Employment Opportunities

Jobs in the Outdoor Adventure & Travel World

Our goal at Wildland Trekking is to be a top level outdoor industry employer and fulfill our mission of connecting people with the natural world through powerful hiking experiences.

We are 100% dedicated to having a dream team at Wildland. What this means is exceptional performance by every person at every position in the company, and a collective culture of excellence, professionalism and personal responsibility.

Our dream team is made up of people who love what they do, love what Wildland stands for, and are committed to our shared vision. We are looking for employees who are passionate about nature, love people and want to work hard doing meaningful work in beautiful places to help fulfill the Wildland mission. Our dream team members are positive professionals who take responsibility for how they feel, are open to feedback, work hard, love the outdoors and enjoy life.

We work in outdoor adventure because it’s what we love, and what better way to spend our finite number of days on Earth than being surrounded by what we love and making a different for people and the planet?

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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.

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.

Safety Protocols

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.

 

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).

 

CURRENT Job Opportunities

Backcountry Guide

Location varies (AZ, UT, CO, CA, WY, NC)

We are always looking for exceptional individuals to guide backcountry trips (primarily backpacking and stock-supported trips at the Grand Canyon, Havasupai waterfalls, Southern Utah, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Park). Ideal candidates have backcountry guiding experience, warm personalities, leadership skills, super outdoor cooking skills, very strong knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the areas we operate, a very strong sense of professionalism and a dedication to customer satisfaction.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • At least 2 years of backcountry guiding experience (backpacking, mountaineering, outdoor education, rafting…etc.)
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills. You must really like people!
  • Value and embody integrity, sense of ownership and dedication to customer satisfaction
  • Strong background in geology, ecology, biology, outdoor recreation…etc. and/or extensive knowledge of the Parks in which we operate
  • Excellent outdoor cooking skills and ability to create a fantastic menu
  • Creativity and flexibility to make sure every trip exceeds your guests’ expectations
  • A love of hiking and America’s wild lands and national parks
  • Enthusiastic about working for The Wildland Trekking Company and have a passion for outdoor adventure.
Frontcountry Guide

Location varies (AZ, UT, CO, CA, WY, NC)

We are always looking for exceptional individuals to guide front country trips (inn-based and camping-based hiking tours at the Grand Canyon, Southern Utah, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Park). Ideal candidates have front country guiding experience, warm personalities, leadership skills, super outdoor cooking skills, very strong knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the areas we operate, a very strong sense of professionalism and a dedication to customer satisfaction.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • At least 2 years of front country guiding experience (hiking, cycling, rafting, multi-sport…etc.)
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills. You must really like people!
  • Value and embody integrity, sense of ownership and dedication to customer satisfaction
  • Strong background in geology, ecology, biology, outdoor recreation…etc. and/or extensive knowledge of the Parks in which we operate
  • Excellent outdoor cooking skills and ability to create a fantastic menu
  • Creativity and flexibility to make sure every trip exceeds your guests’ expectations
  • A love of hiking and America’s wild lands and national parks
  • Enthusiastic about working for The Wildland Trekking Company and have a passion for outdoor adventure.
Drivers

Location varies (AZ, UT, CO, CA, WY, NC)

We are always looking for exceptional individuals to drive shuttles for our groups. Ideal candidates have warm personalities, clean driving records, knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the areas we operate, a very strong sense of professionalism and a dedication to customer satisfaction.

 

Application Process

We are hiring for open guiding positions at many programs in 2021. The hiring process for these positions has begun, so we recommend applying as soon as possible.

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