Trip Leaders & Counselors work with a small team of co-workers to provide a summer adventure-based youth development program for DC youth. The position includes the below responsibilities.

Develop a positive, proactive relationship with youth, be a role model, facilitate team and personal growth. Encourage positive behavior, set goals, and create a safe environment for participants.

Responsible for planning and leading activities, daily reflections, camp lessons, sports, day trips, and multi-day backcountry trips with a co-leader or team of co-leaders. Daily activities include team-building games, skill-building lessons, team sports, debriefs and group facilitation. Day trips include off-site day adventures, education and service trips. Multi-day backcountry trips range from 3-10 days
including backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking.

Responsible for the daily care, health and safety of a cabin of 4-6 campers and JET. Prepare campers for activities and trips, lead daily reflection, and nighttime cabin activities.

Primary supervisor for 1-2 high school youth leaders throughout the course of the session. Provide daily feedback,, encouragement, support, and formal evaluations during the job training program.

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


To see the qualifications and learn more about the position, please view our job description on our website.

About City Kids Wilderness Project

City Kids Wilderness Project is a nonprofit organization founded (1996) on the belief that providing enriching life experiences for under-resourced youth can enhance their lives, the lives of their families, and the greater community. We strive to provide extraordinary wilderness and community-based experiences that will inspire worthy young people of Washington, DC to dream, see beyond their current circumstances, and ultimately succeed in building a healthy, happy, and productive life. Our goals include that our youth graduate from high school or earn their GED, that they enroll in a postsecondary education program or obtain a job, and that they are involved and connected members of their community. 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.

Application Instructions

To apply please visit www.citykidsdc.org and navigate to the open position tab. Click on the position description to find the application link. Please email [email protected] with any questions.