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Information for Prospective Interns

Outdoor Adventures by Boojum employees transform lives. They are mentors who are driven to share their passion for adventure in the natural world through hands-on experiences. By instilling a critical and powerful understanding of our environment, Outdoor Adventures by Boojum staff strive to empower our participants.

Boojies are a community of kindred spirits who make a real difference in people’s lives, building self confidence, positive peer relationships, and environmental stewardship. We offer our staff multiple valuable training courses, valued at $800-$1200, at no cost to our staff! Challenge the limits of your true potential and join the Boojum family!

Internship Program Goals:

The primary goal of our program is to provide the intern with the opportunity to learn and work in a professional setting in the field of outdoor experiential education. This field is growing rapidly and the need for professionally trained teachers and field instructors is increasing. The internship program is designed to expose participants to the operations behind our programs, including logistics, training and support; the development of our learning and teaching curriculum; and the delivery and evaluation of our field programs

Who we are looking for:

Outdoor Adventures by Boojum is looking for people who are hard working, professionally minded and take pride in their work. A Boojum internship requires enthusiasm, creativity, a desire to learn about yourself, good organizational skills, the ability to work closely with others, and a sense of humor. Interns must be self-motivated, requiring limited direct supervision, and be comfortable working and living in the outdoors. Current First Aid and CPR certifications are required. Prospective interns must have a good driving record. Previous academic and professional exposure to outdoor education is preferred. Interns must provide their own personal outdoor gear and transportation to and from the Institute. Boojum can provide transportation to and from local airports at the beginning and end of the internship.

What you can expect:

Once training or orientation is complete, we will jump right into the heart of the season. Interns will begin by providing logistical support on base camp courses, field support on backcountry programs, and administrative support back at the Boojum facility. Each intern will get the opportunity to be in different learning and teaching situations depending on their own interests and skills as well as the types of activities Boojum is involved in that season. Spring and Fall season internships are heavily field-based. Winter and Summer internships have an extra focus on learning the administrative and logistical aspects of outdoor education. There is also the possibility of other trainings during the season in rock climbing, anchor building, first aid training, and team challenge course facilitation.

It is the responsibility of each intern to arrive at Boojum with clear educational goals for his or her internship. Throughout your internship, there will be regular meetings with the Staff & Training Manager to discuss progress towards the completion of those goals and evaluation of performance. During the internship you can expect to be working hard for long hours both at the facility and in the field. We strongly stress good communication and team building in our programs, and we take this home to our staff. As part of a community of workers, students, and educators, interns are an integral part of our programs and are highly valued members of our staff.

What you get out of it all:

You’ll receive a great educational and work training experience with a high quality outdoor education organization. You will have the opportunity to work with highly skilled professional outdoor instructors and/or administrators in a supportive learning environment. You may travel to some of the most remote and beautiful areas of the Southwestern United States. Outdoor Adventures by Boojum offers a professional purchase program where staff may acquire outdoor equipment at a steeply discounted cost. Each intern will receive a living allowance, as well as housing with other interns for the duration of your internship. Room and board are provided while you are in the field.

Timeframes:

Internship dates are flexible. Outdoor Adventures by Boojum internships often last for three or more months, though many vary depending on school or other requirements. Our primary seasons are the fall and spring. Fall season typically starts with staff training in mid to late August; courses run August through early November. The spring season starts with staff training in late February or early March; the season ends at the beginning of June. We accept applications on a rolling basis. The fall hiring begins in April and spring hiring begins in November.

How to apply:

Interested in joining the Boojum team? Just send in your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to the Director of Program, Gayle Hilgris at ghilgris@boojum.org. Have questions? Call Gayle at 951-763-4102 X222.

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