Bay Area Program Intern

Job Description

Through the Outward Bound California Bay Area Internship Program, Interns will gain a comprehensive and entry-level understanding of outdoor education program management, expedition logistics, and how to teach through challenging experiences. They will begin their internship by participating in staff training, learning directly from senior instructors. A significant amount of their time (8-20 hours a week) will be spent supporting the administrative and logistical needs of Bay Area Center courses, cross-training with other departments, conducting informational interviews, and preparing both a resume and field log. During this time, they will also complete a multi-day Wilderness First Responder course and spend up to seven days in the field observing instructors in action and working directly with students in a supervised capacity.

Let The Journey Begin
The goal of the internship program is to bolster our pipeline of new instructors and increasing our instructor pool with individuals from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds resulting in an increased impact on our student populations. 


Outward Bound California is part of a national network of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. We use the inherent challenge of the wilderness and urban outdoor spaces to teach people of all ages to be compassionate leaders, serve their communities, and build character to ultimately reveal the full potential within all of us. With a 50 year history in the US, we provide extended, expeditionary style rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, urban, and service courses, serving ages 12 and up, including adult and veteran programs. As a non-profit, more than 2/3 of our students receive partial or full scholarships to go on a course with us in the High Sierra, Joshua Tree and in the Bay Area.


  • Must be 19 years old or older.
  • You have interest and/or comfort in outdoor settings and activities including camping, rock climbing, and backpacking.
  • Effective communicator willing to give and receive feedback.
  • Experience with youth, underrepresented and under resourced communities and/or English Language Learners
  • Able to lift and transport 30-50lbs of gear several times a day.
  • Must maintain ample energy and focus to aid students and instructors
  • Commitment to confidentiality of sensitive student or program information
  • Able to work outdoors regardless of weather and season
  • Will Pass a criminal background check and undergo Live Scan fingerprinting
  • Possess negative Tuberculosis test results from within the past three years
  • Hold or will obtain a current California Food Handler certification
  • Able to lift and transport 20-50 lbs of gear several times a day
  • Able to be on feet most days – sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency

Bonus if You

  • Have experience in experiential, outdoor or environmental education programs, Outward Bound experience a plus
  • Have Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese language skills
  • Have a valid driver’s license


Program Support

  • Gain knowledge around program safety and Outward Bound policies and procedures
  • Assist with support duties to include: food shopping and packing, equipment packing/repair, cleaning, laundry
  • Assist with gear maintenance and repair
  • Collaborate with Course Director and Logistics Manager to plan and execute course support needs
  • Prep and stock basecamp facilities as assigned
  • Participate in program evaluation data entry and analysis
  • Lead by example in creating an inclusive base community
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be added to meet intern’s professional goals
  • Participate in vehicle maintenance and checks

Assist in Instructing

  • Participate as a Field Intern for 1-7 field days on a course with local youth
  • Teach a variety of subjects in the field, as determined by instructional team
  • Facilitate, along with Logistics Staff, course start gear and food support, course end food and gear support


  • Commitment to 450 hours over a 4 month program
  • Availability to participate in at least one multi-day, overnight program


  • $500 monthly stipend
  • Wilderness First Responder course ($750 value)
  • Meals on work and field days
  • Based in the Presidio of San Francisco
Job Availability: 

Position closes November 5th, 2017

To Apply

•Please submit your resume and cover letter at

•Application closes November 5th, 2017

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