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 staff members as well as continuing to inspire future generations to join the field of outdoor education. If you have questions about any of the below scholarship opportunity, please contact Devin Kearns, our Staff Recruitment Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hearst Fellowship is available to ethnic minorities who are highly motivated and interested in outdoor education and a career with Outward Bound.
Applicants must have a passion for working in a wilderness setting with youth. Prior experience working with youth is valued. Wilderness expeditions, rock climbing, or paddling skills are helpful. Although none of these experiences are a prerequisite, experience in one or more of these categories is necessary 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 the school based on their interest and skill set working with different populations and course areas. There is no guarantee that a fellow will work their first season as an Assistant Instructor, although this is an encouraged option if it aligns with the fellow's skill set and the needs of the school. Should this be the case, New Staff Trainings for both the NC Mountains and Florida occur in May. 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 plan. Further employment beyond this period is encouraged and opportunities for continued development within the school will be provided.
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
All applications and letters of interest for the Spring 2019 Hearst Fellowship must be received by January 15th, 2019. The dates of the spring 2019 Outdoor Educators Course are March 9 - April 29, 2019.
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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