Short-Term Job Adventures North America — U.S. and Canada
Programs offering short-term jobs in more than one state in the U.S. and/or Canadian territories
Group Travel Leaders
Throughout the U.S. and Canada
Do you love road trips, the outdoors and want to explore North America? Combine your passion for travel with the adventure of a lifetime! Doubling as tour guide and driver, Group Leaders for AmeriCan Adventures take small groups on trips throughout beautiful landscapes of North America that encompass camping in National Parks, exploring big city life, tasting local cuisines, and so much more. If you have the skills to accommodate a diverse group of travelers and the desire to challenge yourself daily, visit AmeriCanAdventures.com to learn more and apply. Positions are available from April to September. Sign up to receive email updates on new job postings, deadlines and info on what it's like to live the life of a Group Leader.
Course Directors and Field Instructors
The main campus in North Carolina sits on 17 beautiful acres adjacent to the Cape Fear River, just a short three-minute drive to the sandy white beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. NCOAE adventure course sites can also be found in the Himalayas, Patagonia, East Africa, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE) is the values-based outdoor adventure and education provider for teens and adults interested in personal growth and professional development. NCOAE is seeking Course Directors and Field Instructors to join their team. Applications from exceptional outdoor and wilderness-based educators, guides, field instructors and program administrators are accepted on a rolling basis. Hiring priority will be given to those who have the experience, skills and certifications to lead whitewater rafting and/or rock climbing, sea kayaking and/or surfing adventures—in addition to proficiency leading participants through the rigors of extended backpacking in remote wilderness. Mandatory staff trainings occur annually. Alternative training opportunities are available by participating in NCOAE Outdoor Educator courses. Employment contract dates vary, and occur annually between February 1 and December 31.
National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education
9809 River Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28412
(888) 399-5957 fax
International Field Instructors, Co-Instructors & Interns
Experience the extraordinary lands and cultures of the American West, California, Hawaii, Outer Banks, Florida Keys and the Gulf Coast (and places around the world)
As a Field Instructor for The Road Less Traveled, you'll have the opportunity to share your knowledge and love of the wilderness, service learning and cultural awareness with bright and enthusiastic young people; work with other highly motivated, qualified, committed professionals; and experience extraordinary lands and cultures around the world. RLT Instructors are genuine, spirited, friendly, active, educated and well traveled. They are not just educators and counselors, they are mentors. They are responsible, committed to those around them, purposeful and bold. The 2017 hiring season runs from September through early May.
The Road Less Traveled
2331 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614-4009
(800) 939-9839 toll free
(773) 342-5703 fax
Au Pair, Professional Internships, Seasonal Jobs, Summer Camp Jobs Across the U.S., International Programs
Placements across the U.S. for non-U.S. citizens
InterExchange connects international students and young people from all over the world with life-changing international cultural exchange opportunities in the USA. InterExchange also helps North American citizens find work and volunteer programs in 14 countries around the world.
100 Wall Street, Suite 301
New York, NY 10005
(212) 924-0575 fax
Active Travel Tour Leader Guides
From the dramatic coast of Newfoundland to the stunning sunsets of Vancouver Island... Into the wild of Alaska’s frontier to the canyons of the Southwest... And not to forget the burning volcanoes of Hawaii or the ice caps of the Canadian Arctic, Windigo’s playground is massive.
Do you want to hit the open road, enjoy an adventure of a lifetime and get paid for it? Join the dynamic team at Windigo and travel to some of the coolest places in North America!. Meet new people from different cultures and provide unforgettable experiences to grateful travelers. It's not a job opportunity, it’s a lifestyle. If you are at least 21 years old (23 for U.S. applicants), have a clean driving record, love the outdoors, have an adventurous spirit, strong people, leadership and organizational skills, and are looking for an exciting challenge, join the Windigo team! The operation season runs from April to late October with contracts available for a partial or full season.
Windigo Canada & USA
Head of Operations
400 Atlantic Ave., Suite 801
Montreal, Quebec H2V 1A5
(514) 948-4145 ext. 246
(514) 523-9030 fax
5024 Canyon Dr.
Santa Rosa, CA 95409
(707) 544-8395 fax
Therapeutic Community Life Sharing Work Opportunities: Coworkers (specializing in crafts, dairy work, elder care, farming & gardening, weaving, and the wood workshop), House Parents, House & Workshop Leaders, and Service Volunteers
California, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Canada (British Columbia & Ontario)
Whether you are looking for an internship opportunity, a formal training program, a short-term volunteer experience, or a new, fully committed lifestyle, the Camphill Coworker Program offers a celebration of life, engaging service work and community building. Opportunities are available for singles, couples and families. Full room and board, medical insurance, vacation time and a monthly stipend is provided.
A Day in the Life: Camphill Communities California
Learn more about a Camphill coworker who found his place to help, change, and influence the lives of others while being submerged in a culture of genuine acceptance, love, caring, thought, idea and action.
Volunteer in the U.S.
Soquel, CA: Camphill Communities California
Sauk Centre, MN: Camphill Village Minnesota
Copake, NY: Camphill Village Copake
Hudson, NY: Camphill Hudson • Triform Camphill Community
Glenmoore, PA: Camphill Soltane • Camphill Special School
Kimberton, PA: Camphill Village Kimberton Hills
Hardwick, VT: Heartbeet Lifesharing
Volunteer in Canada
Angus, Ontario: Camphill Communities Ontario
Duncan, British Columbia: Glenora Farm
North Vancouver, British Columbia: The Cascadia Society
Camphill Association of North America
360 Warren St.
Hudson, NY 12534
Outdoor Adventure Instructors
British Columbia, Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Wyoming during the summer months and North Carolina for fall school groups.
Through adventures designed to foster community, build confidence and teach leadership, Adventure Treks operates 13 to 30-day wilderness-based programs for teenagers. Instructors are in charge of managing group dynamics, coordinating logistics and leading activities that include backpacking, rock climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking, caving, canoeing, cooking, orienteering, Leave No Trace concepts and general environmental education. There is the opportunity to work both summer (early June to mid-August) and fall school group programs (late August through late October). To apply, email your resume to to Joe Sisti. Applications are due by April 30th for summer positions and August 15th for fall positions.
As an Instructor, Adventure Treks affords me the opportunity to facilitate close knit communities, where our students and instructors build close bonds… Not to mention we visit incredible destinations all across North America. —Carolyn Jackson, Co-Instructor
P.O. Box 1321
Flat Rock, NC 28731
(828) 698-0399 phone/fax
(888) 954-5555 toll free
• VIEW the method behind the magic at Instructor Orientation and meet the faces of Adventure Treks from last season.
Outdoor Leaders and Internships
Adventures consist of day events with local students paddling down the Mississippi River or extended wilderness trips in the Boundary Waters, Apostle Islands, Yellowstone and many other spectacular destinations.
Wilderness Inquiry is all about access, inclusion and opportunity. Programs operate in a manner that facilitates full participation by everyone, including people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Outdoor Leaders are responsible for organizing and leading outdoor adventures that include canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Over the course of a single trip, leaders will embrace many roles including educator, guide, leader and more. Seasonal positions are offered from May through October with potential opportunities for continued work throughout the winter. A 7-day staff training conducted in early June provides skills in leadership, risk management, camp skills, and disability training. Explore all job opportunities and apply online.
• Looking for a WI internship? Most Interns experience logistical and administrative support, outdoor equipment organization and maintenance, trip leading and academic/organizational projects.
808 14th Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(800) 728-0719 toll free
(612) 676-9401 fax
Throughout the United States, Europe and the world (40+ countries)
Do you have a zest for life with a passion for people, travel and the outdoors? Backroads is actively recruiting Trip Leaders for their luxury biking, walking, hiking and multi-sport vacations geared for groups of families, solos or couples. Whether by foot, bicycle, kayak, raft or ski, Trip Leaders are the catalyst for a fun, interesting, safe and personally rewarding experience for their group of active travelers. Leaders enrich each trip with their personality and passion for travel and the outdoors, while providing outstanding customer service and sharing their love and knowledge of the area. In addition to Trip Leader positions, US & Canadian Camp Crews and global Trip Prep Specialists are hired each year. Backroads is now hiring for those available to work from May through October 2017.
801 Cedar St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Tour Leaders/Chief Experience Officers (CEOs)
North America trips that embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travelers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife.
Are you passionate about travel, your country, and making an IMPACT on the planet? G Adventures is now hiring and training Tour Leaders/CEOs to guide and drive epic American road trips using exceptional teamwork. You will learn how to work with a co-CEO to deliver an experience that encompasses camping in our national parks, exploring cities big and small, and most importantly, bonding with a group of young people from around the world. Join a team of fun and driven leaders on a rewarding career path with opportunities to travel and work around the globe. You must be at least 23 years old, have a clean driving record, U.S. passport, and be available to work from April to October.
• If you have any trouble accessing the application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1981, Mountain Workshop has provided over 125,000 students in the New York Metropolitan Area with a broad range of single and multi-day Experiential and Adventure Education, Positive School Climate, and Leadership Development programs throughout some of the most spectacular outdoor settings in New England.
Wanted: Facilitators of Positive Change!
Mountain Workshop staff are dynamic, energetic people committed to creating personal growth opportunities for youth in the outdoors. Field Instructors are responsible for safely leading/co-leading school-aged children in a variety single and multi-day programs that focus on elements such as high and low challenge courses, group team building initiatives, tandem and voyager canoeing, survival skills, hiking and more! The season runs late July through late October 2017, with a limited number of spring positions also available. Benefits include competitive per diem rates, in-depth activity specific training, pro deal purchases, and a monthly housing stipend. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, although priority will go to staff that apply early and possess the most relevant experience. Become a member of the Mountain Workshop team and join a movement to facilitate positive change in the lives of today’s youth!
Ropes Course Manager
• Mountain Workshop is now seeking a Ropes Course Manager who will serve as the team leader for the both a high and low ropes course. The position will run from June 24th through mid-October and housing will be provided. Apply online.
35 Miry Brook Rd.
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 797-1435, ext. 119
(203) 797-1436 fax
Summer Counselors, Activity Specialists, Supervisory Staff, Wilderness Staff and Kitchen, Housekeeping and Maintenance Team Members
Thunderbird for Boys and Thunderbird for Girls are located just a few miles apart in the Minnesota Northwoods on beautiful Lake Plantagenet (approximately four hours north of Minneapolis). Wilderness Adventure Trips extend throughout the Pacific Northwest, Western U.S., the Great Lakes region and Canada.
Being on staff at Thunderbird is an experience of camaraderie, community and friendship where you will work hard and have the summer of your life. Summer positions include Counselors who can teach or assist in one or more activity program areas (such as waterskiing, canoeing, sailing, biking, backpacking, horseback riding, outdoor living skills, climbing wall, farming, archery, riflery, arts & crafts, music, gymnastics and more!); Activity Specialists and Supervisory Staff; and a Wilderness Staff team to lead multi-week adventure programs in majestic locations across North America. All camp staff will work from early June to early August 2016. Pre-season work is available beginning on June 1st (Lifeguard and WFA/WFR certification are offered during this time) with post-season work available through August 15th. If you are energized, fun, nurturing, compassionate and focused on ensuring that campers will have an amazing and memorable camp season, fill out the online application!
• Summer Address (June 1–August 31)
Summer Jobs Alert!
• Thunderbird is still seeking Trip Leaders (Both Camps) and Counselors who can teach Western Horseback, Pottery or Arts & Crafts (Girls Camp) and Fishing and a Ski Boat Driver (Boys Camp). Fill out the online application today!
• Winter Address (September 1–May 31)
802 De Mun Ave.
Clayton, MO 63105
Karma Yoga Service Stays
Clear Sky Center's 310 acre meditation cushion is located in a precious and endangered grassland eco-system. Clear Sky lies at the foot of Bull mountain just 35 minutes from Cranbrook and an international airport. According to Environment Canada, the local town of Cranbrook is the sunniest town in British Columbia. Temperatures in this part of North America vary greatly depending on the time of year and the center experiences 4 distinct seasons. The nourishing, delicious food has made the kitchen a well-loved part of people’s experience at Clear Sky Center. Ingredients are drawn fresh from their burgeoning 1-acre food forest, beautiful Gaia Garden and local producers. There are abundant opportunities to see wildlife and explore the natural environment on and off property during your stay.
Whether you are in transition, yearning to experience life in community, or have been curious about meditation and haven’t found the time or money to take a long retreat, Karma Yoga Service Stays are an opportunity to commit to a period of retreat through meditation in action, study and personal growth in return for sharing your experience in a particular field. The Center is currently seeking individuals who can assist in one or more of the following areas: administrative and IT assistance, marketing strategy and support, event coordination, kitchen assistance and farm/ food forest support. To apply, fill out the online application or connect with Michelle Heinz for more information. Eligible candidates will be asked to join Clear Sky for a one-month trial period (a $750 refundable deposit is required). After this period, a minimum commitment of two additional months will be required.
Challenge yourself, reap the benefits. The Karma Yoga Service Program is not merely about fulfilling a job description, but how you engage with others to produce an outcome that’s greater than yourself. Is Karma Yoga for you?
Clear Sky Center
P.O. Box 19
Fort Steele, British Columbia V0B1N0
Summer Trip Leaders
Teen Adventure Camp programs embark from Austin and Dallas, Texas with adventure travel destinations that include the Appalachians (North Carolina, Tennessee), Big Bend National Park (Texas), the Ozarks (Arkansas) and the Rockies (Colorado, Utah).
EPIC Adventures Summer Camps are designed especially for coed teenagers 13-17 who want to be challenged through travel, service, leadership development, and high adventure programs. With a team of at least three coed staff members, Trip Leaders oversee all aspects of the program while en route and are responsible for managing group dynamics, motivating the group, maintaining safety standards, participating in service projects, and coordinating with outfitters. Other duties include logistics, packing, trip preparation, leading backcountry trips of 2-5 days, driving and maintaining the van, teaching camp skills, and chaperoning contracted portions of the trip such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and caving. Training begins as early as May 30th and concludes in mid-June, with trips running through early August. If you are flexible, dedicated, motivated, enthusiastic and positive, send your completed application to Kristin Personius.
P.O. Box 500
San Marcos, TX 78667
(512) 516-0603 fax
Wilderness Medicine Instructor Training
Training is conducted in Lander, Wyoming. Educators will teach throughout the U.S. with an emphasis on courses in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Are you a seasoned professional in the outdoor education, EMS or military special ops fields? NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute is looking for dynamic and experienced Educators to teach WFR, WFA and/or WEMT courses ranging in length from 2-30 days on a year-round basis throughout the US. Days are filled with dynamic lessons and exciting, realistic scenarios to best model the kind of medical situations you might face, whether you're an outdoor educator, guide or camp counselor. Applicants must possess several seasons of experience in extended backcountry leadership positions, a teaching background in either formal or experiential settings, and specific Wilderness Medicine and CPR certifications. Compensation includes $128–$237/day, plus travel and living expenses during courses. The next 2017 Instructor Training Course will be held November 12th–21st in Lander, WY with an application deadline of May 17th (there is a tuition charge to cover food, lodging and materials).
Staffing Special Projects Coordinator
NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute
284 Lincoln St.
Lander, WY 82520
Wilderness Trip Supervisors
Tamarack Camps main summer facility is located in Ortonville, Michigan. Teen adventure trips are conducted in the Western U.S. (climb the Grand Tetons, go white water rafting in Colorado, explore the geysers of Yellowstone National Park).
Through a variety of activities and experiences, Wilderness Trip Supervisors for Tamarack Camps will support and encourage campers to push themselves outside their comfort zones, to treat them with respect, to be a role model for them and create exciting and innovative programming throughout the summer. Each co-ed group of 25 teens will travel by bus and hike, backpack, and camp together throughout state and National Parks. Supervisors will lead five staff and teens through all aspects of the summer adventure. Positions begin in early June for staff training; trips depart in mid/end of June and extend through early/mid-August. There is also an opportunity to work through the fall season at the camp’s Outdoor Education program. After completing the online application, a Skype interview will be scheduled. Those with additional questions are encouraged to contact Jason Charnas. View detailed job descriptions »
Apply Now for an Adventure of a Lifetime!
• Now seeking Wilderness Trip Supervisors to lead 5-week summer teen adventures. Past supervisors have described their experiences as life changing and an opportunity to share their love of the outdoors.
Director of Teen & Family Programs
6735 Telegraph Rd., Suite 380
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
(248) 647-1493 fax
• Watch the Tamarack Camps experience »
Social Media Evaluators
The ability to work from virtually anywhere on planet Earth.
Is social media part of your daily life? Do you regularly communicate with your friends and family via social media? Do you get your news on social media? Be part of a rapidly growing global network of independent contractors working from home as a Social Media Evaluator for Appen! You will need to commit to work 4 flexible hours a day, 5 days per week (with at least one weekend day), and you will be rewarded for your ability to improve the relevancy of the newsfeed for a leading global social media platform. If you enjoy social media and want a flexible part-time schedule, send your resume to Janelle Sosh. View the Social Media Evaluator flyer »