Adventure Treks is accepting applications for summer 2024!

Our summer field instructors lead trips 10- to 30-day wilderness-based programs in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, British Columbia, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, and North Carolina for students ages 12–20. Being an instructor at Adventure Treks isn’t really about the trip location or activities- it is about empowering your students, creating a supportive and respectful community, bringing fun and joy to every day, and experiencing the highs and lows of an adventure together. Through activities like backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, sea kayaking, mountain biking, and ice climbing Adventure Treks’ instructors help our students grow in self-confidence, resilience, social achievement, teamwork, leadership, environmental awareness, and new outdoor skills. Adventure Treks instructors are a positive role model, and responsible for the safety, success, and satisfaction of their students and trip. 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 5–6 instructors. On each adventure, the 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.

Dates of Employment

(includes staff orientation)

Summer: June 9 – August 15, 2024

Instructor Compensation

We’re pleased to offer a competitive salary with the starting salary for first-year instructors being: $4,000 – $4,200

Adventure Treks offers travel reimbursements up to $500 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 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 and fall programs, with a focus on career growth and professional development through the progression of instructor, trip leader, and regional director.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


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
Have and maintain an excellent driving record with no major infractions. Instructors drive 15-passenger vans towing an 8-foot utility trailer

About Adventure Treks

Adventure Treks operates 13 to 30-day wilderness-based programs for teenagers in British Columbia, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Wyoming, and North Carolina. Our instructors lead activities like backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, canoeing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting, and ice climbing. On each adventure, the six-person instructor team works together to coordinate all aspects of the trip like managing group dynamics, planning logistics, teaching outdoor skills, maintaining equipment, and handling medical issues.

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Application Instructions

Summer Instructors: If you meet our qualifications, please email your resume and a brief introduction to our staffing director, Rachel O'Neil, at [email protected]. We encourage applicants to submit their resumes promptly.