Outdoor Wilderness Instructor

Company: Adventure Treks

Job Type: Seasonal

Job Description

Being an outdoor instructor at Adventure Treks is an incredible opportunity- seeing students immersed in nature, fostering a community, and building their confidence and leadership on the trail! Instructors know the demands of operating on the sun’s clock and sleeping in a tent for weeks at a time with peers and students that rely on them. In the highs and lows of a trip, they’re always engaged, bringing fun to any situation, staying motivated, and working hard. Instructors are in charge of safety, satisfaction, and success. It’s not always easy, but it’s so rewarding!

What is Adventure Treks?

Our commitment to providing fun, growth-oriented, and community-minded experiences for our students allowed us to safely and successfully operate our 2020 summer season, create new gap semester programs, provide fulfilling jobs, and avoid large staff layoffs.

Adventure Treks operates 13 to 30-day wilderness-based programs for teenagers in British Columbia, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, and North Carolina. Our instructors lead activities like backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, canoeing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, and ice climbing. On each adventure, the six-person instructor team works together to coordinate all aspects of the trip like managing group dynamics, planning logistics, teaching outdoor skills, maintaining equipment, and handling medical issues.

 Our 60% instructor retention rate is in part due to our competitive salary, benefits, and opportunities to work our summer, fall, and Spring Leadership Adventure Semester, and spring and fall educational programs. 

Why work for Adventure Treks Video


Personal and professional skills learned at Adventure Treks are applicable to many experiences for years to come:

  • Leadership and Responsibility: responsible for 24 teenagers and all aspects of running a safe and fun trip
  • Communication: with your students, co-instructor, trip leader, regional director, parents, and Adventure Treks office
  • Resilience and adaptability: positively overcome adversity and creatively solve problems
  • Decision making: confidence in safe, quick, and intentional decisions
  • Strong work ethic: the hardest job with the biggest rewards and fulfillment
  • Relationship building: a role model to students, creating strong connections with students, instructor team, and building a strong community
  • Feedback: continual opportunities to provide and receive feedback to students, co-instructors, and trip leaders 


  • We’re pleased to offer a competitive salary with the average for first-year instructors being $2,800 – $3,100 for the full summer season.
  • Adventure Treks offers travel reimbursements up to $500 to help instructors travel to and from Staff Orientation

  • Accommodations, meals (and coffee!) on your trip, outfitted activities, equipment, transportation to and from the trip’s locations are provided by Adventure Treks.

  • Pro Deal accounts with access to discounts on a wide range of outdoor brands.

  • $200 Reimbursement for Wilderness First Responder Certification for returning instructors.

  • Focus on year-round personal and professional growth which include career resource webinars and reimbursements towards professional development

  • An opportunity to work both Adventure Treks spring, summer, and fall programs and gap semesters with a focus on career growth and professional development through the progression of instructor, trip leader, regional director, and gap semester faculty

Meet the faces of Adventure Treks and view the Instructor Orientation from last season. 

Applicants must be 21 (college graduate/degree in progress preferred), have a valid WFR & CPR certification, clean driving record, several years of experience working with youth and leading outdoor programs, and the ability to maintain positive energy levels with little/no time off and very limited personal time. Our gap semester faculty also require professional experience backpacking and at least one of the following: rock climbing, whitewater kayaking/canoeing, and mountain biking. Experience with developing and teaching lesson plans, and a strong passion for community building and have worked or are going to work a summer season with Adventure Treks. 

Dates of Employment

  • Spring Gap Program: March 14 – May 10
  • Spring School Group: May 13 – May 28
  • Summer and Summer Gap Program: June 9 – August 15
  • Fall Gap Program: August 29 – November 24
  • Fall School Groups: end of August to early October, based on school schedules

To Apply
Adventure Treks is now accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2020!  Email your cover letter and resume to Rachel O’Neil. Though we accept applications and hire on a rolling basis, opportunities may be limited after March. We encourage candidates to submit their resumes and applications promptly.

Availability:    Application Window We are now accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2021! Though we accept applications and hire on a rolling basis, opportunities may be limited after March. We encourage candidates to submit their resumes and applications promptly.

How to Apply

To apply as an instructor at Adventure Treks, please email your cover letter and resume to our Staffing Director, Rachel at [email protected] Once we receive your resume, we will email you a link to our staff application. After we have received your completed application, we can begin our interview process. The interview process includes at least three interviews to ensure that we are a good match for each other. We will also check your references and perform a background check.  This hiring process is time-intensive, but we have found it to be the best way to create incredible six-person instructor teams. Most instructor applicants are impressed with the thoroughness of our interview process. 
Posted on: January 14, 2021
Job Type: Seasonal
Job Starting Date:
June 9, 2020
Application Closing Date:
March 30, 2021
Job Salary Range:
2800.00 to 3100.00
Years of Experience: 1 – 2 years
Preferred/Required Degree Level: Bachelor’s degree
Population(s) Served: Youth - Teen
Job Category(ies): Adventure Travel