BAWT is currently accepting Board of Advisors applications. We seek passionate, energetic and service-oriented community members of diverse backgrounds and strengths. This is an opportunity for professional growth, leadership development, community engagement, and service to a cause at the intersection of environmental and social justice.

Board Responsibilities


Bay Area Wilderness Training is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2019 – Summer 2021 term for its Board of Advisors.

BAWT exists as a vital, comprehensive and ongoing source of support to agencies that lead youth wilderness trips. Board level involvement provides a bigger-picture perspective on our mission and offers significant opportunities for personal and professional growth in non-profit management, community engagement, and service. 

BAWT is particularly interested in individuals with knowledge of financial management, organizational planning and strategy, fundraising, and marketing skills as well as connections to youth, health and education-focused agencies and institutions.

Please note: A key criteria for board consideration is that applicants are able to attend meetings every  other month at our Oakland office located near Lake Merritt BART station.

Deadline for Submission: Wednesday, May 29, 2019



  • Be aware of the organization’s program priorities
  • Evaluate the organization’s existing programs against its stated purpose
  • Lend expertise and experience to the organization
  • Exercise due care in overseeing the activities of the organization
  • Select and evaluate the organization’s executive staff
  • Seek to involve a diverse group of community members in the organization
  • Ensure members of the Board reflect the communities served
  • Correct and take responsibility for errors and oversights
  • Protect the organization by “playing the devil’s advocate”
  • Be accessible to staff and to others Board members
  • Prepare well for meetin=gs


  • Annual “give‐or‐get” commitment of at least $1000
  • Commitment can be met by personal contributions, solicitations, or a combination
  • Develop and implement an individual fundraising plan
  • Represent the organization in and to the community
  • Recruit climbers to BAWT’s Climbing for Kids fundraising climbs



Participation & Time Commitment

  • Attend six Board Meetings each year
  • Board meetings are scheduled for the fourth Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October, and December (third) from 7‐9:30 p.m. in our Oakland office
  • Attend annual Board Retreat, usually a Friday evening through Sunday afternoon
  • Attend Into the Wild, (our annual major fundraising event in October) and fill at least one table with friends, colleagues, and others in your network
  • Regularly attend Committee Meetings of at least one Committee (Current Committees include Community Engagement, Fundraising, and Operations)
  • Annually attend one Discovery Session with friends/colleagues
  • Individuals are asked to make a two‐year commitment to serving on the Board of Advisors

We seek individuals who are…

  • Able to attend and prepare for committee and board meetings
  • Willing to make a financial commitment
  • Willing to assist at programs and events
  • Supported by a family and employment situation that enables participation
  • Recognized as collaborative decision makers
  • Committed to BAWT’s mission and goals
  • Able to exercise appropriate judgment and oversight

Plus one of the following…

  • Recognized as a community leader
  • Prior experience on a no-profit board
  • Knowledge or experience pertinent to BAWT’s programs, marketing, operations and/or fundraising needs
  • Represents program constituency or has other specialized knowledge or a program area

Basic Board Reporting Structure

Members of the Board report to the Board Chair and Vice-Chair of Bay Area Wilderness Training. BAWT is a project of the Earth Island Institute. The organization’s steering committee, aka “Board of Advisors,” serves in an advisory capacity, with the Earth Island Institute providing ultimate oversight for the organization.


  • Access to great outdoor gear, training, and outdoor adventure advice

  • Fun, creative, thoughtful work climate

  • Networking and skill-building

  • Collaborative environment

  • Knowledge and connections in the diversity, equity and inclusion youth outdoors space

  • Free training during board retreat and workshops


Step 1: Complete and submit an application. or go here: Completed applications should be sent to BAWT Board Member and Recruitment Committee: (Required)

Step 2: Save the Date! Stop by our table at San Francisco Board Match on Wednesday May 8, 2019 at the Hilton Union Square San Francisco, 5:30-8:00pm (Optional but recommended)

Step 3: Register for a Discovery Session (BAWT hosts a monthly open house orientation for the interested volunteers and the general public.) Discovery Sessions take place on 3rd Wednesdays, from 6‐7:30pm, in BAWT’s Oakland Headquarters (1050 E 8th Street, Oakland). (Highly recommended) 

For further questions please contact our Board Member Recruiting Committee at