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  • Logistics Coordinator

    Leadville and Moab
    up to $105.00 / day

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.

    Working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively creating a more inclusive organizational culture. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. This work can be challenging at times and we are committed to navigating it together to create a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and our students. To foster a more welcoming outdoor community for all, we are working to address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and mental health.

    Position Summary

    The COBS Logistics Coordinator (LC) is an entry level support position based in either the Southwest Program (SWP) of Moab, Utah or the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) of Leadville, Colorado.  It is a seasonal role starting in mid-May and ending in late August. The LC works under the supervision of the Warehouse Manager, the Logistics Manager, and the APD of Logistics and is responsible for coordinating course-related needs for students and staff such as transportation, gear, and food for our primarily wilderness-based courses. LCs also provide support to students, Instructors, and Course Directors before, during, and after course with planning and packing, supporting evacuations, and course debrief paperwork. LCs need to be collaborative, flexible, and hardworking with a commitment to ensuring a safe and quality educational experience for students and staff, which is essential to a successful COBS course experience. An LC must have the ability to problem solve, along with the capacity to develop a vision for the logistics function and design systems to support that vision.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    • Delivers the Outward Bound Mission and Educational Framework through logistics support and providing educational opportunities for students about character development, leadership, and service.
    • Oversees logistical systems that include food planning for up to 40 people; tracking, managing and repairing gear; and providing valuable feedback to continue improving course quality and the student experience.
    • Functions as a driver for course events, where operating large vehicles and driving on 4x4 roads is a common function of the job. Additional trailer training and long-distance driving with a trailer may also be provided.
    • Orients new and returning staff to course locations and the logistics procedures necessary for the respective courses.
    • Establishes expectations with staff about their roles within logistics systems.
    • Contributes to the maintenance of our vehicle fleet through vehicle checks and communicating necessary repairs.
    • Follows warehouse and basecamp systems to ensure a high functioning basecamp and program, including packing, cleaning, repairing, and inventorying gear and food.
    • Participates in the Emergency On-Call System by supporting evacuations, responding to field emergencies when needed, and following the Emergency Response Plan (ERP).
    • Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies, and emergency procedures outlined in the Field Staff Manual and Employee Handbook.
    • Provides clear, effective, and timely communication with Instructors, Course Directors, and other staff.
    • Committed to openly sharing and receiving feedback from staff.
    • Committed to building a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and valued across the COBS community, and our students and staff can feel a sense of belonging.   

    Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

    • Personal commitment to, and working knowledge of, the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Comfort with a wide range of groups serving and educating youth to executive teams.
    • Experience working in customer service or hospitality.
    • Knowledge and experience with outdoor recreation and adventure education programs preferred.
    • Ability to effectively work on diverse teams and with a diverse range of people and identities, including those that might be different than your own lived experience.
    • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
    • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Proactive and effective communicator and collaborator.
    • Possess skills to promote a welcoming and inclusive community culture.
    • Must have held a driver’s license for more than 5 years with a clean driving record.
    • Experience driving large vehicles with trailers preferred.

    Work Experience

    Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

    • Ability to participate in all site and course activities and to maintain energy, strength, and focus to support students and staff.
    • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to backpacking, rafting, and/or rock climbing.
    • Occasionally there are long days, sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency.
    • Constantly works in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather.
    • Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull. Work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height.
    • Occasionally must carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Full-time, seasonal position with a daily per diem rate starting at $105.
    • The general schedule is approximately 22 days/month based on a 5 out of 7 days/week schedule, which many need to flex due to programming needs, with weekends and/or holiday work required based on COBS’s program calendar.
    • 56 hours sick /year benefit
    • Onsite housing provided; Colorado LCs are required to live on the premises at COBS’s Leadville, CO basecamp.
    • Meals provided in the summer months, ongoing meal assistance looks different during shoulder seasons depending on the program, without deduction of wages.
    • Eligible for Professional Deals.

    Application Process

    • Click "Apply for this Position" below or on cobs.org.
    • Upload your resume and answer the application instructions.
    • Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate.
    • Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Course Director

    Leadville
    $165.00 - $165.00 / day

    Organizational Overview

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

     

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.

     

    We want to be transparent with all applicants that working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively dismantling our organization’s white supremacy culture. This conversation shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. Anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion work can be messy at times and we remain committed to navigating that together. Challenge and discovery are what we do and (un)learning is a fundamental part of our practice. COBS was originally built for and by white men, and now in support of our community members with marginalized identities – at COBS, in the outdoor industry, and beyond – we are actively working on changing that story to support individuals with different identities to empower themselves as we address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender, identity, geographic location, and mental health. While we are committed to learning and making necessary changes, we recognize we have a long way to go and want to notify applicants of that up front.

     

    Position Summary

    The COBS Course Director is a role based out of the Rocky Mountain Program and works under the supervision of the Program Manager. The role is designed to spend 1/3 time in the field, 1/3 time supporting course prep/post and logistics, & 1/3 of their time promoting community culture & staff development. The Course Director’s primary role is to ensure course delivery meets program standards for safety and quality. While in the field, Course Directors will observe and mentor staff, focusing on course safety, instructor development, and educational outcomes. Additional field duties include, collecting Course Area Guide beta, assisting logistics staff with course events, coaching observations, and site management of technical activities.

    Beyond the field responsibility, Course Directors will liaise between program administration and field staff; working in the office supporting administrative needs. Additional duties include staff training, performance tracking, and serving as a member of COBS’ On-call system. Course Directors will also support pre and post course needs through planning, continued staff mentorship, course paperwork, incident reporting, and logistical assistance.

     

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Ensure the delivery of the Outward Bound Mission and Educational Framework by the instructional teams.
    • Support course delivery through course prep, supervisory visits to field to provide logistical support, conduct coaching observations, mentor field staff, debrief courses through course reports.
    • Ensure course delivery aligns with COBS’ instructional tools, preferred practices, and policies and procedures.
    • Responsible for the overall course quality and safety when in the field with courses; provide additional safety oversight and mentorship to develop instructors risk management awareness and practices.
    • Guide instructional teams through modeling and feedback to build and facilitate individual as well as team success.
    • Evaluate, document, and report on individual and instructional teams’ performance.
    • Provide consistent and professional communication with staff, students, and families during and post-course.
    • Participate in the Emergency On-Call system. Includes responding to field calls and emergencies, decision-making, acting as incident command for field incidents and following Emergency Response Plan.
    • Assist Course Supervisors/PMs with writing and reviewing incident reports and analyses. Lead staff team debriefs on select incidents. Ensure pertinent incident feedback is delivered and documented.
    • Adhere to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the Field Staff Manual and Employee Handbook.
    • Provide clear, effective and timely communication with Instructors, program leadership, supervisors, or other staff. 
    • Manage student groups and handle field emergencies directly or through COBS’ Incident Support Network

     

    Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

    • Support Course Supervisors/Program Managers by delivering pre-course orientations that include safety briefings, professional development, and skills practice.
    • Work with assigned Program Manager and other leadership to support/coordinate staffing, logistics, itineraries, service, safety and training.
    • COBS trainer role as requested.
    • Course area reconnaissance and hazard identification within itineraries 
    • Support the Program Leadership Team in implementing strategies to meet program needs, goals, and directional strategy.
    • Fill instructor roles as requested
    • Additional program related tasks and support as requested

     

    Experience, Skills and Knowledge

    • Demonstrate commitment to the work of diversity, equity and inclusion; while continuing to make Outward Bound available to communities’ outdoor programs have previously failed to engage. 
    • Understanding of and commitment to Outward Bound, program structures, mission and educational framework.
    • Minimum three years instructing and field leadership experience with Outward Bound or a similar wilderness expeditionary organization.
    • Experience inspiring and leading teams effectively, including collaborating with a diverse range of people, skills and visions towards a common goal.
    • Experience working with youth.
    • Experience as an adult educator; able to coach, mentor and develop staff.
    • Ability to demonstrate emotional regulation, good judgement and balanced decision-making in stressful situations.
    • High level of professionalism with strong leadership attributes both in work and community environments.
    • Serve as role model for students, staff and community, able to manage a range of student behaviors in a positive and professional manner.
    • Committed to building a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and valued across the COBS community, and our staff & students feel a sense of belonging.   
    • Ability to build and maintain a positive group culture.
    • Flexible, adaptable and open to change.
    • Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow-through and commitment.
    • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a positive team member.
    • Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral. Ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback.
    • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Intermediate computer skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook).
    • Current Wilderness First Responder certification, or ability to attain before position start.
    • ACCT L2 certification or similar experience preferred
    • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification preferred

     

    Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

    • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to camping, backpacking, rock climbing and mountaineering. Ability to lift and move a minimum of 65 pounds.
    • On your feet most days – sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in case of an emergency
    • Able to work though inclement weather conditions that include heat, rain, snow, or cold.
    • The position must reside on base in Leadville when not in the field with courses.

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Paid Per Diem, ($165)
    • Seasonal position (less than 9 months) that includes sick leave and meals provided during summer months where available
    • The general schedule is 5 out of 7 days/week, Weekends and/or holiday work will be required.
    • Eligible for Professional Deals
    • Optional Accident Policy available
    • Onsite housing provided.  Accommodation is mostly tent-based when in the field. Rustic cabins or dorm space provided at Leadville basecamp.
    • Meals provided

     

    Application Process

    • Click "Apply for this Position" below.
    • Upload your resume, technical experience log, and answer the application instructions
    • Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate
    • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • Fellowship and Community Culture Coordinator

    Leadville
    $20.00 - $20.00 / hour

    Organizational Overview

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

     

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by applicable law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.

     

    Working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively creating a more inclusive organizational culture. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. This work can be challenging at times and we are committed to navigating it together to create a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and our students. To foster a more welcoming outdoor community for all, we are working to address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and mental health.

     

    Position Summary

    COBS’s Fellowship & Community Culture Coordinator position is a reimagined role that works to help foster and facilitate a welcoming and inclusive community culture at the Leadville Mountain Center (LMC) and among the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) community. The Fellowship & Community Culture Coordinator is a mentored leadership role based at the RMP in Leadville, Colorado, and reports to the Associate Program Director (APD) of Safety & Course Delivery. The RMP community is composed of new and returning seasonal staff, program administrators, and HQ employees. The Fellowship for Emerging Leaders is an entry point for employment at COBS in an effort to remove barriers to access into the outdoor recreation and education industry for People of Color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities. Through the Fellowship, COBS hires 6 Instructors annually to join the seasonal staffing team. This position, although not a supervisor, will directly act as a mentor and support system for individuals hired through the fellowship pathway. This position will also focus on maintaining, developing, and advancing the diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) work at the RMP in collaboration with the Program Leadership Team (PLT), the DEIJ Committee, and other colleagues. The Fellowship & Community Culture Coordinator will meet regularly with their supervisor as well as the RMP PD for mentorship, guidance, and professional development. This position will work primarily in the office with opportunities for course and field visits. This position serves as a member of the PLT helping ensure quality program delivery, and a welcoming and inclusive culture for all members of the RMP community. The RMP Fellowship and Community Culture Coordinator is a seasonal position that includes options housing on the basecamp premises in Leadville, Colorado and includes meals and lodging.

     

     

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    • Serves as a collaborative and active member of the RMP PLT to ensure high quality support for all students and staff, with a focus on fostering and facilitating a welcoming and inclusive community culture.
    • Develops an understanding of the Outward Bound Mission, Educational Framework, and Domains of Thriving.  
    • Supports Fellowship Instructors and all RMP staff by providing training and education, and acting as a liaison to represent their respective voices at the PLT, and helping establish and facilitate affinity spaces for marginalized communities and identities at COBS, based on interest and engagement of those respective communities and identities.
    • Works with Program Leadership in creating alignment with and implementation of COBS instructional tools, best practices, policies, and procedures. 
    • Creates and initiates activities and events for all staff to engage, learn, and build community among the RMP staff.
    • Supports, influences, and advises on COBS’s courses, itineraries, curriculum, trainings, and the community, regarding how we serve students and staff of historically marginalized and underrepresented and disinvested communities.
    • Attends and contributes to regularly scheduled PLT meetings.
    • Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the Field Staff Manual and Employee Handbook.
    • Commits to openly sharing and receiving feedback and serves as a role model for our students, staff, and community.
    • Provides clear, effective and timely communication with Instructors, Course Directors, and other staff.
    • Committed to openly sharing and receiving feedback from staff.
    • Acts as a communication conduit between field staff and program leadership. 
    • Additional program-related tasks and support as requested. Possibilities include but are not limited to managing Interns, coordinating service projects, updating course areas guides, and curriculum and itinerary writing.

     

    Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

    • Personal commitment to, and working knowledge of, the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Comfort with a wide range of groups serving and educating youth to executive teams.
    • Experience working in customer service or hospitality.
    • Knowledge and experience with outdoor recreation and adventure education programs preferred.
    • Ability to effectively work on diverse teams and with a diverse range of people and identities, including those that might be different than your own lived experience.
    • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
    • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Proactive and effective communicator and collaborator.
    • Possess skills to promote a welcoming and inclusive community culture.
    • Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office suite or a willingness to learn such software upon hire.
    • Excellent driving skills and record. Experience in large vehicles with trailers preferred.

     

    Work Experience

    • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the outdoor education or experiential learning field or any other similar combination.
    • Experience working with youth and managing group dynamics.
    • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certification, or willingness to obtain it upon hire. COBS will cover/reimburse the cost of the certification.
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid training.
    • Must have held a driver’s license for over 5 years.

     

    Physical Requirements

    • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to camping, backpacking, rock climbing and ropes courses.
    • Sitting at a desk or computer 60% of the time or greater.
    • Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull. Work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height.
    • Could potentially work in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather.

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Full-time seasonal nonexempt position with an hourly pay rate of $20, which equals $3,466.67/month and $41,600 annualized.
    • The general schedule is approximately 22 days/month based on a 5 out of 7 days/week schedule, which many need to flex due to programming needs, with weekends and/or holiday work required based on COBS’s program calendar.
    • 56 hours of paid Sick Leave.
    • Onsite housing provided.
    • Meals included (Summer months).
    • Prodeal eligible.

     

    Application Process

    • Apply for this position using the link via JazzHR below.
    • Upload your resume, technical experience log, and answer the application instructions.
    • Your cover letter can be addressed to Brandon Daun (Rocky Mountain Program Director).
    • Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate.
    • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

     

  • Fellowship For Emerging Leaders- Instructor

    Leadville
    $105.00 - $105.00 / day

    Organizational Overview

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

     

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.

    Working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively creating a more inclusive organizational culture. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. This work can be challenging at times and we are committed to navigating it together to create a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and our students. To foster a more welcoming outdoor community for all, we are working to address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and mental health.

     

    Position Summary

    The COBS Emerging Leadership Fellowship provides an opportunity for training and obtaining field experience to fill an entry-level instructor position during the summer season based in the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) in Leadville, Colorado. This seasonal position begins in the summer (May) and ends in August. Paid training takes place prior to beginning your role as an assistant instructor. During the summer season, we strive for the Fellows to work between 20 and 30 course days as an instructor.

    Six Fellows are hired annually and will join our existing team of Instructors and Course Directors to deliver the Outward Bound mission and Education Framework through primarily a wilderness setting, primarily backpacking in Colorado.  Fellows, alongside all other new instructors, will participate in pre-season trainings. Upon successful completion of any of our trainings, fellows will work as a primary instructor on courses and will be responsible for managing risk while on the course. If a Fellow is unable to meet the standards of training at that time, they will be positioned as an intern on a course and will be mentored by the instructional staff, a step in becoming an instructor the following summer.  Fellows will be supported by a dedicated program leader who will support their career aspirations, assist with skill development, and support scheduling, community, and support needs.

    Fellows, as instructors, also support pre- and post-course needs through planning, packing and structuring the course, completing course debrief paperwork, safety analysis and gear cleaning.

    Fellows will be able to receive financial support to assist with costs associated with travel and the purchase of gear needed to complete the program.

    • Wilderness First Responder Certification reimbursement
    • $500 Gear/Travel stipend
    • Paid Trainings

    After the Fellowship is complete you will have an End of Season check-in and we will look back on your summer and work with you to continue growing as an instructor.  We will also provide support for your career goals, both within COBS and outside the organization.

     

    Essential Responsibilities and Duties

    • Deliver the Outward Bound mission and Education Framework while teaching course components.  Utilizing the instructor role to educate students about character development, leadership, and service
    • Fully participates in course planning; including development of educational and technical curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization/packing
    • Supports the other instructors and Course Director in all aspects of course safety; identifying, assessing and managing environmental and social risk
    • Demonstrates the ability to behave as a role model for students, able to manage a range of student behaviors in a positive manner
    • May be required to manage a student group and all emergencies in co-instructor’s absence
    • Able to locate and use communication systems in the event of an emergency
    • Follow warehouse and basecamp systems to ensure a high functioning basecamp and program. Packing, cleaning, repairing, and inventorying of gear and food
    • Participate in the emergency on-call system by supporting evacuations and responding to field emergencies when needed
    • Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the Field Staff Manual and Employee Handbook
    • Provide clear, effective and timely communication with an Instructor, Course Director, Supervisor, or other staff.  Committed to openly sharing and receiving feedback from staff
    • Committed to building a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and valued across the COBS community, and our staff & students feel a sense of belonging.   

     

    Education and Work Experience

    • Mental Health First Aid Certification: Available trainings can be found at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/youth/
    • Demonstrates the ability to behave as a role model for students, able to manage a range of student behaviors in a positive manner
    • Ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people
    • Experience working with youth
    • Ability to demonstrate emotional regulation and balanced decision-making in stressful situations.
    • High level of professionalism with strong leadership attributes both in work and community environments.
    • Flexible, adaptable and open to change
    • Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow through and commitment
    • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a positive team member
    • Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral. Ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback
    • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously

     

    Physical Requirements

    • Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all site and course activities and maintain ample energy, strength and focus to aid students and instructors
    • Occasionally has long days, sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency
    • Constantly works in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather
    • Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull. Work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height
    • Must be able to carry equipment weighing 50 pounds and possibly more.
    • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to backpacking, rafting, and/or rock climbing

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Starting wage $105 per day
    • Optional Accident Policy available
    • Eligible for Professional Deals
    • 56 hours sick /year
    • Onsite housing provided & required.
    • Meals included in the summer months, ongoing meal assistance looks different during shoulder seasons depending on the program, without deduction of wages.

     

    Application Process

    • Click "Apply for this Position" below or on cobs.org.
    • Upload your resume and answer the application instructions
    • Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate
    • Applications accepted on a rolling basis 
  • Field and Support Internship

    Leadville
    $500.00 - $500.00 / month

    Organizational Overview

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

     

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.

     

    Working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively creating a more inclusive organizational culture. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. This work can be challenging at times, and we are committed to navigating it together to create a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and our students. To foster a more welcoming outdoor community for all, we are working to address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and mental health.

     

    Position Summary

    The COBS Field and Support Internship is an entry point into COBS and provides an opportunity to learn skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for the outdoor recreation and education industry. Interns will be based at the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) in Leadville, Colorado, starting around mid-May and ending in late August, exact dates may vary each year with flexibility to meet individual needs.

     

    The Field and Support Internship has two primary outcomes: learning how to instruct and manage students in the field and learning how to logistically support courses in the field, with a focus on the hands-on application of these skillsets. Through the internship, an individual will gain an initial appreciation and knowledge for outdoor education, program management, and operations. Interns will be offered additional professional development days with Program Managers who are dedicated to their development. Upon completion of the internship, participants will have a clear understanding of job opportunities and requirements at COBS, as well as process timelines and next steps to apply for an instructional or logistics role with the organization in the future.

     

    The internship starts with a 12-day basecamp and wilderness-based training and offers approximately three weeks of field time in an observational and mentorship capacity, working directly with students and our instructors in the mountains of Colorado. The remainder of the time will be spent supporting the program’s logistical needs: packing food, driving students, organizing gear, and supporting courses in a mentorship capacity working under the guidance of a Logistics Coordinator.

     

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

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    • Develops a foundational understanding and assists in delivering the Outward Bound Mission and Education Framework while learning course components or supporting courses.
    • Fully participates in course planning, including development of educational and technical curricula, route planning, and food and equipment organization and packing.
    • Actively engages in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) efforts at COBS and contributes to the RMP as a welcoming and inclusive community member.
    • Drives school vehicles to support course needs, where operating large vehicles and driving on 4x4 roads is a common function of the job.  Additional trailer training and long-distance driving with a trailer may also be provided.
    • Works under the supervision of the Warehouse Manager, Logistics Manager, or APD of Logistics and hold responsibility for helping address course-related needs such as transportation, gear, and food for our primarily wilderness-based courses with the support and mentorship of Logistics Coordinators.
    • Helps support course needs before and after course through assisting Instructors, Logistics Coordinators, and Course Directors with planning and packing, supporting evacuations, as well as course debrief paperwork. 
    • Contributes to the maintenance of our vehicle fleet through vehicle checks and communicating necessary repairs.
    • Follows warehouse and basecamp systems to help ensure a high-functioning basecamp and program.
    • Assists with packing, cleaning, repairing, and inventory of gear or food.
    • Participates in the emergency on-call system by supporting evacuations and responding to field emergencies when needed
    • Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the Field Staff Manual and Employee Handbook.
    • Provides clear, effective, and timely communication with Instructors, Course Directors, the Logistics team, or other staff. 
    • Committed to openly sharing and receiving feedback from staff.

     

    Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

    • Personal commitment to, and working knowledge of, the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Knowledge and experience with outdoor recreation and adventure education programs preferred.
    • Ability to effectively work on diverse teams and with a diverse range of people and identities, including those that might be different than your own lived experience.
    • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
    • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Proactive and effective communicator and collaborator.
    • Ability to demonstrate emotional regulation and balanced decision-making in stressful situations. 
    • High level of professionalism with strong leadership attributes both in work and community environments.
    • Flexible, adaptable and open to change.
    • Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow-through, and commitment.
    • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a collaborative team member.
    • Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral. Ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback.
    • Demonstrated ability to act as a role model for students, able to engage with a range of student behaviors in a positive manner, and a willingness to develop in this area utilizing COBS’s practices and policies.
    • Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office suite or a willingness to learn such software upon hire.

     

    Education and Work Experience

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    • Please see https://www.cobs.org/connect/employment/interns/ for more information on the Field & Support Internship
    • Medical Certification: Wilderness First Aid (WFA) & CPR preferred.
    • Must have held a driver’s license for over 5 years with a clean driving record.

     

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

    • Must be able to participate in all site and course activities and maintain ample energy, strength and focus to support students and instructors.
    • Ability to work on your feet most days, sometimes for extended periods of time.
    • Constantly works in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather.
    • Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull; work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height.
    • Occasionally must carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.
    • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to backpacking, mountaineering, and/or rock climbing.

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    • 12-week Internship, offering a $500/month stipend following an initial training portion of internship.
    • The general schedule is approximately 22 days/month based on a 5 out of 7 days/week schedule, which many need to flex due to programming needs, with weekends and/or holiday work required based on COBS’s program calendar.
    • 56 hours of paid sick leave.
    • Onsite housing provided & required.
    • Meals included in the summer months.
    • Eligible for Professional Deals on equipment.

     

    Application Process

    • Click "Apply for this Position" or apply through our website www.cobs.or/connect/employment
    • Upload your resume and answer the application instructions
    • Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate
    • Applications accepted on a rolling basis 
  • Groups Program Manager

    Leadville

    Organizational Overview

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

     

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by applicable law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs. 

     

    Working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively creating a more inclusive organizational culture. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. This work can be challenging at times and we are committed to navigating it together to create a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and our students. To foster a more welcoming outdoor community for all, we are working to address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and mental health.

     

    Position Summary

    The Groups Program Manager (PM) is a new position created to bridge the operations between the sales and course delivery functions of Groups programs. Groups programming is one of the future-focused aspects of COBS’ operations as we grow our organizational model to increase volume of programming, and quality of course delivery and client experience. The Groups PM, under the supervision of the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) Program Director (PD), is responsible for course oversight, adherence to group sales contracts, and administrative and facility management. The Groups PM works in close collaboration with the Business Development Manager and the Scholarship Coordinator to ensure consistent and high-quality outcomes to all clients. The Groups PM serves as the primary point of contact for field staff teams assigned to Groups courses. The PM holds both instructional and administrative responsibilities, and is accountable for ensuring a safe and quality educational experience for students and staff. Key Groups PM responsibilities include developing, training, coaching, and mentoring staff in their capacity to deliver COBS's educational framework and curriculum, ensuring student outcomes are met and are in alignment with the Groups expected outcomes.  It is also expected that PMs go on course to fill staffing holes if an Instructor is unable to fulfill their duties for a particular course assignment, serving in the Instructor’s place. Additional duties include course site management, field visits, developing and maintaining records and resources, and on-call responsibilities. The RMP PM position is a seasonal job that requires staff to reside on the basecamp premises in Leadville, Colorado and includes meals and lodging.

     

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    • Supervises assigned Groups courses to ensure safe, high-quality course experiences through delivering briefings, communicating and upholding COBS policies and procedures, analyzing and reviewing incidents, and providing/documenting clear and complete feedback. 
    • Supervises assigned staff to ensure safe and quality student experiences and alignment with school progressions, curriculum, policies and procedures. Includes mentoring and developing staff, performance management, reviewing field staff plans, debriefing incidents, documentation, and reporting. 
    • In conjunction with Instructors and Logistics Coordinators, the Groups PM acts as the Course Director to deliver course prep, including safety briefings, course curriculum and itinerary review, understands student information, needs and expectations, and facilitates course debrief.  
    • Serves in an Instructor capacity to fill staffing holes on course if and when necessary.
    • Act as liaison between clients, sales, and programs pre, during, and post course.  
    • Participates in the Emergency On-Call system, including responding to field calls and emergencies, decision-making, acting as incident command for field incidents and following Emergency Response Plan (ERP). 
    • Writes and reviews incident reports and analyses to ensure thorough and accurate reporting. Leads Groups staff team debriefs on select incidents. Ensures pertinent feedback from incidents is delivered and documented to field staff, program administrators, and sales team. 
    • Collects, reviews and files course end paperwork, updates and/or maintains electronic records and resources. Organizes and maintains staff, supervisor, and program paperwork resources as assigned. 
    • Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the Field Staff Manual and Employee Handbook. 
    • Provides clear, effective and timely communication with instructors, clients, and other staff.
    • Committed to openly sharing and receiving feedback.
    • Manages student groups and handles field emergencies directly or through COBS’s Incident Support Network as requested.
    • Conducts supervisory visits to field operation sites. Oversees assigned training, courses, and technical sites as needed. Fieldwork / logistic support as assigned, including driving school vehicles and students.  
    • Supports the PLT in implementing strategies to meet program needs, goals, and directional strategy. 
    • Additional program related tasks and support could include but are not limited to managing Interns, coordinating service projects, updating course areas guides, and curriculum and itinerary writing. 

     

    Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

    • Personal commitment to, and working knowledge of, the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Comfort with a wide range of groups serving youth to executive teams.
    • Experience working in customer service or hospitality.
    • Knowledge and experience with outdoor recreation and adventure education programs preferred.
    • Ability to effectively work on diverse teams and with a diverse range of people and identities, including those that might be different than your own lived experience.
    • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
    • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Proactive and effective communicator and collaborator.
    • Possess skills to promote a welcoming and inclusive community culture.
    • Proficiency in using the Microsoft Office suite and Salesforce platform, or technical skills and a willingness to learn such software upon hire.
    • Excellent driving skills and record. Experience in large vehicles with trailers preferred.

     

    Work Experience

    • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the outdoor education and experiential learning fields or any other similar combination required.
    • Minimum of 1 year of customer service or hospitality preferred.
    • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certification.
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid training.
    • Must have held a driver’s license for over 5 years.

     

    Physical Requirements 

    • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to camping, backpacking, rock climbing and ropes courses.
    • Ability to lift and move a minimum of 50 pounds.  
    • Sitting at a desk or computer 60% of the time or greater. 
    • Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull. Work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height.
    • Could potentially work in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather.

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Full-time, seasonal exempt position with an annualized salary range of $40,000-$45,000, equating to a monthly salary range of $3,333.34-$3,750.
    • The general schedule is approximately 22 days/month based on a 5 out of 7 days/week schedule, which many need to flex due to programming needs, with weekends and/or holiday work required based on  COBS’s program calendar.
    • Benefits eligibility for medical, dental, and vision insurance, where COBS pays a significant amount toward healthcare premiums and provides employer-paid short- and long-term disability coverage and basic life insurance.
    • 20 days of Paid Time Off that accrues throughout the first year, with an additional day of PTO added with consecutive years of service.
    • 56 hours of paid Sick Leave.
    • 401K eligibility available after one year of service.
    • Onsite housing provided; Colorado PMs are required to live on the premises at COBS’s Leadville, CO basecamp.
    • Meals included (Summer months).
    • Prodeal eligible.
  • Head Logistics Coordinator

    Leadville
    $125.00 - $125.00 / day

    Organizational Overview

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

     

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.

     

    Working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively creating a more inclusive organizational culture. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. This work can be challenging at times and we are committed to navigating it together to create a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and our students. To foster a more welcoming outdoor community for all, we are working to address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and mental health.

     

    Position Summary

    The COBS Head Logistics Coordinator (HLC) position is a mid-level support role based in the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) of Leadville, Colorado.  It is a seasonal role starting in early-May and ending in late August with the potential to work into the fall.

    The Head Logistics Coordinator works under the supervision of the Warehouse Manager, Logistics Manager, or APD of Logistics and is primarily responsible for mentoring Logistics Coordinators and ensuring quality courses related support through transport, gear, and food for our primarily wilderness-based courses before and after course through supporting Instructors, Course Directors, students, planning and packing, supporting evacuations, as well as course debrief paperwork. When not in the field, HLCs also support the consistency of basecamp and warehouse operations assisting in facilitating day-to-day routines and ensuring quality work from LCs.

    HLCs need to be flexible and hardworking with a commitment to course quality, the student experience, and community members, which is an essential element to the success of a safe and quality student experience.  An HLC must have strong rapport building skills, the ability to problem solve, act as a role model and mentor, along with have the capacity to develop a logistical ‘vision’ and design systems to support this vision.

     

    Essential Responsibilities and Duties

    • Deliver the Outward Bound Mission and Education Framework through logistics (e.g. framing logistics to students with excellence, compassion, service, etc.).  Utilizing the logistics role to educate students about character development, leadership and service
    • Guide Logistics Coordinators through role modeling and feedback to build and facilitate individual as well as team success.
    • Support course delivery through supervisory visits to the field that include logistical support, mentorship, and evaluations of Logistics Coordinators.
    • Oversee logistical systems and day-to-day warehouse operations in absence of Warehouse Manager. This includes but is not limited to, facilitating morning warehouse meeting, ensuring quality task work, provide guidance and answer questions regarding food systems, basecamp operations, gear maintenance and packing.
    • Function as a driver for course events. Operating large vehicles and driving on 4x4 roads is a common function of the job. Additional trailer training and long-distance driving with a trailer may also be required.
    • Orient new or returning staff to the location and logistic procedures for the course.  Also establish expectations with staff about their role within these logistics systems
    • Contribute to the maintenance of our vehicle fleet through vehicle checks and communicating necessary repairs.
    • Assist in facilitating warehouse and basecamp systems to ensure a high functioning basecamp and program. Packing, cleaning, repairing, and inventorying of gear and food
    • Participate in the emergency on-call system by supporting evacuations and responding to field emergencies when needed
    • Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the Field Staff Manual and Employee Handbook
    • Provide clear, effective, and timely communication with an Instructor, Course Director, Supervisor, or other staff. 
    • Committed to openly sharing and receiving feedback from staff.
    • Committed to building a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and valued across the COBS community, and our staff & students feel a sense of belonging.   

     

     

    Education and Work Experience

    • Medical Certification: First Aid & CPR at minimum
    • Mental Health First Aid Certification: Available trainings can be found at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/youth/
    • Valid Driver’s License
    • Held Driver’s License for 5 years
    • Demonstrates the ability to behave as a role model for students, able to manage a range of student behaviors in a positive manner
    • Experience working with youth
    • Ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people
    • Ability to demonstrate emotional regulation and balanced decision-making in stressful situations
    • High level of professionalism with strong leadership attributes both in work and community environments.
    • Flexible, adaptable and open to change
    • Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow through, and commitment
    • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a positive team member
    • Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral. Ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback
    • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously

     

    Physical Requirements

    • Must be sufficiently fit to participate in all site and course activities and maintain ample energy, strength and focus to aid students and instructors
    • Occasionally has long days, sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency
    • Consistently works in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather
    • Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull. Work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height
    • Occasionally must carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds. Support is available

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Starting wage $125 per day
    • Optional Accident Policy available
    • Eligible for Professional Deals
    • 56 hours sick /year benefit
    • Onsite housing provided & required.
    • Meals included in the summer months, ongoing meal assistance looks different during shoulder seasons depending on the program, without deduction of wages.

     

    Application Process

    • Click "Apply for this Position" below or on cobs.org.
    • Upload your resume and answer the application instructions
    • Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate
    • Applications accepted on a rolling basis 
  • Instructor

    Leadville and Moab
    $105.00 - $105.00 / day

    Organizational Overview

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

     

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.

     

    Working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively creating a more inclusive organizational culture. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. This work can be challenging at times and we are committed to navigating it together to create a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and our students. To foster a more welcoming outdoor community for all, we are working to address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and mental health.

     

    Position Summary

    The COBS Instructor (I) position is an entry level instructional role based in either the Southwest Program (SWP) of Utah or the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) of Colorado. This is a seasonal position starting in the summer and typically ending in August.  There is a pre-employment training before the season begins.

    A new instructor works under the direct supervision of the Lead Instructor or Course Director and is responsible for supervising, teaching and facilitating students in the field throughout the duration of our primarily wilderness-based courses. Instructors also support pre and post course needs through planning, packing and structuring the course, course debrief paperwork, safety analysis and gear cleaning.

     

    At COBS we facilitate a variety of programming that requires a range of skill sets. This allows for different pathways into our instructional roles and increases access to working for COBS. Please do not let backcountry experience or technical skills be a barrier for you to apply. We are looking for skilled educators & facilitators, individuals who are passionate about working with youth, and love being outside.

     

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    • Deliver the Outward Bound mission and Education Framework while teaching course components.  Utilizing the instructor role to educate students about character development, leadership, and service
    • Fully participates in course planning; including development of educational and technical curricula, route planning, food and equipment organization/packing
    • Supports the other instructors and Course Director in all aspects of course safety; identifying, assessing and managing environmental and social risk
    • Demonstrates the ability to behave as a role model for students, able to manage a range of student behaviors in a positive manner
    • May be required to manage a student group and all emergencies in co-instructor’s absence
    • Able to locate and use communication systems in the event of an emergency
    • Utilize ‘Stop and Plan’ as a risk assessment and decision-making tool
    • Follow warehouse and basecamp systems to ensure a high functioning basecamp and program. Packing, cleaning, repairing, and inventorying of gear and food
    • Participate in the emergency on-call system by supporting evacuations and responding to field emergencies when needed
    • Adheres to all local operating procedures, safety policies and emergency procedures outlined in the Field Staff Manual and Employee Handbook
    • Provide clear, effective and timely communication with an Instructor, Course Director, Supervisor, or other staff.  Committed to openly sharing and receiving feedback from staff
    • Take photos while on course
    • Committed to building a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and valued across the COBS community, and our staff & students feel a sense of belonging.   

     

    Education and Work Experience

    • Please see https://www.cobs.org/connect/employment/assistant-instructors/  for more information on what instructors need.
    • Medical Certification: Wilderness First Aid & CPR at minimum, but higher level of certification (Wilderness First Responder WFR) needed for backcountry courses
    • Mental Health First Aid Certification: Available trainings can be found at https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/population-focused-modules/youth/
    • Demonstrates group presentation skills
    • Exhibits sound and accurate judgement
    • Uses equipment and materials properly
    • Reports potentially unsafe conditions
    • Demonstrates the ability to behave as a role model for students and is able to manage a range of student behaviors in a positive manner
    • Ability to effectively work on diverse teams or with a diverse range of people
    • Experience working with youth
    • Ability to demonstrate emotional regulation and balanced decision-making in stressful situations
    • High level of professionalism with strong leadership attributes both in work and community environments
    • Flexible, adaptable and open to change
    • Strong personal motivation, initiative, follow through and commitment
    • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a positive team member
    • Strong and effective communicator, both written and oral. Ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback
    • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

    • Must be able to participate in all site and course activities and maintain ample energy, strength and focus to aid students and instructors, with our without reasonable accommodations.
    • On feet most days – sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency
    • Constantly works in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather
    • Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull. Work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height
    • Occasionally must carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
    • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to backpacking, rafting, and/or rock climbing

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Starting wage $105 per day
    • Optional Accident Policy available
    • Eligible for Professional Deals
    • 56 hours sick /year
    • Onsite housing option. Meals included in the summer months, depending on the program

    Application Process

    • Click "Apply for this Position" below.
    • Upload your resume, technical experience log, and answer the application instructions
    • Supplemental documents can be uploaded as appropriate
    • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • On-Call Coordinator

    Leadville
    $120.00 - $135.00 / day

    Organizational Overview

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

     

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by applicable law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.

     

    We want to be transparent with all applicants that working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively dismantling our organization’s white supremacy culture. This conversation shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. Anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion work can be messy at times and we remain committed to navigating that together. Challenge and discovery are what we do and (un)learning is a fundamental part of our practice. COBS was originally built for and by white men, and now in support of our community members with marginalized identities – at COBS, in the outdoor industry, and beyond – we are actively working on changing that story to support individuals with different identities to empower themselves as we address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender, identity, geographic location, and mental health. While we are committed to learning and making necessary changes, we recognize we have a long way to go and want to notify applicants of that up front.

     

    Position Summary

    Colorado Outward Bound School seeks to hire a well-organized, calm, detail-oriented individual with strong communication skills! The On-Call Coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) will support field programs by managing non-urgent field communications through the on-call system. The On-Call Coordinator will gather critical student and logistical information, coach and mentor staff, and ensure concise and accurate information is shared in a timely and professional manner. While on duty this position will also hold the RMP Parent Phone and provide high level customer service and support to families/guardians. They will ensure every call received from the field and/or parents is recorded in our on-call chain and any details requiring follow-up and action are taken with appropriate urgency. The RMP On-Call Coordinator will report to the RMP APD of Course Delivery & Safety, working closely with Program Managers and Course Directors.

     

     

     

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    • Receive and address calls from the field with issues concerning medical, injury, motivational, behavioral, itinerary changes, weather conditions, logistical needs, etc.
    • Provide clear, effective and timely communication with field and logistics staff, supervisors, student services, and other applicable parties. Coordinate On-Call duties hand-off before day(s) off to ensure consistent communication and support to all above parties.
    • Direct support of field staff through coaching and mentoring of in-field issues.
    • Supports overall course planning by facilitating potential itinerary changes, understanding their impacts to permits, updating key documents and communication chains, overlapping itineraries, etc. 
    • Work closely with the RMP Logistics Department to prioritize, communicate and respond to logistical requests or needs.
    • Gather and record detailed and pertinent information in a timely fashion.
    • Serve as a communication conduit between field staff, program leadership, families, and scholarship sponsors.
    • Arrange physician visits for students.
    • Ensure appropriate and accurate documentation is completed and uploaded to the appropriate on-call channel, i.e. SOAP notes, early departure eval, health care provider form, etc.
    • Provide consistent and professional communication with students’ families during course. 
    • Assist Course Supervisors with Incident Report data entry.
    • Advise and assist in student care during non-emergent evacuation and early departure scenarios.
    • Become familiar with and be able to reference COBS’ Staff Manual, Field Policies and Procedures, CAMPS and CAGS.
    • Follow and uphold all Colorado Outward Bound School policies and procedures (local and national).
    • Additional program administrative tasks and support as requested.

     

    Skills and Knowledge

    • Demonstrate commitment to the work of diversity, equity and inclusion; while continuing to make Outward Bound available to communities’ outdoor programs have previously failed to engage. 
    • Intermediate computer skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook).
    • Strong problem-solving, prioritization and management of timelines.
    • Ability to demonstrate emotional regulation, calm, good judgement, and balanced decision-making in stressful situations.
    • Proactive and effective communicator and collaborator.
    • Ability to develop and maintain positive and professional relationships with clients, colleagues, and supervisor.
    • Ability to build and maintain a positive group culture.
    • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively as a positive team member.
    • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
    • Excellent and professional written and verbal communication skills. Ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback.

     

    Education and Work Experience

    • Minimum two years instructing and field leadership experience with Outward Bound or a similar wilderness expeditionary organization.
    • Familiarity and experience working with youth and managing sensitive motivational and behavioral dynamics.
    • Minimum Wilderness First Responder certification.
    • Youth Mental Health First Aid training.
    • Employee must have a clean driving record and pass COBS driver training

     

    Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

    • Based in Leadville at basecamp.
    • Work at computer up to 95% of time. 
    • Ability to bend, lift, kneel, crawl and carry up to 40lbs.

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Compensation: Daily rate $120-$165 depending on experience
    • There may be opportunities to augment income with driving support for the program on an as-needed basis.

     

    Application Process

    • Please address cover letter and resume to Gabriel Schafer-Suarez (he/him/his, RMP Associate Program Director of Course Delivery & Safety.
    • Applications accepted vis COBS careers portal: www.cobs.org/connect/employment
  • Warehouse Manager

    Leadville
    $135.00 - $135.00 / day

    Organizational Overview

    The Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) is a non-profit adventure-based education organization that emphasizes personal growth through challenge and experience.  For over 60 years our wilderness courses have focused on inspiring responsibility, teamwork, confidence, compassion, and environmental and community stewardship.

     

    Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Colorado Outward Bound School celebrates diversity and strives to create an inclusive environment for all employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is based on qualifications and business needs.

     

    Working at the Colorado Outward Bound School means joining a growth-minded community where we are actively creating a more inclusive organizational culture. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion shows up at all levels of the organization – in our trainings, in our meetings, on our courses, and in our daily lives. This work can be challenging at times and we are committed to navigating it together to create a supportive and inclusive environment for our staff and our students. To foster a more welcoming outdoor community for all, we are working to address barriers related to race, culture, socioeconomics, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, geographic location, and mental health.

     

    Position Summary

    The Rocky Mountain Program (RMP) Warehouse Manager works with the RMP team to provide support to the warehouse and logistics systems. The Warehouse Manager is a mid-level seasonal program position with supervisory responsibilities in the day-to-day operations of the warehouse, including general warehouse and course-related resource management, organization, inventory, and cleaning. The Warehouse Manager will also provide support with logistics training, scheduling, and mentoring of staff, as well as oversight of Head Logistics Coordinators (HLCs) and Logistics Coordinators (LCs).

     

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    • Works closely with the Logistics Manager (LM) and Program Leadership Team (PLT) to ensure high quality logistical support for all COBS courses and students.
    • Manages warehouse systems to ensure easy packing, cleaning, repairing, and inventorying of gear, food, and supplies.
    • Tracks inventory reporting to ensure appropriate and timely ordering.
    • Supports and orients new and returning staff to warehouse and logistics procedures to ensure accurate quantities of food and equipment for each course.
    • Ensures safe, healthy, and efficient daily warehouse operations.
    • Oversees weekly vehicle checks and reports maintenance and monthly mileage to the LM.
    • Manages gear repairs and provides information to the logistics team on equipment conditions and needs.
    • Assists with other support duties including but not limited to transporting students, shopping for food, and packing food and gear.
    • Oversees warehouse cleanliness and food room restock prior to courses starts.
    • Assists with pre-season and post-season preparation, inventories, and warehouse shutdown.
    • Committed to building a welcoming, equitable, and inclusive work environment where diversity is celebrated and valued across the COBS community, and our students and staff can feel a sense of belonging.
    • Assists with basecamp upkeep, standards, and systems, including ensuring dorms are stocked and clean for programs.
    • Attends community and morning meetings regularly.
    • Assists in planning and executing RMP staff events and celebrations.
    • Oversees receipt of food and gear orders, track incoming invoices and receipts.
    • Participates in the Emergency On-Call System by supporting evacuations, responding to field emergencies when needed, and following the Emergency Response Plan (ERP).
    • Facilitates warehouse meetings and resource allocation as requested.

     

    Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

    • Personal commitment to, and working knowledge of, the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Comfort with a wide range of groups serving and educating youth to executive teams.
    • Experience working in customer service or hospitality.
    • Knowledge and experience with outdoor recreation and adventure education programs preferred.
    • Ability to effectively work on diverse teams and with a diverse range of people and identities, including those that might be different than your own lived experience.
    • Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills.
    • Able to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Proactive and effective communicator and collaborator.
    • Possess skills to promote a welcoming and inclusive community culture.
    • Must have held a driver’s license for more than 5 years with a clean driving record.
    • Experience driving large vehicles with trailers preferred.

     

    Work Experience

     

    Physical Requirements and Working Conditions

    • Ability to participate in all site and course activities and to maintain energy, strength, and focus to support students and staff.
    • Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to backpacking, camping, and/or rock climbing.
    • Occasionally works in outdoor weather conditions, occasionally during poor weather.
    • Ability to lift, crawl, bend, carry and pull. Work is sometimes done in confined spaces and at height.
    • Occasionally must carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds.

     

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Full-time, seasonal position (April-October) with a daily per diem rate starting at $135.
    • The general schedule is approximately 22 days/month based on a 5 out of 7 days/week schedule, which many need to flex due to programming needs, with weekends and/or holiday work required based on COBS’s program calendar.
    • 56 hours sick /year benefit
    • Onsite housing provided; Colorado Warehouse Manager is required to live on the premises at COBS’s Leadville, CO basecamp.
    • Meals provided in the summer months, ongoing meal assistance looks different during shoulder seasons depending on the program, without deduction of wages.
    • Eligible for Professional Deals.

     

    Application Process
    Use the application link within our website to apply for this position.

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