Trip Leader

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 leaders who are enthusiastic about working with student ages 11-20 in group settings. Leaders will guide groups of 10-15 students, with one or two co-leaders 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 leaders 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 leaders 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 21 years old by June 2022.
  • Applicants must have and maintain an excellent driving record with no major infractions of unsafe conduct. You will be required to drive a 15-passenger van towing an 8-foot utility trailer if leading one of our domestic trips.
  • 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).
  • College graduate or in the process of completing a degree.
  • Quality experience teaching/leading in a variety of settings, ideally with students in grades 5-12.

Salary & Benefits

  • Leaders 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.


A summer contract with Wilderness Adventures will typically be from June 5, 2022 – August 8, 2022. In some circumstances staff members may be hired to begin earlier or end later. If you are interested in an extended contract, please discuss this with the WA team during the interview process.

All WA Trip Leaders and Trip Counselors must be Wilderness First Responder certified by the start date of their contract. Staff members that need to earn this certification are invited to the join the WA-sponsored course in Salt Lake City. This course is June 1 – June 3. Staff members needing their WFR recert are invited to join the June 4 recertification course. WA does not provide food, housing or transportation during this course. For more details, please discuss with the WA team in advance of the summer.

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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