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The 2024 Season

 

Good Trip Adventures is committed to building the position of guide into a sustainable career. Our compensation is among the most competitive in the industry and we provide abundant community building and growth opportunities for our team.
Interested in joining our 2024 guiding team in one of the 30 destinations we operate across the United States? Check out our openings and submit your application via email to jobs@goodtripadventures.com.

Interviews will be scheduled through January and early February. Hiring decisions will be made by March, 2024.

Open Positions

 

Full-Time Guide

Compensation and Schedule

Full time guides are based within a 1-2 hour radius of a particular guiding area. You’ll be expected to work 3 or 4 days in the field each week, with one day to do trip prep and clean up. Your field days will be consistent each week, unless you’re requested on a multi-day adventure or specialty tour.

This is a salaried, non-exempt position with 10 hours pre-approved overtime per week. Work hours will be logged and include time in the field, driving company vehicles, trip preparation, gear maintenance, administrative tasks, and other miscellaneous tasks. Please see below table for compensation specifics.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Pre-trip: 
    • Client communication
    • Conditions and park information review
    • Vehicle and gear pick up
    • Shopping for supplies, meal prep
    • Emergency protocol review
  • On trip: 
    • Client pick up and transportation in 15 passenger van or SUV
    • Lead day tours or multi-day trips with groups of varying sizes. Our tours are naturalist-focused and often include a prepared picnic lunch on day tours, and multiple meals on multi-day tours.
    • Multi-day trips also require group management, skill instruction, and adapting to changing conditions.
  • Post-trip:
    • Clean and return gear
    • Repair, report, and make a plan for fixing any damaged gear
    • Clean and return vehicle
    • Post-trip paperwork including recap, submitting expenses, and vehicle and gear check in
    • Post-trip client check in
  • Ongoing:
    • If not working in the field during a work day, you may also be asked to assist your regional lead with occasional vehicle and gear maintenance and inventory as well as social media content generation
    • Prompt communication with office and local team via email and slack
    • Attend and assist with annual regional guide training (held in Spring in most locations)
    • Attend monthly remote guide trainings
    • Keep consistent boundaries on days off to maintain strong physical and mental health
    • Provide ongoing constructive feedback to our team to help our company grow!

 

Requirements

  • Below certifications completed by start date (Good Trip will assist with obtaining once hired):
    • Wilderness First Responder or higher (valid for duration of 2024)
    • CPR (valid for duration of 2024)
    • Leave No Trace Awareness
    • ServSafe Food Handler
    • DOT Physical
  • Valid US Driver’s License
  • Strong communication skills. Full time guides are expected to be responsive to emails and active on the guide slack channel.
  • Strong time management skills to keep up with trip needs, prompt reporting, and client communications.
  • Comfort in a self-directed environment. You should feel confident taking initiative and seeking solutions.
  • Investment in personal growth. Full time guides are the leaders and mentors of our team!

Perks

  • Preferred, consistent scheduling
  • Workers compensation insurance
  • Paid as a W2 employee
  • Shared guide housing, subsidized housing, or relocation assistance provided in most locations
  • Continuing education and gear bonuses

 

2024 Positions Available

  • Acadia
    • Regional lead and multiple f/t guide positions
    • Based on Mount Desert Island, ME
    • Hired May – October
  • Yellowstone / Grand Teton
    • Regional lead and multiple f/t guide positions
    • Based in Bozeman, MT area or Jackson, WY
    • Hired May – October
  • Utah National Parks
    • Regional lead and multiple f/t guide positions
    • Based in Salt Lake City, Moab, or other Utah locations
    • Hired March – October or partial term
    • Potential hourly work available outside of these dates
  • Olympic, North Cascades, Mount Rainier, Columbia River Gorge
    • Regional lead position
    • Based in Seattle, Portland, or nearby area
    • Hired June – September
  • Yosemite / Sequoia Kings Canyon
    • Regional lead and multiple f/t guide positions
    • Based in Oakhurst, CA
    • Hired May – October

Base Pay

Status Trips / week Reg Rate Min Reg Hrs Paid / Wk OT Rate Av OT Hrs / Wk** Weekly Take Home
Year 1 Guide* 4 $16.00 40 $24.00 10 $880.00 
Year 2 Guide* 4 $17.00 40 $25.50 10 $935.00
Year 3+ Guide* 4 $18.00 40 $27.00 10 $990.00
Regional Leadᐩ 4 $20.00 40 $30.00 10 $1,100.00
Year 1 Guide 3 $16.00 40 $24.00 0 $640.00
Year 2 Guide 3 $17.00 40 $25.50 0 $680.00
Year 3+ Guide 3 $18.00 40 $27.00 0 $720.00

*Years on Good Trip Team

**OT may vary during weeks with days off off – including personal time off and required time off after multi-days

 

Add Ons

Certification Increase in Reg Rate Increase in OT Rate Weekly Increase
NIA Interpretive Certified $0.25 / hour $0.75 / hour $10 – $17.50
Master Naturalist** $0.25 / hour $0.75 / hour $10 – $17.50
Master’s degree or higher in earth science, biology, history, or other applicable field $0.25 / hour $0.75 / hour $10 – $17.50
Speaking 2+ Languages**** $0.25 / hour $0.75 / hour $10 – $17.50

**Must be applicable in region where guiding

****Can guide in 2+languages

Regional Lead Guide

Compensation and Schedule

Full time guides are based within a 1-2 hour radius of a particular guiding area. You’ll be expected to work 3 or 4 days in the field each week, with one day to do trip prep and clean up. Your field days will be consistent each week, unless you’re requested on a multi-day adventure or specialty tour.

This is a salaried, non-exempt position with 10 hours pre-approved overtime per week. Work hours will be logged and include time in the field, driving company vehicles, trip preparation, gear maintenance, administrative tasks, and other miscellaneous tasks. Please see below table for compensation specifics.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Pre-trip: 
    • Client communication
    • Conditions and park information review
    • Vehicle and gear pick up
    • Shopping for supplies, meal prep
    • Emergency protocol review
  • On trip: 
    • Client pick up and transportation in 15 passenger van or SUV
    • Lead day tours or multi-day trips with groups of varying sizes. Our tours are naturalist-focused and often include a prepared picnic lunch on day tours, and multiple meals on multi-day tours.
    • Multi-day trips also require group management, skill instruction, and adapting to changing conditions.
  • Post-trip:
    • Clean and return gear
    • Repair, report, and make a plan for fixing any damaged gear
    • Clean and return vehicle
    • Post-trip paperwork including recap, submitting expenses, and vehicle and gear check in
    • Post-trip client check in
  • Ongoing:
    • If not working in the field during a work day, you may also be asked to assist your regional lead with occasional vehicle and gear maintenance and inventory as well as social media content generation
    • Prompt communication with office and local team via email and slack
    • Attend and assist with annual regional guide training (held in Spring in most locations)
    • Attend monthly remote guide trainings
    • Keep consistent boundaries on days off to maintain strong physical and mental health
    • Provide ongoing constructive feedback to our team to help our company grow!

Regional Lead Guide – Additional Roles

In addition to the list above, regional leads will also have the below roles and responsibilities:

  • Manage and delegate all van maintenance and tasks for region
  • Manage gear inventory, delegate maintenance tasks, and oversee re-orders using pre-approved regional budget
  • Oversee guide housing for region (keep items stocked, assign cleaning duties, manage guests and schedule)
  • Develop park itineraries and assist in leading annual park trainings
  • Regular check in and communication with ground ops team

 

Requirements

  • Below certifications completed by start date (Good Trip will assist with obtaining once hired):
    • Wilderness First Responder or higher (valid for duration of 2024)
    • CPR (valid for duration of 2024)
    • Leave No Trace Awareness
    • ServSafe Food Handler
    • DOT Physical
  • Valid US Driver’s License
  • Strong communication skills. Full time guides are expected to be responsive to emails and active on the guide slack channel.
  • Strong time management skills to keep up with trip needs, prompt reporting, and client communications.
  • Comfort in a self-directed environment. You should feel confident taking initiative and seeking solutions.
  • Investment in personal growth. Full time guides are the leaders and mentors of our team!

Perks

  • Preferred, consistent scheduling
  • Workers compensation insurance
  • Paid as a W2 employee
  • Shared guide housing, subsidized housing, or relocation assistance provided in most locations
  • Continuing education and gear bonuses

 

2024 Positions Available

  • Acadia
    • Regional lead and multiple f/t guide positions
    • Based on Mount Desert Island, ME
    • Hired May – October
  • Yellowstone / Grand Teton
    • Regional lead and multiple f/t guide positions
    • Based in Bozeman, MT area or Jackson, WY
    • Hired May – October
  • Utah National Parks
    • Regional lead and multiple f/t guide positions
    • Based in Salt Lake City, Moab, or other Utah locations
    • Hired March – October or partial term
    • Potential hourly work available outside of these dates
  • Olympic, North Cascades, Mount Rainier, Columbia River Gorge
    • Regional lead position
    • Based in Seattle, Portland, or nearby area
    • Hired June – September
  • Yosemite / Sequoia Kings Canyon
    • Regional lead and multiple f/t guide positions
    • Based in Oakhurst, CA
    • Hired May – October

Base Pay

Status

Trips / week

Reg Rate

Min Reg Hrs Paid / Wk

OT Rate

Av OT Hrs / Wk**

Weekly Take Home

Year 1 Guide*

4

$16.00

40

$24.00

10

$880.00 

Year 2 Guide*

4

$17.00

40

$25.50

10

$935.00

Year 3+ Guide*

4

$18.00

40

$27.00

10

$990.00

Regional Leadᐩ

4

$20.00

40

$30.00

10

$1,100.00

Year 1 Guide

3

$16.00

40

$24.00

0

$640.00

Year 2 Guide

3

$17.00

40

$25.50

0

$680.00

Year 3+ Guide

3

$18.00

40

$27.00

0

$720.00

*Years on Good Trip Team

**OT may vary during weeks with days off off – including personal time off and required time off after multi-days

 

Add Ons

Certification

Increase in Reg Rate

Increase in OT Rate

Weekly Increase

NIA Interpretive Certified

$0.25 / hour

$0.75 / hour

$10 – $17.50

Master Naturalist**

$0.25 / hour

$0.75 / hour

$10 – $17.50

Master’s degree or higher in earth science, biology, history, or other applicable field

$0.25 / hour

$0.75 / hour

$10 – $17.50

Speaking 2+ Languages****

$0.25 / hour

$0.75 / hour

$10 – $17.50

**Must be applicable in region where guiding

****Can guide in 2+languages

 

Hourly Staff Guide

Compensation and Schedule

Hourly staff guides are staffed on a more flexible basis. Guides will be asked to maintain up to date availability with the ground ops team to optimize scheduling.

Hourly guides may work anywhere from 5-15 trips a month during the 2024 season and are paid hourly – with a minimum for each trip – as per the below payment structure. Work hours will be logged and include time in the field, driving company vehicles, and trip preparation as well as gear maintenance, administrative tasks, and other miscellaneous tasks as requested.

Status Reg Hourly Rate Min Hours Paid / Trip* Min Take Home / Day Trip
Year 1 Guide $16.00 14 $208
Year 2 Guide $17.00 14 $238
Year 3+ Guide $18.00 14 $252

*This amount of hours is paid even if actual hours worked is less. Any hours over 14 are paid at regular rate until guide reaches overtime for the day or week. Overtime is paid at 1.5x hourly rate.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Pre-trip: 
    • Client communication
    • Conditions and park information review
    • Vehicle and gear pick up
    • Shopping for supplies, meal prep
    • Emergency protocol review
  • On trip: 
    • Client pick up and transportation in 15 passenger van or large SUV
    • Lead day tours or multi-day trips with groups of varying sizes. Our tours are naturalist focused and often include a prepared picnic lunch
    • Multi-day trips also require group management, skill instruction, and adapting to changing conditions.
  • Post-trip:
    • Clean and return gear
    • Clean and return vehicle
    • Post-trip paperwork including recap, vehicle and gear check in
    • Post-trip client check in
  • Occasional assistance with vehicle and gear maintenance and inventory as well as social media content generation
  • Attend annual regional guide training (held in Spring in most locations)
  • Attend monthly remote guide trainings
  • Provide ongoing constructive feedback to our team to help our company grow!

 

Requirements

  • Below certifications completed by start date (Good Trip will assist with obtaining once hired):
    • Wilderness First Responder or higher (valid for duration of 2024)
    • CPR (valid for duration of 2024)
    • Leave No Trace Awareness
    • ServSafe Food Handler
    • DOT Physical
  • Valid US Driver’s License
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proactive schedule management
  • Strong time management skills
  • Comfort in a self-directed environment. You should feel confident taking initiative and seeking solutions.

 

Perks

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Workers compensation insurance
  • Paid as a W2 employee
  • Shared guide housing or lodging stipends available in most locations
  • Continuing education and gear bonuses

 

2024 Positions Available

  • Acadia
  • Yellowstone / Grand Teton
  • Utah National Parks
  • Olympic, North Cascades, Mount Rainier, Columbia River Gorge
  • Yosemite / Sequoia Kings Canyon
  • Grand Canyon / Sedona / Saguaro
  • Joshua Tree
  • Rocky Mountain

Contract Guide

We’re also seeking guides to join our roster as contractors. Contract guides set and negotiate their own rate for each contract.

Contract guides may be booked for a single trip or a series of trips, depending on their preferred scheduling and available opportunities.

 

Requirements

  • Wilderness First Responder or higher (valid for duration of 2024)
  • CPR (valid for duration of 2024)
  • Valid US Driver’s License
  • Workers’ compensation insurance or valid waiver
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proactive schedule management
  • Strong time management skills
  • Comfort in a self-directed environment. You should feel confident taking initiative and seeking solutions.
Along with a current resume, please answer the below questions in your email:

 jobs@goodtripadventures.com

 

1. What position(s) are you applying for (please be specific)?

2. What National Park or travel planning experience do you have (personal or professional)? What other kinds of experience do you have that might be relevant to this position?

3. We work with guides who promote and align with our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion for historically marginalized people in the outdoors. What is your stance on these values?

4. Where will you be located next year? If you’re relocating for a position, tell us about what that would look like.

5. Do you have a current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification? If not, are you planning to get one before this position would start?

6. Please explain how your professional or personal experience would help you excel in this position, particularly in relation to the specific requirements listed.
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