Teen Adventure Trip Leader - Wildwood

Location: Rindge, NH
Sanctuary: Wildwood

Teen Adventure Trip (Trek) Leaders facilitate groups of 5-8 teens on one week-long outdoor adventure trips in throughout the Northeast, both in the front- and backcountry. Two Trek Leaders on each trip work closely together to supervise participants and create a positive group environment where participants can learn, grow and develop leadership skills in an active outdoor setting. Trek leaders will lead multiple weeks of trips, spending the remaining time participating in staff training, trip planning, supporting trips, and working in program areas for overnight and family camps. Schedules will typically run two weeks of trips followed by one of week in camp. Trek leaders also offer support in other Wildwood teen programs.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure physical and emotional safety of trek participants (trekkers)
    • Ensure trekkers’ basic needs (food, water, health, sleep) are met each day
    • Supervise trekkers effectively at all times, even while on programs led by others
    • Set appropriate limits and boundaries with trekkers
    • Manage trekker behavior in a positive manner according to training
    • Follow emergency procedures according to training 
  • Facilitate all aspects of daily life and trekkers’ development
    • Ensure trekkers are physically and mentally prepared for the weather and activities
    • In cooperation with the Trips Director plan varied and nutritious menus for trips
    • Supervise safe and sanitary meal preparations
    • Lead effective and engaging nightly debriefing activities/discussions
    • Ensure trekkers are taking good care of themselves with adequate rest and hygiene
    • Act as a positive role model for trekkers and fellow staff members
    • Show positive tone and patience when communicating with trekkers
    • Lead activities and experiences that contribute to the development of leadership skills and environmental literacy 
  • Communicate clearly and regularly with Wildwood
    • Complete pre-trip planning and paperwork accurately and on-time.
    • Communicate with the Wildwood Director/Teen Program Coordinator as scheduled via phone, email, text, or SPOT
    • Discuss any concerns or difficulties with a supervisor
    • Keep trip journals and logs recording pertinent information
    • Create and submit an end-of-trip reports on each trek led
    • Fill out and submit reports for any accidents or times when medical care is provided 
  • Lead safe, engaging outdoor activities
    • Facilitate hiking, backpacking, biking, camping and other nature-based activities with the group
    • Arrive on time and fully prepared for all scheduled activities
    • Supervise and support the group when on activities led by outfitters
    • Adhere to minimum-impact camping ethics (Leave No Trace)
    • Making topics engaging, fun and educational for participants
  • Act as a full participant in the Wildwood community
    • Act as a positive role model for campers and staff
    • Abide by all Wildwood and Mass Audubon policies and procedures
    • Strive to maintain a high level of personal health and wellness
    • Maintain positive, professional relationships with co-workers
    • All Wildwood staff will be required to help work in the kitchen at least 2 days over the summer
    • Wildwood staff will keep a positive attitude and remain flexible
    • Accept the challenge to remain at camp for the entirety of the season
    • Strive to maintain a high level of personal health and wellness
    • Attend all meals except during time off
    • Complete evening security duties as assigned
    • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

Applicants should have experience leading outdoors trips and experience working with teens. Trek leaders must have a love of nature and be able to articulate it to participants, as well as a working level of environmental literacy. Expertise or experience in a natural science or nature-focused creative field a plus. Strong back-country camping and hiking skills are necessary. Experience either backpacking, biking, or paddling required. Experience rock climbing, and leading service projects are a plus. Trek Leaders must be at least 20 years old, have a valid driver’s license and hold Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications. Additional compensation is available for lifeguard, water-safety, or paddling instructor certifications.

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the Trek Leader to successfully perform the essential functions of the position.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.  While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, climb, stand for long periods, lift their hands higher than their shoulders, and walk.  This position is often required to bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, reach, push/pull, walk and run over uneven terrain while wearing a loaded pack, and lift & carry up to 40 lbs.  Work will be done in all weather conditions including heat, humidity, sun and rain. 

Work Environment         

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Routinely, work is performed within a typical outdoor setting with exposure to weather/temperature extremes and extended periods of traversing uneven terrain.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary paid biweekly, comprehensive training, housing and meals for the duration of employment, and other benefits. In addition to the monetary benefits, working at camp provides staff the opportunity to improve communication skills, teambuilding skills and critical thinking. Summer camp is a fast-paced environment where all staff use problem solving skills multiple times a day.

Compensation starting at $3,780 DOE for the season.

Additional Comments

Staff training begins the first week of June and camp is over on Monday August 30th 2021. End date may be flexible upon request, however start date is not flexible for quarantine purposes.

How to Apply

Email Cover Letter, resume and completed Mass Audubon Application to 

Cheryl Oliveira
Job# 3347

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