High Sierra Intern

Company: Outward Bound California


Job Description

Position Description 

The High Sierra Program Internship is a hands-on introduction to the Outward Bound educational model through all lenses of the organization. Interns have two primary roles: Instructional Intern and Logistics Intern. Through these roles, Interns gain a comprehensive understanding of outdoor education programming and facilitation. Between 2-4 weeks of their time will be spent in the field in an observational and mentored capacity, working directly with students. Additionally, 1-3 weeks will be spent in the world of the Logistics Coordinator, orchestrating all logistical needs to support courses. The remainder of their contract will be spent building community, gaining professional development, and supporting program administrative needs. Interns are supervised by a High Sierra Program Administrator.

Compensation & Schedule

  • Monthly flat $1,240 reimbursement for living expenses
  • Room and board provided
  • Internship tentatively starts late April through mid-August, with an expectation of ~22 work days/month

Additional benefits include: Pro deals (the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates), access to our free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and family members.

Our High Sierra base in Midpines, California, 30 miles east of Yosemite National Park. High summer temperatures can reach 80-100+ degrees Fahrenheit. The basecamp has a main building with an office, program gear sheds, a commercial kitchen, and weatherport living quarters (durable fabric structures).

Who We Are

Outward Bound California (OBCA) is a non-profit that uses challenging experiences in outdoor settings to create social-emotional learning opportunities for our students. We are a part of the Outward Bound USA network of outdoor education programs, with a 50-year history in the US, serving over 40,000 students annually.

We offer a wide range of programs, from 1-day experiences on our San Francisco Challenge Course to multi-day rock climbing and backpacking courses in the High Sierra and Joshua Tree. We work with students aged 12+ (including adults & veterans). OBCA is committed to increasing access for those who have traditionally been excluded from outdoor spaces. We do this, in part, through our 40+ community partnerships and by offering partial or full scholarships to over 2/3 of our students.

Equity and Inclusion Statement

We believe that all people should have safe access to the outdoors and culturally relevant and responsive educational programming. OBCA is also striving to create an equitable and inclusive internal culture where all staff members feel represented and honored for their identities and lived experiences. We examine how power, bias, race and other aspects of identity impact our organization. We work to build a culture where we are always learning and improving toward a vision for equity and belonging for all staff. We are looking for team members who can actively join us in this prcess. We are also committed to reflecting the diverse communities with whom we work and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ identifying folks, and women to apply.

Requirements (Start Date)

  • First Aid & CPR/AED
  • California Food Handler
  • Have had a valid US or Canadian driver’s license for at least three years
  • 21 years of age or older (or soon turning 21 by start date)
  • Able to pass a federal & Live Scan background check and a MVR check (cost paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
  • Current (within the last 4 years) TB screening or test results (cost paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)


Check out our website for more details.

Outward Bound California is an equal-opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. Outward Bound California also promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics.

How to Apply

Please visit Outward Bound California - High Sierra Intern to apply.
Posted on: October 4, 2023
Location: Midpines, CA
Job Starting Date:
June 20, 2024
Application Closing Date:
January 1, 2024
Job Salary Range:
Years of Experience: 1 – 2 years
Job Activity(ies): Backpacking
Population(s) Served: Adult - General, General, Youth - General
Job Category(ies): Experiential Education
Region(s): California