Logistics Coordinator

Outward Bound California

Midpines, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $128/day
Deadline Apr 16, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Position Overview

If you love long drives, cooking for groups of people, staying organized, and spending time outside, we'd love to see your application! 

Our Logistics Coordinators are crucial members of our team who manage the equipment, food, and transportation for our backpacking & rock-climbing expeditions in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Logistics Coordinator (LC) works closely with others on the Logistics team and reports to the Associate Logistics Manager.  Check out our blog post about a "Day in the Life" of a Logistics Coordinator to learn more.

Compensation & Schedule

This is a seasonal, exempt position with a starting wage of $128/day. Our in-house staff training is also paid at this rate. 

Training begins in May. Our season runs through late August with the potential to extend work in September. Most Logistics Coordinators can expect to work 50-70 days per season, May through September.


  • Room and board provided
  • Pro deals (the opportunity to purchase outdoor gear at discounted rates),
  • Eligible to enroll in 401k after 1 year from your start date
  • Professional development funds
  • Access to our free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and family
  • 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 program base in Midpines, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills 30 miles east of Yosemite National Park. High summer temperatures can reach 80-100+ degrees Fahrenheit. The basecamp has a main building with an office, program gear sheds, a commercial kitchen, and weather port living quarters (durable fabric structures).

Who We Are

Outward Bound California (OBCA) is a non-profit that uses challenging experiences in outdoor settings to create social-emotional learning opportunities for our students. We are a part of the Outward Bound USA network of outdoor education programs, with a 50-year history in the US, serving over 40,000 students annually. 

We offer a wide range of programs, from 1-day experiences on our San Francisco Challenge Course to multi-day rock climbing and backpacking courses in the High Sierra and Joshua Tree. We work with students aged 12+ (including adults & veterans). OBCA is committed to increasing access for those who have traditionally been excluded from outdoor spaces. We do this, in part, through our 40+ community partnerships and by offering partial or full scholarships to over 2/3 of our students.

Check out what our staff and students have to say about our High Sierra programs in this video.

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. 

Who You Are

Outward Bound California does not expect every applicant to have every skill and qualification listed here. If you have 75% of the following qualifications, we encourage you to apply.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Have a deep understanding and personal commitment to equity and inclusion in the outdoors 
  • Highly organized, with great attention to detail, and can adapt to  unforeseen changes
  • Proficient at basic computer use

An Outdoor Enthusiast

  • Maintains a positive attitude while working outdoors, regardless of weather or season
  • Comfortable with general camping skills (approximately 20% of work time at overnight events)

Physical & Mental Requirements

  • Able to participate in all logistics-related course activities while maintaining ample energy, strength, and focus to aid students and instructors
  • Able to carry weights of up to 60 pounds
  • Can be on feet most days, sometimes for long hours early or late in the day, with high temperatures ranging from 80-100+ degrees Fahrenheit
  • Able to exercise sound judgment and decision-making under periods of stress
  • Able to operate a vehicle for 8-10 hours a day
  • Able to self-motivate and work independently 

Required Current Licenses & Certifications (by Start Date)

  • First Aid & CPR/AED (must meet EMSA requirements for childcare providers [i.e. requires an in-person assessment])
  • California Food Handler
  • Have held a current United States Driver License for at least five years

Additional Requirements (by Start Date)

  • Are 21 years of age or older
  • Able to pass a federal background check, MVR check, Live Scan background check, and provide current (within the last 4 years) negative TB screen or test results upon hire (cost of all screening paid for or reimbursed by OBCA)

Bonus if you have…

  • Experience with basic equipment repair
  • Experience driving in a professional setting and/or comfort driving a trailer up to 12 feet in length
  • Experience with outdoor education programs 
  • Comfort cooking for 20-40 people


Logistics & Organization

  • Support the delivery of the Outward Bound programs through all food, gear, and transportation logistics for several crews in the field at once
  • Coordinate the issue, de-issue, and maintenance of the High Sierra program outdoor equipment, including gear repair, laundry, and inventory management
  • Carry out various warehouse logistics projects throughout the season
  • Assist in the basic maintenance and upkeep of base facilities; provide kitchen support as needed or assigned

Driving & Risk Management

  • Transport instructional staff and supplies to and from course functions and support field evacuation transportation
  • Maintain an acceptable driving record, in line with OB Driving Criteria
  • Perform routine vehicle inspections


  • Consistently strive to give and receive quality feedback with colleagues and supervisor
  • Use appropriate language and behavior while acting as a role model for students
  • Uphold Outward Bound’s zero-tolerance policy for incidents of child abuse and neglect. Protecting our minor students against abuse and neglect is of the highest priority.
  • Participate in all required training

Outward Bound California is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law. Outward Bound California also promotes respect for all people, and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics.


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