Trip Leader/Counselor
City Kids Wilderness Project - Summer Camp in the Tetons

Become an intergal part of the City Kids Summer Adventure Program Staff Team in WY!

Best summer weather and mountain views you can find!

Jackson, Wyoming
$350.00 / month
No experience required
Start Date:
Job starts in 6 months (Jun 05, 2019)

Position Description: 
The Outdoor Adventure Program Staff works with a small team of co-workers to provide a summer adventure-based program for youth. Our mission is to inspire confidence and leadership in children and teens from Washington, D.C. We provide a multi-year experiential curriculum focusing on outdoor adventure, backcountry trips and personal growth during three 16-19 day summer sessions. Base camp is our beautiful property, Broken Arrow Ranch, in Hoback Junction just south of Jackson Hole.   The responsibilities of a Trip Leader/Counselor is multi-faceted and include all of the following;  

Mentoring-Develop a positive, proactive relationship with participants, be a role model, facilitate team and personal growth.  Encourage positive behavior, set goals, and create a safe environment for participants.

Activity and Trip Leader- Responsible for planning and leading activities, journaling, camp lessons, sports, day trips, and multi-day backcountry trips with a co-leader or team of co-leaders.  Daily activities include team-building games, skills-building lessons, team sports, debriefs and group facilitation.  Day trips include off-site day adventures, education and service trips. Multi-day backcountry trips range from 3-10 days including backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking.        

Cabin counselorResponsible for the daily care, health and safety of a cabin of 4-6 campers and JET. Prepare campers for activities and trips, lead daily reflection, and night cabin activities.     

JET supervisor-Primary supervisor for 1-2 counselors-in-training throughout the course of the session. Provide daily feedback, correction, encouragement, support, and formal evaluations during job training program. 

Staff work as a team directly with the Director and Program Directors to implement the program. This is a residential position and thereby is not limited to these stated responsibilities. Everyone at camp shares responsibility for day-to-day tasks, which are an integral part of living in a small close-knit community. Counselors have partial days and a full day off during and between sessions. The contract includes a paid 10-day staff training. Please refer to an understanding of our program and the children we serve.


Position Qualifications:
Program staff positions are an entry level position to the organization.  We are looking for motivated, hard-working individuals with a passion for our work.  Below are categories of experiences and qualifications we are looking for.  

            Youth Experience 

  • Experience working with children in outdoor, camp or other residential settings, trip leading preferred.
  • Competence in teaching, counseling, and guiding youth in a variety of settings
  • Ability to provide appropriate structure, boundaries, perspective and guidance in the process of program delivery.

Outdoor & Trip Leading Experience 

  • General to advanced knowledge and ability in several or all of the following activities: canoeing, horseback riding, swimming, backpacking, kayaking, rock climbing, outdoor education, group dynamics, experiential education, games & initiatives, orienteering, and outdoor living.
  • Knowledge of environmentally acceptable practices for backcountry living.
  • The ability to anticipate and manage potential hazards, both physical and emotional.
  • Judgement and the ability to manage a group effectively in the outdoors under stressful conditions.
  • Be sufficiently fit to lead all activities and trips and to maintain ample energy, strength, and focus to assist students with physical and emotional obstacles. 

Work Ethic & Community Values

  • Cultural competency, the ability to work in diverse communities and a commitment to social justice, equity & inclusion
  • Patience, initiative, enthusiasm, proactive communication style, flexibility and energy are a must.
  • An understanding and commitment to the goals and philosophy of City Kids and experiential education.
  • The ability to relate well to others and to work effectively with a variety of people.

Certifications & Other requirements 

  • First aid certification appropriate to adventure and wilderness activities, to include as a minimum CPR (ARC Professional Rescuer or AHA Health Care Provider) and Wilderness First Aid (or ARC Advanced First Aid), LGT and WFR or EMT desirable.
  • Valid/clean driver's license strongly preferred 
  • Minimum age is 19, but applicants 21 years old or older are strongly preferred

$350/week; Paid training; Outside training stipends; Workers compensation insurance; Room & Board.

Some of the Skills and Certifications Gained:

  • CPI Training and Certification
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training
  • Youth Development Training
  • Outdoor Leadership Training
  • Work Place Conflict Resolution

How to Apply

To Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to:,reference “Trip Leader and Counselor” in the title of the email.  

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