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Professional Hiking Backpacking Guide

Boulder City, NV, USA

Starting Pay:

Position Type:




$15/hour + tips

Part Time

High School or above; Outdoor Education / Natural Science degree a plus

CPR / First Aid, WFA or WFR, Health Card, Clean Driving Record

Year-round / Seasonal

About The Position

Applicants must be outgoing, enjoy educating a diverse audience, confident in a leadership role, and have a love of nature. In addition to a knowledge of the natural history of the area, applicants must also have excellent interpersonal skills. Strong communication and public speaking skills are a must. Candidates must be able to make proper decisions quickly and work calmly in tense or chaotic situations and be efficient within a team.

Previous hiking experience in the desert southwest is highly desired, and experience with local hiking and backpacking trails is very important. Guides will lead hikes, backpacking trips, plan menus, pack gear for trips, and shuttle guests to/from Las Vegas hotels. A positive attitude, patience, attention to detail, and organizational skills are necessary. Hiking guides should be confident with basic on-trail gear maintenance and repair, including loading and fitting backpacks, setting up tents, and using a variety of cookstoves and fuel types. You must always act in a professional manner, and dress according to your job function.

Must be willing to work long hours in harsh environments, be physically fit, and able to lift 50+ lbs overhead. While hiking guides may specialize in one area, they are encouraged to support and cross-train in other disciplines. Applicants with no prior guiding experience can gain the necessary skills by enrolling in our Guide School (additional fee) or prove they possess the required technical skills. Scholarships may be awarded to qualified applicants.

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  • Must pass drug screen / random tests

  • Must pass post-offer background check

  • Clean driving record, CDL a plus

  • Clean professional appearance

  • Non-smoking work environment

  • CPR/First Aid/AED

  • WFA or WFR

  • Cell phone with texting capabilities

  • Internet and email access

  • Previous experience (or) Guide School

  • Must be at least 21 years old

About Desert Adventures

Desert Adventures is an outdoor adventure tour company based in Boulder City, Nevada. Our focus is connecting people with nature through authentic experiences and education. We offer a variety of tours including biking, hiking, paddling, and scenic tours as well as a livery service and rental program. We also instruct courses in SUP, kayaking, canoeing, river safety and rescue, CPR / First Aid, and Wilderness Medicine. We have one of the most comprehensive training programs in the area and encourage diversity and inclusion in the outdoors and the workplace. We have been in business since 2004 and are proud to be a woman-owned and operated business.

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