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Crystalaire Adventures

  • 33 Bass Lake Road, Traverse City, MI
  • crystalaireadventures.com
  • ccorporations

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Seasonal Guide

What makes us different?
  • Voice and choice: Participants have complete agency over their experience. They build the itinerary and meal plan, and choose their activities. Your job is to facilitate!
  • Building community: Our trips build lifelong friendships! You help them create norms and expectations, make group decisions and manage conflict.
  • Time outside: We visit some of the most beautiful destinations in the midwest!
What’s in it for you?
  • 25-40 days in the backcountry changing lives for the better!
  • Free housing in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan!
  • Be part of a close-knit community of fun loving peers!
  • Gain valuable interpersonal and organizational skills for a career in the outdoors or otherwise.
See what past guides have to say:
“Kids are smart: they know when their leaders are disconnected. But when you bring them into the mix, all are equal. I think we’re different from other agencies because we minimize the barriers between guides and participants. We tread the line of partners and leaders, and that's where the magic happens." -Cal, 2018-19
“I don’t know why it works but it does. Something about small groups, close staff, and great kids. I think we’re just always trying to be better. Every trip is supposed to be the best trip. Every meal, every meeting. And we’re all friends, which makes it better.” -Abby, 2019


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salary range

$1000 - $1.5k / month

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

  • Guide backcountry trips from 3 to 15 days.
  • Pre and Post-trip duties, including:
    • Packing food and gear.
    • Briefing and debriefing trips.
    • Pre and post-trip paperwork.
    • Maintaining and repairing gear.
  • Contribute your experience and knowledge to improve the Crystalaire Curriculum.
  • Live on-site at our headquarters in Traverse City, MI. from early June to late August.
    • With free room and board included- although you’ll have to cook for yourself on trail.
    • (It’s a pretty sweet place to live- our property is on an isthmus between Lake Michigan and Lower Herring, and you’ll have access to our canoes, sailboats beaches, sand dunes, etc. on days off).
  • Assist in day-to-day operations of our sister program, Camp Lookout, as necessary.
  • Other duties.

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements

What we look for:

  • Valid Wilderness Medicine Certification (WFA or WFR).
  • Prior experience leading trips, working with youth and/or managing groups.
  • An interest in experiential education.
  • Proficiency in outdoor skills such as cooking, woodcraft, canoeing.
    • Skills that diversify the Crystalaire team are especially valuable- tell us what sets you apart.
  • Flexible, team-oriented hard workers.

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