Hike Leader

(April 14, 2017)

Summer Hike Leader Job Descriptionhike-w-brandon-2

Each Summer Wilderness Workshop leads a series of hikes into landscapes we are working to protect. The goals of this program are to:

  • Introduce our members to important landscapes
  • Build a connection between people and place
  • Provide a different type of engagement than our usual advocacy
  • Identify and empower new advocates to take actions on issues WW is currently working on
  • Guide WW members safely in the backcounty
  • Educate WW members about the issues and landscapes we work on

hike-w-brandonThe Hike Leader works under the supervision on WW’s conservation director and is responsible for all aspects of the hike series program with support from other WW staff on marketing the hikes, and directing advocacy from participants in the hikes. The hike leader is an ambassador for WW with a focus on customer service to ensure hike participants have a positive experience. Please note, these are considered casual hikes, we are there to introduce people to place and the advocacy to protect them.

The Hike Leader will:

  • Create hike descriptions for WW web pages, e-blasts, social media, community calendars, public radio, newspapers and other PR materials.
  • Lead hikes into landscapes WW is working to protect including proposed wilderness and the Thompson Divide with groups of no more than 15 people.
  • During hikes educate participants on specific conservation issues elevant to the landscape, emphasizing the importance of public involvement. Give out needed materials for writing a local representative, collect, copy and mail letters.
  • Continually monitor group dynamics fitness and safety to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for participants.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Conduct hikes in a safe manner, recognizing that hikes are inherently dynamic situations with many elements beyond your control.
  • Keep an upbeat positive attitude no matter the weather or group dynamic.
  • Provide sufficient logistical information to make the hike a positive and easy experience. Look at maps before, during, and after the hike to help hikers get a sense of place and relation to the WW programs.
  • Never rush the hikes. Take breaks to spot wildlife, to hear a good story from a hiker, to make sure the last person never feels like they are holding up the group, and to simply be.
  • Take opportunities to interpret and educate participants about the local ecology bearing in mind that this isn’t a seminar course.
  • Minimize feel of organized activity
    • Allow ample opportunities for solitude and quiet to allow participants time and space to sense and feel the experience connecting to wildness
    • Provide opportunities for participants to have unstructured interactions with one another to help create connections. Stepping back also allows hikers to reveal who they are and what they bring to the experience.
  • Help participants complete one advocacy action. Check in with WW staff to get some guidance and be sure to have materials on hand.
  • Identify participants who are likely to continue engagement with WW and support our conservation work
  • Personal values and personal opinions are to be left at the door when representing WW.
  • Conduct follow up outreach with hikers to help cement their positive experience and gently coax them into the organization. In the week following the hike, Karin Teague shares her photos of the group directly via email and not just social media and people love it.
  • Social media component is important to keep the buzz going as well. Leader is expected to get out social media posts with photos and spirited positive report before and after hikes.

The position runs from June 1st through October 6th and requires approximately 30 hours/week. Compensation is $15-$25/hr. dependent upon experience.

To apply for the hike leader position send resume and cover letter to will@wildernessworkshop.org by May 1st, 2017