Through the Outward Bound California Bay Area Internship Program, Interns gain a comprehensive entry-level understanding of outdoor education program management, expedition logistics, and how to teach through challenging experiences. They will have hands-on training and learn directly from senior instructors. A significant amount of their time (8-20 hours a week) will be spent supporting the administrative and logistical needs of Bay Area courses, cross-training with other departments, conducting informational interviews, and building both a resume and field log. They will also have the opportunity to spend up to seven days in the field observing instructors in action and working directly with students in a supervised capacity. Upon completion of the Internship Program, they will receive $350 to put toward a first aid training of their choosing, for example a Wilderness First Responder course or CPR/First Aid training. Interns report to the Bay Area Program and Intern Coordinator.
Let the Journey Begin
The goals of our internship program are to bolster our pipeline of new instructors with a key focus on recruiting people of color and members of communities not historically represented in the outdoor education field, resulting in increased impact for our students.
Who We Are
Outward Bound California is part of a national network of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. We use the inherent challenge of the wilderness and urban outdoor spaces to teach people of all ages to be compassionate leaders, serve their communities, and build character and ultimately reveal the full potential within all of us.
With a 50 year history in the US, we provide extended, expeditionary style rock climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, urban and service courses, serving ages 12 and up, including adult and veteran programs. As a non-profit, more than 2/3 of our students receive partial or full scholarships to go on a course with us in the High Sierra, Joshua Tree and in the Bay Area.
Who You Are
Interested and/or comfortable in outdoor settings and activities including camping, rock climbing, and backpacking
Able to commit to 400 hours over a four-month period
Available to participate in at least one multi-day, overnight program
An effective communicator willing to give and receive feedback
Experience working with youth, under-resourced communities, and/or English language learners
Committed to maintaining confidentiality of sensitive student or program information
19 years of age or older
Willing to authorize a federal and Live Scan background check and provide current negative TB test results upon acceptance of internship (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)
Physical & Mental Requirements
Sufficiently fit to participate in all site- and logistics-related course activities while maintaining ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and instructors
Able to lift and transport 20-50 pounds of gear several times a day
Able to work outdoors, regardless of weather or season
Bonus if you…
Have prior experience with experiential, outdoor, or environmental
Speak Spanish, Mandarin or Cantonese
Hold a current Driver's License
Gain knowledge around program safety and Outward Bound policies and procedures
Assist with support duties including: food shopping and packing, equipment packing, cleaning, laundry
Assist with gear maintenance and repair
Collaborate with Course Director and Logistics Manager to plan and execute course support needs
Prep and stock basecamp facilities as assigned
Participate in program evaluation data entry and analysis
Lead by example in creating an inclusive base community
Other duties and responsibilities may be added to meet intern’s professional goals
Participate in vehicle maintenance and checks
Assist in Instructing
Participate as a Field Intern on an overnight trip with 3-7 field days on a course with local youth
Participate as a Field Intern on a round of 1-day Insight Programs
Teach a variety of subjects in the field, as determined with instructional team
Facilitate, along with Logistics Staff, course start gear and food issue, gear care, re-supplies and course end de-issue
Benefits, Compensation and Location
Compensation & Schedule
The spring internship runs from February 13th through May, 2020 with the expectation to work 400 hours during this period
Flat $500/month reimbursement for living and transportation expenses
Meals provided on work and field days
Access to borrow OBCA school gear for field work
$350 to put toward a first aid training of their choosing
Highly energetic and supportive work environment in a mission-driven organization
Opportunity to enroll in supplemental, subsidized accident and injury insurance
Access to EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
This position is located at our Bay Area program base in the Presidio, a national park in San Francisco, California, just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. The basecamp consists of two buildings with offices, warehouse and kitchen.
Outward Bound California is an equal opportunity employer and works to include diversity among its staff. Outward Bound California values the inclusion and collaboration among employees of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Outward Bound California prohibits discrimination against, and harassment of, any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, military or veteran status, qualified individuals with a disability on the basis of the disability, or any other category which may be protected under applicable state or federal law. Outward Bound California also promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics nor on differences based on gender identity or expression.
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