The Youth LEAD (Leadership, Environment, Adventure, and Diversity) Program (YLP) is one of ETC’s four main programs. This program provides life-changing outdoor experiences for youth from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, focusing on technical outdoor skills, environmental education, and leadership development. The YLP 10-21 day courses incorporate multiple outdoor activities to expose students to an array of experiences, challenges, and personal growth opportunities. Students experience sea kayaking, backpacking and white water rafting to learn about themselves, their community of peers, and CA natural history through lessons, storytelling, and adventure. The YLP Field Instructor will work with the YLP Program Manager to deliver safe, educational, and enjoyable wilderness courses. The YLP Field Instructor will work collaboratively with a co-instructor and group of 4-6 volunteer guides to safely instruct 10-12 high school students on a summer course.

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


Current Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification or higher
Past employment as an instructor in a backcountry setting during extended expeditions
Experience working with diverse groups of urban, under-represented youth; Bay Area preferred
Ability to communicate positively, values feedback, and able to work in a team environment
* Hiring dependent on background check and DMV driver check (must have clean driving record)

Required Skills:

Instructor responsibilities include but are not limited to: facilitating group activities, schedules, and leadership/environmental focused lessons; instructing technical & interpersonal skills to encourage leadership development and positive personal exploration; van driving; preparing and packing food; emotionally supporting students and other instructors; gear handling; writing student evaluations, and completing other necessary paperwork, as needed.

About Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC)

Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that makes the joy and challenge of outdoor adventures accessible to people with all abilities and under-represented youth, inspiring self-confidence, connection to nature, and community-based environmental stewardship. Since 1972, ETC has served over 105,000 participants in our accessible Sea Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, Cross Country Skiing and Youth LEAD Programs.

Application Instructions

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and relatable future goals to: Amy Yoger - Youth LEAD Program Manager [email protected]

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