Empower young Alaskans with the skills to thrive in the outdoors. HoWL instructors lead youth aged 10-18 on expeditions 3-6 days in length around Kachemak Bay in Homer, AK. Trip activities are varied and include backpacking, rock-climbing, paddle boarding, and kayaking. With a co-leader, a HoWL instructor is responsible for preparing gear and food for expeditions. In the field, instructors teach fundamental wilderness skills, such as fire building and basic navigation, along with skills associated with the particular trip activities. An instructor competent in building rock-climbing anchors and with sea kayaking experience is preferable. HoWL instructors also support participants to be leaders themselves by teaching about the diversity of styles and personalities that make great leaders. HoWL is a challenge-by-choice, fun-oriented organization, and instructors are responsible for maintaining safe situations while allowing for participant decision-making and spontaneity.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


-Wilderness First Responder current certification
-Single Pitch Instructor preferred

Required Skills:

-Rock climbing/belaying
-Knowledge and experience in fundamental outdoor skills
-Ability to manage risks in semi-remote/remote wilderness locations with limited to no facilities
-Experience or demonstrated desire to work with youth in outdoor settings
-Compassion in teaching participants with varying skill levels and learning styles
-Ability to communicate and work closely with one other co-leader throughout the season

Preferred Skills:

Sea Kayaking experience
Experience leading a variety of games with youth

About Homer Wilderness Leaders

Homer Wilderness Leaders (HoWL) aims to facilitate positive outdoor experiences for Alaskan youth through fun-first adventures in local wilderness areas. Using outdoor experiential education, HoWL also seeks to empower local youth with the skills necessary to thrive and lead in wilderness settings. Teaching participants risk assessment and management tools is an important component of the HoWL philosophy.

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to [email protected]