Full-time Backpacking Guide Summer 2022

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, March 7, 2022, 10:00pm



Kingston, WA
United States

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Wild Society backcountry guides are responsible for guiding and teaching youth backpacking trips in the Olympic Mountains. All trips have two guides and up to 10 participants. Wild Society programs follow a daily structure that incorporates reflection, direct instruction, and exploration. Guides engage participants throughout the day to encourage connection with, and deeper  understanding of the natural world.

Guide responsibilities: 

  • Guiding campers ages 12-18 on 3-8 day backcountry trips in the Olympic Mountains, departing from Kingston, WA.
  • Help with trip preparation and clean up in Kingston, WA.
  • Teaching Wild Society curriculum including; daily structure, basic backpacking skills, leadership, leave-no-trace, natural history, and awareness skills.
  • Maintaining an environment of safety through adherence to the risk management policies of Wild Society, as well as maintaining a general attitude of safety and risk prevention.
  • Leading and teaching in culturally responsive ways to a diverse client base.
  • Responding to any emergency that may present.
  • Helping with/food prep and gear management.
  • Adhere to Wild Society's Covid-19 safety policy.

Required Qualifications and Certifications:

  • Experience guiding backcountry trips.
  • Strong sense of personal relationship with the natural world.
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Drive to help the organization continually reexamine practices to center ourselves around justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Hold a valid Wilderness First Responder certification prior to start date.
  • Hold a valid food workers permit prior to the start date.
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination. 

Desired Experience:

  • Knowledge of the Olympic Peninsula.
  • Ability to observe and communicate phenomena of the natural world.
  • Can provide narratives of indigenous world view.
  • Are familiar with at least some elements of multiple disciplines such as botany and ethnobotany, ecology, geology, ornithology and mammalogy, hydrology, meteorology, and astronomy to weave stories illuminating the inter-relatedness of the natural world and our place within it. 

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How to Apply:

To apply: Please fill out an application at https://wildsociety.campbrainstaff.com/

You will need to upload a resume and a written or recorded (video or audio) statement expressing your guiding experience, personal connection to the natural world, and teaching philosophy.