Positions open to guide 1- 3-week long backpacking expeditions with teens and/or younger kids in WA. Rite of Passage Journeys programs incorporate wilderness mentoring, ritual & ceremony, council practice, intentional solitude, play and exploration, and more to create meaningful and transformational outdoor experiences that honor life transitions. You will work with the lead guide and an apprentice/intern to guide co-ed groups of up to 9 youth.

We are hiring for these 2024 program dates:
Call to Adventure I (7 day) 6/27-7/3
Mountain Quest Young Women (3wk) 7/9-7/29
Queer Quest (8 day) 7/10-7/11
Olympic Odyssey (8 day) 7/26-8/2
Mountain Quest Young Men II (3wk) 8/5-8/25

More information on our website:

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding


At least 2 years of experience facilitating outdoor programs with youth and/or facilitating rite of passage work
Current WFR certification (WFA may be acceptable depending on trip)

Required Skills:

Backpacking and wilderness navigation experience
Excellent communication and facilitation skills

Preferred Skills:

Experience facilitating or participating in ritual or rite of passage experiences
Knowledge of backcountry gear and cooking
Strong self-care and group-care skill in wilderness settings

About Rite of Passage Journeys

Rite of Passage Journeys, established in 1968, fosters self-discovery, community and connection with the natural world. Our mission is to mentor youth, adults, and elders through life transitions, initiating soulful leaders for the next generation. This not-for-profit organization provides intentional rites of passage experiences and rite of passage education. Our experiences take the form of guided wilderness retreats and adventures, while our education consists of consultation and training for schools, organizations, churches and individual leaders. We offer a variety of programs designed for children, teens, and adults. Journeys is admired nationwide for its solid integrity and commitment to soul-work that honors deep human values and the earth. The qualities our programs nurture enable us to more fully embrace the challenges and beauty of our collective experiences as well as our unique individual calling.

Application Instructions

Please apply here: www.riteofpassagejourneys.org/get-involved. Please do a bit of reading on our website to get a sense of our programs and mission. We hope you consider this opportunity– these are time-tested but still grassroots programs, with a strong personal touch and a magical quality.