High Sierra Logistics Coordinator

Job Description

Position Description

The High Sierra logistics staff oversees the big and small details to ensure smooth program operations. The Logistics Coordinator (LC) is a crucial member of that team, and works under the direct supervision of the Associate Logistics Manager. This position is perfect for the detail-oriented individual who enjoys feeding people, seeing projects through to completion, and making things happen behind the scenes. The Logistics Coordinator directly manages the equipment, food, and transportation for courses 5-65 days in length.

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 and Skills

  • Have a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors 
  • Able to work both independently and as a team member 
  • Highly organized, with a great attention to detail
  • Skilled at managing small groups of people
  • Proficient at basic computer use
  • Flexible with unforeseen changes

An Outdoor Enthusiast

  • Maintains a positive attitude while working outdoors, regardless of weather or season
  • Comfortable with general camping skills, camping in mountain environments, and spending approximately 20% of work time at overnight course events (field-based course starts, course ends, and mid-course resupplies)

Physical & Mental Requirements

  • Able to participate in all logistics-related course activities while maintaining ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and instructors
  • Able to carry weights of up to 60 pounds
  • Can be on feet most days, sometimes for long hours early or late in the day, with high temperatures ranging from 80-100+ degrees Fahrenheit
  • Able to exercise sound judgment and decision-making under periods of stress
  • Able to operate a vehicle for 8-10 hours a day

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])
  • California Food Handler
  • Have held a current United States Driver License for at least five years
  • Willing to acquire California Class C Commercial Driving License upon hire with assistance from supervisor

Additional Requirements (Upon Hire)

  • Are 21 years of age or older
  • Able to pass a federal background check, MVR check, Live Scan background check, and provide current (within the last 4 years) negative TB screen or test results upon hire (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
  • Up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status as defined by the CDC
Bonus if you…


  • Are a proficient user of Microsoft Office Suite and G Suite 
  • Able to perform basic equipment repair
  • Comfortable driving trailer up to 12 feet in length
  • Hold a current Wilderness First Responder certification
  • Have prior experience driving in a professional setting
  • Have prior experience implementing organizational systems
  • Have field experience with outdoor education programs 
  • Have prior experience (or feel comfortable) cooking for 20-40 people

Logistics & Organization

  • Support the delivery of the Outward Bound mission and educational framework through all food, gear and transportation logistics for several crews in the field at once
  • Coordinate the issue, de-issue, and maintenance of the High Sierra program outdoor equipment, including gear repair, laundry, and inventory management
  • Carry out various warehouse logistics projects throughout season
  • Assist in the basic maintenance and upkeep of base facilities; provide kitchen support as needed or assigned

Driving & Risk Management

  • Transport instructional staff and supplies to and from course functions and support field evacuation transportation
  • Maintain an acceptable driving record, in line with OB Driving Criteria
  • Perform routine vehicle inspections


  • Consistently strive to give and receive quality feedback with colleagues and supervisor
  • Use appropriate language and behavior while acting as a role model for students
  • 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.
  • Participate in all required trainings
Benefits, Compensation and Location

Compensation & Schedule

  • This is a Seasonal, Exempt position
  • Starting Per Diem wage is $124/day
  • Room and board provided while on contract
  • Training begins at the end of April
  • Contracted to work 50-70 days per season, May through September


  • 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, program gear sheds, a commercial kitchen, 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.

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Midpines, California
Job Starting Date: 
late April 2023
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