Season: June 6–August 26, 2022
Location: Sandy, Oregon (30 miles from Portland) with travel to Oregon Wilderness Areas
Compensation: $100/day, with two weeks on, one week off/Basic housing provided in Sandy, Oregon (optional)/Food provided while leading Opal Creek Expeditions
Program: Opal Creek Expeditions

The Guide Opportunity
In the beautiful Oregon summer, you lead educational, fun, and safe backpacking trips via our Opal Creek Expeditions program. Small groups of youth ages 10-17 traverse miles of backcountry trail, summit ridgelines and peaks, and visit subalpine lakes and streams, all with you and one other guide as their leaders.
During your many weeks leading trips in various wildernesses, you strengthen your backcountry skills such as navigating, tying knots, cooking, and living by Leave No Trace practices. As you teach the ins and outs of backpacking you’ll see each child’s confidence grow—in their skills and in themselves.
Connection between youth is more important than ever, and your role is integral to facilitating that connection. You will draw on your previous experiences with youth to create a fun, positive outdoor space where kids can just be kids.

View the full job announcement here: https://www.opalcreek.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Guide-Job-Posting.pdf.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Conservation, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Medical, Teaching/Education


1+ seasons outdoor guiding experience, or equivalent experience
1+ seasons working with youth in a camp setting, or equivalent experience
Backpacking experience, personal or professional
WFR, WFA or equivalent certification (by time of employment)
COVID-19 vaccine (by time of employment)
Able to lead groups on hikes up to 10 miles with heavy packs
Able to pass a criminal background check
Valid driver’s license and able to drive a 15 passenger van

Required Skills:

Group leadership skills
Navigation and backcountry cooking skills

About Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center

Our mission is to provide transformative wilderness experiences that grow a community of environmental advocates. All of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school and backpacking expedition programs, we bring youth and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application by visiting the employment page of our website: https://www.opalcreek.org/about/employment. These positions will remain open until filled. We screen applications and conduct interviews on a rolling basis and if you are seeing this posting, this position is available and we encourage you to apply. We anticipate hiring 4 Guides, and the start date is June 6th, 2022.