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Summer Backpacking Internship 2022

By February 15, 2022October 4th, 2022No Comments

Summary: Are you passionate about hiking and being around kids in the mountains? 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 The Nature Connection lead instructors 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
  • Help leadership in team-building challenges, hiking with gear, assistance in daily food prep, set up / take down of camp, pre/post-trip preparation and clean-up  
  • Encouraging attitude and ability to adapt quickly and listen to others in a vulnerable, dynamic outdoor environment 

Location: Report to The Nature Connection HQ in Hotchkiss

Pathways Opportunity: 2 available internships 

Paid Internship: ~$50-200/week stipend depending on experience and trip hours completed. Free outdoor gear use during internship (SUP, mountain bikes, camping equipment)

Trip Opportunities: to be discussed at interview

Qualifications: Current high school student (under 18); reliable transportation to/from headquarters

Apply Now!