Have some fun this summer!

MOLA is currently looking for 12+ staff members for our 2022 outdoor season, including group leaders for our summer camp, climb & raft guides, an assistant director, and interns.  Work outside all day, every day, leading outdoor activities based out of Missoula.  No other local programs do all that we do and go places that we go!  This will be our 23rd season.  As of  April 10th, we still have 1-2 spots left to fill!

Positions:  Group leaders take kids age 6-14 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.

Climb 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 site safety protocol, maintaining equipment, and you also help belay.

Raft guides lead paddle raft trips on a daily basis on the Blackfoot River and Clark Fork Rivers, which may include the Class III-IV Alberton Gorge.  This requires appropriate training and experience.

The Assistant Director helps keep everything running smoothly, working with staff, kids, parents, and the public.  This person also has to be ready to jump in and help wherever needed.  They should have prior experience working in a similar setting.

Interns work with directly with regular staff, under their oversight, to gain valuable experience.

All staff have the opportunity to try different roles as skills and experience allow.  We work as one big team!

Qualifications:  To qualify for any position, first and foremost, you’ve got to like working outside!  We’re looking for people with at least some experience in the outdoors.  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.

People interested in working as summer camp group leaders should 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.

Safety is, of course, our No. 1 priority every day.  We need people who can manage kids and adults, 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 people of all ages.

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, and local entity Aerie Backcountry Medicine, based in Missoula, provides numerous WFA training opportunities.  You also need a guide permit from Montana FWP, and we will advise you on that.  Safety is our top priority every day, and we have a great safety record, and we will work hard to maintain that.

Dates & Pay:  Tentative dates for staff are May 30 – August 26.  Later start date and/or earlier end date possible.  Hours are generally 9am-5pm daily, with overnight campout possible on some Thursdays.  Options for time off.  Group leader positions pay $440 – $520 per week, depending on experience, with Assistant Director earning more.  Staff have access to numerous pro-deals, along with free personal use of MOLA equipment.  For raft & climb guides, the pay is $90-$120 per day, and may include both weekday and weekend trips.  MOLA provides all necessary gear.

Benefits:  We’re not able to pay the same as fast food joints, but we’re confident this will be one the most fun jobs you’ll ever have.  Included in the many benefits working with MOLA for the summer, you will:

– Be able to borrow MOLA gear and access pro-deals!
– Work with an amazing group of like-minded people!
– Visit many of the most beautiful places in the mountains around Missoula and Western Montana!
– Develop excellent all-around skills working with youth and guiding outdoor activities!
– Add a valuable component to your resume with a job you can be proud of!

Here is a look at a summer with MOLA from recent 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, and teaching me endless lessons on managing children outdoors.  I have enjoyed every moment at MOLA!  It is truly an amazing camp.”

Housing:  We may be able to help.  Let us know if this is a concern for you.

Apply:  To apply, email Porter@MissoulaOutdoors.com and attach a cover letter, current resume, and 3 references, 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.

We hope you can join us!

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