The Road Less Traveled offers three field leader positions: Instructor, Co-Instructor and Intern. Co-Instructors and Interns work in conjunction with the Instructor in a variety of supportive roles. Most first-year staff are Co-Instructors. If, however, you feel you have the qualifications and would like to apply specifically for our Instructor position, please indicate that on your application.
Your salary with The Road Less Traveled includes all food, lodging and transportation from the beginning through close of your trip. We also offer pro-deals on outdoor equipment from a variety of well-known manufacturers. Salaries are based on qualifications and experience, and our goal is to hire as many returning staff as possible.
Our hiring season generally runs from September until early May. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification* required before staff training begins
Minimum age of 21 as of June 15
Experience working with teenagers
Valid driver's license and excellent driving record
Lifeguard certification - preferred
We also employ a small number of expedition interns during the summer. Interns are graduates of our courses and are outstanding individuals with an exceptional level of leadership skill and an innate understanding of our philosophy and mission. They truly represent the RLT experience. Interns have completed their first year of college and will act as a third staff member on programs and must be certified in Wilderness First Responder (WFR) before the start of the summer.
The mission of The Road Less Traveled is to provide young adults with a unique experience that nurtures their physical and intellectual growth through the development of wilderness skills, environmental education, community service and cultural awareness. RLT runs dozens of trips every summer all over the world, and our office staff in Chicago, IL works hard throughout the year and in the summer to ensure that these trips run smoothly and safely. Each year, we seek motivated, dedicated, and competent interns. In turn, these interns gain valuable experience in the field of adventure travel. All internships involve professional-level tasks that prepare for future employment in any office-setting.
Paid summer internships require a commitment of 6-10 weeks and are available in the months of May, June, July, and August. Semester internships and other opportunities are also available during the remainder of the year. Interns generally work from 40-55 hours per week. Interns are responsible for all travel and housing costs and arrangements.
*A NOTE ON WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER CERTIFICATIONS
Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness EMT: Wilderness First Responder is an 80-hour nationally recognized curriculum that includes standards for urban and extended care situations. This course is offered all over the U.S. by a number of companies. SOLO, WMI, WMA, and Aerie are all great companies that offer this course. You must have at minimum a Wilderness First Responder certification by the beginning of staff training.
PLEASE NOTE: Though curriculum taught from the above companies is very similar, there are differences in vocabulary at times. The Road Less Traveled has adopted NOLS WMI terminology. It will be used at Staff Training for review of skills. If you do not take your course with NOLS WMI, we expect you to compare and familiarize yourself with this specific terminology here. In particular, we have found the AVPU Scale vs. A+O (1-4) causes confusion for those outside of WMI NOLS.