Guiding trips with clients and a pack string of llamas. Trips are usually 3 to 5 days length and vary in difficulty. Work may include preparing a meal plan, assembling gear and supplies, driving with a trailer to the trail heads, meeting clients, loading up gear, saddling llamas, leading trips, outdoor cooking, managing camping areas for llamas and clients, utilizing good LNT skills, managing client needs, medical care for clients and llamas as needed, managing all emergency situations that may arise, ensuring a great trip for the clients, llamas and other guide (on most trips).

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding


Wilderness First Responder (or higher) certification.
Driver's license.
Washington Food Handler certification.
LNT training completed

Required Skills:

Being competent leading a trip in remote locations.
Getting along well with clients and guides.
Must have a reasonable amount of comfort working with pack animals; you can't be afraid of them.
Must be able to lift 30 lbs to a height of 4 ft, hiking up to 15 miles or up to 3000 ft elevation gain, and still have energy to assist clients, care for pack animals, and prepare meals. - you have to be in good physical condition.
Competence driving a truck and trailer on rough roads

Preferred Skills:

Dutch oven cooking skills or other impressive backcountry cooking abilities.
Comfortable with a diverse clientele.
Emergency Management.
Willing to learn to work with llamas, they're unique.
Other skills that may add to the trip such as birding, plant identification, other?

About Washington Llamas

We are a small company that utilizes llamas to take clients on backcountry trips. We offer exceptional meals, great guides, athletic llamas, and wonderful scenery on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mt St Helens monument. Our main season is mid July through early September, we also offer some short, easy trips in May and June.

Application Instructions

Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected]

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