The guide team at LEAP is our most valuable asset. We expect our guides to work hard and be exceptional 100% of the time they are leading a program. As a guide at LEAP, your job is deeply dimensional. We are looking for guides who are passionate and eager to:

Work hard to acquire and refine the necessary technical skills to row a raft, guide groups in inflatable kayaks, navigate class II-IV whitewater, exemplify expedition mentality, rig boats, pack food, set up camp, and learn all aspects of our operation.

Express authentic curiosity and interest in participants on every program. Each week, we are facilitating the experience of a lifetime, and the guide team is essential in creating a positive community and environment for each group.

Be engaged with participants on and off the water. Guides are expected to lead with confidence and kindness on the water, lead games and activities in camp, share a love of the river and places we travel through, teach and support participants in camp set up and management, and participate in evening meetings.

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Therapeutic Counselors, Water Skills


At least 18 years old, over 21 preferred

Current (or ability to obtain) Wilderness First Responder & CPR certifications

Enthusiasm and interest in working with youth and adults in a wilderness context

Ability and enthusiasm to work a physical job for up to a 3-month period with minimal time off and limited personal time

Ability to diligently comply with our zero-substance use policy while facilitating programs

Ability to attend pre-season training and orientation in Oregon and Idaho

Preferred Skills:

Solid experience working with youth in wilderness settings

Experienced whitewater kayak or raft guide/instructor, preferably multi-day excursions

Ability to connect with people of various ages and diverse backgrounds

Professional and/or personal multi-day backcountry excursions

Working understanding of trauma formation + trauma-informed care

Clean driving record

Expertise in Leave No Trace practices and principles

About LEAP (Life Expanding Adventure Program)

LEAP is a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for healing and growth through immersive wilderness programs that support people affected by significant health issues, psychological distress, and socioeconomic adversity.

Our five-day whitewater kayaking experiences on the Lower Salmon River in Idaho and the wild and scenic Lower Deschutes River in Oregon, connect individuals to the therapeutic qualities of nature while encouraging them to harness their strength and recognize their innate value and abilities.

We maximize our impact by organizing each program around groups with shared life experiences, enabling them to foster close-knit communities and thrive in an environment of mutual understanding and openness. LEAP works closely with community-based partner organizations and their specialists to build relationships and provide continuity within the greater service plan for each individual.

Application Instructions

Application document and detailed instructions can be found here: http://www.leapadventure.org/seasonal-guide-positions Download and complete the application, then send to [email protected] along with a resume, any certifications, and three references.