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Backpacking Intern 2024

By January 30, 2024February 15th, 2024No Comments

The Nature Connection eliminates the barriers to getting outside by providing fun, active, and educational outdoor experiences for youth and families in our community. 

Position Description:

Are you passionate about hiking and curious about what it takes to be a guide? The Nature Connection is hiring Backpacking Interns to help plan and lead youth backpacking trips in the wilderness. Interns will work under the direction of Nature Connection’s Backpacking Leads during multiple overnight trips over the course of the summer. Those with a sense of adventure and enthusiasm are encouraged to apply! This is an exciting pathway into the world of backpacking and backcountry guiding.


  • Learn essential outdoor skills such as navigation, wilderness camping, backcountry safety and first aid.
  • Assist in daily food preparation, set up and take down of camp, and managing group gear.
  • Participate in team-building challenges and other group activities.
  • Help with pre-trip preparation and post-trip clean-up.
  • Encourage and inspire campers.


  • Current high school students (under 18)
  • Reliable transportation to/from camp locations
  • Ability to adapt quickly and listen to others in a vulnerable, dynamic outdoor environment
  • Encouraging attitude

Application Deadline:  Open until filled; Priority given to applications received by March 18.

Compensation:  Weekly stipend $200-$300/week depending on experience. Free outdoor gear during summer (SUPs, mountain bikes, camping equipment). Wilderness first aid training provided.

Location: All trips start and end at Nature Connection headquarters in Hotchkiss.


  • Typical schedule will be Monday at 8:30am, returning Thursday by 3:30pm. Some onsite prep time and clean up before and after trip to be scheduled.
  • Mandatory Summer Staff Orientation: May 28, 29, 30
  • Wilderness First Aid Training (if you don’t already have): May 31 and June 1
  • Trip dates:
    • Outdoor Explore (Boys): July 17-20
    • Outdoor Explore (Girls): July 24-27
    • Boots to Roots Backpacking (Boys): July 8-11
    • Girls in the Wilderness Backpacking (Girls): July 22-25

To Apply: Complete an online application here which includes listing two references. Interviews will be scheduled between March 18-29. We will reach out to you to schedule a day/time.