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Summer Program Leaders

*Hiring for our Trip Leader position is currently paused for summer 2024. We are still accepting applications for future opportunities, thank you!

Job Opportunities

ARCC Programs is accepting applications for Summer Program Leaders. Spend the summer leading, teaching, and inspiring teenagers while traveling to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world!

Job Description

ARCC is looking for Program Leaders who are enthusiastic about working with students ages 13 -18, and who have strong experience working with groups. ARCC leaders focus on fostering constructive group dynamics, facilitating games, activities and initiatives, overseeing outfitted activities, and ensuring that each person in the group is able to safely achieve goals consistent with their abilities. Trip Leaders also provide natural and cultural history education relevant to their location as well as teach the curriculum designed for our community service and focus programs. Leaders will guide groups of up to eighteen students, with a co-leader, through rigorous projects, cultural immersion, and adventure programs. The trips are both mentally and physically challenging for leaders and participants, with programs ranging from 14 to 28 days in duration.

ARCC seeks leaders who will be a positive influence on the participants, supporting them throughout the trip and creating a fun, safe, and supportive environment in which they can thrive. Our leaders and students participate in a variety of activities including backpacking, rafting, SCUBA diving, surfing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, international service projects, and cultural exchanges. Experience in these areas is helpful, but not required. Other leader responsibilities include travel logistics, keeping a daily trip log, communicating with office staff about the status of the trip, and making crucial decisions along the way that may affect the outcome of the trip.


  • Minimum 21 years of age.
  • Current certification in Wilderness First Responder (WFR), EMT, or WEMT by mid-June 2024.
  • Excellent health and physical condition.
  • Current driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Clean background check.
  • Available for employment June through early August 2024.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work legally in the United States.

Salary and Benefits

ARCC leaders are contracted to lead one or two trips, ranging from 2 to 3.5 weeks each. All leaders are required to participate in our Staff Training in Bend, OR. Dates are tentatively June 13- 18, 2024. The first-year leader salary ranges from $1,600 – $5,000 depending on the length, location, and the number of trips led. All living and travel expenses will be paid for while on program. In addition, we offer great pro-deals on outdoor equipment from many well-known manufacturers. Opportunity for Wilderness First Responder reimbursement available as well.

Available Positions

Trip Leader: We recommend applying as early as possible as most of our applications arrive early in the year, but we will accept applications until all positions are filled. Upon receipt of all materials, we will review applications and notify you of a decision shortly afterward. If this is a time-sensitive matter for you, please let us know and we will accommodate accordingly. Any positions available after February 1 will be filled on a rolling basis, and applicants must be prepared to respond promptly.

How to Apply:

To apply, please complete the online application. You will be prompted to create an account to complete the online application. Upon completion of the application, you will be asked to upload your resume and cover letter, you will also be given the opportunity to submit your references’ email addresses. Your resume, cover letter, and three references are required for a complete application. Our hiring deadlines are the first of each month November 1, 2022 – February 1, 2024 (November 1, December 1, etc.). If you have any questions or problems with the online application – please email: [email protected].

Thank you in advance for your interest in working for ARCC Programs! We look forward to hearing from you and potentially working together this upcoming summer.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.