Our culture

Outward Bound is an international educational movement dedicated to the idea that people are capable of far more than they know. Originally designed for young sailors during World War II, the program fostered leadership qualities needed to head out on the high seas- when ships were “Outward Bound.” Now, all around the world, Outward Bound schools prepare people to take on challenges and achieve more than they ever thought possible.

Our employees are the heart and soul of our organization. Whether you’re leading a group on a wilderness expedition, working with Urban youth in their community or creating a feeling of adventure in the classroom, your job is to help students see the possibility in themselves and the world around them. Outward Bound employees inspire, serve and lead. We believe we are in the business of helping to create a better world. Whether you work directly with students or behind the scenes in our home office in Fairmount Park, everything we do touches the student experience. Those passionate for exploration and education should apply.

Outward Bound is a wonderful place to work. The work is powerful; the challenges are real. Whether you are raising money or leading a team to climb a rock face, you will need to give it your best.

We excel at building communities — in the workplace, at our basecamps, on our courses. Employees are dedicated and committed, but we still know how to have fun.

_ZAK3438As an organization, we strive to offer the same excellence to our staff that we do to our students. Integrity and compassion are part of our values. We aim to create a supportive environment and serve our employees well. Collaboration, effective problem solving and creativity are important components in our work life at Outward Bound. Outward Bound is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Read about the journey from one of our field staff members while working for Outward Bound.
Meet the Crew at the Philadelphia Outward Bound School

Administration Staff

Our office crew works with the field staff to deliver strong, meaningful programs. We hire flexible, motivated, self-reliant people to create an administrative team which is focused on mission delivery.

We have no open positions for Administrative Staff at this time. Please check back periodically as we may have new openings in the future!

Program Staff

As leaders in the wilderness based experiential education field, we look to hire staff that, first and foremost, have a strong desire to educate youth.

Read more about what it takes to become an instructor.