Become a leader of outdoor education with Outward Bound California as a Challenge Course Site Manager. Our ropes course in McLaren Park serves the local community and overlooks the San Francisco Bay. With the stunning cityscape as the backdrop, you’ll mentor and supervise our staff in challenge course facilitation, technical skills & safety. You will also help develop curriculum for our programs that instill courage, confidence, and compassion in our participants. Our Site Managers have at least 50 days (or 400 hours) of facilitation on challenge course programs. If you’re ready to weave together the magic of facilitation, mentorship, and community building, then we’re excited to read your application. Join our team of passionate educators!

Compensation & Schedule (Full-Time)
Starting hourly wage is $30.90/hour with a $1500 commitment bonus after 400 hours
This is a full-time, hourly position, 5 days/week, (approximately 34-38 hours/ week). Part-time work (approximately 20 hours/week) also available if interested.
Our annual season runs from late January until early November with opportunities to return for the next season
Staff meet for a half day on Tuesdays. Student programs run Wednesday-Saturday, 8am-4pm. There is also an unpaid summer break of programs from June 10-15 & July 29-August 3, 2024. Availability of work is dependent on the number of booked programs.

Benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance, Disability & Life Insurance, FSA, PTO, holidays, 401k match, pro deals, paid training, professional development funds.

Most program days take place at the McLaren Park Ropes Course in southeast San Francisco.

Tagged as: Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Have at least 50 days or 400 hours of facilitation on challenge course programs or equivalent
Experience managing a team of instructors and serving as single point of accountability
Familiar with belaying and spotting low and high ropes course activities
Able to work weekends and nontraditional hours (earlier than 9am and later than 5pm)

Required Skills:

Wilderness First Aid & CPR (or higher)

Preferred Skills:

Hold an ACCT Level II or equivalent experience

About Outward Bound California

Outward Bound California uses challenging outdoor experiences to teach social-emotional skills like teamwork, leadership, confidence, and compassion. We offer a wide range of programs, including high/low ropes activities at our San Francisco Challenge Course and multi-day rock climbing/backpacking trips in the High Sierra or Joshua Tree. Our programs help our participants (ages 12+, including adults and veterans) embrace challenges and reflect on how they want to contribute to their communities and the world.

We are a part of the Outward Bound USA network of outdoor education programs, with a 60-year history in the US as a leading provider of outdoor education. OBCA is a non-profit and is committed to increasing access for those who have traditionally been excluded from outdoor spaces. We work towards this goal with our 40 community partners and by offering scholarships to more than half of our students.

Application Instructions

Apply on our website: https://www.outwardboundcalifornia.org/connect/careers/field-positions/challenge-course-site-manager/