Trail Mavens is looking for a few good women to serve as leaders on upcoming adventures.
Trail Mavens was created to empower women to be the fire-starters, the tent-pitchers, and the map-readers, creating opportunities for adventure, leadership, and starry-night campfire conversation in the Great Outdoors.
We believe there are far too few opportunities for women to learn outdoor skills from other inspiring women; to learn those skills in a warm, supportive setting where mistakes are just fine; and to build authentic community where everyone has to chance to teach and learn something new.
Our culture thrives on learning, inclusion, campfires, conversation, wine, and marshmallows.
Finally, we're looking for badass, dynamic trip leaders - maybe you? - to grow our team in 2019.
You live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area, since this isn't a full-time job
You're just as comfortable digging a cathole or starting a Whisperlite as you are facilitating a conversation
You have a way of making everyone confident in your leadership while still leaving space for others to shine
You love the outdoors, and are passionate about sharing that love with other women
about the role
Lead groups of 4-8 women on weekend-long camping and backpacking adventures in Northern CA
Teach outdoor skills including Leave No Trace, fire building, map navigation, tent setup, cooking, and safe food handling
Manage and minimize risk in a wilderness setting
Lead or co-facilitate community building activities and campfire conversations
Drive personal vehicle to/from trip locations
2 hours pre-trip work: communication with co-leader, review of logistics and participant information, vehicle packing
2 hours post-trip work: unpacking and gear management, trip feedback and reporting, email to participants
Lead a minimum of twelve trips per 12-month period beginning March 2019, with a minimum of one trip/month between June and October
Timely engagement with Slack communication from Trail Mavens HQ
Attendance at Trail Mavens guide training events
Participation in quarterly learning & social events (alumnae happy hours, risk management trainings, etc.)
Willingness to become knowledgeable about Trail Mavens brand partnerships
Previous outdoor leadership experience
Current Wilderness First Responder certification (or plans to complete by March 2019)
Current CA Food Handler’s certification (or plans to complete by March 2019)
Successful completion of LNT Awareness course (or plans to complete by March 2019)
Outdoor knowledge with extensive front- and backcountry experience
Excellent leadership, teaching, and facilitation skills with the experience to prove it
Enthusiasm, energy, and a serious ability to roll with the punches
Own a car w/ valid driver’s license and insurance
Ability to carry up to 50 lbs over three- to four-day backpacking trips
Ability to attend Trail Mavens' guide training weekend March 8-10, as well as one additional training day in late March (date TBD)
Ability to shadow three weekend trips, each with increasing responsibility, between March and May 2019, to “graduate” and begin guiding trips solo by June 2019
Knowledge of California state and national park trail systems
A flexible or semi-flexible work schedule, or enough vacation days that you could take the occasional Friday or Monday off work to lead a backpacking trip in Yosemite or the Trinity Alps
A secret talent (photography / writing / meditation / improv) to share with the group
Previous participation on a Trail Mavens adventure
~$200 - $295 per trip, dependent on trip duration
Gear discounts and access to free shwag on an as-available basis
Discounts for friends and family to participate on adventures
Still reading? Here's what's next:
Complete the Trip Leader Application below [applications accepted January 1-27, 2019].
Email an updated resume to firstname.lastname@example.org using subject header 'Trail Mavens Trip Leader Application'.
Complete an open interview with SparkHire. You’ll answer a few questions on video (not live), so we can get a dose of your amazing personality! Set aside about 15 minutes for the interview, and be sure you’re in a quiet location with a good internet connection. You’ll have a brief preparation time before each question before recording starts. We can’t wait to see your faces! Click here to get started: https://hire.li/ea3c665
Trail Mavens will be in touch to set up interviews on a rolling basis. The sooner you complete the above, the better!
If you want to know even more about the opportunity, or have a chance to ask specific questions before applying, attend our online Prospective Guide Information Session with Sasha at 7pm on Monday, January 21st. Click here to RSVP.