High Sierra Program Intern

Job Description

The High Sierra Internship is a hands-on introduction to the Outward Bound educational model through all lenses of the organization. Interns have three primary roles: Instructional, Support and Administrative, and will be supervised directly by a Program Manager. Through these roles, Interns will gain a comprehensive understanding of outdoor education programming and facilitation. Between 1-3 weeks of their time will be spent in the field in an observational and mentored capacity, working directly with students. 1-3 weeks will be spent in the world of the Logistic Coordinator, orchestrating all logistical needs to support courses. The remainder of their contract will be spent building community, gaining professional development and supporting the program’s administrative needs. Some time may be spent shadowing administrative duties

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.


  • You are comfortable giving and receiving feedback
  • Able to work effectively with a wide variety of age groups and populations from diverse backgrounds
  • Able to use assertive, clear and effective communication
  • Able to effectively build rapport with both students and co-workers
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and role-model inclusive behavior
  • Willing to maintain a flexible work schedule that may require significant work early or late in the day
  • Have strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Comfortable with general camping skills and camping in mountain environments.
  • Able to manage self and energy in the backcountry for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift and transport 20-50 lbs of gear several times a day
  • Can be on your feet most days – sometimes for up to 16+ hours a day, or possibly more in the case of an emergency
  • Able to work outdoors regardless of weather and season
  • Are 21 years or older
  • 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
  • You have or are willing to obtain a valid certifications in basic First Aid and CPR
  • Comfortable living in a busy, energetic communal environment


  • Have familiarity with basic navigation concepts, including map and compass, on and off-trail travel through a variety of terrain and environmental conditions
  • Proficiency driving manual transmissions and/or driving trailers up to 12ft in length
  • Have Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary experience (OB, NOLS multi-day course or equivalent)
  • 1-2 years prior field experience in outdoor education programs or similar educational settings


Instructional Support

  • Participate in a 5-day backcountry travel training
  • Participate in Student Management, Diversity Training and All Staff Orientation (3-days)
  • Participates as a Field Intern for one course: 10-14 field days
  • Assist with lesson design and facilitation, as determined by the instructional team
  • Assist with technical activities on course, including rock climbing and mountaineering
  • Assist with student health and well-being
  • Openly give and receive feedback.

Logistics Support

  • Participates in Logistics Training (8-days)
  • Participates as a Logistics Coordinator for one course; 13-25 days
  • Facilitate, along with Course Director, course start, gear and food issue, gear care, resupplies and course end de-issue
  • Collaborates with Course Director to plan and execute course support needs
  • Assist in vehicle maintenance and checks
  •  Manage staff packing food and gear in the warehouse
  •  Assist in equipment repair and maintenance

Administrative Support

  • Creates and facilitates inclusive base community events
  •  Assist with basecamp improvements and maintenance
  •  Assist with administrative filing and resource management
  •  Participate in professional development sessions; including technical skills educational and student management skills


  • 3.5-month contract (May 14 – August 19), based on 22-days a month.
  • Monthly stipend of $500/mo. to cover living expenses
  • Room and board provided while on contract in a highly engaging communal living situation
  • Eligible for Pro Deal program, an opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at a discounted price
  • Highly energetic and supportive work environment in a mission-driven organization
  • Continued professional development throughout season
  • Eligible to participate in additional staff trainings and expeditions, as experience and availability allows
  • Eligible to receive free Wilderness First Responder certification during fall Instructor Semester, enrollment pending
  • 15-days of professional training prior to season start
Job Availability: 

Position closes January 1st, 2018

To Apply

•Please submit your resume, field log and cover letter at www.obca.org/connect/careers/

•Application closes January 1st, 2018

Application Closing Date: 
January 1st 2018
Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Midpines, CA
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Starting Date: 
May 14th, 2018

Job Details

Job Details: 
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