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Zion Adventure Company

  • 36 Lion Blvd, ZION NATIONAL PARK, UT
  • https://www.zionadventures.com/
  • limitedcompany

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Year after year, high performing staff have many of the same things in common. They are happy, improving & growing in helpful ways, like working hard, showing care for those around them, and feeling connected to people, and with the ZAC mission. Life here is an adventure as we explore the world outside and seek greater understanding of the human experience. Our staff come to Zion from all over the country. For many of us, our co-workers are an essential part of our community. We support each other, and we want to be supported. Getting to know each other is part of the adventure. Our lives overlap. We laugh with each other if the lid falls off the salt-shaker. We feel your pain when you run out of coffee. Often our coffee runs are expedited by the fact that we have each others' drinks memorized. Springdale is a small town. Some staff easily make connections with people outside the staff. Others find their best friends within our staff. There is no requirement from Zion Adventure Company nor its management that you spend your personal time with your co-workers. As you look for recreation outing partners, some may naturally come from the staff, and others from the townspeople. Some staff members have mentioned we are like a family. This is true to a degree. We care about you, want you to be happy, and to succeed. At the same time, we want to cautiously encourage you to think of the term “family” in helpful ways. Co-workers can help you, but won’t do everything for you and can't manage your life for you. We need you to do your job well and consistently. No amount of being close to co-workers alleviates this need to perform. We expect staff to be responsible and accountable. You need to take responsibility for your success and happiness. Help is almost always available and we encourage you to ask for help when you need it. Just a few of the ways we have helped each other are ride to the airport, technical assistance changing flat tires, and support meeting self-improvement goals at work. The Zion Adventure Company staff is an incredible team of connected individuals. Each of us wants to work with great people. Our hiring team does its best to find you and hire you. We pursue a high quality of life for ourselves, our guests and want the same for you. Staff members want each other to be great, and to pursue excellence in all they do. They also laugh a lot at the the funny and ironic moments we share. Sincerely, ZAC Hiring Team


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salary range

$80 - $200 / day

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

 We thrive on sharing our passion for the outdoors with others and by giving them the skills and autonomy to do so on their own. A Zion Adventures guide is a powerful mixture of character, empathy, integrity, curiosity, and humility.  You will be joining a diverse group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds all united by a common mission and a passion for experiential learning, education, and the outdoors. We are in a constant pursuit to better ourselves and the organization. Many of those who have moved here to be guides with us have found this chapter of their lives to be much longer than they expected, and are happy for it. If working with and being challenged by these types of people excites and inspires you, we encourage you to apply. All qualified candidates will be given thorough consideration and evaluation.

Minimum Requirements


  • Participate in the initial 7-day, paid, guide development training curriculum

  • Progress through the guide development sequence, from assistant to leading your own trips by June 1

  • 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 as well as courses

  • Create a safe, fun, and educational atmosphere

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

  • Teach students basic to advanced technical skills

  • 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



  • Minimum of 23 years of age
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification & CPR Certification
  • An enduring commitment to learning, and the ability to do so quickly  
  • Ability to work well with all types of people, especially children
  • An appreciation for working with beginners and experts alike
  • Patience
  • Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Sound judgment and risk management​
  • Leadership Presence
  • A high level of social grace
  • The ability to form meaningful connections with others quickly


  • Previous guiding or leadership experience (Strongly preferred)
  • Experience with technical rope systems/skills
  • Experience climbing in single pitch terrain

Helpful Characteristics:

  • Skills and knowledge within the realm of your guide specialty (canyoneering, rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking)
  • Additional credentials such as AMGA or PCGI training/certifications, Search and Rescue experience, WEA Outdoor Leadership Training Course, LNT Master Educator, etc.

Dates of Employment:

  • March 4th - November 29th 2024
  • Schedule is determined by client demand and trip bookings. As a result, you may work 3 days during some weeks and 5 days other weeks. Our aim is to create a regular work schedule for you where you have the same 2 consecutive days off. 
  • There is year-round guiding available for a few staff members. Guides who have stayed throughout the winter months (slower season) have found most work through completing projects around the shop.

How to Apply

  • Send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]
  • Interviews will be held on a rolling basis starting Dec 1, 2023.
  • Hiring process will end Jan 15th, 2024.

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