Field Intern

Voyager Outward Bound School
Internships - Paid
Ely, Minnesota

Summary Interns are the heart of Voyageur’s program delivery. They learn all of the philosophies and systems from the bottom up. Interns are crucial in creating and maintaining the culture of one of the largest and most active basecamps in the OB network. Widely considered the BEST way into Outward Bound, the VOBS internship has cultivated people’s talents, turning them into unique strengths that individuals utilize for the rest of their lives.
Field Interns are in training to work as field instructors.  They will perform a multitude of instructional and course support duties to gain a comprehensive appreciation for the instructor position and program management.   Approximately 40% of the intern’s time will be spent in student contact and approximately 60% will be spent supporting courses, course delivery, and the base camp community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Facilitating and Supervising Students

•Assist at Rock Climbing, Kayaking and Ropes Course Days.
•Assist with gear issue at course start and de-issue at course-end.

Logistical Support

•Assists with student transports - picking up students from airport, transporting groups to trailhead, etc.
•Assist instructional staff with course prep activities (food pack out, equipment pack out, mobile camp set up, etc).
•Participate in vehicle maintenance and checks.
•Assists with other support duties to include: airport supervision, driving, equipment repair, cleaning, etc…

Site Support

•Prep and stock base camp facilities as assigned.
•Assist with recycling program at base.
•Assist with staff dining hall food inventory, meal planning, and cleanliness as assigned.
•Other duties as assigned.


•Performs field evacuations as determined by Program Administration.
•Participates in on-call system for the base camp.

Knowledge and Skills

•Medical Certification: Wilderness First Aid & CPR required for internship. Wilderness First Responder required for Session 1 interns.
•Adequate life experience to ensure professional and meaningful interactions, course quality and safety with both teenage and adult students.
•Valid Driver’s License - must be 21 to be eligible to drive school vehicles.

Education and Work Experience

•Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary experience (YMCA, NOLS multi-day course or equivalent) is helpful. 

Physical Requirements

•Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to running, swimming, backpacking, canoeing and portaging.
•Ability to lift, move and/or carry 40-70 pounds.

Specific Location Details 

•The Ely basecamp is located on 40 acres of property about 16 miles outside of the town of Ely. Main buildings include an office/dining hall and a large gear facility. There is a ropes course as well.

•Scattered around the base are various types of cabins for staff housing. Many have electricity, while some do not.   There is a common staff washhouse with laundry facilities.
•Internet is available.

•Staff receive food while on course and eat in the dining hall (food prepared by a cook) on all other occasions. 

Compensation & Benefits

•Backcountry skills you will gain include: canoe travel, camp craft, navigation, Leave No Trace ethics and maintaining positive group culture.
•Leadership skills you will gain include: judgment, decision-making, conflict resolution, presentation, communication, mentorship, interviewing and more.
•Up to three-week Intern training plus additional skills development throughout the summer.
•$175/week stipend, following the initial training period.
•Room and board.
•Eligible for Pro Deal.

•There are three internship sessions in Ely.  Internships are tiered, so placement is based on skills and/or time availability of applicants.
Session 1: May 16 - July 17
Session 2: June 7 – August 8
Session 3: June 28 - August 29