MOLA is currently looking for 10-12 staff members for our 2021 Outdoor Adventure Summer Camp, including group leaders, climbing guides, and interns. Work outside all day, every day, leading youth ages 6-14 in outdoor activities based out of Missoula. This will be our 22nd season!
Group leaders take kids to hike, bike, raft, climb, canoe, kayak, swim, and camp out, with a different main activity each day. Work with a small group of kids and at least one co-leader for each week, leading all our different activities.
Climbing guides set up top-rope routes daily at various local sites. This requires experience building anchors and lead-climbing routes up to 5.9 rating. You are responsible for overseeing climb safety protocol, maintaining equipment, and you also help belay.
Interns work with directly with regular staff, under their oversight, to gain valuable experience.
To qualify for any position, first and foremost, you’ve got to like working with kids! We’re looking for people with experience doing so, and it can be formal or informal. Of course, previous work in a similar program, such as a camp, is most helpful. You will be an important role-model for lots of boys and girls throughout the summer.
Secondly, we’re looking for people with experience in the outdoor activities we offer. We don’t expect you to be a pro in everything we do, and it can be formal or informal, but we’re looking for enthusiasm for the outdoors. As we put together our team, we’re looking for people with various strengths. Additional helpful experience includes lifeguard, swim team, group challenges, 15-passenger vans, and trailers.
Safety is, of course, our No. 1 priority every day. We need people who can manage kids and follow safety protocol while still having fun. You need to be able to work independently and maintain a high level of professionalism while leading activities and interacting with kids and parents.
For qualified applicants lacking experience in certain activities, you will be required to gain additional training. We will provide a week of training before camp starts, or you can enroll in other training locally or elsewhere. All staff are required to have a current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification, as well as a guide permit from Montana FWP. We will advise you on those. Safety is our top priority every day, and we have a great safety record, and we will work hard to maintain that.
Dates for staff are May 31 – August 27, with some flexibility. Hours are generally 9am-5pm daily, with an overnight each Thursday. Time off is possible. Group leader positions pay $400 – $500 per week, depending on experience. Staff have access to numerous pro-deals, along with free personal use of MOLA equipment. For climb guides, the pay is $90-$120 per day, and the position is usually Tue-Fri, with a weekly overnight. There are often a few private guide trips on the weekends. MOLA provides all necessary climbing gear.
You’ll come out of your experience with us being a pro in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits, you’ll learn to work really well with kids, you’ll get to visit a bunch of amazing places around Western Montana, and you’ll get to work with an amazing group of like-minded people. You also get to meet a bunch of awesome kids and their parents!
To apply, email Porter@MissoulaOutdoors.com and attach a cover letter, current resume, and 3 references, in .pdf format please, along with a recent photo of yourself. If we call you for an interview, you can expect a 1 hour meeting in person (or by phone) with Director Porter Hammitt, who oversees all hiring.
Here is a very sweet note from former staffer Maddie:
“My summer in Missoula has been unreal! It has been a summer of too many firsts to even count. I am so fortunate for the opportunities…to work every day of my summer outside with kids, exposing me to Montana’s beauty, allowing me to work with 12 amazing individuals (other staff), and teaching me endless lessons on managing children outdoors. I have enjoyed every moment at MOLA! It is truly an amazing camp.”
We hope you can join us!
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