About Us

Our Mission

“We provide a program & environment that empowers and supports people of all walks-of-life to achieve their wildest adventures in the outdoors, while fostering a respect for and connection to the natural environment.”
-Cliff Hodges, Founder/CEO

Since our founding in 2004, the mission of Adventure Out has been simple: to help people fall back in love with nature. We accomplish this by providing programs of the highest quality and safety standards that get people outdoors, physically active, and adventuring in nature. By providing this time and space for people to escape the hustle-and-bustle of daily life, we accomplish what we consider to be some of the most important environmental work of all – helping people to reconnect with our natural world.

Interested in joining our team? Scroll down to see available positions.


Meet The Team

It goes without saying that the management team of Adventure Out is composed of avid outdoor enthusiasts and intrepid businesspeople. Combined, they have surfed, climbed, camped, biked and hiked their way across the globe. Their common love for empowering people and being active in the great outdoors, brought them together at Adventure Out.

Cliff Hodges CEO & Founder at Adventure Out

Cliff Hodges

CEO & Founder

JACK HARRISON PROGRAM COORDINATOR &  LEAD SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR at Adventure Out

JACK HARRISON

PROGRAM COORDINATOR & LEAD SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR

Nik Martinelli ROCK CLIMBING  PROGRAM MANAGER at Adventure Out

Nik Martinelli

ROCK CLIMBING PROGRAM MANAGER

Joey Evans SURF PROGRAM MANAGER at Adventure Out

Joey Evans

SURF PROGRAM MANAGER

Jessica Rodgers SURF INSTRUCTOR MANAGER at Adventure Out

Jessica Rodgers

SURF INSTRUCTOR MANAGER

Jessica Rodgers SURF INSTRUCTOR MANAGER at Adventure Out

Jessica Rodgers

SURF INSTRUCTOR MANAGER

Cliff Hodges

CEO & Founder

Cliff holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) where he was a Tau Beta Pi collegiate scholar. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and outdoor guide; traveling the world to climb mountains, surf big waves, study with indigenous peoples, and lead groups of clients ranging from school groups to corporate executives to tap in to their true potential through wilderness adventures. At the heart of his management style and mission statement is the desire to cultivate environmental stewardship. Hodges has been featured in international publications such as Outside Magazine and Popular Mechanics, and is the co-host of the hit TV show Remote Survival on the National Geographic Channel.

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JACK HARRISON

PROGRAM COORDINATOR & LEAD SURVIVAL INSTRUCTOR

Jack has spent over a decade teaching people how to survive. As a lifelong student of nature, Jack has made conservation his priority and in his words: “there is no better way to conserve, than to educate”. Jack’s training began at age 3 with famed naturalist Elizabeth Terwilleger and by 18, Jack had spent more time in the woods than most people will in a lifetime. Jack spent a year at the renowned Wilderness Awareness School – one of the only accredited wilderness studies programs in the world. As a result, Jack has mastered a range of survival and primitive living skills and it’s that experience & passion for the natural world that helps make the survival program at Adventure Out what it is. As the driving force behind expanding our programs to Marin, Jack has played a large role in growing Adventure Out’s survival curriculum. When he’s not teaching, you can find Jack working on his collection of beautiful flintknapped arrowheads, hand-crafted bows and arrows, and honing his stalking and tracking skills for hunting season. Jack is also an expert fly fisherman and can be found chasing “hard to catch” species such as Pacific Steelhead, West Coast Striped Bass, Surf Perch, Halibut and those ever present Small and Largemouth Bass.

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Nik Martinelli

ROCK CLIMBING PROGRAM MANAGER

Nik began rock climbing in 2006 and it quickly became his favorite hobby. It has since steered him towards a lifestyle of travel, adventure sports and outdoor pursuits. Nik has honed his climbing skills at many famous climbing areas domestic and abroad. His ideal climbing trip is a long alpine climbing route with a friend, or a multi-day climb in Yosemite. Nik has instructed climbing since 2009 and began guiding for Adventure Out in 2012. With his warm personality and knack for teaching he thrives while share his passion for climbing with others. While not guiding, Nik works as a Water Distribution Operator for a local water department. His degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and work in Water Conservation during the recent drought years had led him to develop his innate interest in water and how we interact with the precious resource. In his time way from Adventure Out and saving the world, he pursues his love for mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, dual sport motorcycling, canyoneering and other recreational activities.”

Joey Evans

SURF PROGRAM MANAGER

Growing up in a surfing family, Joey began surfing at five and has been hooked ever since. So far, he has followed his passion through North America and has surfed the coasts of Florida, California, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In undergrad, he surfed in the collegiate level of the National Scholastic Surf Association (NSSA). During this time, he was invited to surf in Nationals at Salt Creek in 2004. Since graduating, Joey has shared his love of surfing with others and managed surf camps in San Diego before joining Adventure Out in 2011. He really enjoys teaching people to surf and coaching them to help the transition from beginner to advanced. Joey’s other passion is art and he earned an undergraduate degree from Florida Atlantic University in Graphic Design. Currently he is attending Academy of Art for a masters of fine arts in Web Design & New Media. Recently he has found a way to merge his passions by focusing his masters thesis on designing a top secret surfing app.

Jessica Rodgers

SURF INSTRUCTOR MANAGER

Jessica has been enthusiastic about spending time in the ocean since she could walk. She began surfing at age nine, and spent most of her free time at the beach surfing and participating in Junior Lifeguards during summers until age seventeen. She was the Women’s Captain of her High School surf team and competed in State and National competitions. Jessica moved to Santa Cruz in 2009 to study Marine Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz and graduated with a degree in 2013. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love for the ocean and has been teaching surfing for 10 years at various surf schools and camps around California. She has traveled to Mexico, Nicaragua and Bali in pursuit of waves and enjoys meeting and connecting with people from different cultures and backgrounds out in the water. Since moving to Santa Cruz, Jessica has been pursuing her dream of surfing big waves and trains to push her limits in the water. She enjoys teaching people from all skill levels and helping people achieve their goals; whether it’s standing up and riding a wave for the first time, learning to turn, or fine tuning their paddle stroke. Jessica is also an EMT and works on the ambulance when she is not teaching surfing. She aspires to be a Firefighter and attended Monterey Peninsula College’s Firefighter 1 academy in early 2017. She enjoys the mental and physical challenges that go hand-in-hand with both surfing and pursuing a career in the Fire service.

Jessica Rodgers

SURF INSTRUCTOR MANAGER

Jessica has been enthusiastic about spending time in the ocean since she could walk. She began surfing at age nine, and spent most of her free time at the beach surfing and participating in Junior Lifeguards during summers until age seventeen. She was the Women’s Captain of her High School surf team and competed in State and National competitions. Jessica moved to Santa Cruz in 2009 to study Marine Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz and graduated with a degree in 2013. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and love for the ocean and has been teaching surfing for 10 years at various surf schools and camps around California. She has traveled to Mexico, Nicaragua and Bali in pursuit of waves and enjoys meeting and connecting with people from different cultures and backgrounds out in the water. Since moving to Santa Cruz, Jessica has been pursuing her dream of surfing big waves and trains to push her limits in the water. She enjoys teaching people from all skill levels and helping people achieve their goals; whether it’s standing up and riding a wave for the first time, learning to turn, or fine tuning their paddle stroke. Jessica is also an EMT and works on the ambulance when she is not teaching surfing. She aspires to be a Firefighter and attended Monterey Peninsula College’s Firefighter 1 academy in early 2017. She enjoys the mental and physical challenges that go hand-in-hand with both surfing and pursuing a career in the Fire service.


Work With Us!

We are always interested in receiving job inquiries from qualified people.  The work here at Adventure Out can range from very part-time and seasonal, to nearly full-time for certain positions (especially in the summer months!).  Currently we are hiring for the below positions.  Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@ or contact us here to inquire further.

*Surf Instructor – Pacifica, CA
**Minimum requirement: First-Aid/CPR Certification (ok to acquire upon hiring)
***Desired skills: Minimum 7 years surfing experience, experience teaching, passion for the ocean!
****Logistical Needs: Transportation and the ability to carry 3-5 surfboards on/in your vehicle

*Surf Instructor – Santa Cruz, CA
**Minimum requirement: First-Aid/CPR Certification (ok to acquire upon hiring)
***Desired skills: Minimum 7 years surfing experience, experience teaching, passion for the ocean!
****Logistical Needs: Transportation and the ability to carry 3-5 surfboards on/in your vehicle

*Backpacking Guide – Various locations throughout California.
*Trips are hired out on a contract basis, guides can select specific dates and trips to lead.
**Minimum requirement: WFR Certification
***Desired skills: experience leading backpacking trips from either other guide services or university outdoor programs.
****Logistical Needs: Transportation – guides must be able to travel to trip departure points with their own vehicle.

*Rock Climbing Guide/Instructor – Santa Cruz, CA
**Minimum requirement: First-Aid/CPR Certification
***Desired skills: Minimum 7 years climbing experience, experience teaching, AMGA SPI Certification (or equivalent) a huge plus!
****Logistical Needs: Transportation – gear and office are located in Santa Cruz, programs take place at Castle Rock State Park and Pinnacles National Park.

*Mountain Biking Guide/Instructor – Santa Cruz, CA
**Minimum requirement: First-Aid/CPR Certification
***Desired skills: Minimum 7 years riding experience, experience teaching, familiarity with trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains
****Logistical Needs: Transportation and the ability to carry several bikes.