Summer Trip Leader

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ARCC Programs is seeking Program Leaders. Spend the summer leading, teaching, and inspiring teenagers while traveling to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world!

Job Description

ARCC is looking for Program Leaders who are enthusiastic about working with students ages 13 -18, and who have strong experience working with groups. ARCC leaders focus on fostering constructive group dynamics, facilitating games, activities and initiatives, overseeing outfitted activities, and ensuring that each person in the group is able to safely achieve goals consistent with his or her abilities. Trip Leaders also provide natural and cultural history education relevant to their location as well as teach the curriculum designed for our community service programs. Leaders will guide groups of up to eighteen students, with a co-leader, through rigorous community service projects and adventure programs. The trips are both mentally and physically challenging for leaders and participants, with programs ranging from fourteen to thirty-six days in duration.

ARCC seeks leaders who will be a positive influence on the participants, supporting them throughout the trip and creating a fun, safe, and supportive environment in which they can thrive. Our leaders and students participate in backpacking, sailing, rafting, SCUBA diving, surfing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, international service projects, and cultural exchanges.. Experience in these areas is helpful, but not required. Other leader responsibilities may include travel logistics, keeping a daily trip log, communicating with office staff about the status of the trip, and making crucial decisions along the way that may affect the outcome of the trip.


• Minimum 21 years of age.
• Current certification in Wilderness First Responder (WFR), EMT, or WEMT by June 2018 (You do not need to have this certification at the time you are hired. ARCC will organize a WFR course for hirees who are not already certified in early June 2018 – call for details).
• Excellent health and physical condition.
• Current driver’s license and clean driving record.
• Available for employment June 13, 2017 through late July to early August.

Salary and Benefits

ARCC leaders are contracted to lead one or two trips, ranging from two to four weeks each. All leaders are required to participate in our Staff Training (June 13 – 19, 2018*). The first-year leader salary ranges from $1,000 – $1,600 depending on the length and number of trips you lead. All living and travel expenses will be paid for while working for ARCC. In addition, we offer great pro-deals on outdoor equipment from many well-known manufacturers.

*Staff Training dates subject to change.

Available Positions

Trip Leader

Application Deadlines

November 1, 2017
December 1, 2017
January 3, 2018
February 1, 2018
March 1, 2018

Our hiring season has five application deadlines. We recommend applying by the earliest possible deadline, as most of our applications arrive early in the year. Upon receipt of all materials we will review applications and notify you with a decision shortly after the deadline date. If this is a time-sensitive matter for you, please let us know and we will accommodate accordingly. Any positions available after the March 1 final deadline will be filled on a rolling basis, and applicants must be prepared to respond promptly.

ARCC Programs is committed to upholding a hiring process that is legal, ethical, and nondiscriminatory. We value diversity in our office staff, summer leaders, gap instructors, and student population. ARCC Programs provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees as well as all student applicants regardless of race, sex, religion, color, age, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or political affiliation. This applies to all terms and conditions of employment including hiring, recruitment, promotion, training, regional placement, termination, leaves of absence, and compensation. We are committed to upholding these standards in all aspects of our organization.

To Apply


Please complete the online application. You will be prompted to create an account to complete the online application. Upon completion of the application you will be asked to upload your resume and cover letter, you will also be given the opportunity to submit your references’ email addresses. Your resume, cover letter, and three references are required for a complete application. If you have any questions or problems with the online application – please email: [email protected]


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Bend, OR
Job Experience: 
3 - 5 years
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Bachelor's degree
High school
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