Wilderness Guide/Mentor

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Job Overview

Sail2Change is seeking wilderness guides/mentors for a 5 week summer camp. Guides must be available the week before camp starts (week 1) for training, team building, and development of curriculum. This is paid training; starting on July 20th. Training will take place in Portland, Oregon. We will depart from Portland together on the 26th.

The first day of camp is July 27th, 2020, last day of camp is August 21st, 2020. If you are not available for the full 5 weeks, you can apply to guide for 3 weeks (Training + one session.)

The camp is split into two sessions: Weeks 2-3 are dedicated to male students, and weeks 4-5 are dedicated to the female program. Guides who apply for the full five weeks will have a two day break between the male and female sessions.


Job Summary

Wilderness guides will instruct and supervise groups of 9th graders as they immerse themselves in the wilderness for the first time. Guides will provide presentations and with support from staff on topics such as edible plants, building fires and shelters, navigation, ecology, and a few others depending on your expertise. Guides will stay in the wilderness for the duration of the camp and take part in all activities such as hiking, cooking, game time, swimming, etc. Guides need to be able to hike a minimum of 5 miles per day for a 7 day period. (5 days in a campground, 7 days on the trail) For further details, see Job Responsibilities.



We are seeking candidates who:

  • Have 2 years minimum wilderness and leadership experience in outdoor education and/or expedition-based youth programs
  • Have experience working with diverse and at-risk populations
  • Comfortable implementing behavior management strategies and acting as a leader
  • Are familiar with the Pacific Northwest
  • Knowledge of First Aid
  • Wilderness First Responder Certified
  • Enjoy working with teens of various socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Have excellent communication and organizational skills



  • Practice with outdoor therapy programs
  • Outdoor Navigation Skills
  • CDL License
  • Expedition & Travel Experience
  • Bilingual

Knowledge of:

  • Outdoor Cooking and Sanitation
  • Leave-no-Trace Ethics
  • Map and Compass Navigation
  • Forest Fire Ecology
  • Shelter Building
  • Wildlife Safety
  • Pacific Northwest Wildlife and Tracking
  • Native Plant and Tree Identification
  • Yoga for Backpacking
  • Bush Craft & Edible Plants Knowledge/Foraging



Provide input on presentation topics and activities with the guidance of the Program Director

Support staff on topics such as edible plants, building fires and shelters, navigation, ecology, and a few others depending on your expertise.

Supervise students in your small group, as well are during whole group activities

Assist with set up, wake up time, cooking, enforcing rules, mentoring campers

Fostering an environment of inclusivity and acceptance

Facilitating activities and free time, icebreakers

Communicate effectively on all issues with Program Director and fellow staff


Salary: $850 weekly stipend