Outdoor Educator/Backpacking Guide
Spend your summer working and playing in Yosemite and other West Coast parks! Our tight-knit staff includes some of the most passionate outdoor educators and guides in the industry. Our staff is a collection of fun-loving, hard-working professionals. A passion for sharing the outdoors with others is what brings people to work at this top-rated Yosemite and Olympic guide service and youth program.
Yosemite and Olympic National Parks, our two flagship locations, are some of our awesome workplaces and where our staff goes for fun on their days off. The nearby recreation opportunities are endless and our community living spaces foster friendships and partnerships for outdoor objectives
The season begins with our in-house staff training and backpacking trip, where you will build relationships with your coworkers and learn about our program, the park you work in, and any related skills. After weekly Summer Camp trips return on Fridays, we have a staff bar-b-que, which is provided by the company. We also have several activities and events planned for the summer, including a Halloween party, and mountainous staff adventure!
Additional Job Details
- International Applicants Allowed?
- Work Visa Sponsoring Available
Our Outdoor Educators facilitate youth backpacking summer camps and adventure based outdoor education programs. They work hard to ensure our programs are meaningful, supportive, educational and fun while providing superior service levels that exceed client expectations. Our Outdoor Educators can be expected to work from late May through late August (with potential work available into October) and can expect an average of 18 to 21 field days of work per month.
First year Outdoor Educators might also have opportunities to assist on our Guide Service programs (adult and family day hikes and backpacking trips), if they are interested. They will be trained prior to working in the field. Staff working in our Guide Service program can work an extended season from May-October as both Outdoor Educators and Guides on any of our programs. Our year-round demand is growing and additional work opportunities may also be available based on demand.
- Professional Outdoor Educator & Guide training
- Ongoing Supervision and Support
- Optional subsidized and community camping with amenities at our Guide House property.
- Uniforms and use of required gear as needed
- Pro-purchase deals on gear/clothing.
- Meals/lodging while on trips.
- Weekly BBQ’s during the prime season (June-August)
- $5/month additional pay towards a working mobile phone that has service in our operating areas
- One of the best communities of colleagues within the industry to share this most awesome experience with.
- Must have (or be able to attain before start date) a current Wilderness First Responder certification (or higher) and CPR. Wilderness First Responder courses must be at least 70 hours in length.
- Minimum of 21 years old; exceptions may be made for those turning 21 during their employment.
- Must have (or be able to attain before start date) a current California Food Handlers Certificate.
- Ability to pass a background check.
- Must have a current, valid driver's license, and a clean driving record
- Must be fully vaccinated according to CDC definitions (including all boosters) prior to staff training.
- Able to attend Mandatory Staff Training at the beginning of the season (dates vary slightly every year, but generally occur around the end of May/beginning of June).
- Ability to solve problems quickly and discreetly, making judgment calls in the field.
- Ability to work flexible hours, weekends, evenings, and holidays.
LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
- Ability to respond accurately and honestly to common inquiries or complaints from clients, suppliers, partners, and co-workers.
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients, suppliers, partners, supervisors, and co-workers.
- Ability to efficiently and effectively communicate via phone, text, email and satellite communication devices with our Administrative Team, and follow the Chain of Command.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to stoop, kneel, bend, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, lift, work with fingers, grasp, feel, talk, hear, and perform repetitive motions.
- Ability to perform moderate work exerting up to 50-75 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a similar amount of force constantly to move objects.
- Ability to work outdoors for multiple days in heat and cold weather conditions, walk up hills, lead hikes, stand to teach, and hike up to 15 strenuous miles daily with a backpack weighing 25-70 lbs.
- Strong visual acuity required, performing such activities as preparing and analyzing data and figures, inspecting and repairing gear and equipment, using a computer terminal and reading text, and performing maintenance on company property.