The High Sierra Instructor carries out the mission of Outward Bound with students in the field. Instructors work on a seasonal basis under the supervision of Lead Instructors or Course Directors. They supervise, teach, and facilitate meaningful experiences for students in a backcountry context. High Sierra courses include backpacking and/or rock climbing. Instructors in the High Sierra program deliver a variety of 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.

This is a Seasonal, Exempt position
Starting Per Diem wage is $124/day
Room and board provided while on contract
Training begins early May. Work availability through mid to late August, with potential to extend into September

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


Have a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors
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

Required Skills:

Sufficiently fit to participate in all site and course activities while maintaining ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and instructors
Able to carry pack weights of up to 60-70 pounds
In the case of an emergency, able to move over terrain at a speed of 3+ miles an hour
Able to maintain composure, exercise sound judgment, and assess and mitigate risk under periods of stress
Wilderness First Responder
CA Epinephrine Auto-Injector
California Food Handler
21+ years old
Pass background checks

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. 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). OBCA is committed to increasing access for those that 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.

Uphold 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

To view the full position description and apply online visit: https://www.outwardboundcalifornia.org/connect/careers/field-positions/alpine-backpacking-instructor/