Specializing in Yosemite backpacking trips, day hikes and outdoor youth summer camps, Lasting Adventures has introduced thousands of youth to nature and wilderness experience through adventure-based programming. Working to ensure programs are meaningful, supportive, educational and fun, Yosemite Backpacking Guides facilitate youth backpacking summer camps and adventure-based outdoor education programs. Additional responsibilities include adequately preparing food and gear for each trip, unpacking and de-prepping after trips have returned from the field, and assisting and leading custom guide service programs and day trips as needed. The summer season starts with mandatory staff training during the first week of June. Most Guides will then work 15-20 days per month through August, with potential to assist on Guide Service programs through October. Guides must be able to work flexible hours, weekends, evenings and holidays. Applicants must be 21+ years old with a mobile phone through AT&T or Verizon service (preferred due to service within the park), a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, and a reliable mode of transportation. An internship program (with stipend) is also offered for those ages 18+ who are interested in gaining valuable experience in the industry.

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


College degree in recreation or youth development is preferred. We also require a Wilderness First Responder (or better) and CA Food Handler's Certifications are required for all guide positions by staff training. The CA Food Handlers Certification can easily be obtained online anytime during the application/hiring process.

Required Skills:

Solid communication and leadership skills
Advanced skills and knowledge in backpacking/hiking and related gear
Knowledge of Yosemite history, geology, plants, and wildlife (or a passion to learn it quickly)
Advanced backcountry cooking skills
Outstanding customer service skills
College Degree preferred

Able to legally work in the United States
Ages 21+ (Internships available for those age 18+)
Valid WFR (or higher) and CPR certification
CA Food Handlers Certificate
Must pass pre-employment background check

Preferred Skills:

Experience in the outdoors, backpacking, backcountry cooking, and working with youth.

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 safe outdoor experiences. We specialize in Yosemite backpacking trips, Yosemite day hikes, and outdoor youth summer camps. Since 1997, our program has introduced thousands of youth to nature and the wilderness experience through Adventure Based Programming. Our top-rated guide service features Yosemite backpacking trips and day hikes which help fund our outdoor youth programs.

Application Instructions

For a complete qualifications list, position statements, and our online application, please visit us at https://lastingadventures.com/lasting-adventures-employment/