High Sierra Associate Logistics Manager

Job Description

Position Description

The Associate Logistics Manager (ALM) is integral to the High Sierra Management Team and overall day-to-day wilderness program management. The ALM is a role model and mentor within the High Sierra community, providing daily leadership, administrative support, and management of the High Sierra basecamp and programs. The Associate Logistics Manager (ALM) reports to the Logistics Manager to support the Program Team in the overall logistical management of Outward Bound California’s High Sierra program.

Areas of oversight include: logistics scheduling, logistics staff supervision, equipment acquisition and management, driving, vehicle coordination, inventory management, and food program. This opportunity is perfect for the detail-oriented leader looking to work at a mission-driven organization within a tight-knit team and community during peak program season!

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 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). OBCA is committed to increasing access for those that 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 process. 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.

Who You Are

Outward Bound California does not expect every applicant to have every skill and qualification listed here, and we are committed to the professional development of our employees.  A strong candidate who is interested in growing and learning in this role will possess at least 75% of the following qualifications.  If this is you, then we strongly encourage you to submit an application for consideration.  

Knowledge & Skills

  • Passionate about Outward Bound’s mission, programs, and course activities
  • Experienced with project and program management
  • A leader with excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Works both independently and cooperatively as a team member, prioritizing and moving forward on multiple projects  simultaneously
  • Self-motivated and flexible with a sense of initiative, follow-through, and commitment
  • Effective communicator with an ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback
  • Proficient with Microsoft operating system (Word and Excel), Adobe, and G Suite (Gmail, Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Calendar)
  • Experienced in equipment repair and maintenance 
  • Has a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors

Education & Work Experience

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree and/or 2-3 years experience in the outdoor education/experiential learning field, or any similar combination of education and experience.
  • Have at least 1 years supervisory experience

Physical Requirements

  • Comfortable with general camping skills and camping in mountain environments
  • Ability to lift and move a minimum of 60 lbs
  • Comfortable sitting or standing at a desk or computer 75% of the time or greater
  • Comfortable working on their feet in logistics warehouse 15% of the time
  • Able to travel to front country course areas or other OBCA base camps 10% of time
  • Able to work long hours doing physically and mentally intensive work
  • Able to maintain composure, exercise sound judgment, and assess and mitigate risk under periods of stress

Current Licenses & Certifications (Required by Start Date)

  • First Aid & CPR/AED (must meet EMSA requirements for childcare providers [i.e. requires an in-person assessment]; please consult this list to find examples of acceptable providers or check compliance with [email protected])
  • CA Food Handler’s certification
  • CA Class C Commercial Driver’s License (or willingness to acquire)
  • Have had a valid US or Canadian driver’s license for at least five years

Additional Requirements (Upon Hire)

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Able to pass a federal & Live Scan background check, MVR check, and provide current (within the last 4 years) negative TB screen or test results upon hire (cost of all paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
  • Up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status as defined by the CDC
Bonus if you…
  • Have prior experience at Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary programs (NOLS multi-day course or equivalent)
  • Competent in driving trailers up to 12ft in length
  • Have mechanical knowledge of automobiles and experience troubleshooting basic issues
  • Hold a current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification

Logistical Support

  • Responsible for ensuring exceptional warehouse organization, operation, and cleanliness
  • Oversee and acquire equipment: manage resources across the season to ensure equitable and proper distribution and use by staff and students
  • Manage all on-site equipment repairs; assess and approve staff to use industrial sewing machine
  • Support courses in front country setting as needed, including but not limited to: driving transports, mentoring staff, and evacuating students
  • Assess and adapt logistical systems and paperwork before, during, and after the program season
  • Collaborate with other departments to meet the needs of students, including Student Services and other Program Teams
  • Manage and update the Logistics Resources page of Google Sites
  • Uphold community standards and liaise between community and administrative team
  • In Logistics Manager absence, oversee (including but not limited to): vehicle scheduling and maintenance; food ordering and food program maintenance; serving as point person of on base work-trade; delivering Logistics Safety Briefings; and submitting payroll to Program Director

Logistics Staff Management

  • Assist with coordination of Logistics Technical and Travel Trainings to ensure training quality and continuity
  • Manage development process for logistical staff: provide quality feedback; mentor staff in areas of development; conduct regular check-ins
  • Schedule Logistics Coordinators and interns: prepare and oversee warehouse day task lists for staff not actively supporting courses
  • Provide ongoing training, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for logistics staff


  • Ensure logistics  staff compliance with the Outward Bound Field Policies and Procedures (OBFPP) and all Charter Local Operating Policies and Procedures
  • Provide high quality training and assessment for organization drivers of full ton trucks, trailers, and commercial vehicles
  • Oversee Logistics Coordinators managing life threatening allergens on course successfully and without incident
  • Participate in critical incident response which might require after work hours and could happen during scheduled time off
  • Uphold Outward Bound’s zero-tolerance policy for incidents of child abuse and neglect. Protecting our minor students against abuse and neglect is of the highest priority

Base Support

  • In coordination with the Management Team, support all facility needs, including basecamp/warehouse opening and closing, general maintenance, and community gatherings

Business Management

  • Oversee the procurement, inventory, and budget of gear, equipment, office supplies throughout the season
  • Project manage annual, post-season equipment inventories
  • Process financial transaction in accordance with OBCA expectations and standards
Benefits, Compensation & Location

Compensation & Schedule

  • This is an exempt, seasonal salaried position of approximately 6.5 months in length, tentatively scheduled March 20th - Sep 30th
  • Monthly salary ranges from $3,000 - $3,700, depending on experience.
  • Rustic housing is provided with access to communal bathrooms and kitchen. Food is provided while on contract on base.


  • Pro Deal, the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates
  • Professional development funds
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP), free of charge for staff and family members
  • Seasonal employees receive 56 hours (7 days) of paid sick time upon hire or at the beginning of each calendar year


This position is located at our High Sierra program base in Midpines, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills 30 miles east of Yosemite National Park. The basecamp has a main building with an office, warehouse, commercial kitchen, program gear sheds, and weather port living quarters (durable  fabric structures).

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.

To Apply

Please apply through our website here

Application Closing Date: 
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Job Location: 
Midpines, CA
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Degree Level: 
Bachelor's degree
Job Starting Date: 
March 20th, 2023

Job Details

Job Details: 
Experiential Education
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