Find out why Wilderness Adventure's Leaders love working here.  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. It's no wonder that the Wilderness Adventure Staff Alumni keep in touch long after they're gone, and no surprise that WA has been selected as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" since 2010.  

Position Descriptions & Application Process

currently accepting applications for fall!

Start Date of August 17th, see "Year-Round Group Leaders" description below.

spring and summer positions have been filled

Summer Trip Leaders:

Summer Trip Leaders lead one or two week trips for our Adventure Camp.  Each trip is guided by one male and one female leader with a maximum of 12 participants.  After a comprehensive two-week staff orientation at the beginning of the summer, trip leaders are prepared to facilitate the day-to-day trip responsibilities including backpacking, Leave No Trace skills, high and low ropes, belaying, canoeing, camp cooking and more. 

Activity Instructors with advanced training run specialized activities for each trip: Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Caving & Whitewater Kayaking. 

Trips assigned can include our Outdoor DiscoveryClassic Adventure and/or Specialty Trips.

At the end of our summer season, many of our trip leaders choose to stay on through our fall group season and continue working  with school, corporate, church and other groups. For more information on our Year-Round Group Trip Leader positions, see below.

Support Staff:

There are limited number of these positions available each season.  Support staff are responsible for equipment repairs, shuttles, food packaging, issuing of resupply, trail work, Base Camp maintenance, and hospitality work.

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.

Year-Round Group Leaders:

Group Trip Leaders will work year-round (approximately March through October) with groups at our Conference & Retreat Center.  A limited number of seasonal positions available for Fall & Spring only.  Participants of our Group Program can include schools, churches, family reunions, weddings, corporate groups, and more!  Group Leaders will also be involved with our Summer Adventure Camp both leading trips and working as support staff.  

Group Leaders working with year-round groups will typically facilitate adventure activities for groups during the day and will occasionally work overnight with backpacking/camping groups.  For more information on our group programs and trips, please see our Retreat Center page.


Qualities we look for in our staff are simple.  We look for our founder's Four Principles for Success:  Positive Attitude, Respect, Work Ethic & Communication Skills.  We thoroughly train all our staff in the outdoor adventure and facilitation skills they need, but the most successful staff are those that come in understanding those four principles and demonstrating them in their work.

Requirements for Summer Trip Leaders:

  • Staff Orientation and Trip Leader Training*
  • Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR training.  (We will provide training for those needing it May 30-31, 2014. ) 
  • Some backpacking and camping experience and your own equipment.

If you would like to be considered for employment please download an employment application and mail it to us along with a cover letter and resume. 

Application & Reference Form

Click on the following links to download the forms.  We do most of hiring by February and March for both Spring and Summer positions so please return them as soon as possible.

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!

Employment Contact

Please mail application, cover letter and resume to:

Kait Prairie
Program Director

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