Adventure Trip Leader

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, February 10, 2017, 5:00pm



Midland, MI
United States

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The Chippewa Nature Center, a non-profit educational organization, has openings for Adventure Trip Leaders for the summer of 2017. The Center’s 1,200-acre property includes woodlands, fields, ponds, wetlands, and rivers. Facilities consist of a Visitor Center with Ecosystem Gallery, classrooms and Nature Center Store; a Historic Farm complex (schoolhouse, cabin, sugarhouse), a Nature Preschool, a Nature Study Building (day camp headquarters), an Arboretum, and 15 miles of nature trails.

Nature Day Camp is designed to connect campers ages 3 to 16 to the natural environment through fun, educational experiences. On-site programs led by counselors involve a variety of activities in the areas of natural and cultural history. Adventure Trip Leaders guide campers ages 10-16 through overnight off-site Adventure Trips where they canoe, kayak, or backpack while learning backcountry camping skills.

Adventure Trip Leaders will lead 5 to 9-day programs introducing 10-16 year olds to backpacking, canoeing, kayaking and backcountry camping in the state of Michigan. Trip Leaders are responsible for day to day programming on the trips, planning, preparing, and shopping for meals, managing camper health and safety, planning specific routes at the pre-determined trip locations, and communicating regularly with the camp director. Trip Leaders will also be responsible for leading two on-site Recreation/Adventure sessions.

Preference will be given to those who have earned or are working toward a degree in outdoor recreation, biology, ecology, environmental education, or other related field; have experience working with youth; and personal or professional experience backpacking and canoeing and/or kayaking. Must be 18 years of age or older, have a valid chauffeur’s license* and first-aid and CPR certifications*. Wilderness First Aid/First Responder and Life Guarding may be required upon hire. We are looking for enthusiastic staff members who enjoy working with teens and being outside!
*Can be arranged after hire.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Jenn Kirts, Program Director at