December 15, 2020

Lead Guide

Zion Adventures · Springdale, UT


About the position

Guides at Zion Adventures are canyoneers, hikers, mountain bikers, and climbers, we are also educators and leaders. We thrive on sharing our passion for the outdoors with others and by giving them the skills and autonomy to do so on their own. For over 20 years, Zion Adventures guides have helped tens of thousands of guests unlock their potential in the outdoors, all while maintaining an excellent safety record. As a new guide here, you will be held to the same high standards and expectations that we all hold ourselves to everyday. You will be joining a diverse group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds all united by a common mission and a passion for service, education, and the outdoors. A Zion Adventure guide is a powerful mixture of character, empathy, integrity, curiosity, and humility. We are in a constant pursuit to better ourselves and the organization. Many of those who have moved here to be guides with us have found this chapter of their lives to be much longer than they expected, and are happy for it. If working with and being challenged by these types of people excites or inspires you, we encourage you to apply. All qualified candidates will be given thorough consideration and evaluation.

Position Qualifications:


  • Minimum of 23 years of age
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification & CPR Certification
  • An enduring commitment to learning, and the ability to do so quickly 
  • Ability to work well with all types people, especially children
  • An appreciation for working with beginners and experts alike
  • Patience
  • Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Ability to clearly demonstrate specific skills
  • Strong and sound judgment


  • Previous teaching, training, or leadership experience (Strongly preferred)
  • Experience with technical rope systems/skills
  • Experience riding technical mountain bike terrain
  • Experience climbing in single pitch terrain

Helpful Characteristics:

  • Skills and knowledge within the realm of your guide specialty (canyoneering, rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking)
  • Additional credentials such as AMGA or PCGI training/certifications, Search and Rescue experience, WEA Outdoor Leadership Training Course, LNT Master Educator, etc.

Position Responsibilities:​​

  • Participate in the initial 7-day, paid, guide development training curriculum
  • Progress through the guide development sequence, from assistant to leading your own trips by June 1
  • Participate in professional training opportunities regularly
  • Work collaboratively with fellow guides and guide management
  • Facilitate half- and full-day canyoneering, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking trips as well as courses
  • Create a safe, fun, and educational atmosphere
  • Build, evaluate, and manage a wide variety of anchor and rope systems
  • Teach students basic to advanced technical skills
  • Wash, repair, and maintain guide equipment
  • Build a comprehensive knowledge base of the roads, hikes, canyons, and hidden secrets of Zion National Park and the surrounding areas

Dates of Employment: March 1st-November 28th

Schedule is determined by client demand and trip bookings. As a result, you may work 3 days during some weeks, but will most often work 5 days. Our aim is to create a regular work schedule for you where you have the same 2 consecutive days off. 

Year-Round Potential There is year-round guiding available for a few staff members. Guides who have stayed throughout the winter months (slower season) have found most work through completing projects around the shop.

How to apply


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