Sierra Nevada Journeys is seeking experienced trip leaders to co-lead three, 14-day multi-sport trips in the Sierra Nevada mountains for youth from low-income communities. Sierra Nevada Journeys partners with Summer Search, a national youth mentorship organization, to provide a unique experience for 16-to-18-year-old students to help them build self-confidence and leadership skills.

• Competitive compensation package, $130 per day
• Plus, housing and work day meals provided which is equivalent to $172.77 per week
• Three days three sick days per year
• Employees will earn $1 per day extra for each certification:
1. Experience working with students from communities of BIPOC
2. Waterfront lifeguard/pool lifeguard
3. Experience in youth development – either in a formal outdoor setting or in a classroom setting
• Optional 403(b) retirement plan and up to a 4% match by Sierra Nevada Journeys
• Bilingual fluency in Spanish differential of an additional 3% added to your day rate
• Home base for living, working, exploring, and recreating in the beautiful Sierra Valley
• Employment with an innovative company focused on improving outdoor education delivery
• Professional development geared toward outdoor education leadership
• Innovative company focused on providing opportunities for and working with students of all backgrounds
• Opportunity to work in partnership with national youth mentorship organization, Summer Search

– This position requires a motivated individual with an engaging personality and insistence on excellence who is passionate about positive and culturally relevant youth development. Based out of Grizzly Creek Ranch in Portola, CA, the trips themselves will take place in the Sierra Nevada foothills and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The selected applicant must be available from May 31 to August 6, 2022.

– Desirable applicants must be proficient in optimizing opportunities for social-emotional learning through intentional programmatic decisions, backcountry travel, wilderness navigation, and backcountry medicine. The ideal candidate has experience in facilitating high level backcountry program expectations and group safety both day and night. Trip leaders embody the mission and values of Sierra Nevada Journeys, honor inclusive values, and have experience working with youth from varied cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

– The Trip Leader will be responsible for guiding multiple 6-day backpacking trips in surrounding National Forests, overseeing multi-day raft trips (guiding for rafting will be done by contracted professional guides), open water kayaking, and facilitating a service project.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education

Required Skills:

• 21-years-old or older by May, 2022
• 1-2 years of experience leading multi-day backpacking experiences in varying terrain and environmental factors
• A minimum certification of Wilderness First Responder & CPR
• Applicants must have and maintain an excellent driving record with no major infractions of unsafe conduct. You will be required to drive a van and possibly tow a gear trailer throughout the course
• Excellent communication and organization skills
• Experience facilitating programs in backcountry

Preferred Skills:

Required (cont.):
• Work independently with a high degree of initiative
• Work with limited time off
• Work closely and cohesively with co-leader throughout trips
• All employees are required to attest in writing they have up-to-date immunizations against the diseases required for public school attendance in the state in which they work and have received a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.
• Multi-day backpacking trip leadership experience
• Experience in trauma-in

About Sierra Nevada Journeys

Sierra Nevada Journeys is an outdoor science education nonprofit. Since 2006, we’ve helped more than 250,000 youth with our mission to deliver innovative outdoor, science-based education programs to develop critical thinking skills and inspire outdoor stewardship. Sierra Nevada Journeys prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that active reflection, engagement, and commitment to these principles is crucial to creating a workplace that has diverse perspectives. We believe that environmental education and outdoor recreation should be accessible for all, and we are committed to prioritizing those in our community with the least access. We strive to build our workforce and programs around our ability to serve communities diverse in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental ability, values and perspectives.

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