Located outside of Roanoke in southwest Virginia, Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing operates a Summer Adventure Camp as well as a year-round conference, retreat & adventure center. Find out why we've been selected as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" since 2010. Position descriptions and more info below.
Summer Trip Leaders:
Summer Trip Leaders work leading one or two week adventure trips, typically based on experience. Each trip is run by two leaders 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 and 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 Discovery, Classic 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.
We have a limited number of support staff positions available during our Summer season. Support Staff will work at our Base Camp with all facets of our program: Summer Adventure Camp & Retreat Center (seasonal positions only). Areas of responsibility include: equipment repairs, shuttles, food packaging, issuing of resupply, trail work, etc.
You must be a former or current participant and be at least 17 years old or a senior in high school. After successful completion, you will work the rest of the summer as an Apprentice. Come spend your summer learning the ins and outs of what goes on behind the scenes in an camp, conference and adventure center! More information here.
Year-Round Group Trip 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 can include schools, churches, family reunions, weddings, corporate groups, and more! Group Trip Leaders will also be involved with our Summer Adventure Camp both leading trips and working as support staff. Group Trip 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:
- Mandatory orientation and staff training for trip leaders will be held June 1-13, 2014.
- Must have current Wilderness First Aid and CPR training. We will provide training for those needing it May 30-31, 2014.
- Must have some backpacking and camping experience and 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.
Please mail application, cover letter and resume to:
Director of Operations
11176 Peaceful Valley Rd.
New Castle, VA 24127