Our organization consists of in-season and year round team members to help run our programs and oversee behind the scenes operations. 

We accept resumes on an on-going basis for qualified guide candidates. The application deadline for our summer season in Idaho is May 1st. Please see below for our application process and qualifications. We look forward to hearing from you!


guide application process

Please review our guide requirements below. 

If you meet our qualifications, please email a copy of your resume, current certifications (WFR, SWR, WFA, etc), and three personal references to our Program Director, Valerie Pufahl, at

Upon receiving your application, we will send you a link to our guide application. Our interview process consists of at least two interviews to ensure we are a good fit for each other. We will check your references and conduct a background check. This is a time-intensive process, as we are committed to creating a strong guide team to facilitate our program experience, uphold our safety standards, and provide excellent care and support for each of our participants.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 18 years old, over 21 preferred 
  • Current (or ability to obtain) Wilderness First Responder & CPR certifications
  • Ability to work 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

Ideal Candidates:

  • 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 therapeutic 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

DEADLINE FOR 2018 SEASON IS MAY 1ST. We will review applications beginning in January 2018 and conduct interviews with qualified candidates on an on-going basis. 

volunteer opportunities

We have a variety of areas for individuals to contribute to LEAP in a volunteer capacity. Supporting fundraising events, aiding us in gathering and analyzing data about the impact of our programs, or other essential areas of organizational support, just to name a few. Due to the nature of our programs, we generally do not have volunteers join us on our river programs.

If you have a particular skillset you would like to contribute and are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete the form below and we'll let you know about upcoming activities.  Thank you for your interest in supporting our work!

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