Backpacking Guide / Outdoor Trip Leader
Expeditions Alaska

Wrangell - St. Elias National Park backpacking trip.

You thrive in the wilderness - Connecting people with the natural world.

Wilderness. Nature. All Across Alaska.

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Backpacking Guide / Outdoor Trip Leader

Expeditions Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska
$200.00 - $275.00 / day + tips
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 4 months. (May 22, 2023)

Expeditions Alaska expects all staff/contractors will be passionate about the outdoors, about Alaska, about the natural world, and share that passion with our clients. Guides are expected to excel in backcountry planning, preparation, navigation and route finding, safety, and people management.

What you will own and improve:

  1. Navigating wild and remote environments.
  2. Eagerly informing people of place; theirs, ours, and this.
  3. Planning, preparing, and organizing group trips with a safe and diverse team to provide exemplary service in the travel industry.
  4. Sense of responsibility.

What you already know:

  1. The importance of reliability, safety, congeniality, and education.
  2. How to both follow objective protocols yet be flexible with an ever-changing natural subjective environment.
  3. The difference between a delegated task and stuff that needs to be done.
  4. LNT practices.
  5. Have extensive backpacking experience. You have had hundreds of nights on the ground. Your gear is dialed. You know how to both use and look after it.

What you will learn:

  1. Alaska backcountry travel practices and tools.
  2. A thorough understanding of environmental and conservation matters crucial to Alaska.
  3. Decision-making and leadership roles.
  4. Systems and organizational management.
  5. Communication skills for effective education and instruction to a diverse mix of clients.

What does good look like?

The role is simple: connect your clients with a safe and healthy wilderness outdoor adventure that they'll remember fondly for years to come. Responsibly get them in and out of the backcountry and home to their loved ones.

You should have a current WFR & CPR, preferably Swiftwater rescue cert and 3 years lead guiding experience. You need to be solid. SUPER solid.

This is not a dayhiking gig. Know your way around the mountains, how to make GOOD decisions, work well within a small organization, be responsible, a good communicator and an effective, experienced trip leader.

You're not a shadow guide, or a second or a junior guide. We're not setup for that. You should be able to hit the ground running in a small outfit that runs some amazing trips around the state. be low-key, yet passionate. Don't bring drama to this gig. Do some homework and put some time into your application. 


Seasonal Guiding opportunity for experienced lead guide only. Backpacking and hiking trips. The job also includes packrafting and sea kayaking trips, and rafting trips.

Prep and pack, backcountry cooking, and guiding clients, from novice to experienced guests in various regions throughout Alaska.

We have a gear and equipment manager who handles most of the trip packing and unpacking and gear repair. Approximately 50% of our clients do their own food.

Season typically runs June through mid-September.

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