At North Carolina Outward Bound School our staff are the lifeblood of what we do. We are committed to supplying the necessary resources and training to current and future staff members in order to strengthen and evolve the field of outdoor education through a focus on diversity within our staff. If you have any questions regarding the details of the scholarship opportunity below, please contact Devin Kearns, our Staff Recruitment Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hearst Fellowship is available to people of color who are interested in outdoor education and a career with Outward Bound.
Applicants must have a passion for working in a wilderness setting with youth, and prior experience working with youth is highly valued. Additionally, wilderness expeditions, rock climbing, and/or paddling experience is helpful but not required. Although none of these experiences are a prerequisite, fellows will need to demonstrate proficiency in these skill sets in order to be hired as an Assistant Instructor.
The Hearst Fellowship includes two components. Acceptance into the program includes participation in both elements.
1. Outdoor Educator Course: A fully funded 50-day course designed to train and educate highly motivated future outdoor leaders. The course includes technical training in rock climbing, whitewater paddling, back country navigation, and expeditionary camping skills. Participants are trained in group facilitation, behavior management, and character building skills. The course includes a 9-day Wilderness First Responder training, which is the industry standard for back country medical certification. More details and information regarding the OEC can be found here. The cost of the course is fully funded for Hearst Fellows. However, a $150 application fee will be the responsibility of the candidate if selected for the fellowship.
2. Employment with North Carolina Outward Bound School: Following participation on the OEC, an individualized plan will be developed with the scholarship recipient to work for NCOBS based on their interests and abilities. There is no guarantee that a fellow will work their first season as an Assistant Instructor, although this is an encouraged pathway so long as it aligns with the fellow's skill set, interest, and the needs of the school. Should this be the case, fellows may participate in an Instructor New Staff Training. In the NC Mountains, these occur in March and May; In Florida, these occur in May, September, and January. Scholarship recipients may also work in various other capacities within the school depending on their interest, previous experience, and performance on the OEC. Hearst Fellows are expected to work for the school for an employment period of four months following the OEC and will be provided with opportunities to expand their professional skill set as identified in their initial development plan. Further employment beyond this period is encouraged and opportunities for continued development within the school will be provided.
HOW TO APPLY
Please note: Hiring for this Fellowship has been put on hold until further notice due to business interruptions from COVID-19.
Please indicate the following in your letter of interest:
What excites you about working for the North Carolina Outward Bound School?
Strengths you would bring to the position?
Any prior wilderness experience (professional or personal).
Any prior teaching positions or experiences working with youth.
Handwritten mail can be sent to:
North Carolina Outward Bound School c/o Staff Recruitment Manager 2582 Riceville Road Asheville, NC 28805
Outward Bound’s longstanding commitment to Inclusion and Diversity is communicated as “valuing and working to create communities representative of our society that support and respect differences.” The diversity of the North Carolina Outward Bound School’s staff influences its organizational strength and connection to the students we serve. We recognize that minorities, especially of Hispanic, African American, and Native American backgrounds, have been traditionally under-represented in outdoor education. The North Carolina Outward Bound School seeks to address the financial barriers to access that contribute to this complex issue of under-representation via the Hearst Scholarship.
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