Summer Intern / Spring Apprentice - Twin Cities

Voyageur Outward Bound

About the organization

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 Redford, TX.

Our values are integrity, excellence, compassion, inclusion and safety.


Participate in VOBS/Twin Cities orientation and expedition travel training
Participate as an instructional team shadow on at least one expedition course (4+ day) and at least one Insight course (1+ day)
Complete all internship & new staff training modules
Program Support: Student Experience
Assists Instructor team and Course Director (CD) to design and implement experiential outdoor education programs that help students realize Outward Bound's educational goals of developing character, leadership skills, and service ethic.
Assists CD and Instructors on various single-day programs and expeditions including canoeing, backpacking, teambuilding, rock climbing, and high ropes course sites
Program Support: Logistics
Collaborates with CD and Instructional team to support course needs, including expedition planning, course starts and graduations, student transportation, and expedition resupplies
Assists Logistics Coordinator with equipment maintenance and repairs, laundry, cleaning, inventory, daily organization, regular vehicle fleet maintenance
Assists with medical/behavioral field evacuations and emergencies as determined by supervisors
Operates passenger vehicles and canoe and equipment trailers
Other duties as assigned


Understanding of experiential and outdoor education principles and desire to support inclusive communities and equitable education opportunities for students of many ethnicities, races, socio-economic backgrounds, genders, learning abilities, and ages
Teaching or facilitation experience, especially in experiential and outdoor education settings; teambuilding, canoeing, top-rope rock climbing, and challenge course facilitation.
Required Certifications: First Aid and CPR (Wilderness First Responder required for Field Instructors), Valid Driver’s License
Maintains sound judgment in adverse situations and field emergencies

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]


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