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 Manager. 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.

Tagged as: Administrative Staff, Climbing Skills, Support Staff


Highly organized, with strong attention to detail
Practices proper self-care and energy management while in the backcountry for extended periods of time
Comfortable with general camping skills and camping in mountain environments
Hold current Standard First Aid (8-hour training) & CPR and California Food Handler certifications (or willing to obtain by start date)
21 years of age or older

Required Skills:

Able to lift and move a minimum of 40 pounds and carry a pack weight of up to 60 pounds
Able to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity, including, but not limited to: hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering
Culturally competent: Role model inclusive behavior and build a positive group culture

Preferred Skills:

Outward Bound or other multi-day program wilderness expeditionary experience
1-2 years prior field experience in outdoor education programs or similar educational settings
Comfortable navigating with map and compass on- and off-trail, through a variety of terrain and environmental conditions
Familiar with basic camp craft, including tarp set-up, Leave No Trace principles, and use of MSR Whisperlite stoves
Hold a current Wilderness First Responder certification

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