As an REI multi-day adventure guide you will lead groups of clients on outdoor adventures across the country. You will be staffed on either hiking, backpacking, road cycling, or mountain biking trips with accommodation styles ranging from basic camping to high-end lodge-based trips. REI guides are professionals who are seeking a career in the industry. Our guides focus on providing unparalleled customer service, food quality, well researched and delivered local interpretation, and have the skills and demeanor to facilitate a safe and fun experience for our guests.
MDT Guide Profile:
Working as an outdoor adventure guide means long days, hard work, big income swings from month to month, 50-200 days a year away from home, and constantly putting your customer service skills to the test. Adventure guiding also means having some of the most beautiful, iconic destinations as your “office,” and getting the opportunity to take our guests on a once-in-a-lifetime experience, every week. To be successful as a multi-day tour guide at REI you need to be well rounded, never satisfied with good enough, passionate about people, passionate about the outdoors, and ready for every day to offer new and exciting challenges.
Strong team player
Drive to continually improve and not settle for good enough
Ability to seek out learning opportunities
Ability to work with constructive criticism
Thorough, accurate, and timely with all projects and paperwork
Professionalism and dedication to guest satisfaction
Drive a 15 passenger van and trailer with guests
Excellent outdoor cooking skills; providing 3 meals a day for groups of 4-20 people
Lead activities such as hiking or biking daily during a trip
Provide for the safety and health of a group of people in the backcountry
Work well with an entire team of guides
Provide in-depth knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the areas we operate
Complete tour related paperwork accurately and on time
At least 18 years of age
Strong leadership and communication skills with guests of different ages and backgrounds
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and Adult CPR certification (necessary by start date)
Food Handlers certification (necessary by start date)
Leave No Trace certification (necessary by start date)
Competency in at least two of the following:
Clean driving record
Clean background check
Willingness to relocate to operational area
Meet all employment requirements
At least 25 years of age (required by our insurance if driving guests)
2+ years professional experience in guided adventure travel
Expertise in at least one of the locations we operate in
About REI Co-Op Experiences
At REI Co-op Experiences, we cultivate the best adventures and travel experiences for our guests. We make sure they don't just see the world -- but they experience its cultures, flavors and wonders.
Our field operations headquarters are located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our team is comprised of office-based staff, expert instructors, single-day tour guides that coordinate all the activities offered at REI’s Adventure Centers, plus the multi-day tour guides who operate REI adventure travel trips across North America.