Wilderness Trip Leader
Birch Trail Camp for Girls

Impact kids this summer in the outdoors! Lead wilderness trips for kids!

Minong, Wisconsin - Come visit the beautiful northwoods!


Wilderness Trip Leader

Birch Trail Camp for Girls
Birch Trail Camp, Wisconsin
Some experience required
Start Date:
Job starts in 2 months (May 30, 2019)

One of the hallmarks of a Birch Trail experience is our extensive wilderness trip program.  All Birch Trail campers go on trips ranging from overnight to eight-day camping trips in the upper-Midwest and Canada, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Isle Royale National Park. 

Job Responsibilities: Under the guidance of the Trip Director, Wilderness Trip Leaders guide basic camping, backpacking, flat-water, and white-water canoeing, sea kayaking, horseback riding, and rock climbing trips depending on their own experiences and backgrounds.  Additional responsibilities include:

• Serving as guides and educators to both campers and counselors participating in the program;

• Arranging the logistics, routes, and equipment selection for each trip;

• Overseeing all risk assessment and safety components prior to and during the trip;

• Educating participants in Leave No Trace philosophies and outdoor skills;

• Providing basic maintenance of camping equipment; and

• Assisting in other areas of the camp program when needed.

Preferred Experience: Applicants should have experience and interest in camping and working with children for extended periods of time.  As the group leader or co-leader on trips, Wilderness Trip Leaders should be level-headed, responsible, and safety-minded.  All applicants must be at least 21 years old, hold a current driver’s license, and have a good driving record.  CPR and LGT (or equivalent) are required.  WFR is a plus.  If you do not already have WFR certification, we will help you get certified and subsidize part of the cost.

We provide extensive training at camp in both camping and counseling skills so that the entire Trip Staff is ready to work with campers.  We also facilitate the process for Wilderness Trip Leaders to earn certifications, including American Red Cross Life Guard Certification (LGT) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR).

Compensation: Wilderness Trip Leaders must be available from May 30th-August 10th.  (Start date depends on need for WFR certification. The WFR course will begin around May 20th.)  Salaries are based on the individual applicant’s experience. Compensation packages include room & board plus a tax-free travel stipend.  Additional salary bonuses are available for certain certifications and for additional weeks worked either before or after the camping season. Starting wages are $2,400.

How to Apply

Both men and women who are at least 21 are encouraged to apply. For more information about Birch Trail, please visit www.birchtrail.com.  

If you have additional questions, please email directors@birchtrail.com or call the winter office.

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