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

The Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) strives to empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities. POBS field staff design and lead customized backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and team building programs that inspire both youth and adults to realize their true potential through challenge and discovery.

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We are currently accepting applications for our Summer and Fall Apprenticeships.

Summer Apprenticeship: June 4-August 27, 2021

Fall Apprenticeship: August 28-November 19, 2021

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We accept applications for our Instructor and Facilitator positions throughout the year and fill positions as they become available. Prior experience as an experiential/outdoor education instructor or facilitator required!

Please click here to read about and apply for our Instructor and Facilitator positions. Thank you!


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.


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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.

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