Camp Augusta

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Hiring: Wilderness Trips Leader

Job Overview:

Camp Augusta is not your average summer camp! We search high and low for folks who have a calling in life... a calling to make a genuine difference in the lives of children; to pursue a variety of adventures that feed the body, mind, heart, and soul; to work hard and play hard (especially when they are one and the same); to share the magic of the backcountry with young people of all ages. Camp Augusta is an 80-acre non-profit residential camp nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California. Within Camp Augusta, the Wilderness Program specializes in teaching emotional intelligence, intentional community living, backcountry travel (backpacking, horse packing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting) and so much more.

Counseling is our primary passion at Camp Augusta Wilderness. As a summer Wilderness Trip Leader, you will work closely with 4-9 campers, honing your creativity, compassion and wonder for life while leading children through life-changing outdoor experiences. After 3.5 weeks of paid staff training, you will be equipped with a diverse array of tools for effective behavior guidance, living and working in a tight-knit community of staff, and teaching a variety of activities.

We are seeking folks who….

  • Are overjoyed to work closely with children for a summer and gain energy from time spent with kids

  • Have a foundation of emotional depth and intelligence and seek to grow and improve professionally and personally in life

  • Love to imagine wild possibility, creative engagement with the world, and the ways to have the most fun... and are driven and organized enough to make some of it happen!

  • Are adventurers of the mind, heart, and world as a whole. Curiosity and a zeal for constant learning and exploration - externally and internally

  • Possess the flexibility, open-mindedness, honesty, responsibility, and heartfelt goodwill for living and working in a tight-knit community of staff

  • Think deeply, write articulately, and speak with compassion by nature

  • Thrive on operating with a growth mindset (rather than a fixed mindset)

Desired Experience:

  • Prior, meaningful work with children (Wilderness campers are aged between 12-17)

  • Some life experience is very helpful (work, independent travel, anything that demonstrates your resourcefulness and ability to get things done on your own)

  • We prefer folks who are able to return for at least a second summer

  • Ability and willingness to work at a sustained, high-energy pace for extended time (how's your energy level?)

  • Experience leading multi-day trips in the wilderness with kids

  • Confidence in one’s ability to teach the basics of backpacking and backcountry travel

  • Ability to teach/provide support for rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and/or horse packing


  • Staff must be at least 21 years-old by June 2019.

  • Availability to work from May 14 to Aug 10, 2019.

*Pre and post summer work opportunities (April-May & Aug-Sep) are also available.