“The leaders were awesome—completely professional, fun and reassuring.”

—Parent of John T., Seattle, WA

Adventures Cross-Country is seeking Summer Trip Leaders. We are delighted that you are considering a job with ARCC.  Spend the summer leading, teaching, and inspiring teenagers while traveling to some of the most beautiful destinations in the world!  This is a challenging job to get, but those who make it through the process find it to be one of the most rewarding jobs they have ever had.

Summer Trip Leader Positions

Job Opportunities

Adventures Cross-Country is seeking Trip 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 Trip 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 his or her 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 programs. Leaders will guide groups of up to eighteen students, with a co-leader, through rigorous community service projects and adventure programs. The trips are both mentally and physically challenging for leaders and participants, with programs ranging from fourteen to thirty-six 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 backpacking, sailing, 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 may 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 June 2016 (We offer a WFR course for those not already certified – call for details).
• Excellent health and physical condition.
• Current driver’s license and clean driving record.
• Available for employment June 13, 2016 through late July to early August.

Salary and Benefits

ARCC leaders are contracted to lead one or two trips, ranging from two to four weeks each. All leaders are required to participate in our Staff Training (June 13 – 19, 2016*). The first-year leader salary ranges from $1,000 – $1,600 depending on the length and number of trips you lead. All living and travel expenses will be paid for while working for ARCC. In addition, we offer great pro-deals on outdoor equipment from many well-known manufacturers.

*Staff Training dates subject to change.

Available Positions

Trip Leader

Application Deadlines

Monday, November 9, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
Monday, January 11, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016

Our hiring season has five application deadlines. We recommend applying by the earliest possible deadline, as most of our applications arrive early in the year. Upon receipt of all materials we will review applications and notify you with a decision shortly after the deadline date. If this is a time-sensitive matter for you, please let us know and we will accommodate accordingly. Any positions available after the March 14th final deadline 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. If you have any questions or problems with the online application – please email:

Gap Instructor Positions

Thank you for your interest in the ARCC Gap Semester Instructor position. The position description and application requirements will be posted in March, at which point applications can be submitted. We strongly encourage all interested candidates to also apply to be a summer leader for ARCC, as we often pull Gap Instructors from our summer leader pool. Please note the upcoming summer trip leader application deadlines listed above.

ARCC In-House Opportunities

There are no current openings

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