about our Logistics Coordinator position, review the details below and apply here: Logistics Coordinator Position - Florida
There are multiple contract time-frames available. Contracts begin in May and run through October or begin in November and run through April. Additional summer-specific contracts will run May-August. Contract availability will be discussed during the hiring process.
Mandatory training occurs in May, regardless of contract.
Compensation and Benefits:
Starting pay is $58/day with room for growth. (Range: $58-$70 /day)
Previous experience awarded with commensurate pay.
Room and board provided.
Eligible for pro-deal purchasing program.
Ability to attend professional development trainings for rock climbing, white-water canoeing, flat-water canoeing, and student management at no cost.
Valuable experience and understanding of the organization that can help one transition into an instructor role in subsequent years.
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