Are you interested in gaining work experience, developing leadership skills, and exploring the outdoors? This summer, you can join our 8-week Leadership Program where you'll get hands-on experience in:

Resume building | Interviewing | Public speaking | Outdoor skills

Leadership Program participants ages 16 - 20 will have the opportunity to hone their skills in a variety of outdoor activities and network with industry professionals from companies like:

HOKA ONE ONE, Joshua Tree National Park, California State Parks Foundation, Mesa Rim Climbing, prAna, and USD Nonprofit Institute

Participants are eligible for a stipend up to $1,000 and potential job opportunities at Outdoor Outreach upon completion of the program.

*Please review all dates for your session below to be sure they align with your schedule. If your availability no longer aligns with our program at any time, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer your space to waiting applicants.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

April 16, 2021

Program Start Date

June 2021

Program End Date

August 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Leadership Program?
The purpose is to give young adults job training through an indoor and outdoor based introductory internship on civic engagement experiences and leadership skills. Past graduates have used this experience to secure jobs in the outdoor industry and other employers, as well as to strengthen their candidacy for academic and work opportunities.

What does it mean to be a Leadership Participant?
It means that you are actively working towards learning and performing at a proficient level in our summer activities. Demonstrating sound Risk Management decisions while being held to the expectations of a professional in the outdoor education industry. This includes arriving to work on time, communicating in a timely and effective manner, respecting students and staff, modeling professionalism in the outdoors, attending trainings and meetings, and furthering the vision and mission of Outdoor Outreach.


Contact Chris at chris.santomero@outdooroutreach.org or (619) 238-5790 ext. 109