The High Sierra Internship is a hand-ons introduction to the Outward Bound educational model through all lenses of the organization. Interns are supervised directly by a High Sierra Program Administrator. Interns have two primary roles: Instructional Intern and Logistics Intern. Through these roles, Interns gain a comprehensive understanding of outdoor education programming and facilitation. Between 2-4 weeks of their time will be spent in the field in an observational and mentored capacity, working directly with students. Additionally, 1-3 weeks will be spent in the world of the Logistics Coordinator, orchestrating all logistical needs to support courses. The remainder of their contract will be spent building community, gaining professional development, and supporting program administrative needs. Some time may be spent shadowing members of the High Sierra administrative team.

We believe that all people should have safe access to the outdoors and culturally relevant and responsive educational programming. OBCA is also striving to create an equitable and inclusive internal culture where all staff members feel represented and honored for their identities and lived experiences. We examine how power, bias, race and other aspects of identity impact our organization. We work to build a culture where we are always learning and improving toward a vision for equity and belonging for all staff. We are looking for team members who can actively join us in this process. We are also committed to reflecting the diverse communities with whom we work and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ identifying folks, and women to apply.

Compensation & Schedule

Internship tentatively starts late April through mid August, with an expectation of ~22 work days/month
Monthly flat $1,200 reimbursement for living expenses
Room and board provided while on contract


Pro Deal, the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates
Professional development throughout the season
Opportunity to participate in additional staff trainings and expeditions, as experience and availability allows
Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP), free of charge for staff, interns, and family members

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Support Staff, Teaching/Education


21 years of age or older
Able to pass a federal & Live Scan background check and a MVR check (cost paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
Current (within the last 4 years) TB screening or test results (cost paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
Up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination status as defined by the CDC

Required Skills:

First Aid & CPR/AED (must meet EMSA requirements for childcare providers [i.e. requires an in-person assessment]; please consult this list to find examples of acceptable providers or check compliance with [email protected])
California Food Handler
CA Epinephrine Auto-Injector

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

Application Instructions

To see the full description and apply, please visit: https://www.outwardboundcalifornia.org/connect/careers/field-positions/high-sierra-program-intern/