This position requires a motivated individual who has experience working with kids and is passionate about outdoor education and exploration. The Youth Backcountry Program focuses on backcountry skills, natural history, and character development through new and exciting outdoor experiences. The Youth Backcountry Instructor will supervise, teach, and facilitate meaningful experiences for youth during multi-day (4 day, 3 night) backpacking trips from late May through August.

The Youth Backcountry Instructor position is a 10-week position starting in early June and terminating in mid-August. Due to the nature of the YBCC Program, the Youth Backcountry Instructor will have a nonstandard schedule with significant fieldwork for the duration of the position. Fieldwork weeks will typically include four full days with overnights in the backcountry followed by three to four days off.

Accommodation is not provided for guides. With a fairly consistent guiding schedule (4 days on, 3 to 4 days off) From June-August, much of the summer is spent in the field. Some guides find housing together, while others live a mobile adventure lifestyle in vans and vehicles!

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding


o Wilderness First Aid certification or higher.
o CA Epinephrine Auto-Injector.
o CPR.
o Lifeguard.

Required Skills:

Experience Working with Youth in Outdoor Settings, Risk Management Skills, Effective Communication Skills, Teaching and Facilitation Skills, Backpacking Expertise, Passion for Youth Empowerment, Conflict Resolution Skills, Environmental Stewardship

Preferred Skills:

Youth Mental Health First Aid certification.
Leave No Trace Trainer certification or higher.
Nature-based Social-Emotional and Behavioral Interventions.
Experience hiking on the Tahoe Rim Trail.
Tahoe/Sierra Nevada Naturalist.

About Tahoe Rim Trail Association

The mission of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is to maintain and enhance the Tahoe Rim Trail system, practice and inspire stewardship, and preserve access to the natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. Join us this season as a Youth Backcountry Instructor (YBI) and help break down barriers to the outdoors by building inclusive and welcoming outdoor experiences for youth!

Application Instructions

Please send an application and cover letter to [email protected] or apply on our website here: https://www.tfaforms.com/5104311.