The Expedition Leader position is ideal for individuals with experience leading youth, a love for the outdoors, and prior trip-leading experience. Our priority is creating a safe, loving, and GRP mission-focused community for the teens that come through the program and helping them grow as leaders and individuals. Our leaders foster and guide that growth.
GRP is looking for Expedition Leaders who are excited to work with teenagers in an outdoor setting. Leaders work in teams of 2-3 with between 8-12 Expeditioners teaching various exciting and challenging activities like mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, white water canoeing, sea kayaking, and camping. Experience in these activities is helpful, but not always required.
As an Expedition Leader, you will be pushed to communicate, problem solve, and be decisive, all while empowering those around you to do the same. It is a diverse job, requiring employees to be facilitators, friends, mentors, and role models to our campers.
Expedition Leader Qualifications
- Minimum 21 years old
- Current Wilderness First Aid/Wilderness First Responder
- Valid driver’s license & excellent driving record
- The ability to lift and carry at least 50 pounds
- A strong desire to work with teenagers in a remote setting
- Available for staff training
- Tangible skill experience in one or more of the following- backpacking, sea kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater canoeing, trail building, orienteering, primitive skills, Leave No Trace concepts, environmental education
- Quality experience teaching/leading in a variety of settings, ideally with students in grades 6-12.
Leaders are expected to be excellent role models as they foster a close community and teach a variety of outdoor skills. Trips are lead by leadership teams of 2-3 and range from 8-12 participants. Outdoor skills taught include rock climbing, mountain biking, white water canoeing, backpacking, leadership skills, Leave No Trace, backcountry cooking, orienteering, knot tying, and general environmental education. On each Expedition, the leadership team works closely together to coordinate all aspects of the trip including: instruction in all outdoor activities, risk management, managing group dynamics, menu planning & purchasing food, transportation, maintaining equipment, handling medical issues. Leaders receive support while in the field from the Expeditions Directors and an intern. Three weeks of training and preparation are conducted prior to the summer. This is a seasonal, non-exempt, salary position reporting to the Directors.
Salary and Benefits
- Expedition Leaders are contracted to lead 1 to 6 trips ranging from 6 to 45 days.
- All program expenses will be paid while working for GRP including travel to and from the trip start and end location, meals, accommodations, and activities
- Professional development participating in our 3 week staff training learning from experts in the field and youth development professionals
- Access to pro deals and industry discounts