Trip Counselor

Wilderness Adventures is looking for trip counselors who are enthusiastic about working with students between 11-20 years old in group wilderness settings.
Group photo on the Pyrenees trip

Job Description

Wilderness Adventures boasts 49 years of success in providing life-changing summer adventures for students. Nothing is more essential to this success than the enthusiasm, skills and dedication of our leaders. Leading for Wilderness Adventures offers the opportunity to experience a wide range of exciting locations, cultures, and remote wilderness areas, all the while providing a group of students with an unmatched opportunity for growth that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Wilderness Adventures is looking for trip counselors who are enthusiastic about working with student between the ages of 11-20 in group settings. Trip Counselors will guide groups of 10-15 students, with two co-leaders (who are 21+) through exciting yet challenging adventure activities, as well as teach the curriculum designed for each of our trip types: Discovery Adventures, Explorer Adventures, and High Trails Adventures. The trips are both mentally and physically challenging for leaders and participants, with adventures ranging from one to six weeks in duration.

Wilderness Adventures seeks trip counselors who will be a positive influence on the participants, an inspirational role model, devoted to supporting student growth and education throughout the trip and creating a fun and non-competitive environment in which the students can thrive. Our staff and students participate in a wide variety of activities such as: mountain climbing, backpacking in over 30 National Parks and wilderness areas, rock climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, ice climbing, canyoneering, sailing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, trekking through Europe’s hut system, international and domestic service projects, and language programs. Experience in these activities is helpful, but not required.


  • Minimum of 18 years old by June 2022.
  • A minimum certification in Wilderness First Responder by June 2022. (You can apply and then complete the certification before June or through our sponsored course).
  • Quality experience working with students, ideally in grades 5-12, in a variety of settings.
  • Experience in the outdoors.

Salary & Benefits

  • Trip Counselors are contracted for an entire summer season during which they will lead one to three sessions of a trip.
  • All program expenses will be paid for while working for Wilderness Adventures (transportation and flights to the trip start and end locations, all accommodations, all meals, all activities).
  • Wilderness Adventures sponsored WFR course.
  • Wilderness Adventures offers many pro-deals and industry discounts.

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How to Apply

Click here for the 2022 Application. If you have any questions about the application process, please e-mail:

What Do I Need to Apply?

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Upload your resume as a PDF Document
  3. Complete background check form
  4. Upload a copy of your current driver’s license