Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite
Outdoor Recreation Guide

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Outdoor Recreation Guide

Outdoor Recreation Guide
Yosemite, California
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The Evergreen Lodge is looking for fun, talented Outdoor Recreation Guides who have both broad experience in outdoor activities and an area of expertise that fits one of our major guided rec programs (Naturalist Hikes, Sightseeing Tours, Bike Trips, Overnight Backpacking & Snowshoeing).  We are seeking guides who want to share their experiences and passion for the outdoors with the many guests that stay with us each night.

Evergreen Lodge guides should be prepared to focus on certain programs (hiking, biking, etc…) but also have a flexible mind-set and the skills to work in other areas as well, including at our Recreation Desk.  We welcome a wide range of guides to our Recreation Department, but all must possess strong people skills as well as strong outdoor skills and experience. 

Evergreen Recreation Guides work with our Recreation Manager to promote, coordinate and lead all of the Lodge’s on-site and off-site recreation programs and activities.  The Evergreen’s professional Recreation & Guide Service provides a variety of services, including expert advice, trip planning, touring, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, overnight backpacking and coordinating nightly Lodge activities (e.g., campfires, movies, etc.).  

While guides may specialize in one area, they cross-train in, support and execute various recreational programs and activities.


The ideal individual is excited to support the development of an exceptional, professionally run, friendly and fun recreation program and embraces working in a rustic environment in a relationship-oriented business.  Ideal qualifications include:

--Education:  BA/BS preferred, outdoor recreation, naturalist or related focus a plus 

--Wilderness First Responder preferred; First Aid and CPR certification minimum required.

--Extensive outdoor experience including previous guiding experience as well as personal trips

--Knowledge of “Leave No Trace” ethics and wilderness regulations

--Strong general outdoor knowledge including flora, fauna, navigation and safety

--Exceptional people skills and group leadership skills

--Extensive knowledge of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada is ideal but not required

--Minimum First Aid and CPR certified; Wilderness First Responder a plus

--1-2 years minimum trip leadership experience

--Excellent communication skills 

--Interest in living on-site or in nearby housing

--Strong interest in training/coaching and in supporting our youth mission

--Independent thinker with strong initiative, but comfortable working within a defined framework

--Key personality traits

- Leading a healthy, drug-free lifestyle 

- High integrity 

- Guest service oriented 

- Self-motivated (takes initiative) with high standards

- Mature and personable with a relaxed nature

- Hands-on and variety seeking 

- Dynamic and fun, yet responsible and professional 

- Flexible with a “whatever it takes” attitude


-Position can be seasonal or year-round  

-Room and board are included for fixed weekly cost (various accommodation locations exist) 

-Compensation based on experience

-Hours variable, including nights and weekends as well as situational availability; a regular schedule with specific days off will be established


The Evergreen Lodge is a recently expanded historic lodge and resort idyllically located on 15 acres bordering Yosemite National Park.  As Frommer’s Travel Guide states:  “if you are looking for the classic Yosemite experience, you’ll want to book a cabin at the Evergreen Lodge."  Our 94 year-old lodge has always featured cabins in the woods, a retail store, an excellent restaurant and a classic tavern.  The lodge was purchased in 2002 and underwent a major expansion and modernization, reopening in 2004 with 88 new guest cabins, new guest facilities, new recreation programs, and new on-site staff and manager housing. 

The expanded Evergreen retains its original warmth, character and personal touch while providing the best all-around lodging and recreational facilities in the Yosemite area.  The Evergreen provides great career opportunities for talented staff and managers.  Since the lodge has a significant recreational focus, we seek staff and managers who are excited about the outdoors and lead a healthy, active lifestyle.  

In addition to its primary function as a tourist Lodge, the Evergreen runs a youth employment program in which urban young adults ages 18-24 join our staff for a program of career-oriented training and work experience coupled with exposure to a rich set of outdoor and recreational life experiences.  With this in mind, we look to hire experienced staff who are excited to support and serve as role models for the youth in our program.

The Lodge’s combination of hospitality, recreation, culture, setting, and youth mission make it a truly special place.  Yet the Evergreen remains a straightforward place serving Yosemite visitors in a rustic mountain setting.  For more information about our Lodge, visit our website at www.evergreenlodge.com.

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