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Fellowship for BIPOC Staff


Posted by North Carolina Outward Bound School on 12/17/2022

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Outdoor Education

Company Type: School/Military

State: NC


Country: United States

Required Experience:

Job Type: Seasonal Full Time

Salary: $100-$110/day

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel:

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

North Carolina Outward Bound School’s Fellowship for BIPOC Staff is a 6-month working fellowship position for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color looking to start or further a career in the Outdoor Education industry. The organizational goal of the Fellowship is to increase diversity in the outdoor professional community at large by hiring staff with historically excluded identities and providing career-building employment coupled with an opportunity for relationship building with other BIPOC outdoor professionals. 

This Fellowship is done on a given "track" depending on each candidates qualifications and career goals. The potential tracks are:

- Field Instructor Track

- Logistics Department Track

- Support Track

*Please familiarize yourself with the open Field and Administrative staff positions to decide which track is best for you. The Fellowship for BIPOC Staff serves as an enhancement to any of these positions while employed.*

Fellowship Orientation Components: 

  • Cohort introduction and culture building

  • Wilderness First Responder Medical Training (80 hours)

  • Wilderness Backpacking Expedition, Rock Climbing, Whitewater Paddling, and High Ropes Course 

  • Professional Development in Experiential Education practices 

  • Orientation to the administrative functions within the NCOBS organization 

Fellowship Compensation and Benefits: 

  • Per diem pay of $100/day for all Fellowship work days

  • Per diem pay based on position held at NCOBS (see other open job postings

  • $500 clothing and gear stipend and access to pro-deals 

  • Transportation compensation up to $300 for initial travel to Western NC

  • Housing and food for the duration of employment

  • Access to one-on-one professional mentorship from experienced outdoor professionals 

  • Free use of program gear

Fellowship Criteria: 

  • Desire to work directly with students/participants in a wilderness setting 

  • Comfort participating in high-impact activities such as hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater paddling, etc. 

  • Experience working with youth is a plus  

  • Group facilitation skills 

  • Full vaccination against Covid-19 

  • Experience working in a wilderness setting is desired, but not required 

  • Willingness to commit to at least 6 months of employment

  • Desire to chart the future NCOBS as a more diverse, equitable, just, and inclusive space 

Instructions for Application:

  • Explore our open field staff and base camp staff positions to decide which Fellowship track you are interested in. Either apply through that job posting or this one, we'll get you where you need to be!
  • Interviews for this Fellowship will take place beginning in Mid-November. You will hear from us whether advanced to an interview or not. We appreciate your patience in hearing from us during this busy time!

About North Carolina Outward Bound School

For 55 years, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) has been delivering challenging outdoor adventure programs for people of all ages and walks of life. Every Outward Bound course is built around a progression that delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently step outside their comfort zones while traveling in spectacular wilderness areas.