Work at MOLA

“My summers with MOLA have been unreal! Summer of too many firsts to even count! I am so fortunate for the opportunities…to work every day of my summer outside with kids, exposing me to Montana’s beauty, allowing me to work with amazing individuals, and teaching me endless lessons on managing children outdoors.” -Maddie, MOLA Instructor

Job Description

MOLA Instructor:

Missoula Outdoor Learning Adventures (MOLA) is looking for outdoor leaders for our 2024 Summer Season. MOLA Instructors will work outside all day, every day right in our backyard of Western Montana. Our program runs for 12 weeks throughout the summer (June 3-August 23) Monday through Friday. MOLA is looking for highly motivated, passionate people who enjoy working with youth and possess exceptional risk management skills in a group setting.

MOLA Instructors will take kids ages 6-14 to hike, bike, raft, climb, canoe, kayak, and swim each day in a day camp style program. Instructors will work with a small group of campers and at least one co-instructor each week, leading their assigned group through each activity offered.

Experience instructing some of our offered activities is encouraged, but not required! It is expected for all new staff to attend Instructor Training Week from May 28-31 where you will gain the necessary skills to facilitate each activity. Instructors are responsible for their own accommodations in Missoula, MT for the summer season.


  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License and an excellent driving record with no major infractions or unsafe conduct. Employees will be required to drive a 15-passenger van
  • A minimum of 2 professional references
  • Experience working with youth
  • A passion for working in the outdoors through all weather variables
  • A minimum of Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR Training. Aerie Backcountry Medicine based in Missoula is a great organization to look into for a WFA certification!
  • A guide permit from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. We will advise you on this upon hiring!
  • Housing is not provided while working for MOLA

Salary & Benefits

  • Weekly pay rate depends on position and previous experience.
  • Access to MOLA gear for personal use
  • Access to a wide range of pro deals and industry discounts

Dates of Employment

  • Contracts run June 3rd – August 23rd.
  • MOLA Staff Training will be held May 28th – May 31st and is required for all employees.
  • The first week of camp will kick off on June 3rd and our final day of camp is August 23rd.
  • Hours are generally 9am-5pm Mon-Fri. Overnight and/or extended hours (8:30am-5:30pm) are possible. 
  • There may be opportunities for days off with enough advance notice


How to Apply

  • Submit the application
  • Upload your resume as a PDF Document
  • Complete the background check form
  • Upload a copy of your current driver’s license
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Frequently Asked Questions

Once you apply, you can expect to hear from us within one week on next steps. If your application aligns with what we are looking for in candidates, we will offer you an interview. This interview will be a video call with a member of our Leadership Team. Following a successful interview, we will check references. Following a great reference check, we would extend an offer of employment.

There is no deadline as we hire on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

We hire a select number of Junior Counselors (JCs) every summer. To be a JC, you must be between the ages of 14 and 18 and must be able to commit to 4 weeks a summer.

All applicants are required to hold Wilderness First Aid certification. Additionally, you are required to have a CPR certification.

We are looking for a combination of things. First, we are looking for a desire to work with youth. Second, we are looking for a proven track record of leadership. Third, we are looking for team players who want to work in outdoor settings.

Pay is determined by two factors. The first is how many years you have worked for MOLA. The second is how many weeks you are willing to commit to MOLA for the summer. Your pay will increase the more summers you give. Your pay will also increase the more weeks you are available in the summer season.

May 30 through June 2, 2023. The timing of these dates can vary, but it will usually be 9am to 4pm.

We provide an early sign-on bonus for all staff who sign up to work early in the year. The sign-on bonus is paid to all applicants prior to March 1 and will be applied to their first paycheck. We also recognize and bonus certain certifications like WEMT, WFR and Lifeguarding/Swift Water Rescue. Ask Cass for more details on this.

8:30-4:30 or 9-5 unless available for early pickup/drop off

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