High Sierra Program Manager – Outward Bound California

Midpines, California

Position Overview:

The Program Manager is a role model and mentor within the High Sierra community, providing daily leadership, administrative support, and management of the High Sierra basecamp and programming. Responsibilities include supervising courses and field staff, ensuring quality training, programming, and community building, and some administrative duties. The Program Manager reports to the High Sierra Program Director and works in collaboration with other High Sierra Program Admin Staff.

Compensation & Schedule:

  • This is an exempt, seasonal salaried position of approximately 6 months of full-time work, tentatively scheduled April 3rd – Sept 28th.
  • Monthly salary range starting from $3,350 – $3,700, depending on  experience.
  • Rustic housing is provided with access to communal bathrooms and kitchen.
  • Food is provided during the season.


OBCA offers a competitive benefits package, including comprehensive health insurance with employer contribution, long-term disability and life insurance, Flexible Spending Account, Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), and 401(k) plan after 1 year from start date.
Opportunities for professional development and Pro Deals


This position is located at our High Sierra program base in Midpines, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills 30 miles east of Yosemite National Park.


OBCA does not expect every applicant to have every skill and qualification listed here, and we are committed to the professional development of our employees.  A strong candidate who is interested in growing and learning in this role will possess at least 75% of the following qualifications.  If this is you, then we strongly encourage you to submit an application for consideration.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Passionate about Outward Bound’s mission, programs, and course activities.
  • Have a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors and can mentor staff in this topic.
  • Great organizational skills, self-motivated, and flexible.
  • Works both independently and cooperatively, and can balance multiple projects at a time.
  • Effective communicator with the ability to give and receive both positive and constructive feedback.
  • Proficient with computer systems, primarily G Suite (Gmail, Google Docs, Drive, and Calendar).
  • Proficient in backpacking in alpine environments

Education & Work Experience:

  • Experience with Outward Bound or other wilderness expeditionary programs (NOLS multi-day course or equivalent).
  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 years’ experience in the outdoor education/experiential learning field, or any similar combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to participate in moderate to vigorous physical activity, including but not limited to backpacking.
  • Able to lift and move a minimum of 40 lbs, and able to carry pack weight of up to 60 lbs.
  • Comfortable sitting or standing at a desk or computer 80% of time or greater.
  • Able to maintain composure, exercise sound judgment, and decision-making, and assess and mitigate risk under periods of stress.

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