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Employment Opportunities

Wildland Staff Video

Learn about what it means to be a Wildland Trekking guide. Hear from some of our staff as well as one of the owners about our approach to guiding and what we makes Wildland guides unique. And see some of our trip leaders in action around the world.

COVID Protocols

After the 2020 COVID shutdown, we began operating trips again in June with a new set of operational policies and protocols. Based on guidance from the CDC, WHO and World Travel and Tourism Council, our protocols are designed to protect staff and guests to the greatest extent possible while continuing provide work for our staff and show guests the majesty of the world's wild places. We have not had a known case of COVID transmission on a trip. Click here to read more about what we're doing to maximize safety.

Thanks For Your Interest

Guiding is a fulfilling and meaningful career and we take great pride in fostering a professional, supportive and fun work culture. We experience very little turnover and receive many more applications than we have open positions. Because we operate in both mountains and deserts our busy season extends from the beginning of March through mid November. Some positions extend the full season of March through November, while others are summer only from mid-june through mid-September. Full time guides work 15-20+ days per month and part time guides average at least 8-10 days. We accept and review applications year round.

About Wildland Trekking

The Wildland Trekking Company, founded in 2005, is a premier adventure travel (backpacking and hiking) tour company based in Flagstaff, AZ with satellite branches in Bozeman, MT; Mariposa, CA, Olympica, WA; Estes Park, CO; St. George, UT; Driggs, ID; and Ashville, NC. Our program areas include 12 US states, 25 US national parks and wilderness areas, and 13 countries. We have been featured in Backpacker Magazine, The New York Times, Men's Health, Sunset Magazine, Lonely Planet Traveler and the Discovery Channel.

What We Provide

A fun and supportive work environment with lots of high quality people, a competitive daily guide wage; a wage scale which rewards field experience; a multi-day, field-based guide training course; periodic training seminars; pro deals; opportunities to guide in multiple program areas; trip support (including satellite phones and access to 24/7 emergency phone number) and opportunities for advancement/professional growth within the organization. And though not guaranteed, the company encourages guests to express their appreciation with a post trip gratuity which over time constitutes a large part of a guide's annual income.

Guide Responsibilities

The primary responsibility is to enhance the lives of our guests by doing everything in her/his power to lead and facilitate a safe, fun, positive, unforgettable outdoor adventure experience while fostering a respect and appreciation for the special places we travel in. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) contacting guests 2 weeks before the trip to answer questions, prep all gear and food (prep day paid at the daily guide rate), conduct a pre trip orientation meeting, assist guests in learning the basics of what they need to know (backpack adjusting and putting up tents, etc), natural and human history interpretation, risk management, cook and clean, gear repair in the field, conduct a meaningful post trip wrap up with you guests, post trip gear deissue and trip debrief.

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Employment Requirements

At least 21 years old to guide/drive. Competence in backcountry travel and living skills and strong leadership, teaching/interpretation and communication skills. The ability to find common ground and connect with novice guests of different ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness Emergency Technician ( WEMT) and Adult CPR certification. Backcountry food handlers permit . A reliable vehicle. Mobile phone with texting capability. Ability and willingness to pick up and carry a heavy backpack for multiple hours/days (for front country trips ability and willingness to pick up and move heavy loads). Availability from March through November, or mid-June through mid-September position dependant and a willingness to guide at least 2 trips monthly. A passion to share with guests this country’s inspiring natural wonders.

Preferred Credentials

Training and professional experience in guiding and/or outdoor education (i.e. NOLS, Outward Bound, degree in Outdoor Education or related field, Wilderness Therapy, other Adventure Travel companies, etc). Leave No Trace certification. Expertise in at least one of our program locations. Speak and write English fluently. Fluent in French and/or German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese a plus. Two years of commercial driving experience (any job where you had to at least occasionally transport passengers).

2021 Positions Available

We have open guide positiongs at many of our programs in 2021. The hiring process for these positions is in process.

How to Apply

To apply for a guide, administrative or management position, please CLICK HERE to complete our employment application form.

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