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Backpacking Guide in Sandpoint, Idaho

Job Details

  • Date Posted: April 6, 2022
  • Location: Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Company: Breakwater Expeditions
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Salary: $180 / hour
  • Housing Offered: No
  • Experience: Some experience needed

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You will be in charge of leading small groups into Yellowstone National Park for multi-day backpacking excursions. This is a highly independent position, which requires the ability to guide safely and responsibly with limited on-the-job supervision.

Ideal candidates are dynamic and experienced guides who have the passion to help facilitate meaningful and goal-oriented expeditions for our clients. Guides should be outgoing, creative, flexible, and comfortable with providing guests with gourmet meals, attentive care to those having never done this activity before, tips and tricks for being comfortable, and LNT education to help individuals become better stewards of the natural environment.

Appropriate candidates will have strong interpersonal and technical skills and are looking for opportunities to grow in the outdoor industry. Applicants must have the ability to plan and execute work effectively, demonstrate clear and concise expression of ideas, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, and the general public.

Duties will include but not limited to:

  • Plan, manage and execute logistics (food, itinerary, equipment, organization/planning) and programming for trips.
  • When appropriate, plan, manage and execute programming.
  • When required make pre-trip participant calls as well as facilitate group video conferencing with participants and staff to prep the group for the upcoming trip.
  • Ability to work and assist clients in staying healthy, safe, and comfortable in varying climates.
  • Manage emergency situation and adhere to all local operating procedures, safety policies, and emergency response plan as outlined within the staff manual.
  • Provide clear and effective communication with Breakwater management and staffing team.
  • Drive 15 passenger van with a fully loaded trailer for long distances.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

  • Possess a general zest for life and propensity towards laughter.
  • Is highly comfortable in the outdoors and has a strong ability for self-care to ensure the primary focus is on the expedition and its participants.
  • Ability to maintain and support appropriate professional boundaries with clients and participants.
  • Baseline understanding of map and compass navigation.
  • Awareness of outdoor hazards and local area weather patterns.
  • Must be flexible and willing to accept changes.
  • Ability to build rapport quickly with participants of multiple ages, backgrounds, genders, ethnicity, etc.
  • Effective communication with participants, program staff, and co-guides.
  • Comfortable giving and receiving feedback to and from co-guides and management team.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Must be 21 years or older
  • 2-5 years guiding experience
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Possess a current WFR and CPR
  • Willingness to participate in a background check and a motor vehicle record check

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift and transport 50 lbs. of gear and sometimes over multiple times a day.
  • Able to work outdoors regardless of weather and season.


  • Compensation ranges from $150/day to $220/day, with $100/day for prep and breakdown days on either side of the trip.
  • The right candidate will move up the ladder quickly