Thank you for your interest in a career with the Philadelphia Outward Bound School! 

The Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) team is made up of program and administrative staff. Our program staff are focused on exactly that: our programs! They design and deliver expeditions and day-long team-building programs to our incredible students and participants. Our admin staff does the behind-the-scenes work: fundraising, hiring, marketing, admissions, and more!

Please see below for available program and admin job opportunities, and be sure to join our mailing list to stay informed!

Please note: In an effort to keep our staff and students as safe as possible, POBS currently requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If the situation improves and our policy changes, we will update this message! Thank you for your understanding.

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POBS strives to empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities. POBS program staff design and lead backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and team-building programs that inspire both youth and adults to realize their true potential through challenge and discovery.

Click here for information and FAQs about pursuing a career at POBS and click job titles below for information and application instructions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Challenge Course Facilitator


Our admin crew works with the program staff to deliver strong, meaningful programs. We hire flexible, motivated, self-reliant people to create an administrative team focused on mission delivery. Click on the links below to read about our available positions and application instructions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Donor Relations Manager

POBS seeks a dynamic and proactive individual to serve as its Donor Relations Manager. This role supports the Development Director and Executive Director in reaching annual fundraising goals and fulfilling the mission of the Philadelphia Outward Bound School through individual donor and alumni engagement and events. This position is part of a team responsible for maximizing cultivation and stewardship opportunities, as well as reaching fundraising goals and deepening donor relationships.

Click here for full job description and salary info.

Please send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected], and make sure to address any pertinent experience, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to this position.

Screening will occur as applications are received. First-round interviews will be scheduled by the week of February 12.

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 on the open 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 leading a group on a wilderness expedition, working with local youth in their communities, or working behind the scenes in the office, our staff share the same mission: to change lives through challenge and discovery. Outward Bound employees inspire, serve, and lead. We believe we are in the business of helping to create a better world.

Outward Bound is a wonderful place to work. We excel at building communities in the office, on our ropes courses, on our expeditions. Employees are dedicated, committed, and hardworking, but still know how to have fun!

As an organization, we strive to offer the same excellence to our staff that we do to our students. 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. Our organization teaches to and works by the values of compassion, integrity, excellence, and inclusion and diversity. Outward Bound is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Philadelphia Outward Bound School prohibits discrimination against any  applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other category which may be protected by applicable state or federal law. Philadelphia Outward Bound School also promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics, nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.