Position Description
As the Associate Program Director in the High Sierra, you play a pivotal role in the day-to-day management of our wilderness programs. Working closely with the management team, you provide leadership, administrative support, and oversee the High Sierra basecamp, along with a team of 45+ expedition and logistical staff. Your responsibilities include course supervision, quality training, community building, and aspects of business management. Reporting to the High Sierra Program Director, you contribute to the success of OBCA’s mission by ensuring the effective delivery of our wilderness programs and fostering a safe and inclusive environment for staff and students alike.

Compensation & Schedule
Salary is commensurate with experience, with a starting range from $3900 – $4300/month FTE
This is a full time, exempt position working 100% time during the program season and less in the off-season
During the program season (April 1 – Sept 30th), this position works full-time. During our off season (Oct 1 – March 31), this position works approx. 2.5-3.75 days/week, remote with Wi-Fi.
Preferred start date is March 16th, and no later than April 1

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 with 3% match after 1 year from start date
Pro Deal, the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates
Rustic housing is provided during the program season with the possibility to caretake over the winter
Food is provided during the program season

Work is in-person in Midpines, CA during the program season and is remote the rest of the year (WA, UT, CA, OR for remote work). Our High Sierra program is based 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).

Tagged as: Administrative Staff


Have a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors
Previous Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary experience (backpacking & rock climbing) and management experience required
Bachelor's degree and/or 4-6 years' experience in outdoor education/experiential learning

Required Skills:

Current WFR/CPR/CA Epi Auto-Injector certification
Have had a valid US or Canadian driver’s license for at least five years
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 screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
Ability to participate in vigorous to moderate physical activity including but not limited to running and backpacking.
Standing or sitting at a desk or computer 90% of time

About Outward Bound California

Outward Bound California (OBCA) is a non-profit that uses challenging experiences in outdoor settings to create social-emotional learning opportunities for our students (ages 12 and up, including adults & veterans). Our High Sierra location offers multi-day wilderness backpacking and rock climbing programs.

Outward Bound has a zero-tolerance policy for incidents of child abuse and neglect. Protecting our minor students against abuse and neglect is of the highest priority.

Application Instructions

Please apply on our website