Impassioned by empowerment. The distinctive landscape of Southern Utah entices aspiring adventurers from around the world to come discover the wonders of the desert through canyoneering, rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. Guides with Zion Adventures spend their days in the canyons, on the cliffs, and out in the field introducing new sports and technical skills to clientele of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. However, Zion Adventures’ trips and courses are more than just technical instruction. Our guides are driven by an innate passion to enable our clients to understand outdoor adventure as an opportunity to learn, explore, and grow. To confront fears and realize hopes, to form relationships with each other, with the environment, and to facilitate small, but meaningful life-defining moments.

As such, Guides are more than an impressive resume of outdoor pursuits – they are confident, impassioned teachers who love exploring the natural world, and celebrating the opportunity for authentic human experience within. Guides are social and supportive, approachable and adept teachers who themselves are also dedicated learners. Guides are driven by a passion for service to others and find fulfillment in teaching and empowering others through exploration in the outdoors

Complete initial and ongoing training in the Zion Adventures guide development program
Progress to leading your own trips by late May, or sooner if possible
Facilitate half- and full-day canyoneering, rock climbing, mountain biking, road biking, and hiking trips and courses.
Create a safe, fun, and educational atmosphere
Build, evaluate, and manage a wide variety of anchor and rope systems
Teach students basic to advanced technical skills and techniques
Empower students to become self-guided canyoneers and outdoors people
Wash, repair, and maintain canyon and climbing equipment
Build an impressive knowledge base of the roads, trails, hikes, canyons, climbing routes, and hidden secrets of Zion National Park and the surrounding area on personal time

Season: March 1st – Nov. 28th
Regular 5 day/week work schedule
Year-round work may be available

Opportunity to design days for optimal success based on the desires and needs of the clients
A truly astounding clientele, from all ages, places, and walks of life
Pro-purchase opportunities from many outdoor equipment manufacturers
Work in an engaging, active environment with others who share a passion for experience and outdoor adventure
Free tuition for all Zion Adventures trips and courses
Free use of many company gear items for personal recreation days

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


Able to demonstrate solid teaching skills
Able to learn quickly
Familiarity preferred with the canyons and climbing of southwestern Utah, and/or other canyon and climbing areas around the country/world
AMGA SPI or Rock Guide, PCGI single pitch, ACA Canyon Leader or Canyon Guide, or equivalent experience preferred

Required Skills:

Positions with driving duties require minimum insurance age of 23 with valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Current Wilderness First Responder (including CPR and First Aid)

Preferred Skills:

2+ years independent teaching, training, or leading in any venue (not necessarily technical in the outdoors)
Comfortable working knowledge in technical ropework, rappel skills, rescue skills, and mechanical advantage systems
Can lead 5.10 sport or higher in single pitch terrain
Experience riding technical mountain bike terrain
Confident and precise in speech; uninhibited in group settings
Applicants should be physically fit, with strong hiking ability
Able to demonstrate solid teaching skills

About Zion Adventure Company

Since 1996 we have been Zion National Park's premier outfitters, educators, and guides - helping visitors experience Zion like no one else can. We embrace the opportunity to connect visitors with adventure across many disciplines including: guided trips in canyoneering, rock climbing, mountain biking, 4X4 Overland tours, hiking and backpacking. Our rental and retail store specializes in outfitting visitors with any equipment necessary to make a visit to Zion safer, more comfortable, and ultimately more enjoyable. Our fleet of rental gear covers the full spectrum of Zion based adventures – from purpose-built footwear and drysuits for the Zion Narrows and other cold, wet slot canyons, to tents and packs for car-camping and backpacking, to bicycles and accessories to enjoy the park on two wheels. Our staff is passionate about providing quality information and exceptional service to others, and strives for excellence in everything that we do.

Application Instructions

Lead Guide position runs from March 2nd - October 31 or November 29th. Apply online at http://www.zionadventures.com/zion-adventure-career-opportunities.html