Our Pay Values Your Expertise.

Compensation

Select a team below to view seasonal compensation rates for the specific program.

Day Camp

Starting Compensation

Find your desired work location and position below to determine starting pay.

INSTRUCTORS – Please view the “Pay Additives” section to learn more about increasing your pay with various relevant certifications!

 
Instructor
(per hour)
Aftercare Supervisor
(per hour)
Asst. Director
(weekly)
Camp Director
(weekly)
California
$25.41
$27.32
$1,286
$1,524
Colorado (Denver/Boulder)
$17.97
$20.21
$909
$1,077
Colorado (Colorado Springs)
$14.78
$16.63
$748
886
Illinois
$16.32
$18.36
$979
$979
Maine
$17.11
$19.25
N/A
$1,026
Massachusetts
$19.55
$21.99
N/A
$1,173
Minnesota
$15.91
$17.90
N/A
$954
Oregon (Bend)
$16.21
$18.24
$820
$972
Oregon (Portland)
$18.86
$21.22
$954
$1,131
Washington
$19.57
$22.02
N/A
$1,174
Pay Additives

We value experience and certifications for our instructors. See below for more details. 

Medical
   Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
2%
   Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT
5%
Advanced Skills**
   ACA Level 3+ (kayak or SUP)**
7%
   AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or higher**
7%
   IMBA or PMBI Mountain Biking Instructor**
3%
Avid Training (must pass Avid4 specialized training)**
   Climb Specialist**
3%
   White Water Specialist (CO only)**
3%
   Valmont Bike ParkInstructor (CO only)**
3%
Other
   Teacher Certification OR Masters in Education or Child-related field
5%
   CA Commercial Driver's License OR out-of-state driver that passes van training (CA only)
$750/season

**These certifications are mutually exclusive. For example, if you have a SPI certification, you would not be eligible for the Lead Climb pay increase. 

Staff Perks!

All staff

  • Access to affordable medical insurance!
  • Pro Deals!
    • As a part of the Outdoor Education industry, our staff are eligible for major discounts on outdoor gear after 30 days of employment with several top companies like Outdoor Research, Diamondback, Smartwool, Big Agnes, Kelty, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Yakima, Chacos, Smith, Yeti, etc.
  • Free access to Avid4 gear!
    • We pride ourselves on using high quality gear for our camps. We provide all staff with access to use our gear during non-camp hours.
  • Reimbursements!
    • Public Transportation – all staff are eligible for public transportation fare reimbursement to and from work.
    • Up to $50/year on race registrations for any races that involve our core sports – biking, climbing or paddling.
  • Camp discounts for your family
    • 25% off when registering in advance
    • 50% off when registering 5 days prior to the start of the session
    • 75% off when registering within 24 hours of the start of the session 
  • Volunteer hours!
    • If you have a non-profit you love that supports our mission and you volunteer for more than 5 hours in a year, we will donate $25 the organization.
  • Climbing Gym discounts at Bay Area, CA locations
  • Referral Program
    • Refer others to work with us and you could win airline tickets or other cool items! Find out more here.
  • Professional Development!
    • Live Smart(er) is a way of life here. Throughout the year, we offer multiple professional development opportunities for our staff to gain more knowledge in our core sports and business-related topics through field training days, webinars, conference grants and optional meetups after camp.

Returning Staff

  • Adventure Grants
    • Each season, we award 2 of our returning staff members a trip to take an adventure to a destination of their choice. A few of the past recipients have gone to Australia, Belize and Japan!
  • Ethan Gillett Scholarship Fund
    • In 2016, we began a scholarship fund after losing one of our dear staff members that truly embodied the Avid4 Adventure mission. The fund honors his passion for the outdoors and continuous education. Each season, we award one of our returning staff with the tuition for an AMGA SPI certification course and one returning staff with tuition for a Wilderness First Responder course.
  • Specialized training certification reimbursement
    • Avid will reimburse returning staff $100/year on certifications for advanced climbing, paddling or biking

Resident Camp/Expeditions

Avid4 Adventure has 2 resident camps in Bailey and Evergreen, Colorado. Our Bailey (Windy Peak) camp hosts 6th – 11th graders. Our Evergreen (Mt. Evans) camp hosts 1st – 5th graders. Sessions range from 4 days – 2 weeks.

We run week-long Expedition programs in California and Colorado for 5th – 11th graders.

Starting Seasonal Compensation - Resident Camp

Find your desired work location and position below to determine starting pay.

Unless otherwise noted, the listed rates are per week for the summer season (June – early August).  If a partial week is worked, the rate would be prorated by the number of days worked. 

Please view the “Pay Additives” section to learn more about increasing your pay with various relevant certifications! 

  
Instructor Positions - weekly rate (room/board included)
Instructor
$518
Supervisor (Bike, Climb, Aquatics, Adventure,
Program, Photography)
$554
Team Supervisor
$572
Leadership Positions - weekly rate (room/board included)
Sr. Assistant Camp Director
(21+)
$644
Assistant Camp Director
(21+)
$608
Medical Team Positions - weekly rate (room/board included)
Registered Nurse
$1,021
Clinic Assistant
$518
Kitchen & Support Positions - hourly rate (room & board not included)
Head Chef
$26.05/ hour
Assistant Chef
$19.31/ hour
Kitchen Assistant
$16.17/ hour
Facilities Supervisor
$19.31/ hour
Starting Compensation - Expeditions

Find your desired work location and position below to determine starting pay.

Unless otherwise noted, the listed rates are per week for the summer season (June – early August).  If a partial week is worked, the rate would be prorated by the number of days worked. 

Please view the “Pay Additives” section to learn more about increasing your pay with various relevant certifications!

 
California
Colorado
Oregon
Washington
Expedition Instructor*
$937
$583
$658
$715
Activity Specialist*
$1,019
$619
$696
$731
Team Supervisor
N/A
$637
N/A
N/A
Assistant Director
$1,286
$909
954
N/A
Director
$1,524
$1.077
$1,131
$1,174
Medicine Intake Specialist
$27.32
$19.31
N/A
N/A
Operations Specialist
N/A
$19.31
N/A
N/A
 
*It is common for our Expeditions Instructors and Activity Specialists to receive tips from camper families after trips.
Pay Additives
 
Medical
   Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
2%
   Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT
5%
Advanced Skills**
   ACA Level 3+ (kayak or SUP)**
7%
   AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or higher**
7%
   IMBA or PMBI Mountain Biking Instructor**
3%
Avid Training (must pass Avid4 specialized training)**
   Climb Specialist**
3%
   White Water Specialist (CO only)**
3%
   Valmont Bike ParkInstructor (CO only)**
3%
Other
   Teacher Certification OR Masters in Education or Child-related field
5%
   CA Commercial Driver's License OR out-of-state driver that passes van training (CA only)
$750/season

**These certifications are mutually exclusive. For example, if you have a SPI certification, you would not be eligible for the Lead Climb pay increase. 

Staff Perks!

All staff

  • Access to medical insurance!
  • Pro Deals!
    • As a part of the Outdoor Education industry, our staff are eligible for major discounts on outdoor gear after 30 days of employment with several top companies like Outdoor Research, Diamondback, Smartwool, Big Agnes, Kelty, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Yakima, Chacos, Smith, Yeti, etc.
  • Free access to Avid4 gear!
    • We pride ourselves on using high quality gear for our camps. We provide all staff with access to use our gear during non-camp hours.
  • Reimbursements!
    • Public Transportation – all staff are eligible for public transportation fare reimbursement to and from work.
    • Up to $50/year on race registrations for any races that involve our core sports – biking, climbing or paddling.
  • Camp discounts for your family
    • 25% off when registering in advance
    • 50% off when registering 5 days prior to the start of the session
    • 75% off when registering within 24 hours of the start of the session 
  • Volunteer hours!
    • If you have a non-profit you love that supports our mission and you volunteer for more than 5 hours in a year, we will donate $25 the organization.
  • Climbing Gym discounts at Bay Area, CA locations
  • Referral Program
    • Refer others to work with us and you could win airline tickets or other cool items! Find out more here.
  • Professional Development!
    • Live Smart(er) is a way of life here. Throughout the year, we offer multiple professional development opportunities for our staff to gain more knowledge in our core sports and business-related topics through field training days, webinars, conference grants and optional meetups after camp.

Returning Staff

  • Adventure Grants
    • Each season, we award 2 of our returning staff members a trip to take an adventure to a destination of their choice. A few of the past recipients have gone to Australia, Belize and Japan!
  • Ethan Gillett Scholarship Fund
    • In 2016, we began a scholarship fund after losing one of our dear staff members that truly embodied the Avid4 Adventure mission. The fund honors his passion for the outdoors and continuous education. Each season, we award one of our returning staff with the tuition for an AMGA SPI certification course and one returning staff with tuition for a Wilderness First Responder course.
  • Specialized training certification reimbursement
    • Avid will reimburse returning staff $100/year on certifications for advanced climbing, paddling or biking

International Staff

Avid4 Adventure is excited to partner with IENA and Camp Leaders to support J-1 visas for international staff! We pay a fee directly to these agencies that covers a portion of the cost for you to obtain your J-1 visa, which is why compensation looks a little different for international staff. There are some fees that are your individual responsibility, as well. During your interview, we will discuss the J-1 process and provide you with specific compensation details based on the position that interests you. 

Starting Compensation
 
Hourly Rate
Event Instructor
$13.50
Event Supervisor
$14.85
Staff Perks!

All staff

  • Pro Deals!
    • As a part of the Outdoor Education industry, staff are eligible for major discounts on outdoor gear after 30 days of employment with several top companies like Outdoor Research, Diamondback, Smartwool, Big Agnes, Kelty, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Yakima, Chacos, Smith, Yeti, etc.
  • Free access to Avid4 gear!
    • We pride ourselves on using high quality gear for our camps. We provide all staff with access to use our gear during non-camp hours.
  • Reimbursements!
    • Public Transportation – all staff are eligible for public transportation fare reimbursement to and from work.
    • Up to $50/year on race registrations for any races that involve our core sports – biking, climbing or paddling.
  • Camp discounts for your family
    • 25% off when registering in advance
    • 50% off when registering 5 days prior to the start of the session
    • 75% off when registering within 24 hours of the start of the session 
  • Volunteer hours!
    • If you have a non-profit you love that supports our mission and you volunteer for more than 5 hours in a year, we will donate $25 the organization.
  • Climbing Gym discounts at Bay Area, CA locations
  • Referral Program
    • Refer others to work with us and you could win airline tickets or other cool items! Find out more here.
  • Professional Development!
    • Live Smart(er) is a way of life here. Throughout the year, we offer multiple professional development opportunities for our staff to gain more knowledge in our core sports and business-related topics through field training days, webinars, conference grants and optional meetups after camp.

Returning Staff

  • Adventure Grants
    • Each season, we award 2 of our returning staff members a trip to take an adventure to a destination of their choice. A few of the past recipients have gone to Australia, Belize and Japan!
  • Ethan Gillett Scholarship Fund
    • In 2016, we began a scholarship fund after losing one of our dear staff members that truly embodied the Avid4 Adventure mission. The fund honors his passion for the outdoors and continuous education. Each season, we award one of our returning staff with the tuition for an AMGA SPI certification course and one returning staff with tuition for a Wilderness First Responder course.
  • Day Camp

    Starting Compensation

    Find your desired work location and position below to determine starting pay.

    INSTRUCTORS – Please view the “Pay Additives” section to learn more about increasing your pay with various relevant certifications!

     
    Instructor
    (per hour)
    Aftercare Supervisor
    (per hour)
    Asst. Director
    (weekly)
    Camp Director
    (weekly)
    California
    $25.41
    $27.32
    $1,286
    $1,524
    Colorado (Denver/Boulder)
    $17.97
    $20.21
    $909
    $1,077
    Colorado (Colorado Springs)
    $14.78
    $16.63
    $748
    886
    Illinois
    $16.32
    $18.36
    $979
    $979
    Maine
    $17.11
    $19.25
    N/A
    $1,026
    Massachusetts
    $19.55
    $21.99
    N/A
    $1,173
    Minnesota
    $15.91
    $17.90
    N/A
    $954
    Oregon (Bend)
    $16.21
    $18.24
    $820
    $972
    Oregon (Portland)
    $18.86
    $21.22
    $954
    $1,131
    Washington
    $19.57
    $22.02
    N/A
    $1,174
    Pay Additives

    We value experience and certifications for our instructors. See below for more details. 

    Medical
       Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
    2%
       Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT
    5%
    Advanced Skills**
       ACA Level 3+ (kayak or SUP)**
    7%
       AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or higher**
    7%
       IMBA or PMBI Mountain Biking Instructor**
    3%
    Avid Training (must pass Avid4 specialized training)**
       Climb Specialist**
    3%
       White Water Specialist (CO only)**
    3%
       Valmont Bike ParkInstructor (CO only)**
    3%
    Other
       Teacher Certification OR Masters in Education or Child-related field
    5%
       CA Commercial Driver's License OR out-of-state driver that passes van training (CA only)
    $750/season

    **These certifications are mutually exclusive. For example, if you have a SPI certification, you would not be eligible for the Lead Climb pay increase. 

    Staff Perks!

    All staff

    • Access to affordable medical insurance!
    • Pro Deals!
      • As a part of the Outdoor Education industry, our staff are eligible for major discounts on outdoor gear after 30 days of employment with several top companies like Outdoor Research, Diamondback, Smartwool, Big Agnes, Kelty, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Yakima, Chacos, Smith, Yeti, etc.
    • Free access to Avid4 gear!
      • We pride ourselves on using high quality gear for our camps. We provide all staff with access to use our gear during non-camp hours.
    • Reimbursements!
      • Public Transportation – all staff are eligible for public transportation fare reimbursement to and from work.
      • Up to $50/year on race registrations for any races that involve our core sports – biking, climbing or paddling.
    • Camp discounts for your family
      • 25% off when registering in advance
      • 50% off when registering 5 days prior to the start of the session
      • 75% off when registering within 24 hours of the start of the session 
    • Volunteer hours!
      • If you have a non-profit you love that supports our mission and you volunteer for more than 5 hours in a year, we will donate $25 the organization.
    • Climbing Gym discounts at Bay Area, CA locations
    • Referral Program
      • Refer others to work with us and you could win airline tickets or other cool items! Find out more here.
    • Professional Development!
      • Live Smart(er) is a way of life here. Throughout the year, we offer multiple professional development opportunities for our staff to gain more knowledge in our core sports and business-related topics through field training days, webinars, conference grants and optional meetups after camp.

    Returning Staff

    • Adventure Grants
      • Each season, we award 2 of our returning staff members a trip to take an adventure to a destination of their choice. A few of the past recipients have gone to Australia, Belize and Japan!
    • Ethan Gillett Scholarship Fund
      • In 2016, we began a scholarship fund after losing one of our dear staff members that truly embodied the Avid4 Adventure mission. The fund honors his passion for the outdoors and continuous education. Each season, we award one of our returning staff with the tuition for an AMGA SPI certification course and one returning staff with tuition for a Wilderness First Responder course.
    • Specialized training certification reimbursement
      • Avid will reimburse returning staff $100/year on certifications for advanced climbing, paddling or biking
  • Resident Camp/Expeditions

    Avid4 Adventure has 2 resident camps in Bailey and Evergreen, Colorado. Our Bailey (Windy Peak) camp hosts 6th – 11th graders. Our Evergreen (Mt. Evans) camp hosts 1st – 5th graders. Sessions range from 4 days – 2 weeks.

    We run week-long Expedition programs in California and Colorado for 5th – 11th graders.

    Starting Seasonal Compensation - Resident Camp

    Find your desired work location and position below to determine starting pay.

    Unless otherwise noted, the listed rates are per week for the summer season (June – early August).  If a partial week is worked, the rate would be prorated by the number of days worked. 

    Please view the “Pay Additives” section to learn more about increasing your pay with various relevant certifications! 

      
    Instructor Positions - weekly rate (room/board included)
    Instructor
    $518
    Supervisor (Bike, Climb, Aquatics, Adventure,
    Program, Photography)
    $554
    Team Supervisor
    $572
    Leadership Positions - weekly rate (room/board included)
    Sr. Assistant Camp Director
    (21+)
    $644
    Assistant Camp Director
    (21+)
    $608
    Medical Team Positions - weekly rate (room/board included)
    Registered Nurse
    $1,021
    Clinic Assistant
    $518
    Kitchen & Support Positions - hourly rate (room & board not included)
    Head Chef
    $26.05/ hour
    Assistant Chef
    $19.31/ hour
    Kitchen Assistant
    $16.17/ hour
    Facilities Supervisor
    $19.31/ hour
    Starting Compensation - Expeditions

    Find your desired work location and position below to determine starting pay.

    Unless otherwise noted, the listed rates are per week for the summer season (June – early August).  If a partial week is worked, the rate would be prorated by the number of days worked. 

    Please view the “Pay Additives” section to learn more about increasing your pay with various relevant certifications!

     
    California
    Colorado
    Oregon
    Washington
    Expedition Instructor*
    $937
    $583
    $658
    $715
    Activity Specialist*
    $1,019
    $619
    $696
    $731
    Team Supervisor
    N/A
    $637
    N/A
    N/A
    Assistant Director
    $1,286
    $909
    954
    N/A
    Director
    $1,524
    $1.077
    $1,131
    $1,174
    Medicine Intake Specialist
    $27.32
    $19.31
    N/A
    N/A
    Operations Specialist
    N/A
    $19.31
    N/A
    N/A
     
    *It is common for our Expeditions Instructors and Activity Specialists to receive tips from camper families after trips.
    Pay Additives
     
    Medical
       Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
    2%
       Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or EMT
    5%
    Advanced Skills**
       ACA Level 3+ (kayak or SUP)**
    7%
       AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or higher**
    7%
       IMBA or PMBI Mountain Biking Instructor**
    3%
    Avid Training (must pass Avid4 specialized training)**
       Climb Specialist**
    3%
       White Water Specialist (CO only)**
    3%
       Valmont Bike ParkInstructor (CO only)**
    3%
    Other
       Teacher Certification OR Masters in Education or Child-related field
    5%
       CA Commercial Driver's License OR out-of-state driver that passes van training (CA only)
    $750/season

    **These certifications are mutually exclusive. For example, if you have a SPI certification, you would not be eligible for the Lead Climb pay increase. 

    Staff Perks!

    All staff

    • Access to medical insurance!
    • Pro Deals!
      • As a part of the Outdoor Education industry, our staff are eligible for major discounts on outdoor gear after 30 days of employment with several top companies like Outdoor Research, Diamondback, Smartwool, Big Agnes, Kelty, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Yakima, Chacos, Smith, Yeti, etc.
    • Free access to Avid4 gear!
      • We pride ourselves on using high quality gear for our camps. We provide all staff with access to use our gear during non-camp hours.
    • Reimbursements!
      • Public Transportation – all staff are eligible for public transportation fare reimbursement to and from work.
      • Up to $50/year on race registrations for any races that involve our core sports – biking, climbing or paddling.
    • Camp discounts for your family
      • 25% off when registering in advance
      • 50% off when registering 5 days prior to the start of the session
      • 75% off when registering within 24 hours of the start of the session 
    • Volunteer hours!
      • If you have a non-profit you love that supports our mission and you volunteer for more than 5 hours in a year, we will donate $25 the organization.
    • Climbing Gym discounts at Bay Area, CA locations
    • Referral Program
      • Refer others to work with us and you could win airline tickets or other cool items! Find out more here.
    • Professional Development!
      • Live Smart(er) is a way of life here. Throughout the year, we offer multiple professional development opportunities for our staff to gain more knowledge in our core sports and business-related topics through field training days, webinars, conference grants and optional meetups after camp.

    Returning Staff

    • Adventure Grants
      • Each season, we award 2 of our returning staff members a trip to take an adventure to a destination of their choice. A few of the past recipients have gone to Australia, Belize and Japan!
    • Ethan Gillett Scholarship Fund
      • In 2016, we began a scholarship fund after losing one of our dear staff members that truly embodied the Avid4 Adventure mission. The fund honors his passion for the outdoors and continuous education. Each season, we award one of our returning staff with the tuition for an AMGA SPI certification course and one returning staff with tuition for a Wilderness First Responder course.
    • Specialized training certification reimbursement
      • Avid will reimburse returning staff $100/year on certifications for advanced climbing, paddling or biking
  • International Staff

    Avid4 Adventure is excited to partner with IENA and Camp Leaders to support J-1 visas for international staff! We pay a fee directly to these agencies that covers a portion of the cost for you to obtain your J-1 visa, which is why compensation looks a little different for international staff. There are some fees that are your individual responsibility, as well. During your interview, we will discuss the J-1 process and provide you with specific compensation details based on the position that interests you. 

    Starting Compensation
     
    Hourly Rate
    Event Instructor
    $13.50
    Event Supervisor
    $14.85
    Staff Perks!

    All staff

    • Pro Deals!
      • As a part of the Outdoor Education industry, staff are eligible for major discounts on outdoor gear after 30 days of employment with several top companies like Outdoor Research, Diamondback, Smartwool, Big Agnes, Kelty, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Yakima, Chacos, Smith, Yeti, etc.
    • Free access to Avid4 gear!
      • We pride ourselves on using high quality gear for our camps. We provide all staff with access to use our gear during non-camp hours.
    • Reimbursements!
      • Public Transportation – all staff are eligible for public transportation fare reimbursement to and from work.
      • Up to $50/year on race registrations for any races that involve our core sports – biking, climbing or paddling.
    • Camp discounts for your family
      • 25% off when registering in advance
      • 50% off when registering 5 days prior to the start of the session
      • 75% off when registering within 24 hours of the start of the session 
    • Volunteer hours!
      • If you have a non-profit you love that supports our mission and you volunteer for more than 5 hours in a year, we will donate $25 the organization.
    • Climbing Gym discounts at Bay Area, CA locations
    • Referral Program
      • Refer others to work with us and you could win airline tickets or other cool items! Find out more here.
    • Professional Development!
      • Live Smart(er) is a way of life here. Throughout the year, we offer multiple professional development opportunities for our staff to gain more knowledge in our core sports and business-related topics through field training days, webinars, conference grants and optional meetups after camp.

    Returning Staff

    • Adventure Grants
      • Each season, we award 2 of our returning staff members a trip to take an adventure to a destination of their choice. A few of the past recipients have gone to Australia, Belize and Japan!
    • Ethan Gillett Scholarship Fund
      • In 2016, we began a scholarship fund after losing one of our dear staff members that truly embodied the Avid4 Adventure mission. The fund honors his passion for the outdoors and continuous education. Each season, we award one of our returning staff with the tuition for an AMGA SPI certification course and one returning staff with tuition for a Wilderness First Responder course.