You make our mission possible!

earn school credit, learn vital skills, and attend tuition-free outdoor leadership courses– all while helping with our mission of increasing outdoor access for youth of color and of low-income backgrounds. 






Please send your resume and cover letter explaining your interest in BAWT to


Our internships are 3-6 months. While they are unpaid, benefits include tuition-free courses, free use of our gear libraries, and experience working in a professional environment in a mission-driven organization, as well as practicum/college-credit for participating universities. Our internships are in the following three areas:


Programming interns help with our curriculum development and logistical coordination, from permit-securement to partnership creation!



Development Interns work with our database; organize fundraising events, and help with marketing and outreach initiatives

Gear Library


Gear Library Interns help are hands-on with the gear in our Library and ensure ongoing maintenance and quality control.

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please send an email with your cover letter explaining your interest in BAWT; resume; and general availability to

 Volunteer with gear corps!

Gear Corps Volunteers can come from 10 am to 2 pm every second Saturday of the month to help with everything from inventory and maintenance projects to gear repairs. There is something for everyone to do, no matter what skill level! Sign up here.


There are ALWAYS volunteer opportunities available. Our volunteers do everything from general office duties, IT, design, leading training courses to maintaining gear. Volunteers staff our events and tables, stuff our envelopes, and help us develop our marketing, fundraising and training programs. Contact us, we’ll be sure to find a use for your skills!

We greatly appreciate all the support our volunteers give us. Volunteering with BAWT can be one-time or ongoing and completely depends on your schedule. There are opportunities to volunteer at Oakland and South Bay / Milpitas.

skilled volunteer needs


Graphic Design

There’s lots of design and production work to be done at BAWT. Tasks range from designing web banners to creating event collateral. Contact for more information.

Video production and editing

Tag along on trainings and shoot video, or edit web-length videos of material shot by others. Guidelines and design assets provided.

IT Support

Help solve issues, and implement new features to our websites, help with basic computer issues.



Data Entry

Help keep our data records up-to-date. Training provided.
Where: BAWT office, Oakland
When: Flexible schedule, Monday through Friday


Work with a sub-committee to plan and produce BAWT events such as donor parties, retreats, and fundraising kick-offs! Organize the details from A to Z, with support from staff.

Sleeping bag washing 

Do you own a front-loading washing machine? Or live near a laundromat? Help us by washing sleeping bags!

Tabling and Outreach 

Help BAWT be more visible in the community. Spend 2-4 hours on a Saturday or Sunday on outreach for BAWT programs.


Got mad skills at something else?

We’ll take it!

Contact us to offer your skills, time and ideas.

discovery session

Join us on the second Wednesday of the month for Discovery Session where those interested in BAWT come to find out more about our organization and ways to get involved. Meet and connect with like-minded folks and stay for a volunteer project, including repairing gear, helping us spread the word about BAWT through mail campaigns, and other essential (and fun!) odd jobs. Please RSVP before coming. Food is provided.

Join an advisory board

Be a part of the movement for equity and access to the outdoors for marginalized youth. Bay Area Wilderness Training is seeking passionate and energetic people with resources and connections to serve on its Advisory Council. This is an opportunity for professional growth, leadership development, community engagement, and service.  Involvement at the board level gives you a bigger picture perspective on BAWT as an organization and offers significant opportunities for personal and professional expansion. BAWT is entering a significant period of strategic impact and capacity building so we need leaders like you to help guide us!.

join a committee


BAWT has a range of volunteer-driven committees including a Fundraising Committee (fundraising events, as well as annual strategy and tracking), Operations Committee (marketing, website, IT and software conversions, facilities and operational planning) and Community Engagement Committee (board recruiting, ambassador events, corporate giving, volunteerism and community surveys).  Our committees usually meet once a month and tackle important, strategic decisions. 

Featured intern

Jocelyn Rose Everett

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

“During my internship I was completing my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies. My main focus while at CIIS was ecopsychology, how the mind relates to nature…so I decided to create a curriculum for an ecopsychology inspired workshop. The workshop is titled Wilderness Inspirations… my goal in life is to link individuals to their innate, deeply embedded relationship to nature through meditation, social justice, and art. My experience with the BAWT team has been filled with inspiration, and genuine loving kindness. I am excited to see what other beautiful projects BAWT has in store, and look forward to staying part of the BAWT community.