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Seasonal & Summer Trip Leaders

 

Posted by Wilderness Adventure on 01/10/2022


Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Camp Staff & Counselors

Company Type: Recreation

State: VA

City: New Castle

Country: United States

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Job Type: Seasonal Full Time

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Required to Travel:

Employee May Telecommute: No

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Job Description & Requirements


SUMMER JOBS (May-Aug)

SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP - TRIP LEADER (SUMMER)

Our Summer Adventure Camp is the foundation on which Wilderness Adventure was built and often considered the highlight of the year for our full-time employees. After completing our immersive,14 day staff orientation program, you and a co-leader will guide small, coed groups of participants on 1, 2, or 3-week backpacking-based expeditions throughout the surrounding Jefferson and Washington National Forests. Your focus, above all, is to uplift and encourage your participants to try new things, reach for new goals, and enjoy the process while creating lifelong friendships along the way. Teamwork and personal accountability are the roots of every successful adventure and your attitude as a leader will shape the experience of your group. Throughout each trip, you will teach Leave No Trace principles, facilitate high and low ropes, canoeing, camp cooking and more. Along the way, you will be met by our trained activity specialists who will lead your group through our high-adventure activities such as climbing, caving, kayaking, and mountain biking. During weeks you’re not on the trail, you will be assigned support, maintenance, and hospitality duties around basecamp. Qualifications Must be at least 18yo at time of hiring. 21yo+ preferred Previous experience working with youth or adults Strong Interpersonal skills Ability to work independently without direct supervision Must have a love for the outdoors. Backpacking or camping experience preferred Current Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification. We will offer this certification each June for those needing it.



Qualifications

- Must be at least 18yo at time of hiring. 


- 21yo+ preferred

- Previous experience working with youth or adults

- Strong Interpersonal skills Ability to work independently without direct supervision

- Must have a love for the outdoors. 

- Backpacking or camping experience preferred

- Current Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification. We will offer this certification each June for those needing it.



SEASONAL JOBS (Mar - Nov)

ADVENTURE ACTIVITY INSTRUCTORS

In addition to trip leaders for our summer adventure program, we are always looking for specially trained staff who are in charge of leading our high-adventure activities: climbing, caving, kayaking, mt. biking. These individuals must have advanced experience in one of these areas either recreationally or through work experience. When possible, we will have activity instructors go “out on the trail” as a trip leader for at least one session unless they are a returning staff member - it is important that all staff experience the role of Trip Leader in order to practice group management, develop strong leadership skills, and be able to relate to leaders as you work with them and their groups while on the trail. Activity Instructors will be trained in the policies, procedures, and techniques unique to Wilderness Adventure and will be trained in our specific use sites. If need be, we will provide any additional training that is needed to safely guide groups: swift water rescue certification, imba instructor certification, bike maintenance, cave routes and rescue, etc. Qualifications Must be at least 21yo Intermediate - advanced experience in interested activity area Valid drivers license Ability to work independently without direct supervision Strong interpersonal and organizational skills Current Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification. We will offer this certification each June for those needing it.



Qualifications

- Must be at least 21yo


- Intermediate - advanced experience in interested activity area

- Valid drivers license

- Ability to work independently without direct supervision

- Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

- Current Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification. We will offer this certification each June for those needing it.



GROUP FACILITATORS (SPRING - FALL)

Wilderness Adventure hosts groups of all kinds throughout the year in what we call our “Group Program”— primarily lodge-based clientele who typically come from middle & high schools, colleges & universities, corporate retreats, youth groups, and more. Visiting groups may stay with us for just a day or as long as a week and can vary widely in size. During their stay, participants are broken up into smaller activity groups and rotate through various activities throughout the day while returning to the lodge for meals and evening downtime. Our staff members are trained and assigned to these activity groups as Group Leaders who are responsible for facilitating all the activities we have onsite such as our high and low ropes courses, canoeing, climbing wall, tubing, etc. In addition to guiding these activities, Group Leaders will be assigned support, maintenance, and hospitality duties as needed. During the summer months, Group Leaders transition to becoming Summer Trip Leaders for our Summer Adventure Camp - guiding groups of campers ages 9-17 on 1, 2, or 3 week backpacking adventures. Additionally, staff members who were hired as Summer Trip Leaders often stay on through the fall to take on the role of Group Leader with our year-round program.




Qualifications

- Must be at least 18yo at time of hiring. 


- 21yo+ preferred

- Previous experience working with youth or adults

- Strong Interpersonal skills Ability to work independently without direct supervision

- Must have a love for the outdoors. 

- Backpacking or camping experience preferred

- Current Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification. We will offer this certification each June for those needing it.



HOW TO APPLY

Visit our website to learn more about the open positions and to apply.  www.wilderness-adventure.com/about/employment

About Wilderness Adventure


Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing is an Adventure Camp, Conference and Retreat Center located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia.

Operating all year-round, our programs range from backpacking summer camps to weeklong school trips to gourmet dining events.  We pride ourselves on offering fully customizable programs catered to the needs, goals and expectations of our guests.