The 2.5-month-long Spring Apprenticeship is intended for individuals who are interested in working towards becoming a POBS Instructor and who have education, trip leading, expedition, and/or team-building experience.

Spring Apprentices experience extensive classroom and in-field training. The Spring Apprenticeship includes:

  • 7-day training expedition
  • 5-day classroom training: Outward Bound history and philosophy, student management, conflict resolution, safety and risk management, diversity and inclusion, curriculum development
  • Technical skills training: Backpacking, canoeing, top-rope rock climbing, high ropes, Aerial Teams Course
  • Opportunities to participate in backpacking and/or canoeing expeditions as a “third Instructor”
  • Opportunities to work center-based team building programs alongside experienced Instructors
  • Logistics: Gear maintenance and repair, vehicle maintenance and driver training, vehicle shuttles, base site projects

Upon successful completion of the Spring Apprenticeship, individuals are very likely to promote to Assistant Instructor and lead wilderness expeditions and center-based programs throughout the summer and fall.


Spring Apprenticeship: March 18 – June 1, 2019

Application deadline: Monday, December 10, 2018

Please fill out our application online and indicate the position for which you wish to apply.


  • Participate in staff trainings
  • Practice clear, effective, and timely communication and feedback with supervisors, instructors, and other staff members
  • Practice teamwork and cooperation
  • Maintain 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, vehicle shuttles, equipment resupplies, and gear repair
  • Perform base site tasks 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 a “legacy project”
  • Adhere to all Outward Bound Field Policies and Procedures outlined in the manual
  • Adhere to all policies outlined in the Employee Handbook


  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional and personal development
  • Other duties as assigned


  • WFR certification (or a plan to obtain certification)
  • Familiarity with 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
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficient in Google Drive
  • Organized and punctual
  • Creative and flexible


  • 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 Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History, Child Abuse Clearance, FBI Background Check, and Motor Vehicle Record Screening
  • On feet most days, sometimes for up to 16 hours
  • Able to carry, lift, and move a minimum of 50 pounds


  • Exposure to Philadelphia Outward Bound School curriculum and facilitation training
  • Exposure to Philadelphia Outward Bound School technical skills training
  • Room and board, including food staples (we can and do accommodate any dietary restrictions!)
  • $500/month stipend
  • Professional development opportunities


Spring Apprentices can anticipate a dynamic and flexible schedule. No two days look the same! The Spring Apprenticeship schedule is released in two- to three-week periods. Though the schedule is irregular, Spring Apprentices can anticipate a ratio of five days on to two days off. Applicants who have external commitments are still encouraged to apply; there may be ways to accommodate.