Seasonal Wilderness Education Guide

  • 159 State St
  • Post Date: July 24, 2019
  • Apply Before: August 21, 2019
Job Overview

Wilderness Education Guide

2019 Job Description

Rippleffect, Inc.

Rippleffect is seeking individuals who have experience working with youth in varied outdoor education settings for our Wilderness Education Guide position. Rippleffect is excited to expand our guide team to support our growing program offerings. Our year round program offerings include:

  • Sea Kayaking
  • Environmental Education
  • Backpacking
  • Leadership Development
  • Challenge Course Elements
  • Wilderness Expeditions
  • Growth of Mind, Body & Spirit
  • Climbing**


Rippleffect is a non-profit youth and community development organization, serving over 4,000 youth annually. We own Cow Island, a beautiful 26-acre eco-campus in Casco Bay, Maine, where we run many of our youth and adult programs. Our mission is to promote youth development and leadership through adventure, healthy communities and living sustainably.


Rippleffect offers day and overnight camp programs, year-round wilderness treks, and youth leadership programs. Additionally, we offer spring and fall orientation programs for school and community groups as well as adult programs. Applicants’ schedules will vary based on previous experience, performance in Rippleffect training, and type of program offerings. Applicants should expect a wide variety of work offerings that will include weekday, overnight, and weekend work.  

Primary Responsibilities:
• Manage and mentor groups of 7-14 youth (ages 8-18) while facilitating a diverse curriculum, including leadership development, sea kayak & outdoor skills training, environmental education, and more.
• Work with a co-guide and program leadership team to plan and facilitate quality outdoor programming in compliance with Rippleffect policies.
• Manage the inherent risk of the job and maintain industry safety standards for participants in the field.
• Complete all necessary paperwork.
• Attend and complete all required staff trainings.

Minimum Qualifications:
• We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are committed to and have experience working with youth. These individuals must also have a passion for living and working in the outdoors. 

  • Experience facilitating a group over multiple days of varied adventure activities while weaving learning outcomes into the group process.
    • Proficiency in coastal sea kayaking and navigation. 
  • Proficiency facilitating a challenge course, including low and high elements, and climbing wall.
    • Wilderness First Aid and CPR are required upon start date. Wilderness First Responder is strongly preferred.
    • All applicants must be at least 17 years of age.
    • Flexibility in the job. Understand that this job is as demanding as it is gratifying and may require personal lifestyle adjustments. Some overnights and weekend work will be required.
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants coming in with higher level certifications such as: USCG licensed boat captains, registered Maine Sea Kayak & Recreation Guides, ACA coastal kayak instructors or equivalent BCU. 


Compensation — Guide pay range is $100 to $120 per day. We also provide workers’ compensation insurance, equipment discounts and high quality staff training. Possible additional compensation for AMGA Single Pitch Instructors, or equivalent.

Training — There will be 1 week of Cow Island/residential based training, sea kayaking & expedition training. Full attendance is mandatory for new staff. Rippleffect provides a $40/day training stipend. Guides are conditionally hired until they have satisfactorily passed all necessary skills assessments during training.

Duration —Per Diem work end of August-end of October during our program season.

Contact — Casey Ross, Program Coordinator – [email protected]


To Apply


**Rippleffect is looking for 1-2 applicants who are excited to join our guide team, and are coming in with an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification to help support Rippleffect’s Climbing Programs. While Rippleffect is unable to offer full-time climbing based programs, we are excited to bring on guides with this expertise to help support our Program Director. This is in addition to all other guide responsibilities and Rippleffect trainings.