We hire and train folks to be IK guides, as well as rowers for our gear and paddle rafts – and all guides support the facilitation of our program curriculum by leading games, reflective activities, and participating in or leading group discussions. Each summer, we form a small guide team, most of whom will work the entire season. Learn more about this position: http://www.leapadventure.org/seasonal-guide-positions

Depending on position, training may begin as early as mid-May and the season may run through mid-September, 2022

Preference may be given to guides who can commit to the entire season or who can work all programs in a specific location (Idaho or Oregon)

Our participants come from all walks of life and have experienced, survived, and are surviving a variety of life challenges. We hire great people from various backgrounds, and aim to have diverse representation. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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


• At least 18 years old, over 21 preferred
• Interest and ability to connect with people of various ages and diverse backgrounds
• Current (or ability to obtain) Wilderness First Responder & CPR certifications
• Able to diligently comply with our zero-substance use policy while facilitating programs
• Able to attend pre-season training and orientation in Idaho and Oregon

Required Skills:

• Able to lift 50lbs, loading/unloading gear, rigging rafts, river rescue, etc.

Guide positions include a moderate to heavy level of physical demand, including but not limited to: repetitive lifting, bending, reaching, and extended periods of continuous paddling/rowing as well as extended periods of standing/walking. We think river guiding with LEAP can be one of the most rewarding jobs, but involves plenty of hard work and can be physically and mentally demanding.

Preferred Skills:

• Familiarity with multi-day outdoor experiences, personally or professionally
• Technical river skills and whitewater experience
• Multi-lingual, Spanish-speaking is a plus
• Strong work ethic and team player
• Knowledge of/interest in learning natural history of the regions we operate in
• Familiarity and genuine interest in working with youth

About Life Expanding Adventure Programs (LEAP)

LEAP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon and operating multi-day whitewater programs in Oregon and Idaho. Our mission is to create empowering opportunities for those facing adversity and trauma by providing wilderness programs. Our summer programs are multi-day whitewater river trips on the Salmon River in Idaho and the Deschutes River in Oregon. We offer reflective programming, community building, and opportunities for connection for individuals who often have felt isolated within their circumstances. All of our programs are no cost to our participants.

We operate primarily as an inflatable kayak (IK) program – where each person is paddling themselves down the river. The majority of our participants paddle themselves down the river in IKs with thorough instruction from our guiding and leadership staff. We also offer a paddle raft option for those who operate best sharing the challenges of the river as a team and/or to accommodate the needs of individuals.

Application Instructions

Please email a copy of your resume, current certifications, and three personal references to our Board Hiring Lead, Erik Weiseth at: [email protected]