Principal Responsibilities:
– Coordinate logistics for programs including food purchasing and packing, gear management, transportation, registration, and staff scheduling.
– Manage permits and reservations with land management agencies, ensure compliance with local regulations, and maintain relationships with agencies.
– Plan and facilitate staff training, facilitate pre-trip meetings and post-trip debriefs, and support staff in the field.
– Communicate with families and participants before, during, and after programs to ensure a positive experience and provide necessary information.
– Serve as emergency contact for trips, communicating with guides & families. Assist with bus cleaning/maintenance, transportation to and from trailhead, and bus shuttle as needed.
– Collaborate with partner organizations to implement custom programming.
– Monitor compliance with Wild Society’s policies and procedures, ensuring that all staff and participants adhere to safety guidelines, risk management procedures, and curriculum standards, and track incident reports and other reporting to identify areas for improvement.
– Work with staff to continually reexamine organizational practices around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Support Staff, Teaching/Education


- Strong sense of personal relationship with the natural world.
- Two years experience teaching (especially outdoors).
- One year experience managing staff and/or volunteers.
- Experience backpacking, camping, hiking, etc.

Required Skills:

- Current Wilderness First Responder certification or ability to obtain prior to start.
- Ability to pass a comprehensive background check upon acceptance of position.
- Comfortable driving a 15 passenger mini bus, must be 21 years of age or older and maintain a good driving record.
- Excellent communication skills and ability to think creatively.
- Experience working with people from different backgrounds, willingness to listen and learn.

Preferred Skills:

- Experience in program design and implementation.
- Backpack guiding experience.
- Knowledge of the Olympic Mountains and Kitsap County.
- Creative, collaborative, and self-directed mindset.
- Ability to operate at multiple operational levels—both big picture and details.

About Wild Society

Wild Society works to establish relationships between human hearts and the everyday wild. We’re an outdoor education nonprofit based in Kitsap County, WA that provides backcountry hikes, year-round naturalist programs, and community events for all ages. Our mission is to cultivate wonder and belonging in the natural world.

Wild Society prioritizes diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and we encourage individuals from all cultures and communities to apply, especially BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color), women, non-cis-gendered people, and other people underrepresented in outdoor organizations. In ecosystems and human societies alike, we know that diversity makes communities stronger. Thank you for considering joining us.

Application Instructions

Please email your resume and a written personal statement (500 words or less) about your relationship with the natural world and why you would be a good fit for this position to [email protected], with “Program Manager” and your name in the subject line.