Outdoor Wilderness Instructor

Job Description

You see the campers and the trees, everything that’s said and goes unspoken. You’re cheering these kids on and cheering them up. In the highs and lows of the trail, you’re there, scanning and planning the next steps. You’re in charge of safety, satisfaction, and success. 

Of course, you know that. You’ve been on the trail before. That’s what we’re looking for in our next Wilderness Instructor. You know the demands of operating on the sun’s clock and sleeping in the wild for weeks at a time with peers and kids that rely on you. It’s not comfortable, but it’s so rewarding. 

You’ll help students foster community, build confidence and leadership skills on the trail. We’re Adventure Treks and we operate 13 to 30-day wilderness-based programs for teenagers in British Columbia, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming and North Carolina.

On each adventure, the six-person instructor team works closely together to coordinate all aspects of the trip, including:

  • managing group dynamics 
  • coordinating logistics
  • leading activities that include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, ice climbing, ziplining, cooking, orienteering, Leave No Trace concepts and general environmental education
  • risk management, menu planning, purchasing food, laundry, transportation, coordinating with outfitters, maintaining equipment, and handling medical issues

Benefits include:

  • competitive salary 
  • travel stipend 
  • access to pro-purchase discounts 
  • opportunity to work both summer (June 9th- August 15th) and fall school group programs (late August through late October in North Carolina)
Job Availability: 

Applicants must be 21 years of age,  college graduate strongly preferred, have a valid WFR/CPR certification (or be willing to acquire one), solid outdoor skills in a variety of activities, several years experience working with youth and leading outdoor programs,  expertise in Leave No Trace principles, true concern for students’ growth and well-being, outstanding role model and mentor for youth, a clean driving record, and be willing to work long hours with little to no time off.

To Apply

If you feel you meet our qualifications, please email a cover letter and a copy of your resume to our Staffing Director, Rachel O'Neil at [email protected], and we will email you our application. Once we receive your completed application, we can begin our interview process. The interview process includes three interviews to ensure 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. We will be accepting applications until April 30th, 2019 for summer and August 15th for fall.

Application Closing Date: 
April 30, 2019
Application Contact Email: 
Employment Type: 
Job Location: 
Western US including Alaska, Colorado, California, Pacific North West, British Columbia, North Carolina, Washington, Wyoming
Job Salary Range: 
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Degree Level: 
Bachelor's degree
Job Starting Date: 

Job Details

Job Details: 
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