Outward Bound is an international educational movement dedicated to the belief that people are capable of far more than they know. Founded in 1992, Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS)’s mission is to change lives through challenge and discovery.  POBS – serving PA, NJ and northern DE – is one of 10 regional Outward Bound USA schools.

A robust, non-profit educational organization, POBS annually engages more than 7,000 youth and adult participants in single and multi-day experiential education programs that inspire character development, leadership and community service. All programs are designed to inspire participants  to realize their true potential.

The logistics position is a support role. Logisticians help instructors and groups going out on expedition to prepare everything—from gear to food. They also provide transportation for groups of students to trailheads and put-ins, in addition to other field support duties.


  • Provide in-field support including moving vehicles, resupplying crews halfway through expedition, rock climbing support, and water drops (includes multi-day base camping)
  • Support instructors during gear issue, cleanup, and de-issue
  • Maintain outdoor equipment, including repair, laundry, and inventory
  • Help manage food room inventory and maintenance, assist instructors in packing field food for courses
  • Drive course transports (10-passenger vans and trailers) between basecamp and expeditions, and between the airport and basecamp
  • Help supervise students as required
  • Maintain medical and consumables inventory
  • Assist the basic maintenance/upkeep of base facilities
  • Consistently strive to give and receive feedback with co-workers and supervisors
  • Support the delivery of the Outward Bound mission and educational framework
  • Support seasonal apprentices in learning and maintaining logistics systems


  • Perform food and gear pack outs as needed
  • Assist in emergency and non-emergency field evacuations as needed
  • Participate in other duties as assigned


  • Ability to work in a team environment and support POBS philosophy and mission
  • Able to work with students and staff from various backgrounds
  • Holds a safety and quality mindset
  • Possess and maintains an excellent driving record
  • Basic knowledge of outdoor equipment usage and repair/general maintenance
  • Detail-oriented with efficient and practical organizational skills
  • Strong and effective communicator, both written and verbal
  • Comfortable giving and receiving professional feedback
  • Comfortable self-starting and working independently


  • Field experience in outdoor education programs preferred
  • Wilderness expedition experience preferred


  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Must possess valid U.S. or international driver’s license for 5+ years and pass a Motor Vehicle Record screening
  • Must procure and pass an FBI Criminal Records Check and Criminal and Child Abuse clearances for Pennsylvania
  • Ability to lift and carry a minimum of 50-60 pounds
  • Ability to perform job duties from base as well as mobile base camps
  • Ability to effectively operate while on your feet most days, sometimes for long hours (e.g. early morning departure to late night return)
  • Able to sleep on ground, camp outside, etc
  • Will be required to work in the field for multi-day periods
  • Must be able to operate large vehicles / tow vehicles for extended periods of time
  • Able to work irregular hours as necessary


  • Per diem pay, base rate of $116 per day (on base), and $126 per day (in field). Eligible for pay rate raises based on amount of time worked
  • Opportunity to earn a $1,000 bonus upon completion of 140 full days of work in 2024
  • Industry-leading paid training and development opportunities
  • Eligible for Pro Deals
  • Opportunities to participate in Outward Bound staff expeditions nationwide
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program


Apply online by January 10, 2024.


The Philadelphia Outward Bound School provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.