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 have hands-on training and learn 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 have the opportunity to spend up to seven days in the field observing instructors in action and working directly with students in a supervised capacity. Upon completion of the Internship Program, they will receive $350 to put toward a first aid training of their choosing, for example a Wilderness First Responder course or CPR/First Aid training. Interns report to the Bay Area Program and Intern Coordinator.

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 340 hours over a three-month period
  • Available to participate in at least one multi-day, overnight program
  • An effective communicator willing to give and receive feedback
  • Experience 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 authorize a federal and Live Scan background check and provide current negative TB test results upon acceptance of internship (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)

Physical & Mental 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 
  • Speak Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese
  • Hold a current Driver's 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 with 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
  • Access to borrow OBCA school gear for field work


  • $350 to put toward a first aid training of their choosing
  • Highly energetic and supportive work environment in a mission-driven organization
  • Opportunity to enroll in supplemental, subsidized accident and injury insurance
  • Access to EAP (Employee Assistance Program)


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.

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San Francisco, CA
Job Starting Date: 
February 13th, 2020

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