Our two Lead Stewardship & Backpacking Instructors will run five to seven trips throughout the summer. Trips vary between multi-day backpacking trips and base camped conservation trips around Alaska. Instructors will provide a safe, inclusive space for a diverse group of Alaskan teens while managing the inherent risks of wilderness travel and backcountry experiences. Instructors will work alongside National Park and National Forest rangers and staff to deliver programs, requiring excellent collaboration and communication skills to maintain a positive relationship with our partners. In addition, a student leader (program alum) will be part of the leadership team for some trips.

Backpacking courses will take place primarily in Southcentral and Interior Alaska, with potentially a backpacking expedition in Southeast Alaska.

Primary Responsibilities

– Deliver exceptional multi-day backpacking expeditions and base-camped stewardship trips for teens
– Work closely in a demanding environment with a small backpacking staff team (2) from May-August
– Ensure safety of 7-10 teens in a dynamic outdoor environment – including, but not limited to, the management of wilderness travel, wildlife, cooking and stove use, off-trail hiking and navigation in unpredictable and extreme weather conditions
– Administer risk management framework, often in partnership with agency staff in the field (backcountry rangers, etc)
– Effectively work alongside agency partners to establish specific program goals and review risk management policies and procedures
– Serve as primary Wilderness First Responder
– Communicate clearly and effectively to other guides, students, office staff, and agency partners
– Facilitate place-based learning and facilitate group discussions
– Assist Logistics Coordinator with pre and post trip gear logistics – including, but not limited to, menu planning, food purchasing, gear pulls, van loading, etc (non-field work is paid at hourly rate)
– Drive 15 passenger van with trailer on city streets, unpaved roads, and on the Seward highway
– Other Education related duties as assigned

Further Information

– Pay rate: $180-$220/day, non-field work $18-$22 hour
– Location: based in Anchorage, Alaska
– Season: mid-late May to mid-late August
– Staff Training: mid-late May, paid, housing not provided
– Room/board: Instructors are responsible for their room and board while not on program. Please ask for assistance if needed.
– Time off: 2-7 days between programs. We have options for providing employment in-between programs if interested.
– Reports to: Anchorage Education Program Coordinator
– Job type: Seasonal, Class E

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


- 21+ years old
- 2+ seasons of guiding or instructing experience, preferably in Alaska
- 2+ seasons of experience working with teens
- Must have current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification by May 2022

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Required Skills:

- Proven group management experience in an expedition setting
- Ability to work effectively with co-guide in a diverse, fast-paced, demanding environment with a high level of responsibility
- Willingness to be flexible and adaptable, understanding that programs may change on short notice due to weather, border closures, ferry delays, road conditions, agency partner abilities, or other unpredictable circumstances. These situations may unexpectedly extend program days.

Preferred Skills:

- Understanding and knowledge of trail and conservation work, direct experience preferred

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About Alaska Geographic

Alaska Geographic is the official nonprofit education and fundraising partner to Alaska’s National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, and BLM Conservation Lands, creating and delivering exceptional education programs and products through our collaboration with public lands agencies.

Alaska Geographic is a dynamic non-profit that offers a diverse array of outdoor programming, expeditions, stewardship projects, and education tours around Alaska to engage people in their public lands. We have been running programs since 2009 and have two education program bases – Anchorage and Denali National Park. For more information and for Denali job postings, please visit akgeo.org

Application Instructions

Please submit cover letter and resume to Indeed.com job posting https://www.indeed.com/job/lead-backpacking-stewardship-instructor-02fc8726369767e4

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