Full Job Detail – https://www.alpengirlcamp.com/about-our-camp/employment/job-description

There’s more to adventure camp leadership than hiking and playing games. The job of an Alpenguide is all-encompassing and integral to the Alpengirl experience. The person that excels at this job has a balanced combination of hard and soft skills, and employs both appropriately to benefit the campers in their care. Alpenguides are responsible, trustworthy, positive role models that are committed to FUN! An Alpenguide team consists of 2-3 Alpenguides who lead groups of 10-12 campers for 8-14 days and receive support from staff at the Alpengirl office. Alpenguides will…

– Supervise girls ages 11-16, who may be new to adventure camps/wilderness environments
– Lead multi-day backpacking trips and canoeing adventure activities
– Teach outdoor living, camping skills, and Leave No Trace ethics
– Maintain a constant awareness of and provide attention to individual camper needs
– Assess and manage environmental and human risks
– Provide wilderness medical care
– Drive campers in 15 passenger vans with trailers
– Communicate with parents, contracted activity outfitters, and camp director
– Complete written reports and evaluations
– Plan menus, purchase food and prepare meals on outdoor stoves
– Manage group dynamics
– Make decisions that benefit the group as a whole

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


- At least 20 years old (age 21+ preferred)
- Completed at least 1 year of college (college graduates preferred)
- Wilderness First Aid (WFA) with Epinephrine Auto-injector certification (Wilderness First Responder WFR preferred, WMI-NOLS certifications preferred)
- Adult CPR/AED certification
- Valid driver license with clean driving record and clean criminal background record
- Previous experience leading backpacking trips
- Previous experience with youth outdoor education and leadership

Required Skills:

- Hike up to 10 miles at elevations up to 11,000 feet
- Traverse uneven terrain that could include gravel, dirt, mud, snow and ice
- Hike quickly for up to 10 miles in emergency situations
- Live and work in a setting with variable weather conditions
- Move and/or lift up to 60 pounds; load and unload equipment/packs from vehicles
- Reach, climb, grasp, push and pull above and below shoulder levels; squat and bend

Preferred Skills:

- Lifeguard certification
- Leave No Trace certification
- Backcountry Food Handlers certification
- Previous experience driving 15 passenger vans
- Previous experience leading canoe trips or instructor certification
- Yoga instructor certification and/or yoga experience
- Two or more seasons experience working with teenagers in a camp/outdoor education setting
- Knowledge of and/or experience with geographic area of trip
- Experience teaching science and/or natural history

About Alpengirl Camp

Alpengirl Girls Adventure Summer Camp is an overnight summer camp for 11 to 16 year old girls that specializes in multi-adventure wilderness based outdoor programming with a focus on health and fitness. Alpengirl operates one or two-week camp sessions in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming from mid-June through mid-August.

Alpengirl is a proud member of Canyonlands Camps, a partnership of America’s leading youth summer camps. Canyonlands Camps’ vision is to empower tomorrow’s leaders to enjoy moments of purpose and achievement, cultivate lifelong bonds, and conserve the great outdoors. As a member of Canyonlands Camps, Alpengirl and its staff have the support and resources provided by Canyonlands Camps’ Partner Services team.

Application Instructions

If you meet our qualifications, submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected] and we will email you a link to our application. We are always accepting applications but better to apply early - spots for summer 2023 are limited!

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