Using the transformative power of the wilderness and adventure, Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch is dedicated to serving individuals and families whom much of the world has given up on.

Do you want to be part of the toughest and most fulfilling work you’ve ever imagined? Join Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch and change lives!

Using the transformative power of the wilderness and adventure, Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch is dedicated to serving individuals and families whom much of the world has given up on, including youth struggling with traumatic pasts, youth in residential treatment, youth on the Autism Spectrum, and Wounded Warriors.  As the therapeutic wilderness and adventure arm of Great Circle, the Ranch has grown to be one of the most extensive adventure bases in the Midwest and has been recognized on a national level in just a few short years.

Adventure experiences are not an escape from the daily grind. They are reality, where in an “off-balance” environment, the true self always eventually surfaces and must be faced, concrete victories are earned, natural consequences are plentiful, roles and gifts are discovered, and positive relationships are built. Evidence bears out that these experiences become defining moments for young men and young women growing to become the people they were created to be.

Work Environment

The green hills and steep ravines, high bluffs, pristine streams, and extensive karst topography of the Ozark Mountain region presents some amazing outdoor opportunities.

As a Summer Adventure Guide, you can be part of shaping this developing program and play a vital role in the life stories of the incredible individuals the Ranch team is honored to stand alongside every day!Missouri is usually not the first state to pop into your mind when most people think of prime adventure and wilderness locations. True, however, the green hills and steep ravines, high bluffs, pristine streams, and extensive karst topography of the Ozark Mountain region presents some amazing outdoor opportunities, and being situated in the middle of the Mark Twain National Forest, the 1,200-acre Ranch is ideally situated for both quick and extensive trips into the backcountry.

Facilities include a multiple high challenge courses and zip lines, team development courses, climbing walls, rappel bluffs, mud obstacle course, high-adventure swimming and boating areas, horse stables, a primitive skills site, mountain biking and BMX trails, tree climbing, 3 miles of riverfront, and many other opportunities. The setting provides a unique therapeutic experience using adventure and wilderness programs for high-risk youth.

More exploration at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch!Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch served over 8,900 participants last year in programs running all but a few days of the entire year.

Year-Round Job Opening—Now Hiring!

Become one of the Lead Guides and Course Managers for one of the only year-round adventure programs in the U.S. serving youth in state custody.

Adventure Guide & Course Manager
Adventure camps, ropes courses, team challenges, backpacking, climbing, primitive skills, kayaking and rafting, and the wilderness itself will be used as a catalyst to build relationships and produce victories that grow awareness, efficacy, connection, purpose, and hope.Become one of the Lead Guides and Course Managers for one of the only year-round adventure programs in the U.S. serving youth in state custody. During the summer months, you’ll help run a 10-week adventure camp program for youth in residential treatment. Throughout the rest of the year, you'll have the opportunity to design and lead adventure trips and backcountry expeditions with all types of different groups. These youth will come to the ranch anywhere from 1 to 14 days, and multiple times throughout the year. Adventure camps, ropes courses, team challenges, backpacking, climbing, primitive skills, kayaking and rafting, and the wilderness itself will be used as a catalyst to build relationships and produce victories that grow awareness, efficacy, connection, purpose, and hope.

Key Responsibilities
Assist the Camp Manager with operation of the Adventure Camp program, conducting all responsibilities of Guide and Course Manager.
Camp on-site with Guide staff during Adventure Camp.
Coordinate, plan, and facilitate day and multi-day trips to the Ranch throughout the rest of the year.
Maintain equipment and courses as well as plan and build more.
Assist the Director in facilitating specialty and backcountry trips
Recruit, supervise, mentor, and grow the Camp Guide staff.
Become a trainer in several specialty skill areas that the Ranch offers.
Take every opportunity to tell others about the Ranch, their mission, and about the young men and women they serve.
Become an engaged and active part of the Ranch Family as well as the local community.

More exploration at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch!Compensation begins at $28,000-$31,000, with a full benefits package, 401K, 1-3 weeks vacation and the entire month of December off. View the Adventure Guide & Course Manager flyer.

Summer Adventure Guides

Summer Adventure Guides will lead small groups of youth through an exhilarating 10-week summer adventure camp program.

Summer Adventure Guides
Living in tents in the woods, cooking over a fire, and facilitating the daily camp routine, you’ll use activities and many other adventures in intentional ways to grow young people’s confidence, relationships, and purpose.Summer Adventure Guides will lead small groups of youth in residential treatment and other youth in state custody through an exhilarating 10-week summer adventure camp program. Living in tents in the woods, cooking over a fire, and facilitating the daily camp routine, you’ll use activities like ropes courses, team challenges, climbing, kayaking, aquatic adventures, land navigation, and many other adventures in intentional ways to grow young people’s confidence, relationships, and purpose, as well help them heal from the past and grow hope for the future.

More exploration at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch!Guides must make a commitment from May 20th through August 4th, 2018. All staff will receive a break from July 1st–8th to recharge the batteries! View the Summer Adventure Guide flyer.

Perks & Rewards

Stand beside people who have seen incredible adversity, hurt, and pain, and be a part of their stories as they grow to change the world!

Summer salaries are based on position and experience, but range from $390-$425 per week. Meals and shelter are provided at the camp, and housing is provided for time off if you desire to remain in the area. Practicums and internships are welcome.

Perks of the Job
Never have two days that are the same.
Prodeals, Prodeals, Prodeals!
Free stickers for your Nalgene bottle.
Looking up at the night sky from your sleeping bag and saying to yourself, I’m getting paid for this.
Get to be part of a unique small town.

More exploration at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch!Stand beside people who have seen incredible adversity, hurt, and pain, and be a part of their stories as they grow to change the world!

Do You Have What It Takes?

Quality performance is not based on the greatness of your techniques or strength of your skills, but on the quality and character of person you are.

Challenges of the Job
Kids who are extremely challenging to build relationships and trust with, and many times will act out in extreme ways to find out if you really are who you say you are.
Long times in the woods with mud, bugs, snakes, ridiculously long hours, and no showers.
Opportunities to leave a lasting impact on the program. The MALR team has created what the Ranch is today and the team will create what it becomes tomorrow.
Quality performance is not based on the greatness of your techniques or strength of your skills, but on the quality and character of person you are.

More exploration at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch!Ranch staff come here and stay here because the Ranch is one of the few therapeutic adventure and wilderness programs that still serves youth in state custody—one of the most difficult and challenging groups of individuals to work with—and the one group of individuals who most need the transformative power of adventure to help give them evidence that they can trust, heal, hope, and truly live.

Connections & Application

 you want to be part of the toughest and most fulfilling work you’ve ever imagined? Join Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, create a legacy and change lives!

If you are at least 21, have a calling to serve youth, disciplined work ethic, unconditional care, grit, a willingness to have fun, and passionate about being part of what is happening at the Ranch, send your resume to Brett Bailey. The Ranch will contact you immediately to begin the introduction process and begin to get to know you. If it's a good fit, they’ll have you do paperwork right at that time!

More exploration at Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch!Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch would be honored to serve with you and journey alongside some pretty amazing young men and women as they realize who they were truly created to be!

Brett Bailey
Director
Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, Great Circle
1203 Meramec Wilderness Ln.
Steelville, MO 65565
(573) 775-5513
(573) 775-5523 fax
brett.bailey@greatcircle.org
MeramecRanch.org

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