Our field staff bring a wide range of backgrounds and training to their role. The one element that they all have in common is the desire to provide participants with the most meaningful, educational, and fun programs possible. Every day, Deer Hill field staff make an impact on the lives of our participants through their leadership and presence. Our field staff instill in our participants a strong foundation of outdoor skills, service work experience, communication and interpersonal skills in the mountains, deserts and rivers of the Southwest U.S. Field staff often find that their work with Deer Hill is deeply fulfilling because it is meaningful. They experience the daily richness of supporting participants as they take risks, build new skills, and ultimately learn to connect more fully with the wilderness, others and themselves.
In the spring and fall, Deer Hill works with schools and private groups.
Spring and fall groups range from Waldorf school trips and family custom programs, to religious organizations and international schools.
In the summer, Deer Hill operates multi-week programs for participants in 7th-12th grades
Summer participants sign up individually and include adolescents with varying outdoor experience from the US and around the world. Participants also include high potential, low-income scholarship recipients, supported by the Deer Hill Foundation and other non-profits.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills


21 years of age minimum.
Able to work legally in the United States.
Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
Current CPR and WFR certifications, minimum.
Able to pass criminal background check with CBI and FBI.
Able to manage participant and program needs 24/7 for the duration of the contract.
Successful professional experience guiding and teaching groups in wilderness settings.

Preferred Skills:

River experience rowing oar frames and paddle boats.
Motivated to create impactful, meaningful experiences for adolescents.
Flexible and able to adapt to changing situations.
Desire to be of service to others.
Self-aware and engaged in own personal growth.
Excellent communication skills.
Affective organization abilities.
Able to work well independently and with others.
Grounded, fun, and hard-working.

About Deer Hill Expeditions

Deer Hill’s wilderness expeditions and cross-cultural service projects offer participants profound growth and selfdiscovery
as well as good fun and adventure. Participants raft the river canyons of Utah, ascend the peaks of
Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, and work with families in Navajo, Hopi, or Zuni communities in the Southwest.

Deer Hill’s mission is to inspire the individual through experiences which affirm the essential relationships
Humanity discovers in Service and the Natural World. Trough Deer Hill’s unique blend of wilderness challenge
and cross-cultural interaction, participants learn to bring their best selves forward in community.

A small company, founded in 1984, Deer Hill Expeditions is committed to personal development through
excellence in technical skills, responsible stewardship of the natural world, and authentic service that connects

Application Instructions

Fill out the application through our website here, please make sure to address any pertinent experience, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to this position. https://deerhillexpeditions.com/index/employment/