High Sierra Associate Logistics Manager

Company: Outward Bound California

Job Type: Seasonal

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 training and 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!

Compensation & Schedule
This is an exempt, seasonal salaried position of approximately 6.5 months in length, tentatively scheduled March 18th – Sep 29th
Monthly salary ranges from $3,350 – $3800, depending on experience

Rustic housing is provided with access to communal bathrooms and kitchen. Food is also provided while on contract on base
OBCA offers a competitive benefits package, including comprehensive health insurance with employer contribution, PTO, long-term disability and life insurance, Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), and 401(k) plan after 1 year from start date
Pro Deal, the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates

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.  High summer temperatures can reach 80-100+ degrees Fahrenheit. The basecamp has a main building with an office, warehouse, commercial kitchen, program gear sheds, and weather port living quarters (durable fabric structures).

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 are a part of the Outward Bound USA network of outdoor education programs, with a 50-year history in the US, serving over 40,000 students annually.

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 & veterans). OBCA is committed to increasing access for those who 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 G Suite (Gmail, Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Meet, 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 2-3 years experience in the outdoor education/experiential learning field, a Bachelor’s degree, or any similar combination of education and experience
Have at least 1 year 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 50% of the time or greater
Comfortable working on their feet in logistics warehouse 30% 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 act with compassion, maintain composure, exercise sound judgment, and assess and mitigate risk under periods of stress

Required Current Licenses & Certifications (by Start Date)

First Aid & CPR/AED (must meet EMSA requirements for childcare providers [i.e. requires an in-person assessment]
CA Food Handler’s certification
Have had a valid US or Canadian driver’s license for at least five years

Additional Requirements (by Start Date)

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)

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
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, supporting logistics staff, 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

Safety & Risk Management

Ensure logistics  staff compliance with the Outward Bound Field Policies and Procedures (OBFPP) and all Charter Local Operating Policies and Procedures
Oversee food room operations
Provide high quality training and assessment for organization drivers of full ton trucks and trailers
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, first aid, and office supplies throughout the season
Project manage annual, post-season equipment inventories
Process financial transaction in accordance with OBCA expectations and standards

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.

How to Apply

Please apply through our website with a resume and cover letter
Contact Person: Han Bourne
Contact Phone: 8583663894
Posted on: October 4, 2023
Location: Midpines, CA
Job Type: Seasonal
Job Starting Date:
December 4, 2023
Application Closing Date:
January 1, 2024
Job Salary Range:
$3,350 - $3800/month
Years of Experience: 1 – 2 years
Preferred/Required Degree Level: Bachelor’s degree
Region(s): California