Interns and volunteers 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. 


Work for equity in the outdoors


Links to Current Job Postings:

None Available


Any questions please email



Our internships are 2-6 months. 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. For more information, requirements and application detials, please email


Program interns play an active and high-impact role in our outdoor gear lending libraries. Interns can expect to learn how to repair and clean gear, manage inventory, and use all sorts of outdoor equipment.



Development Interns work with accounting, work with our database and help organize fundraising events, working with BAWT’s Director of Development and members of the Development Committee.



Marketing Interns help with social media, marketing material production, help organize events and campaigns, and work closely with the volunteer Art Director, the Marketing Committee and BAWT’s Executive Director. 

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. As a part of my senior project at CIIS, I was to create a project related to social justice and social change, so I decided to create a curriculum for an ecopsychology inspired workshop. The workshop is titled Wilderness Inspirations. My co-facilitator and I take participants through exercises to connect them to the land, and wrap up the experience by supporting partakers to make an art piece reflecting their experience … 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.”

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join the gear corps!

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise noted, see list of dates), BAWT keeps the Oakland Gear Library open until 9:00pm.

During these hours Gear Corps Volunteers can come from 6:00pm to 8:30pm to assist with pick up and drop off appointments. Volunteers also help with everything from inventory and maintenance projects to gear repairs. We offer continuous gear repair workshops for committed Gear Corps members. 

There is something for everyone to do, no matter what skill level!

To join the Gear Corps or find out more information please contact


2019 Gear Corps Nights

6:00pm to 8:30pm

  • Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
  • Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
  • Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

PLEASE RSVP by Tuesday at 4:00pm.

discovery session


Every third Wednesday of the month, from 6-9pm, we have a 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 tackle important projects that help get kids outdoors. Projects include repairing gear, helping us spread the word about BAWT through mail campaigns, and other essential (and fun!) odd jobs. Please RSVP before coming.


join the board

Be a part of the movement for equity and access to the outdoors for youth of color and of low-income backgrounds. Bay Area Wilderness Training is seeking passionate and energetic people with resources and connections to serve on its Board of Advisors. 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. 


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, that make for great portfolio material. Tasks range from designing web banners to creating whole identities for events. Contact for more info.
Where: telecommute anywhere, or if you’d prefer some company, at the BAWT offices.
When: whenever you have time, for as long or as little as you have time for.

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!
Where: your laundry room or nearby laundromat
When: Ongoing-flexible

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.
Where: At volunteer fairs, events such as Earth Day and at any of REI’s Bay Area locations: Berkeley, Concord, Fremont, San Carlos, Saratoga, Corte Madera, Santa Rosa, San Francisco. Other locations as well.
When: Weekends, throughout the year


Got mad skills at something else?

We’ll take it!

Contact us to offer your skills, time and ideas.