Trail Mavens


Skill-based camping and backpacking trips for groups of extraordinary women. Ready to build fires, read maps, pitch tents, hike, laugh, and drink wine around the campfire? Join one of our weekend adventures.

Trail Mavens is looking for a few good women to serve as leaders on upcoming adventures.

about us

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. 


about you

  • 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

Required Qualifications

  • 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:

  1. Complete the Trip Leader Application below [applications accepted January 1-27, 2019].

  2. Email an updated resume to using subject header 'Trail Mavens Trip Leader Application'.

  3. 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:

  4. 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.

trip leader application

Name *
Phone Number *
Phone Number
Address *
Birthday *
How familiar are you with our trip venues? Select how well you agree or disagree with the following statement: "I am intimately familiar with this venue."
How familiar are you with our trip venues? Select how well you agree or disagree with the following statement: "I am intimately familiar with this venue."
Strongly Agree = you've been multiple times and are confident leading a trip there with little or no introduction to the area Agree = you've been more than once, and could lead a trip with minimal introduction to the area Neutral = you've been at least once, but feel you need more knowledge of the area to confidently lead a trip there Disagree = you've never been (or it's been a while), but you know a little bit about the area Strongly Disagree = you've never been and know little or nothing about the area
Big Sur State Parks
Death Valley National Park
King Range Wilderness (Lost Coast)
Lake Tahoe area
Pinnacles National Park
Point Reyes National Seashore
Shasta Trinity National Forest
Yosemite National Park
Are you available to attend the training weekend for new guides March 8-10, 2019? This is a requirement for eligibility and unfortunately the date is not flexible. *
New guides will shadow current guides for three trips with graduating responsibilities before leading trips on their own. Please select ALL trips that you would be available to shadow this spring. Your answers should be based on availability, not interest. *