Our Outdoor Educators facilitate youth backpacking summer camp programs and adventure-based outdoor education programs. They work hard to ensure our programs are meaningful, supportive, educational, and fun while providing superior service levels that exceed client expectations. Our Outdoor Educators can be expected to work from late May through late August (with potential work available into October) and can expect an average of 18 to 21 field days of work per month.

If interested, First-year Outdoor Educators might also have opportunities to assist with our Guide Service programs (adult and family day hikes and backpacking trips). They will receive training before working in the field. Staff trained in our Guide Service programs can work an extended season from May to October as both Outdoor Educators and Guides on any of our programs. Our year-round demand is growing, and additional work opportunities may also be available based on demand, including holiday break programs in Joshua Tree National Park.

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


Able to legally work in the United States (unfortunately, we are not an H2B Visa Employer)
Ability to attend our mandatory staff training at the end of May (Yosemite) or in June (Olympic)
Current Wilderness First Responder or higher AND current CPR/AED
CA Food Handlers Certificate/WA Food Worker Card
Able to pass a Department of Justice background check
A minimum of 21 years old

See our position statement for a full list of required skills and job duties

Required Skills:

See our position statement for a full list of required skills and job duties.

Preferred Skills:

A bachelor’s degree in a related field
Experience with backpacking and related gear
Experience with the outdoors and/or outdoor industry
Ability to work longer stretches than the above-mentioned during backpacking trips
Ability to carry a backpack of up to 50 pounds +/- for multiple days
Knowledge of (or desire to learn) the history, geology, plants, and wildlife in our program areas
Backcountry cooking skills
See our position statement for a full list of required skills and job duties

About Lasting Adventures, Inc.

Lasting Adventures, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c)(3) public benefit nonprofit with a mission to provide positive youth development and educational opportunities to the general public through outdoor experiences. We specialize in backpacking trips, guided day hikes, and outdoor youth summer camps in Yosemite, Lassen, and Olympic National Parks. Since 1997, our program has introduced thousands of youth to nature and the wilderness experience through Adventure Based Programming. Our top-rated guide service feature backpacking trips and day hikes, which help fund our outdoor youth programs. For more on our mission, see our nonprofit website at: https://lastingadventures.org/

Application Instructions

Visit our employment page (https://lastingadventures.com/about-lasting-adventures/lasting-adventures-employment/) to see full position description and submit an application.