*Since 1972 Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC) has been opening the
beauty and challenge of wilderness adventures for people of all abilities.
Every year, over 2,000 people with special needs join ETC to raft
whitewater rivers, ski across alpine meadows, sea kayak the waters of the
Golden Gate, and sleep beneath the open sky. ETC trips enable participants
to access the wilderness, gain environmental awareness, and share in the
*The Youth LEAD (Leadership, Environment, Adventure, and Diversity) Program
(YLP) trains diverse groups of high school students in environmental
education, leadership and outdoor skills development. The YLP 12-24 day
courses incorporate some of the following activities: a teambuilding ropes
course experience, rock climbing wall, sea kayaking on San Francisco Bay or
Tomales Bay, whitewater rafting on the South Fork of the American River or
the Klamath River, backpacking the Sierra or Lost Coast, primitive skills
training, traditional boat crafting, disability and diversity awareness
training, and learning about watershed ecology by conducting a service
project on an organic farm.
Hiring Instructors for 1 or More of the Following Dates:
- *June 7-9th *– Instructor Training
- *June 17 - July 7, 21 days: Young Women’s Sea to Source Adventure:
Sea Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, Organic Farming and Expedition
- *June 26 – July 13, 18 days: Co-ed Sea Kayaking, Boat Building and
Primitive Skills Training *
- *July18 – August 10, 24 days: Co-ed Sea to Source Adventure: Sea
Kayaking, Whitewater Rafting, and Expedition Backpacking *
- *August 5 – August 16, 12 days: *All Abilities Sea Kayak and White
*The Lead Field Instructor will work with the Youth LEAD Program Manager to
deliver safe, educational, and enjoyable wilderness adventure trips. The
Lead Field Instructor will work collaboratively with a co-field instructor,
a group of 4-6 volunteer guides, and instruct a group of 10-14 students.
They will also provide program oversight of all YLP logistics. These
logistics include: van driving, leading and teaching group games and
initiatives, providing instruction in technical skill & communication skill
development, menu planning and food buying, coordinating guest speakers and
farm staff, attending required staff meetings, writing student evaluations
and completing other necessary paperwork, as needed. This position reports
directly to the YLP manager.
- Current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification or higher
- Past employment as a lead instructor in backcountry situations.
- Experience working with diverse groups of inner-city youth and/or
those with disabilities.
- Prior experience guiding Class III river trips for at least one
- Prior experience working as a sea kayak guide/instructor *
- Multi-day backpacking experience*
- Class B drivers license (must be obtained prior to trip date)
- Background check and drug testing
* Applicants with expertise in only 1 adventure skill set will be
Preferred deadline March 1st. Open until filled.
*To Apply: *
Please send resume and cover letter to:
YLP Program Manager
Environmental Traveling Companions
Fort Mason Center, Building C
San Francisco, CA 94123