“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 Trip Leader Positions

No open positions currently.

ARCC In-House Opportunities

Adventures Cross‐Country: Regional Director

Company Description:
Adventures Cross‐Country (ARCC) was founded in 1983 with the goal of introducing young adults to outdoor challenges in a fun, safe and educational environment. Over the years we have evolved from offering primarily wilderness based programs to a roster of mostly international community service based programs.  We have become the world leader of adventure travel programs for teenagers.

ARCC summer programs and Gap Semesters take place in locations all over the world. We offer something for everyone. Our programs are structured to strike the balance between hard work and hard play, while exploring off‐the‐beaten‐path locations around the world.  ARCC students return home with a willingness to face new challenges, a greater sense of responsibility and, most importantly, confidence in themselves.


  • Bachelors degree
  • Two years related experience
  • Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Strong sense of customer service
  • Independent self‐starter, curious and constantly learning
  • Superior organization and project management skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfort using PC computers with MS Office
  • Ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives
    without supervision
  • Ability to handle and resolve recurring problems
  • Ability to troubleshoot in stressful situations
  • Experience working in the outdoor industry, specifically facilitating groups and
    working with teenagers
  • Finally we are looking for professional, fun, and charismatic individuals who are
    flexible and easy going!

The Regional Director is the primary person responsible for the successful planning, management and supervision of the ARCC adventure travel programs assigned under their directorship, including financial success.  All ARCC staff play a critical role in parent and student communications, including talking to parents on the phone as the primary form of sales of trips.  Regional Directors are also integral members of ARCC’s central operations; assisting with Staff Training and providing logistical support to staff and groups out in the field as well as any emergency situations that may arise. Highlights of this position are:

  • Coordinating and planning trip logistics for assigned programs
  • Assuming financial responsibility of assigned programs (such as cost‐benefit
    analysis, contract management, collecting fees or monies owed, and maintaining
    profitability of programs).
  • Directly supervise trip leaders assigned to RD’s programs during trip operation
    and provide leaders and company with evaluations and feedback of staff under
    their direct supervision.
  • Provide logistical assistance or help with any emergency situations that may
    arise with any of ARCC’s operations.
  • Answer telephones and provide information/support/sales assistance or route
    calls to appropriate staff members year round.
  • Performs other related duties as required ‐ these duties may vary depending on
    skill set and operational period but may involve (but are not limited to) the
    following additional categories:

    • Marketing
    • Sales
    • Staff Recruitment
    • Promotions
    • Risk Management
    • Operations (Food, Equipment, Transportation)
    • Staff Training
    • Curriculum Development


Full‐time salary with benefits including 3 weeks of paid vacation per year (plus holidays), medical coverage, and 401K (after 9 months of employment).  We provide an excellent,
fun, and flexible work environment, potential travel opportunities and access to pro‐purchase programs with top outdoor equipment manufacturers.

To Apply:
Submit Cover Letter and Resume to:
Scott von Eschen
Adventures Cross‐Country
242 Redwood Hwy
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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