The Lead Program Staff works with a small team of co-workers to provide a summer adventure-based program for youth. Our mission is to inspire confidence and leadership in children and teens from Washington, D.C. We provide a multi-year experiential curriculum focusing on outdoor adventure, backcountry trips and personal growth during three 16-19 day summer sessions. Base camp is our beautiful property, Broken Arrow Ranch, in Hoback Junction just south of Jackson Hole.

The Lead Program Staff works directly with 2 Trip Leaders & Counselors to facilitate outdoor experiences for 1 cabin group. Primary responsibilities include staff management, trip coordination, and decision making responsibility for the group.

The responsibilities of Program Staff are multifaceted and include all of the following;

Youth Mentoring

Staff Management

Trip Planning & Preparation & Leadership


General Activity and Trip Leading

Cabin Supervision

Junior Counselor Management

Link to detailed position description: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15ClfF-u60PQkrE36THg3NqfixtZC4WM1Eo2FB2hWvsk/edit

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff


Current (by start of contract) CPR and Wilderness First Responder. Lifeguard certifications strongly preferred.
Driver’s license strongly preferred; valid, clean driving record and 2+ years of driving experience.
Competence in teaching, counseling, and guiding youth in a variety of settings
2+ years of professional trip leading experience
1-2+ years managing staff in outdoor settings.

Required Skills:

General to advanced knowledge and ability in several or all of the following activities: canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, outdoor education, group dynamics, experiential education, games & initiatives, orienteering, and outdoor living.
The ability to anticipate and manage potential hazards in wilderness environments, both physical and emotional.
Ability to hike for up to 15 miles with an up to 40 lb backpack in strenuous terrain.

About City Kids Wilderness Project

City Kids Wilderness Project’s mission is to build resiliency, broaden horizons, cultivate community, and develop skills for success in DC youth through a long-term, cohort-based model that utilizes both the wilderness and urban environment to encourage growth. City Kids aims to inspire youth to use their personal power to shape the future of their own lives and change in the greater community. We envision a world where individuals, communities, and systems evolve to create a bright, inclusive, and just future for all youth. Programs take place throughout the year in and around Washington, D.C. and during the summer at our ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Youth enroll as sixth graders and continue their engagement with City Kids through middle school, high school and beyond. Current staffing includes approximately 45 full and part-time/seasonal employees in the Washington, DC region and Jackson, WY.

Application Instructions

Please complete our application here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSekXp_saoi3Cbhnc00_8QaXyQ43sTOCHDkxFX9KGV3lHXn3ig/viewform?usp=sharing