When you start here, not only are you embarking on an awesome adventure, but you're also entering into a tight-knit community of positive outdoor professionals.  

Apply to find out why Wilderness Adventure Staff Alumni keep in touch long after they're gone, and why WA has been selected as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" since 2010.  

Accepting Applications for Cooks & Leader Positions for the 2018 Season!


  1. Group Leader (Spring, Summer* & Fall)

    • Working in both our Group Program and Adventure Camp, Group Leaders will guide activities during the day and may often work overnight with backpacking/camping groups.  In addition to guiding and hosting, you will be assigned support, maintenance, and hospitality duties.  
    • We accept applications for Spring through April 1st.  
    • Please contact us for Fall-only employment.
  2. Trip Leader (Summer*)

    • Trip Leaders primarily work in the Adventure Camp program.  After completing our extensive training you will lead participants through backpacking expeditions in the Jefferson and Washington National Forests.  You will teach Leave No Trace skills, facilitate high and low ropes, climbing, canoeing, camp cooking and more.  In addition you will be assigned support, maintenance, and hospitality duties.  Trips assigned can include our Outdoor DiscoveryClassic Adventure and/or Specialty Trips.  The following are required:
      1. Some backpacking or camping experience and your own equipment.
      2. Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certification.  (We will provide training for those needing it. ) 
      3. Staff Orientation and Trip Leader Training*
    • Please have all applications for Summer to us by April 15, 2018

*Summer staff (Group & Trip Leaders) are required to participate in a 14 day comprehensive Orientation.  The 2018 Orientation is June 3-16th.


3.  Cover Letters & Resume Introduction sent to:


Attn: Kait Prairie
Program Director

Wilderness Adventure
11176 Peaceful Valley Rd.
New Castle, VA 24127






to check on the status of your application or for questions about the program or position.

Please complete the 3 steps below: fill out our Online Application, have 3 References (employers, teachers, etc. -please no friends or family) fill out our online reference form, and then Send a Cover Letter introducing yourself and describing any unique qualities or experience that you weren't able to discuss in the application, please attach your current resume to this letter. 

We may receive your online Application and not consider you for employment until we have received the supporting materials.

What are we looking for in our staff?

Personality:  At a minimum a WAEL staff members consider themselves Leaders, they enjoy speaking to and caring for large groups, and have a firm respect for safety practices.  Beyond that, we are searching for outdoor enthusiasts who are good at having fun and making sure everyone around them is having a good time as well!

Age:  Most of our staff are in their mid-twenties, but we accept applications from anyone 18+.  21+ is preferred for Fall & Spring season staff.  Please note, a portion of the pay is room & board.  

Experience:  Experience and desire to work with children is essential.  Experience in outdoor travel and adventure activities (climbing, biking, etc) is great plus, but not required.  We train everyone in the required hard skills during our Orientation expedition, as well as throughout your initial seasons with us.

Skills:  Personal responsibility, adherence to written direction (guides are required to adhere to the schedule, staff manual, and other company documents often without supervision), and the ability to speak to big groups are essential.

Growth:  WAEL is designed as a place to grow, we expect our staff to pursue individual goals and grow skills in areas that are of interest to them.  Once you have a scope of the program you are highly encouraged to take on further responsibilities and learn as much as you can about the outdoor recreation and hospitality industries through WA.

Time Commitment:  We follow a "work hard, play hard" philosophy.  The majority of our staff live on property while working and generally get 2 days off a week.  Staff should be prepared to work holidays, week-ends, and for multiple weeks 24 hours/day while on trail.  During the winter, October through March, staff usually travel or head to work at the ski slopes.



Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing has been selected as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" since 2010!

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing has been selected as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" since 2010!

Apprentice/Leadership Training Program

Too young to be staff, but you still have a desire to be a leader?  Come spend your summer learning the ins and outs of what goes on behind the scenes in an adventure camp!  You must be a former or current participant and be at least 17 years old or a senior in high school. After successful completion of the week-long course, you will work the rest of the summer as an Apprentice. More information here.