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 the High Sierra Program Manager. Interns primary roles are Instructional Intern and Support Intern. Through these roles, Interns gain a comprehensive understanding of outdoor education programming and facilitation. 2-4 weeks of their time will be spent in the field in an observational and mentored capacity, working directly with students. Additionally, 2-3 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.

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


Passionate about working with youth, especially teens and middle schoolers
Have a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors
Role models inclusive behavior and build a positive group culture, while building rapport with students and colleagues
Have experience working with a diverse range of student ages and populations
Highly organized, with attention to detail
Experience on extended backcountry trips
Comfortable with general camping skills and camping...

Required Skills:

21 years of age or older
Have held a current Driver License for at least three years and possess a clean Motor Vehicle Record
Willing to authorize a federal background check, Live Scan background check, and MVR check and provide current negative TB test results upon hire (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
Hold current Standard First Aid (8-hour training) & CPR and California Food Handler certifications (or willing to obtain by start date)

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 view the full job description and to apply visit: https://www.outwardboundcalifornia.org/connect/careers/field-positions/high-sierra-program-intern/