Trip Leader

Job Description

  At Go Adventure we look for Trip Leaders who thrive in the mentor role, are experienced in group facilitation, and demonstrate flexibility, patience, and enthusiasm for connecting with students.  We pride ourselves in hiring amazing staff who are able to positively influence students while maintaining a safe, fun and supportive environment.  This season we will be running programs in a variety of settings such as Point Reyes, Yosemite, Channel Islands, Hells Canyon, Idaho, Santa Cruz and the Eastern Sierra. We also have a couple of East Coast programs as well!

* Lead 3 – 21 day Adventure Programs for youth ages 12 - 17
* Mentor and empower groups of 10-40 youth, typically broken into smaller hiking groups, from different backgrounds and levels of outdoor experience
* Manage risk, safety, logistics, as well as group and individual needs
* Implement our core curriculum of Active, Instructive and Reflective activities 
* Organize and facilitate games, activities and initiatives that foster positive group dynamics
* Drive SUV’s or minivans w/ a tow trailer, 15 passenger vans (previous experience required), up to 8 hours to and from wilderness areas and urban centers
* Establish and maintain positive relationships with co-leader(s) and admin staff to implement top quality outdoor programming
* Facilitate / educate / support students in preparation of healthy meals, while maintaining industry food and sanitation standards
* Maintain flexibility, positivity and humor in all situations, especially difficult ones
* Complete pre and post trip paperwork, peer evaluations and daily trip logs for each program
* Attend a 6-day staff training (stipend paid upon completion with minimum two trip commitment): 
Dates: TBA - potentially beginning as early as April 25, 2018. Bodega, CA
* 21 years of age or older
* Hold a driver’s license and clean driving record
* Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR (or greater medical training)
* Good physical health, able to hike with 40lb. backpack for up to 10 miles
* College Degree preferred, but significant life experience and/or travel are valued equally
* Previous professional experience working with youth in an outdoor setting, and ability to work effectively with students
* Experience in group management, time management and facilitation skills for team building and group initiative games
* Comfort and experience facilitating backpacking trips, day hikes, student cooking, service projects and cultural experiences
* Excellent leadership, organization, attention to detail, and time management skills
* Flexibility, adaptability and openness to changes in plans
* Strong personal motivation, initiative, and follow through.
* A passion for the outdoors, and the desire to share this love with young adults

To Apply

To apply, visit our website at  For further questions or information, e-mail Melissa Elbert at [email protected]

Application Closing Date: 
January 31, 2018
Application Contact Email: 
Employment Type: 
Job Region: 
Job Location: 
Training and Base Camp are located in Bodega, CA but trips run all over California
Job Salary Range: 
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Degree Level: 
Bachelor's degree
Job Starting Date: 
Training Begins April 25, 2018

Job Details

Job Details: 
Adventure Course
Adventure Travel
Community Service
Environmental Education Program/Center
Experiential Education
Group Facilitation & Processing
Outdoor Education Center
Outdoor Skills School
Service Learning
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