Assistant Guide and Outfitter

Job Description

Many dream of working in the outdoor industry, but few find opportunities for real-world training like this. Being an assistant guide at Zion Adventures is demanding, rewarding, and extremely educational. ZAC Assistant Guides spend about 2/3rds of their season working in the shop as an outfitter, and the other third out in the field on trips. Towards the end of the season, some Assistant Guides feel ready to lead trips on their own and stay on staff as Lead Guides the following season.  We invite our applicants to view working with us as a multi-year opportunity.

Starting Wage: $15/hour


  • Minimum of 23 years of age

  • An enduring commitment to learning, and the ability to do so quickly  

  • Ability to work well with all types of people, especially children

  • Patience

  • Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment

  • Strong attention to detail​

  • A high level of social grace

  • The ability to form meaningful connections with others quickly


  • Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder Certification

  • Experience with technical rope systems/skills

  • Experience climbing in single pitch terrain

  • Commitment to serving others

  • Ability to create order in chaotic environments​​


  • Checking in, cleaning, and repairing gear

  • Answering questions and facilitating meaningful, helpful, intelligent, and pleasant conversations with customers

  • Outfitting customers for the Narrows and other hikes

  • Answering the phone and replying to e-mails

  • Booking guided trips and shuttle reservations

  • Offering expertise on local recreation opportunities and logistics

  • Managing product inventory on our retail floor

Assistant Guide:

  • Participate in professional training opportunities regularly

  • Work collaboratively with fellow guides and guide management

  • Facilitate half- and full-day canyoneering, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking trips

  • Create a safe, fun, and educational atmosphere

  • Build, evaluate, and manage a wide variety of anchor and rope systems

  • Wash, repair, and maintain guide equipment

  • Build a comprehensive knowledge base of the roads, hikes, canyons, and hidden secrets of Zion National Park and the surrounding areas

Dates of Employment:

  • March 1st- November 28th

  • Schedule is determined by client demand and trip bookings. As a result, you may work 3 days during some weeks, but will most often work 5 days. Our aim is to create a regular work schedule for you where you have the same 2 consecutive days off.

  • Each year, there are some year-round staff positions available.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, and outdoor adventure log to [email protected]

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Job Location: 
Springdale, UT
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Not Specified
Job Starting Date: 
3/1/22 or 5/10/22

Job Details

Job Details: 
Commercial Outfitter/Guide Service

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