LEAP offers multi-day whitewater kayaking programs each summer on the Lower Salmon River in Idaho for groups of youth and adults who are supported in on-going services with our partner communities (please read about the groups we work with here). We hire and cultivate a positive, engaged, and supportive team of 6-8 guides each summer to facilitate our programs along with our Program Director. Each week there are 12-18 participants and 2-5 specialized staff from our partner organizations who join our team on the river. Our guides have the opportunity and responsibility to lead, teach, and support participants in their whitewater experience as well as in camp — when participants come to the river for a LEAP experience, they are most often stepping way out of their comfort zone and choosing to challenge their personal edges physically, socially, and introspectively. Our guide team has the honor and responsibility to care for that experience on and off the water for each individual and group.
We strive for our guide team to strike the essential balance between technical river and wilderness skills, leadership, risk management and problem solving, and human empathy, sensitivity, curiosity, and engagement.
Summer Guide Positions
The guide team at LEAP is our most valuable asset. We expect our guides to work hard and be exceptional 100% of the time they are leading a program. As a guide at LEAP your job is deeply dimensional. We are looking for guides who are passionate and eager to:
Work hard to acquire and refine the necessary technical skills to row a raft, guide groups in inflatable kayaks, navigate class II-IV whitewater, exemplify expedition mentality, rig boats, pack food, set up camp, and learn all aspects of our operation.
Express authentic curiosity and interest in participants on every program. Each week, we are facilitating the experience of a lifetime, and the guide team is essential in creating a positive community and environment for each group.
Be engaged with participants on and off the water. Guides are expected to lead with confidence and kindness on the water, lead games and activities in camp, share a love of the river and places we travel through, teach and support participants in camp set up and management, and participate in evening meetings.
At least 18 years old, over 21 preferred
Current (or ability to obtain) Wilderness First Responder & CPR certifications
Enthusiasm and interest in working with youth and adults in a wilderness context
Ability and enthusiasm to work a physical job for up to a 3-month period with minimal time off and limited personal time
Ability to diligently comply with our zero-substance use policy while facilitating programs
Ability to attend pre-season training and orientation in Oregon and Idaho
Solid experience working with youth in wilderness settings
Experienced whitewater kayak or raft guide/instructor, preferably multi-day excursions
Ability to connect with people of various ages and diverse backgrounds
Professional and/or personal multi-day backcountry excursions
Background in therapeutic wilderness programs
Interest or experience in providing trauma-informed programs
Clean driving record
Expertise in Leave No Trace practices and principles
Opportunity to be a role model, mentor, and guide to specific and under-served communities
Professional Development: whitewater guide training, orientation and trauma-informed training for leading wilderness programs, specific to the populations we serve
Competitive field instructor salary
Spend your summer on the glorious Salmon River
Dynamic work environment
Professional purchase discounts