JOB DESCRIPTION: We are hiring a seasonal Program Support Specialist to support our Summer Immersion Courses in Yosemite and Lake Tahoe in 2023. Our month-long summer courses intersperse outdoor components (multiple extended backpacking trips and other short expeditions including rock climbing and rafting) with basecamp components (daily physical fitness, English and environmental science classes, group reading and public speaking, and leadership classes). The Program Support Specialist will provide logistical support during basecamp days, provide logistical and emergency support for wilderness expeditions, and work closely with the Program Director to ensure all courses run smoothly. If an applicant has teaching or wilderness instructing experience and would like to take on additional responsibilities, the job description could be crafted accordingly, and the pay would increase. If an applicant would only like to support one course – in Yosemite OR Tahoe – the job description could be scaled back and adapted accordingly. This is an opportunity either for someone who would like to begin working for ARC with the intention to be an instructor in the future or for someone with significant experience to work directly with our Program Director with the intention to become a lead instructor or manager in the future. All are encouraged to apply! Work will begin between April and late May and end by early August 2023.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Has strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Has strong interpersonal skills and can connect effectively with high school aged youth, parents, and community members
Has a commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
Is flexible and adaptable under changing circumstances
Is able to work well in a team and also independently
Has experience leading wilderness expeditions

Required Skills:

Course Logistics
Assist with transportation (including shuttling vehicles, transporting students to/from home communities, running errands)
Assist with food organization and purchasing (including initial pre-course shopping and basecamp shopping trips)
Risk Management
Be on call for risk management incidents during wilderness expeditions
Basecamp Support
Provide support during academic lessons, including writing coaching, and facilitating group reading
Parent Communication

Preferred Skills:

COMPENSATION: The Program Support Specialist pay will start at $135/day. Extensive paid training is provided. Shared housing could be provided. Meals will be provided during some portions of training and during hours at basecamp with students. Candidates who are from communities underrepresented in the outdoor education field are especially encouraged to apply.

About Adventure Risk Challenge

Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) is a youth development non-profit founded in 2004. Our programming engages high school youth in Tahoe-Truckee and the Central Valley whose identities are underrepresented in the outdoors and higher education, especially first generation and English language learning students. Our Community Leadership Program has four main goals: to support students in developing literacy skills (writing, reading, and public speaking), positive relationships, leadership skills, and outdoor experiences and connection.

Application Instructions

TO APPLY: Please email your resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references, to Mel Hoffman at [email protected] by February 17, 2023, but interviews will start immediately so applying before the deadline is encouraged. For more information about our programs, please visit our website www.adventureriskchallenge.org.