Outward Bound At -Risk Apprenticeship (summer, fall and spring seasons)

North Carolina Outward Bound School

About the organization

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.


The North Carolina Outward Bound School Apprenticeship Program is for passionate individuals interested in teaching student management skills to an at-risk student group while paddling and exploring the rivers of Florida on extended wilderness expeditions. Our FINS and Intercept programs work with evidence-based curriculum and our classroom is the intercoastal waterways and rivers of Florida which has an abundance of unique flora and fauna. Included in this experience is hands-on interaction with families to help navigate life back home.

The goal of the apprenticeship is to prepare you to become an Assistant and Lead Instructor with Outward Bound. It is designed to provide an understanding of Outward Bound philosophies and operations while providing experience to work hands-on with students in a wilderness environment. An Instructor Apprentice should be an individual who plans to make a commitment to working as an instructor across multiple seasons and potentially in other areas of Outward Bound. This position is located at our base camp in Mims, Florida.

We have a long history of RPCV's working with Outward Bound and it is a great next step for anyone not yet interested in stepping into a 9-5 job or wearing a suit. Come check us out!


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 a 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 or rural living experiences.
Ability to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity, including but not limited to running and canoeing.
Must be able to swim.
Ability to lift and move a minimum of 75 pounds


Stipend, housing and food along with a life changing experience!

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

See website for additional application materials

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