Voyageur Outward Bound School

About the organization

We challenge you to change a life.
We challenge you to change your community.
We challenge you to change the world!
The need for leaders of character and compassion is great.
For over 50 years, Voyageur Outward Bound School (VOBS) has changed lives through challenge and discovery. We know that personal discovery leads to positive transformation. Our students grow character and compassion through nature-based adventure. Our vision is more resilient and compassionate people for a more resilient and compassionate world.
Voyageur Outward Bound School is a charter of Outward Bound USA, the leading provider of experiential education for youth and adults. We design and deliver intensive single-day and extended wilderness expedition experiences that build and develop character, leadership and service through shared experience.
VOBS delivers high impact programs across three sites: Twin Cities Center in St Paul, MN, Homeplace Wilderness Basecamp in Ely, MN and Big Bend Basecamp in TX.


This is a seasonal position from May-August working primarily in the field. Candidates are required to attend a pre-employment training before the season begins that includes wilderness travel training, technical skills training, OB curriculum and educational philosophy.

Program Delivery & Implementation
Collaborate with VOBS staff to design/implement a nature based, experiential expedition
Willingness to role model OB Values, including character, leadership and service
Participate in course planning and logistics including: development of educational/technical curricula, route planning, and food/equipment pack out

Community Development
Committed to actively participating in building a community where all students and staff feel a sense of belonging
Provide clear, effective and timely communication with peers and supervisors
Able to give and receive timely, effective oral and written feedback
Assist in managing student behaviors, group dynamics, and facilitating group processes
Work with VOBS staff to facilitate workshops and restorative conferences with parents during Intercept Courses

Student Supervision & Safety
Assist in identifying, assessing and managing environmental, physical, social and emotional risk
Adhere to local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures as outlined in the field staff manual
Assist in managing student emotional and physical safety in times of duress, such as field emergencies


21 years of age as of start date of employment
Valid Driver's License (held for 5 years) that passes Outward Bound USA screening criteria
Wilderness First Responder and CPR (available to staff on-site at a reduced price starting in late April)
Wilderness Water Safety or Active Lifeguard Certification (Water Safety class provided to staff at a reduced cost during staff training cycle)

Required Skills:
Demonstrated competency in expedition skills including canoeing, portaging, backpacking, campcraft, map and compass navigation, expedition logistics and decision-making
Demonstrated experience teaching the above skills to students
Demonstrated experience in leading others
Demonstrated ability to assess students’ ability and backcountry hazards and use that information to mitigate the risk of participating in expedition style travel in a natural environment
Personal initiative, motivation and resourceful

Preferred Skills:
Critical Thinking
Complex Problem Solving
Judgement & Decision Making - demonstrate sound judgment in adverse situations
Social Perceptiveness
Active Listening -Ability to listen to what others are saying
Active Learning - Strong commitment to professional development and personal growth
Instructing/Teaching -ability to communicate in a way that is easily understood by others with varied learning styles
Service Ethic
Time Management and Organization

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Other positions available via our hiring portal link. Please submit application materials there.

Summer positions available in both our St. Paul and Ely locations.

Internship positions are available with start dates in early or late June if the May start date is not possible.

Before responding to this announcement, please review the RPCV Career Link Terms of Use [PDF]. The Peace Corps is not able to confirm the legitimacy of every position posted to the jobs board and we ask everyone to use caution when contacting and/or sharing information with any organization while seeking employment. If you believe an announcement has violated the Peace Corps Terms of Use, please contact [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employment

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

Does this sound like the position for you?

Apply to job