Adventure Treks is looking for instructors who are passionate and enthusiastic about working with students ages 13-20. At Adventure Treks, you are an integral part of our community and will make lasting impressions on your students and lifelong friends with your fellow instructors. In our 29 years of providing unforgettable adventures and empowering youth, Adventure Treks has earned a reputation as one of the most professional organizations in the outdoor adventure field, and that is due to our dedicated instructors.

Our instructors lead trips 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. We often hear that this is the most rewarding job our instructors have ever had.

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. Please check out our video Why Work for Adventure Treks here: https://vimeo.com/315681356

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] Gap Instructors: Same as above and answers to the following questions to our staffing director, Rachel O’Neil, at [email protected] Why do you want to work Adventure Trek’s Leadership Adventure Semester gap program? How will you teach and build community with college-aged students? Share relevant previous experience.