When you join our staff, not only are you embarking on an awesome adventure, but you're 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 regularly selected as one of Outside Magazine's "Best Places to Work" since 2010.
Currently Accepting Applications for Group Leaders and Support staff for the 2019 Fall Season!
Group Leader (Spring, Summer, & Fall)
Group Leaders work directly with participants in our Group Program—a primarily lodge-based program with clientele ranging from middle & high schools, colleges & universities, corporate retreats, youth groups, and more. They are responsible for facilitating activities such as high ropes, swiftwater canoeing, mountain biking, low ropes & team-building, caving, and rock climbing. In addition to guiding these activities, Group Leaders will be assigned support, maintenance, and hospitality duties.
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience working with an/or leading groups in an outdoor setting.
Previous experience working with youth or adults in outdoor setting is preferred.
Strong Interpersonal skills.
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 Discovery, Classic Adventure and/or Specialty Trips.
Some backpacking or camping experience and your own equipment.
Current Wilderness First Aid & CPR certification. We provide this training each June for those needing it.
Participation on our 14-day comprehensive Staff Orientation.
Support Staff (Spring, Summer, and Fall)
General maintenance of buildings, grounds, and on-site trail system.
General hospitality duties including preparing lodges for upcoming guests.
Working in a commercial kitchen to provide meals to guests.
Driving 15-passenger vans and/or short buses to and from programming sites.
Rock climbing belay and zipline support.
This Job Is Ideal for Someone Who Is:
Dependable—more reliable than spontaneous.
Adaptable/flexible—enjoys doing work that requires frequent shifts in direction.
Autonomous/Independent—enjoys working with little direction.
Benefits to All Employees:
Use of most programming equipment (canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, camping gear, etc.).
30% Discount in our Base Camp Store and access to pro-deals with major outdoor retailers.
Housing in our staff lounge or one of our staff cabins.
Meals provided through our commercial kitchen.
HOW TO APPLY
Please complete the 3 steps below: (1)fill out our Online Application, (2) have 3 References (employers, teachers, etc. -please no friends or family) fill out our online reference form, and then (3) Send a Cover Letter with your resume introducing yourself and describing any unique qualities or experience that you weren't able to discuss in the application.
*We may receive your online Application and not consider you for employment until we have received the supporting materials.*
Folks seeking College Credit for Recreation, Outdoor Adventure, Hospitality or any other fitting course of study can apply to WAEL in the same way as noted above. Please be sure to include that you are seeking an Internship, what it is for, and any requirements associated with the Internship. The WAEL Internship is the same as working as one of our Trip or Group Leaders, though we'll be happy to work with you to suit your requirements for time, projects, specific experience, and more!
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.