Bay Area Program Intern

Job Description

Through the Outward Bound California Bay Area Internship Program, Interns gain a comprehensive 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 courses, cross-training with other departments, conducting informational interviews, and building both a resume and field log. 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. Interns report to the Bay Area Associate Program Director.

Let The Journey Begin

The goals of our internship program are to bolster our pipeline of new instructors with a key focus on recruiting people of color and members of communities not historically represented in the outdoor education field, resulting in increased impact for our students.  

Who You Are

  • Interested and/or comfortable in outdoor settings and activities including camping, rock climbing, and backpacking
  • Able to commit to 450 hours over a four-month period
  • Available to participate in at least one multi-day, overnight program
  • An effective communicator willing to give and receive feedback.
  • Experienced working with youth, under-resourced communities, and/or English language learners
  • Committed to maintaining confidentiality of sensitive student or program information

Additional Qualifications

  • 19 years of age or older
  • Willing to undergo a federal and Live Scan background check and provide current negative TB test results upon hire (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)

Physical Requirements

  • Sufficiently fit to participate in all site- and logistics-related course activities while maintaining ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and instructors
  • Able to lift and transport 20-50 pounds of gear several times a day
  • Able to work outdoors, regardless of weather or season

Bonus if you

  • Have prior experience with experiential, outdoor, or environmental (Outward Bound experience preferred)
  • Speak Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese
  • Hold a current Driver License 


  • Gain knowledge around program safety and Outward Bound policies and procedures
  • Assist with support duties including: food shopping and packing, equipment packing, 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 on an overnight trip with 3-7 field days on a course with local youth
  • Participate as a Field Intern on a round of 1-day Insight Programs.
  • Teach a variety of subjects in the field, as determined by instructional team
  • Facilitate, along with Logistics Staff, course start gear and food issue, gear care, re-supplies and course end de-issue

Compensation & Schedule

  • Flat $500/month reimbursement for living and transportation expenses
  • Meals provided on work and field days
  • Training begins January 28, 2019


  • Wilderness First Responder certification upon completion of course ($750 value)
  • Highly energetic and supportive work environment in a mission-driven organization


This position is located at our Bay Area program base in the Presidio, a national park in San Francisco, California, just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. The basecamp consists of two buildings with offices, warehouse and kitchen.

Outward Bound California is an equal opportunity employer and works to include diversity among its staff. Outward Bound California values the inclusion and collaboration among employees of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Outward Bound California prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other category which may be protected under applicable state or federal law. Outward Bound California also promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.


Application Closing Date: 
November 15th, 2018
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San Francisco, CA
Job Starting Date: 
January 28th, 2019

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