Work with Adventure Treks

Being an outdoor instructor is challenging, but it’s always worth it to see students immersed in nature, fostering a community, and building their confidence and leadership on trail! Our instructors know the demands of operating on the sun’s clock and sleeping in a tent for weeks at a time with peers and kids that rely on them. In the highs and lows of the trip, they’re always present, creating fun, staying motivated, and working hard. Instructors are in charge of safety, satisfaction, and success. It’s not easy, but it’s so rewarding!

“I love working with such an incredible staff team! I’m most proud of the relationships I built with students and helping them build up their community.” – Sara V.

Adventure Treks offers 13- to 30-day wilderness-based programs in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, British Columbia, Alaska, and North Carolina for students ages 13–18. A typical program has 24 students and six instructors, and activities include backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain biking, ice climbing, and ziplining.

“The best part of working with Adventure Treks is providing “ah-ha” moments to our students. I am most proud of opening up and being myself. My biggest accomplishment was the amount of growth I felt with regards to my patience, emotional control, leadership abilities, and communication skills.” – Thor K.

Discover why Adventure Treks has the highest instructor and student return rate of any comparable program!

Summer Instructors

Job description

Instructors are expected to be excellent role models as they teach a variety of outdoor skills and foster a close community. Course size is generally 20–24 students with 6 instructors. Outdoor skills taught include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, cooking, orienteering, Leave No Trace concepts, and general environmental education. Other specialized skills will be taught in conjunction with outfitters. On each adventure, the 6-person instructor team works closely together to coordinate all aspects of the trip, including instruction in all outdoor activities, risk management, managing group dynamics, planning menus, purchasing food, laundry, transportation, coordinating with outfitters, maintaining equipment, and handling medical issues. Instructors receive support while in the field from the regional directors.

Minimum Requirements
  • At least 21 years old
  • College graduate strongly preferred
  • Wilderness First Responder and CPR certifications
  • Several years experience working with teenagers
  • True concern for students’ growth
  • Solid outdoor skills in a variety of activities
  • Several years experience in outdoor education and leading wilderness programs
  • Expertise in Leave No Trace principles
  • A clean driving record
  • Ability to maintain positive energy levels with little/no time off and very limited personal time

Personal and professional skills learned at Adventure Treks are applicable to many experiences for years to come:

  • Leadership and Responsibility: responsible for 24 teenagers and all aspects of running a safe and fun trip
  • Communication: with your students, co-instructor, trip leader, regional director, parents, and Adventure Treks office
  • Resilience and adaptability: positively overcome adversity and creatively solve problems
  • Decision making: confidence in safe, quick, and intentional decisions
  • Strong work ethic: the hardest job with the biggest rewards and fulfillment
  • Relationship building: a role model to students, creating strong connections with students, instructor team, and building a strong community
  • Feedback: continual opportunities to provide and receive feedback to students, co-instructors, and trip leaders

Additionally, instructors will have:

  • The opportunity to be a teacher, mentor, and role model to highly motivated students
  • Up to five months of employment. In addition to summer programs, opportunities are available in North Carolina during the fall as an outdoor educator for our school programs.
  • Dynamic work environment
  • Highly organized and well-planned adventures
  • Professional development
  • Competitive salary
  • Outdoor experiences throughout the United States
  • We’re pleased to offer a competitive salary with the average for first-year instructors starting at $2,800 for the full summer season.
  • Adventure Treks offers travel reimbursements to help instructors travel to and from Staff Orientation
  • Accommodations, meals (and coffee!) on your trip, outfitted activities, equipment, transportation to and from the trip’s locations are provided by Adventure Treks.
  • Pro Deal accounts with access to discounts on a wide range of outdoor brands.
  • Reimbursement for Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification for returning instructors.
  • Focus on year-round personal and professional growth which include career resource webinars and reimbursements towards professional development
  • An opportunity to work both Adventure Treks summer programs and Fall outdoor education programs.

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