It’s time to apply for the 2018 Summer Season!
Step 1 - Application
Applications will be accepted starting November 1st, 2017
Filling out the online application is the beginning of your adventure. Be sure to prepare a cover letter, resume, 5 references, and a certified copy of your driving records before you begin the application. More details on these requirements can be found under the ‘How to Apply?’ section. Once you have clicked ‘Submit’, you will receive an automated e-mail confirmation. We will be in touch within 7 business days to schedule a informal ‘meet and greet’ via Skype.
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Step 2 - Interview Process
Let’s talk and answer any questions you have about the job
This job will be a big lifestyle change for most new Leaders, so we want to be as transparent as possible in setting your expectations. During our 30 minute Skype interview, we’ll ask you some questions to get to know you a bit better and then open the floor to all the questions you may have. Within 7 days of our Skype chat, we will invite you to either a Hiring Event or Final Skype Interview.
Step 3 - Hiring Event or Final Interview
Before inviting you to Training, we’d like to get to know you better.
The Hiring Event is a day that consists of a mix of workshops, hands-on skills assessments, group scenarios, and one on one interviewing. Those that attend will have priority selection for the first training spots available. Any cost associated with transportation and accommodation for the event will be yours and we do not take this investment lightly. Only our top candidates will be invited and if you are selected to attend further details will be provided. We typically have 20+ candidates at the hiring event staffed by our Hiring Team and we are looking to hire everyone as long as it is the right fit. Within the week after the Hiring Event, we will call or email you to announce your hiring status.
*Note: Our Training Trips fill up quickly so if you’re hoping to join us at a particular date, the Hiring Event will allow you the best advantage. Keep in mind, each candidate should be available to work from their Training Trip start date until Sept. 30th (some flexibility may be available, e-mail us for details).
What if I can’t attend a Hiring Event?
Don’t worry! For those that cannot attend, our team will follow up with you for a final interview, which will include a few follow up questions, a short knowledge test, and several 2-3 minute presentations on destinations.
Step 4 - Preparation
Time to prepare for your Training Trip
Now it’s time to study and start packing, if you’ve made it this far, Congratulations! We will provide a detailed information booklet on how to prepare for Training; here is a quick list of training requirements you must complete before arrival:
1. Adult First Aid & CPR Certification
2. Commercial Vehicle Learners Permit (if you currently have a CA or NJ license)
3. Medical Examination Certificate
4. Leave No Trace, Foundations of Interpretation & NPS History Certifications
5. Reading and studying from our Adventure Reading List (provided upon acceptance)
Don’t forget to pack light!
You will NOT need technical gear or many fancy gadgets for this job. We provide almost everything you need to camp all season.
Step 5 - Training
Learning the skills to hit the road!
Our training program consists of four weeks with a combination of in-house training, on-the-road experience and driver’s training. Being a Group Leader involves a multitude of different skills. As a group leader there are many tasks that you must accomplish on any given day. In essence you are a ‘jack of all trades.’ Learning these tasks and balancing them is what we will be teaching you throughout our training program.
Food and Accommodation
For the duration of your season as well as training, all accommodation will be provided. We’ll operate a Food Kitty for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, where each trainee will contribute $10 per day towards grocery shopping. Meals will be made at camp and it will be up to the group to decide what to cook.
What is a hiring event?
The Hiring Events are a critical step to determine if you will be a good fit for the role. It’s a great opportunity for getting to know future colleagues and staff. Although well worth the investment, it doesn’t exclude you from employment. Those that attend will have priority selection.
Typically we have 20+ candidates at the hiring event staffed by our Hiring Team. The day consists of a mix of workshops, hands-on skills assessments, group scenarios, and one on one interviewing.
San Francisco Hiring Event
Event Date: February 19th, 2018
Application Deadline: February 12th, 2018
Seattle Hiring Event
Event Date: March 9th, 2018
Application Deadline: March 2nd, 2018
Please note: All candidates who attend our in person interactive group interview will be given first-preference for the available Group Leader positions for the 2018 season. If you’d like to start earlier in the season (April or May) we highly recommend attending.’
Why should I attend a Hiring Event?
One of the many benefits of coming to a Hiring Event is priority selection. All candidates who are unable to attend the Hiring Events will be wait listed until those who attended have been offered positions. Additionally at each Hiring Event you will be asked which training trip you would like to attend. Our Training Trips fill up quickly so if you’re hoping to join us at a particular date, the Hiring Event will allow you the best advantage. Keep in mind, each candidate should be available to work from their Training Trip start date until Sept. 30th (some flexibility may be available, e-mail us for details).
2018 Training Dates:
Training Trip #1: April 9th – May 3rd
Training Trip #2: May 28th – June 20th
Training Trip #3: June 25th – July 18th
Canada – TBD
Is anyone invited?
No, only candidates who have successfully completed their applications and Skype interview will be invited to the Hiring Events. We want to make sure this job is the right fit for your personality and lifestyle. So we do our best to get to know you well before making a decision. Getting hired is a 4-step process.
STEP 1: Application (online)
STEP 2: Skype Interview
STEP 3: Hiring Event
STEP 4: Training
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