The High Sierra Instructor (I) carries out the mission of Outward Bound with students in the field. Instructors work on a seasonal basis under the direct supervision of Lead Instructors or Course Directors. They supervise, teach, and facilitate meaningful experiences for students in the field throughout the course. High Sierra courses include backpacking, rock climbing, and/or mountaineering activities. Instructors in the High Sierra program deliver a variety of engaging programs, ranging from 4-65 days. These programs and expeditions focus on leadership, service, and character development, and take students into new and challenging outdoor environments.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding


Experience on extended backcountry trips minimum of 50-100 nights which can be a combination of personal and professional
Comfortable navigating with map and compass on- and off-trail, while leading a group through a variety of alpine terrain and environmental conditions
Passionate about working with youth, especially teens and middle schoolers
Able to create lesson plans and curriculum to safely and effectively transfer responsibility to students

Required Skills:

21 years of age or older
Holds current Wilderness First Responder, CPR, CA Epinephrine Auto-Injector, and California Food Handler certifications by start date.
Willing to do the following upon hire: Authorize a federal background check, authorize a Live Scan background (OBCA will cover rolling fee), provide current negative TB test results (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA), provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination (no accommodations for program staff)

Preferred Skills:

Are an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI)
Able to place protection and build multi-directional anchors using artificial and natural protection
Lead climb placing traditional protection at a 5.6 grade level or higher
Have additional technical mountaineering skills: You can assess hazards and choose appropriate route option on 4th class terrain, you can assess and determine appropriate site for fixed line use, and you are familiar with basic snow travel, self-arrest, and group management on steep snow

About Outward Bound California

Outward Bound California (OBCA) is part of a national network of experiential and outdoor education programs, with a 50 year history in the US, serving over 40,000 students annually. OBCA uses unique experiences in natural settings to create social-emotional learning opportunities for our students to tap into their inherent potential as compassionate leaders and active participants in their communities.

We work with students on a range of programs, from 1-day experiences on our San Francisco Challenge Course to multi-day rock climbing, backpacking and mountaineering courses ranging from 7 to 65 days long. We work with students aged 12+, including adults, educators and veterans. Outward Bound California is deeply committed to opening up access for students and schools that have traditionally been excluded from outdoor spaces and programs and we do this through over 40 effective community partnerships. As a non-profit, more than 2/3 of our students receive partial or full scholarshi

Application Instructions

To see the full job description and apply, please visit: https://www.outwardboundcalifornia.org/connect/careers/field-positions/alpine-backpacking-instructor/