The Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) strengthens and empowers individuals to effect positive change in their communities.

POBS Instructors design and lead customized backpacking, canoeing, and rock climbing expeditions that help both youth and adults realize their true potential through challenge and discovery.

POBS Insight programs are daylong teambuilding programs held at our challenge course. POBS Facilitators design Insight programs to encourage communication, conflict resolution, confidence, and fun!


The Program Support Internship is a three-month training program intended for individuals who are interested in gaining exposure—perhaps for the first time!—to the experiential education field.

Program Support Interns will learn first-hand both the background and foreground work that it takes to design, support, and deliver quality expedition and Insight programming. The Program Support Internship includes:

  • 7-day training expedition, including introduction to Outward Bound history and philosophy, backcountry technical skills, and curriculum
  • Logistics: vehicle shuttles, in-field gear and food resupply, rock climbing facilitation, evacuation support, pre- and post-expedition support, gear repair and maintenance, base site projects, etc.
  • At least one opportunity to participate in backpacking and/or canoeing expedition as a “third Instructor”
  • Opportunities to work alongside experienced Insight Facilitators
  • High ropes elements technical skills

Program Support Interns can anticipate a dynamic, varied schedule that requires some flexibility! The general rule of thumb is five days on, two days off. Days on can be spent in-field as logistics support/on expedition, at the ropes course assisting with an Insight program, or at the office assisting with administrative duties.

Our Program year wraps up in mid-November; individuals who successfully complete the Program Support Internship may promote to Assistant Instructor and/or Insight Facilitator in the Spring.


Program Support Internship: August 20 – November 12, 2018

Application deadline: June 22, 2018

Our hiring season begins in December and we take rolling applications throughout the year for our seasonal apprenticeships/internships. We hire a season in advance. Please fill out our online application and indicate the position for which you wish to apply.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in staff training
  • Practice clear, effective and timely communication and feedback with supervisors, instructors, and other staff members
  • Encourage teamwork, cooperation, and individual effort
  • Maintain an appropriate appearance, a positive attitude, and professional demeanor
  • Assist with field evacuations, student supervision, and other various program tasks as needed
  • Assist with logistical functions such as food preparation, course transports, equipment resupply, gear repair, and cleaning
  • Perform base site tasks as assigned, such as building and maintenance of program facilities, sites, and equipment
  • Assist with administrative functions such as development of marketing materials, school briefings, event planning, and data entry
  • Successfully plan and execute an agreed-upon “legacy project”
  • Adhere to all local operating procedures, safety policies, and emergency procedures outlined in the staff handbook

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Take on personal ownership to initiate, seek out, and commit to professional development through both trainings and additional work experience
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge and Skills

  • Basic knowledge of the mission of Outward Bound
  • Demonstrate multi-cultural competence and sensitivity
  • Demonstrate sustained ability to work with underserved populations
  • Background in Education, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Youth Development, Non-Profit Management or other related discipline a plus
  • Strong communication skills

Physical Requirements

  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Must possess up-to-date and valid driver’s license and have at least three years driving experience
  • Must procure and pass a Background Investigation and a Motor Vehicle Record screening
  • On feet most days, sometimes for long hours (e.g. early morning departure to late night return)
  • Able to carry, lift, and move a minimum of 50 pounds

Compensation & Benefits

  • Exposure to Outward Bound curriculum and facilitation training
  • Exposure to Outward Bound technical training
  • Room and board, including food staples (we can and do accommodate any dietary restrictions!)
  • $200/month stipend
  • Professional development
  • 10-20 formal opportunities per contract year that promote technical and non-technical skill mastery

To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter via email to Red Malleck, Staffing Manager, at [email protected]