Alpine Backpacking Instructor

Outward Bound California

Midpines, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $128/day
Deadline Jan 01, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

As a High Sierra Alpine Backpacking Instructor, you will facilitate transformative backpacking and/or rock climbing courses with students (ages 12+). Instructors work on a seasonal basis under the mentorship of Lead Instructors or Course Directors. Instructors in the High Sierra program deliver a variety of programs, ranging from 5-30+ days. These programs and expeditions focus on leadership, service, and character development, and take students into new and challenging outdoor environments.

Compensation & Schedule 

  • Starting per diem wage is $128/day. All required trainings are also paid at this rate. 
  • Training begins early May. Work availability through mid to late August, with potential to extend into September. This is a seasonal, exempt position.


  • Room and board provided while on contract
  • Eligible to enroll in 401k after 1 year from your start date
  • Pro deals (the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates)
  • Professional development funds
  • Access to our free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and family members
  • 56 hours (7 days) of paid sick time upon hire or at the beginning of each calendar year


This position is located at our High Sierra base in Midpines, California, 30 miles east of Yosemite National Park. The basecamp has a main building with an office, program gear sheds, a commercial kitchen and weather port living quarters (durable fabric structures).

Equity and Inclusion Statement

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.  


  • Experience on extended backcountry trips minimum of 50-100 nights, which can be a combination of personal and professional
  • Passionate about working with youth, especially teens and middle schoolers
  • Have a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors  
  • Wilderness First Responder & CPR/AED
  • 21 years of age or older
  • See full job description for more details

Application open until filled. Priority review for applications received by January 1st. Apply on our website.

Please include a Technical Skills Log with your application under "Additional Documents.” Instead of a cover letter, there will be a few short answer question

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Outdoor Recreation