The Road Less Traveled


Hiring: Trip Leaders, Co-Leaders, and Interns



The Road Less Traveled is a life-changing educational travel experience; an extraordinary opportunity to join with others, explore humanity, and build deep relationships and an appreciation for our world’s vast adventurous scenery and its people. RLT offers domestic and international community service, language and multi-sport adventure travel programs throughout the world and North America (the American West, California, Hawaii, Florida Keys, the Gulf Coast, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Norway, Michigan, Bonaire, New Zealand, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, and Iceland). We engage in a service of presence and active listening in the world supporting young people to get outside, seek adventure, experience challenge, make new friends, build community and understand the world and its people in a new way. Working closely with communities and in environments around the world, we have forged a strong alliance of caring professionals all driven by their deep conviction and concern for the future and welfare of others. We have developed an impressive body of knowledge, innovative methods and approaches for informal cultural exchange with the hope of building trust.

Position Requirements

The Road Less Traveled offers three summer positions: Trip Leaders, Co-Leaders and Interns. Co-Leaders and Interns work in conjunction with the Trip Leader in a variety of supportive roles. Most first year staff are Co-Leaders. However, if you feel you have the qualifications and would like to apply specifically for a Trip Leader position, please indicate that on your application.

 Trip Leaders will plan, coordinate and execute daily activities and trip logistics; monitor Co-Leader and participant assignments for the day; plan and execute the evening programs; act as a positive role model for participants; supervise the health and safety of the participants and environment; manage finances and accounting including monitoring of expenditures, record keeping, advances, and bookkeeping; manage gear, vehicles, inventory, storage and documentation; perform reviews and summer end evaluations; and evaluate programming and current season while making suggestions for the following year.

Position Qualifications

The following are characteristics/qualifications that each staff person is expected to match regardless of position:


Minimum of Bachelor's degree or in the process of completing a degree.


Must be 21 years of age.

Current WFR or WEMT

This certification needs to be complete by the start of staff training and CURRENT through the end of employment.

 Lifeguard Training or Swiftwater Rescue

These are preferred certifications but not mandatory.

Current Unrestricted Drivers License


Previous experience working with and/or teaching young people ranging in age between 12-19 is mandatory. Knowledge of and experience in group dynamics, teaching or facilitating groups, supervision of meal planning, food preparation and cooking, and managing logistics. Ability to teach program specific skills, environmental awareness, and related scientific, cultural, and historical knowledge pertaining to the regions through which you will travel and their relationship to each other.


Self-assurance is required to live and relate with adolescents and other Instructors in close-knit situations.


Must be self-motivated and act as a role model, possessing personality characteristics that will accelerate and maintain a healthy rapport with participants and other staff.


Must have the patience to respond to stress, crisis, change, and non-glamorous tasks in positive and productive ways at all times. Must have the ability to organize and assure a smooth flow of activities.

 Legal right to work in the United States

PLEASE NOTE: RLT is not able to assist with work visas.