Summer Job FAQ's

1st question: Is Avid4 Adventure a fun place to work?

Answer: Yes!

Have more questions? You’ll most likely find the answer below. If you don’t find the answer to your question, send an email to jobs@avid4.com

Day Camps

What minimum certifications do I need to work for Avid4 Adventure day camps?
  • All staff must have a CPR certification that is valid through the end of our season.
  • First Aid certifications vary by position.
    • Camp Directors are required to have a Wilderness First Responder or higher.
    • Camp Assistant Directors are required to have a Wilderness First Aid or higher certification.
    • Day Camp Instructors and Aftercare staff are required to have a Community First Aid certification.
Do you pay for required certifications?

WFR for Camp Directors: YES! We reimburse 50% of the cost for WFR immediately and then reimburse the other 50% after completion of your second summer as a Director.

WFA for Instructors: YES! To pay for this certification, we increase your hourly pay by $0.50. So, over the course of a summer, you will earn approximately $200 to cover the cost of this incredibly useful certification.

CPR: No. We do not pay for this certification. We do have a list of providers in the area that you can contact.

Community First Aid No.  We do not pay for this certification.

Do you pay for transportation to and from camp?

Yes! To encourage our core value, Live Environmentally Connected,  we reimburse our staff for all public transportation fares to and from work!

Do you pay for use of personal vehicle to/from camp?

No, we do not pay for commute to/from camp via personal vehicle.

What other paperwork does Avid4 Adventure need from me if I am hired?

The documentation we need from staff varies based on your position and the state you will be working in. Once you sign a job offer, you will receive a login to our paperwork system, which will clearly outline all of the documentation you need to provide.

Where and when is day camp staff training?

Staff training is mandatory for all staff and is a total of eight days, with training times varying depending on your position. Specialty positions like Valmont Bike Park and Lead Climb may have an additional 1-2 days of training. Training dates and locations will be posted in February and included on your employment letter.

I cannot make the mandatory training dates - is that ok?

While we ask that you do everything in your power to attend the mandatory training week, we do have an alternative late-hire process that will have you train at an operating camp. We have a limited capacity to run these late-hire trainings, so the large majority of our new hires will need to attend the all staff trainings.

Am I paid for training?

CALIFORNIA: Yes! Training days are paid at minimum wage.

COLORADO & PORTLAND: Yes! Training days are paid at minimum wage, except for days where staff receive a certification (driving & your kayak/canoe training day) which are not paid because Avid4 Adventure covers the cost of your certification.

How and when do I get paid?

Staff are paid via direct deposit twice monthly throughout the summer. Pay periods end on the 15th and last day of each month and deposits are available 7 days after the end of the pay period. Once hired, you can view pay dates on the Staff Portal.

 

Do you provide housing?

We don’t provide housing for our day camp staff. However, we totally understand that this can be a BIG question for some of our staff. So, through various connections, we have ways to make it easier for you to find and get housing! Don’t worry – we will be a resource for you! For CA staff, check out our Instructor home-stay program here.

We do provide housing for staff that work with our overnight camps in Colorado. You may want to consider positions with this program area instead. Jobs can be found here.

How many hours should I expect to work? Do I get time off during the summer?

Please check each position description for specifics on hours, as they can vary for some positions. Day camp staff should expect to have 1 – 2 weeks off during the summer based on the fluctuation of schedules and camper registrations. Partial week requests are not given due to the nature of our activities and consistency we want to establish with children and families.

Are there opportunities to work past the summer?

Yes! We do run School Programs and Special Events in the Fall and have a limited number of positions available for staff that wish to extend their employment with us. We are also continuing to grow and positions at our Headquarters often come available in the fall. Please check our school program and headquarters positions.

Does my child get a discount on camp?

Yes! Seasonal Staff receive the following discounts: 25% off when registering in advance, 50% off (less than 5 days to the start of camp), 75% off (last minute discount; within 24 hours of camp starting). 

Do I need a car?

Not for most positions. We have 15 passenger vans that are used during the day to transport staff and campers to recreation sites. We do ask that you have reliable transportation to get you to camp on time each morning, which could be a friend, the bus, a bike, or other modes of transportation. One of our core values is Live Environmentally Connected! So, for staff that take public transportation to and from camp, Avid will reimburse the fare.

For some of our climbing and white water positions, you will be reporting to the recreation site for work each day, not a camp location.  You will need to have reliable transportation (bus, bike, car, etc) to get you to these locations. 

How am I assigned camp programs?

Your Regional Manager will work with your Camp Director to assign you to specific programs based on the position you were hired for, your skill set, camp needs, and when possible, your preference. While we try to have instructors work within their unique skill set and interests, it is important to understand that all instructors should expect to work programs that they were not specifically hired to work. In order to provide full-time work over the summer we ask that our staff are flexible in the camp programs they work and the camp location they work. We also expect staff to work at least a couple of weeks at a location outside of their primary camp. Having the opportunity to work in different settings and with different age groups can be one of the best parts of camp!

What if I don’t have a lot of outdoor experience?

We ask that our staff come with a strong desire to empower kids to choose active, outdoor lifestyles. If you are passionate about our mission, we have designed our training to provide you with the technical skills needed to competently and confidently instruct a week of camp. Of course, if there are areas you know you would like to work on ahead of time we strongly encourage seeking out opportunities for development, whether that’s visiting your local climbing gym or borrowing a friend’s bike for a short trail ride. We do however require a basic understanding of several skills. We expect staff to know how to ride a bike, change a bike tire, and belay safely using the P-BUS method before arriving to training. We support your learning pre-season via field classes, which are opportunities to learn basic biking skills and learn how to belay before training begins.

What is the camp alcohol/drug policy? How is it enforced?

Avid has a zero tolerance policy for being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs while at work. We do not have mandatory drug tests prior to work or during the season. We do, however, reserve the right to request a drug test if there is suspicion of being under the influence while at work or while operating an Avid vehicle. We also often partner with schools and operate on school grounds where even legal substances are not allowed. We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing anything questionable to work with you. Avid will not seek punitive measures as long as staff are operating within the law of their respective state and representing Avid appropriately when you could be tied to the organization (i.e. when at work, when wearing Avid branded clothing, or when using Avid branded gear).  

How far in advance will I know my schedule?

Your Regional Manager will send out a first draft of your summer schedule about one week prior to staff training and an updated version before the end of staff training week. A master schedule of your summer work will be posted to the staff website and will be available through the summer. Weekly schedules will be sent out via email by your Camp Director no later than the Friday before the week of camp. Due to many variables, please know that these schedules are tentative and may be changed at any time. Approved time-off requests will be honored.

Do you hire international staff?

Yes! Avid4 Adventure values diversity within the ranks of our staff and would encourage anyone legally approved to work in the US to apply. Please note that at this time, Avid4 Adventure does not have a program to sponsor international staff internally and does not provide housing for our Day Camp staff. If you already have a sponsor and the ability to work in the US, we would love to talk to you! Please complete our online application and we can discuss during your interview.

 

We do also hire international staff for our overnight camps in Colorado and housing is provided. If this interests you, please indicate that on your application.

I am only available for part time or part of the summer. Should I still apply?

We have some positions that only require part-time hours. As a first year staff, we ask that you are able to work at least half of the season (4-5 consecutive weeks) to be considered for an instructor position.

What position or location should I apply for?

Avid4 Adventure values your unique abilities and skill sets and will work with you to find an optimal role. Just pick the position and location that feel the most right to you. Throughout the interviewing and onboarding process we will work with you to determine which available positions best compliment your abilities and professional goals.

Overnight Camps

Am I a good fit for Resident Camps?

Avid4 Adventure’s Overnight Camps hire staff each summer who we consider are the best at living our camp culture and creating a home-away-from-home for our campers. Working at our resident camps, you will live on site and mentor campers 24 hours a day/7 days a week. We look for individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the life of a child, who believe strongly in the positive benefits of outdoor experiences, who come to the job with technical skills in outdoor sports, and who find energy and joy in creating an amazing experience for campers. To learn more about what makes this experience amazing, please check out our A Day In The Life page.

What if I don’t have much outdoor experience?

Our number one goal at Avid4 Adventure is to inspire kids to have a life-long love of outdoor activity and to teach them to be environmental stewards. Overnight Camp staff come with a wide range of experiences and skill sets relating to the outdoors. It is not a requirement that you are expert in all of our sports, but we are looking for a solid foundation in some of them and experience in the backcountry. Individuals that don’t have much outdoor experience but still want to work at camp could be a great fit for some of our camp support positions with the kitchen and/or facilities teams.  

Do you hire International Staff?

Yes! We strive for diversity in all ways at Avid. All international staff should fill out our online application. If we decide that you are a good fit for a position, then we will get you set up with an agency that can guide you through the visa and travel arrangements. International staff will need to personally cover the additional expenses for visas and travel.

What can I expect at staff training?

All staff will participate in a mandatory pre-season training. Topics will include youth development strategies, risk management, learning age group characteristics, team building, facilitation skills, leadership techniques, adventure sports teaching, backcountry skills and much more! Of course, staff training is also about bonding and having FUN, and becoming oriented to one of our incredible camp locations you’ll call home for the summer. Throughout the summer, team development continues through regular meetings to discuss areas for program improvement and strategies to ensure campers grow and have the most intentional learning experience at camp as possible. Accommodations and food are provided for you during training.

What certifications do I need?

All staff working directly with campers (i.e. Instructors, Activity Supervisors, Camp Leadership) must have CPR and a Wilderness First Aid or higher certification that is valid through the end of our season.

  • Teen Leader & Expedition Instructors are required to have a Wilderness First Responder.
  • Head Chefs are required to have Basic First Aid & CPR
  • Assistant Chefs are required to have CPR
  • Kitchen Assistants and Facilities/Custodial staff are not required to have any certifications.
  • Nurses are required to have a current Colorado RN license.
Do I need a car?

Not at all! Your meals, lodging, health needs, and fun are all provided at camp! At Avid, we want to create as low a carbon footprint as possible, so we HIGHLY encourage staff to carpool when they have time off. You can usually get a ride into town with another staff member when you have scheduled time off. However, Avid4 vans cannot be used for personal use.

How do I communicate with the outside world?

At our resident camps, we have a landline that may be used at specific times, for short periods of time. We do have very spotty cell phone reception at camp and encourage you to use your cell phones only on time off. Staff usage of these items is a privilege that is not available to campers, so staff must use discretion with them. We have a handful of laptops available for staff to use, however many staff bring their own laptops to camp. Wireless internet is available in the camp office for access to email and digital calls but not available for personal streaming (i.e. Netflix, Hulu). We ask that you use your computer at specifically designated times only and never in the cabin. Staff members assume all risk associated with bringing expensive items to camp.

How much are staff paid and when?

Our competitive wages are determined by qualifications, years of service, and your role. See our compensation rates. In addition to your pay and travel allowance (if applicable), overnight camp staff are provided with meals, lodging and health services. Staff are paid semi-monthly (twice/month) during the season via direct deposit. Deposits are available 7 days after the end of the pay period.  Pay dates will be published on the staff portal before the start of the season.

Does Avid4 Adventure offer staff any other perks?

YES! Our staff are the core of who we are and we want to make sure that we take care of them. Check out staff perks on the compensation page.

Do I get any time off during camp?

We want staff to be at their best all the time, so time is allotted to relax and recharge. Scheduled time off varies from week to week and usually amounts to at least one three hour break per week, and a day off between each session.

Where do I sleep? Shower? Do laundry?

Lodging for the summer season is provided as part of your employment compensation. Instructor staff will live with the camper groups inside rustic, yet modern, cabins. If you are a support staff (kitchen, office, medical, facilities), staff  housing does exist at each location. However, the availability is limited and we will do our best to accommodate the needs of our staff. Support staff may be asked to live with campers rather than in staff-only housing. If you have special accommodation needs, please mention them during your hiring process. Cabin storage is limited and the beds are basic and comfortable.  Not to mention the cool nights are wonderful in the mountains. Private staff showers are available. Onsite laundry facilities are available for all staff.

Are meals provided? What if I have a dietary restriction?

Yes! Meals are a part of your compensation. Our chefs bring versatile skills and menus to camp and are trained to accommodate a majority of dietary restrictions or preferences. Please be sure to let your Camp Director know of any dietary needs prior to staff training to ensure they are prepared.

Can I bring a pet with me to camp?

Seasonal staff pets are not able to be accommodated at camp.

What is the camp alcohol/drug policy? How is it enforced?

Avid has a zero tolerance policy for being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs while at work. We do not have mandatory drug tests prior to work or during the season. We do, however, reserve the right to request a drug test if there is suspicion of being under the influence while at work or while operating an Avid vehicle. We also often partner with schools and operate on school grounds where even legal substances are not allowed. We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing anything questionable to work with you. Avid will not seek punitive measures as long as staff are operating within the law of their respective state and representing Avid appropriately when you could be tied to the organization (i.e. when at work, when wearing Avid branded clothing, or when using Avid branded gear).  

I cannot make the mandatory training dates - is that ok?

While our goal is for every staff to be able to attend all of training, we know that life events sometimes can conflict. Some exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis during the interview process. Cases will only be considered for situations like school schedule, standing in a wedding, etc. Permission will not be granted for personal vacations.

What if I have a previous engagement during the summer that I would like to attend?

We will work with staff to be able to participate in family events, previous engagements, etc. Additional approved time will be subject to an adjustment in your seasonal pay for missed time-off.

Expedition Programs

Am I a good fit for your Expedition Programs?

Do you like taking kids’ depth in technical skills- backpacking, biking, climbing, etc- to the next level?  Are you comfortable living out of a tent all week? Do you prefer to be living in the back country than the front country?  If you can answer each of these with a solid, “YES,” then you are likely a great fit for Expedition Programs.

Do you hire international staff?

Yes! We strive for diversity in all ways at Avid. All international staff should fill out our online application. If we decide that you are a good fit for a position, then we will get you set up with an agency that can guide you through the visa and travel arrangements. International staff will need to personally cover the additional expenses for visas and travel.

What can I expect at Staff Training?

All staff will participate in a mandatory pre-season training. Topics will include youth development strategies, risk management, learning age group characteristics, team building, facilitation skills, leadership techniques, adventure sports teaching, backcountry skills and much more!  Accommodations and food are provided for you during training.

I cannot make the mandatory training dates - is that ok?

While our goal is for every staff to be able to attend all of training, we know that life events sometimes can conflict. Some exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis during the interview process. Cases will only be considered for situations like school schedule, standing in a wedding, etc. Permission will not be granted for personal vacations.

What certifications do I need?

Expedition Program staff are required to have Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications.  Lead Instructors need a WFR or higher.

Do I need a car?

Absolutely not, but having a friend with a car for time off might be nice.

How do I communicate with the outside world?

Well, sporadically.  Service is certainly limited at the various parks that you will visit.  However, you will be off from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning each week to take care of personal needs.  If needed, you can camp on property at our Resident Camps during time off periods.

How are we paid and when?

Our competitive wages are determined by qualifications, years of service, and your role. See our compensation rates. In addition to your pay and travel allowance (if applicable), overnight camp staff are provided with meals, lodging and health services. Staff are paid semi-monthly (twice/month) during the season via direct deposit. Deposits are available 7 days after the end of the pay period.  Pay dates will be published on the staff portal before the start of the season.

Does Avid4 Adventure offer staff any other perks?

YES! Our staff are the core of who we are and we want to make sure that we take care of them. Check out staff perks on the compensation page.

What is my scheduled time off during the season?

You will have time off every Saturday early afternoon when kids depart and your trailer is re-supplied to Sunday mid-morning when kids arrive.

Where do I sleep? Shower? Do laundry?

Sleep… under the stars.  Shower… in lakes, rivers, and streams.  Laundry… at the laundromat between trips.  Of course, you can always visit a Resident Camp in Bailey or Evergreen between trips to use laundry and/or shower facilities. 

Are meals provided? What if I have a dietary restriction?

Yes! Meals are a part of your compensation. You will cook with the kids during trips.

Can I bring a pet with me?

No, we are unable to accommodate pets.

What is your alcohol/drug policy? How is it enforced?

Avid has a zero tolerance policy for being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs while at work. We do not have mandatory drug tests prior to work or during the season. We do, however, reserve the right to request a drug test if there is suspicion of being under the influence while at work or while operating an Avid vehicle. We also often partner with schools and operate on school grounds where even legal substances are not allowed. We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing anything questionable to work with you. Avid will not seek punitive measures as long as staff are operating within the law of their respective state and representing Avid appropriately when you could be tied to the organization (i.e. when at work, when wearing Avid branded clothing, or when using Avid branded gear).  

What if I have a previous engagement during the summer that I would like to attend?

We will work with staff to be able to participate in family events, previous engagements, etc. Additional approved time will be subject to an adjustment in your seasonal pay for missed time-off.

School Programs

When do you hire for school programs and who is eligible to apply?

We send an email announcement to our summer camp staff mid-summer when we start hiring for fall school program positions. These positions are only open to Avid4 Adventure summer camp staff.  Positions are awarded based on staff performance over the summer, parent & director reviews and availability. While we wish we could employ as many summer staff who are interested, we have considerably fewer school program positions available.

What are the hours?

While our goal is to get our staff as much work as possible, work hours can be sporadic.  Some days are 5 hours while others may be 12.  Some may start at 6:00 a.m. and others at noon.  That is the nature of school programs; we model our program times to fit each school. Staff receive schedules the Wednesday before a program starts.

Where do school programs take place and is drive time paid?

Currently, we only conduct school programs in Colorado.  The majority of off-campus programs occur at Chatfield State Park in Highlands Ranch or Bear Creek Lake Park in Morrison. On-campus programs occur across the front range in towns such as Boulder, Denver, Longmont, Erie, Highlands Ranch and Golden. There is usually a carpool van from Boulder, however commute times are a reality and drive time is NOT PAID TIME.

How are school programs paid?

School program work is paid hourly.  Please see our pay scale.  However, if you are working at a school overnight program, we pay per day instead of hourly–you are paid your Camp Day Rate + $15 for the overnight portion per day.

Event Positions

How much should I expect to work?

In Colorado, we have events most weekends from May-September. Sometimes just one day; others both weekend days. Therefore, event staff tend to work as-needed. Needs may also arise during the week for special events that occur around camp hours. Currently, we are not running events in California.

Do I need event experience?

No, we will train you to operate our mobile elements. You do need an incredibly positive attitude, experience instructing kids, amazing interpersonal skills, and the fortitude to work long hours in the heat.

  • Day Camps

    What minimum certifications do I need to work for Avid4 Adventure day camps?
    • All staff must have a CPR certification that is valid through the end of our season.
    • First Aid certifications vary by position.
      • Camp Directors are required to have a Wilderness First Responder or higher.
      • Camp Assistant Directors are required to have a Wilderness First Aid or higher certification.
      • Day Camp Instructors and Aftercare staff are required to have a Community First Aid certification.
    Do you pay for required certifications?

    WFR for Camp Directors: YES! We reimburse 50% of the cost for WFR immediately and then reimburse the other 50% after completion of your second summer as a Director.

    WFA for Instructors: YES! To pay for this certification, we increase your hourly pay by $0.50. So, over the course of a summer, you will earn approximately $200 to cover the cost of this incredibly useful certification.

    CPR: No. We do not pay for this certification. We do have a list of providers in the area that you can contact.

    Community First Aid No.  We do not pay for this certification.

    Do you pay for transportation to and from camp?

    Yes! To encourage our core value, Live Environmentally Connected,  we reimburse our staff for all public transportation fares to and from work!

    Do you pay for use of personal vehicle to/from camp?

    No, we do not pay for commute to/from camp via personal vehicle.

    What other paperwork does Avid4 Adventure need from me if I am hired?

    The documentation we need from staff varies based on your position and the state you will be working in. Once you sign a job offer, you will receive a login to our paperwork system, which will clearly outline all of the documentation you need to provide.

    Where and when is day camp staff training?

    Staff training is mandatory for all staff and is a total of eight days, with training times varying depending on your position. Specialty positions like Valmont Bike Park and Lead Climb may have an additional 1-2 days of training. Training dates and locations will be posted in February and included on your employment letter.

    I cannot make the mandatory training dates - is that ok?

    While we ask that you do everything in your power to attend the mandatory training week, we do have an alternative late-hire process that will have you train at an operating camp. We have a limited capacity to run these late-hire trainings, so the large majority of our new hires will need to attend the all staff trainings.

    Am I paid for training?

    CALIFORNIA: Yes! Training days are paid at minimum wage.

    COLORADO & PORTLAND: Yes! Training days are paid at minimum wage, except for days where staff receive a certification (driving & your kayak/canoe training day) which are not paid because Avid4 Adventure covers the cost of your certification.

    How and when do I get paid?

    Staff are paid via direct deposit twice monthly throughout the summer. Pay periods end on the 15th and last day of each month and deposits are available 7 days after the end of the pay period. Once hired, you can view pay dates on the Staff Portal.

     

    Do you provide housing?

    We don’t provide housing for our day camp staff. However, we totally understand that this can be a BIG question for some of our staff. So, through various connections, we have ways to make it easier for you to find and get housing! Don’t worry – we will be a resource for you! For CA staff, check out our Instructor home-stay program here.

    We do provide housing for staff that work with our overnight camps in Colorado. You may want to consider positions with this program area instead. Jobs can be found here.

    How many hours should I expect to work? Do I get time off during the summer?

    Please check each position description for specifics on hours, as they can vary for some positions. Day camp staff should expect to have 1 – 2 weeks off during the summer based on the fluctuation of schedules and camper registrations. Partial week requests are not given due to the nature of our activities and consistency we want to establish with children and families.

    Are there opportunities to work past the summer?

    Yes! We do run School Programs and Special Events in the Fall and have a limited number of positions available for staff that wish to extend their employment with us. We are also continuing to grow and positions at our Headquarters often come available in the fall. Please check our school program and headquarters positions.

    Does my child get a discount on camp?

    Yes! Seasonal Staff receive the following discounts: 25% off when registering in advance, 50% off (less than 5 days to the start of camp), 75% off (last minute discount; within 24 hours of camp starting). 

    Do I need a car?

    Not for most positions. We have 15 passenger vans that are used during the day to transport staff and campers to recreation sites. We do ask that you have reliable transportation to get you to camp on time each morning, which could be a friend, the bus, a bike, or other modes of transportation. One of our core values is Live Environmentally Connected! So, for staff that take public transportation to and from camp, Avid will reimburse the fare.

    For some of our climbing and white water positions, you will be reporting to the recreation site for work each day, not a camp location.  You will need to have reliable transportation (bus, bike, car, etc) to get you to these locations. 

    How am I assigned camp programs?

    Your Regional Manager will work with your Camp Director to assign you to specific programs based on the position you were hired for, your skill set, camp needs, and when possible, your preference. While we try to have instructors work within their unique skill set and interests, it is important to understand that all instructors should expect to work programs that they were not specifically hired to work. In order to provide full-time work over the summer we ask that our staff are flexible in the camp programs they work and the camp location they work. We also expect staff to work at least a couple of weeks at a location outside of their primary camp. Having the opportunity to work in different settings and with different age groups can be one of the best parts of camp!

    What if I don’t have a lot of outdoor experience?

    We ask that our staff come with a strong desire to empower kids to choose active, outdoor lifestyles. If you are passionate about our mission, we have designed our training to provide you with the technical skills needed to competently and confidently instruct a week of camp. Of course, if there are areas you know you would like to work on ahead of time we strongly encourage seeking out opportunities for development, whether that’s visiting your local climbing gym or borrowing a friend’s bike for a short trail ride. We do however require a basic understanding of several skills. We expect staff to know how to ride a bike, change a bike tire, and belay safely using the P-BUS method before arriving to training. We support your learning pre-season via field classes, which are opportunities to learn basic biking skills and learn how to belay before training begins.

    What is the camp alcohol/drug policy? How is it enforced?

    Avid has a zero tolerance policy for being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs while at work. We do not have mandatory drug tests prior to work or during the season. We do, however, reserve the right to request a drug test if there is suspicion of being under the influence while at work or while operating an Avid vehicle. We also often partner with schools and operate on school grounds where even legal substances are not allowed. We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing anything questionable to work with you. Avid will not seek punitive measures as long as staff are operating within the law of their respective state and representing Avid appropriately when you could be tied to the organization (i.e. when at work, when wearing Avid branded clothing, or when using Avid branded gear).  

    How far in advance will I know my schedule?

    Your Regional Manager will send out a first draft of your summer schedule about one week prior to staff training and an updated version before the end of staff training week. A master schedule of your summer work will be posted to the staff website and will be available through the summer. Weekly schedules will be sent out via email by your Camp Director no later than the Friday before the week of camp. Due to many variables, please know that these schedules are tentative and may be changed at any time. Approved time-off requests will be honored.

    Do you hire international staff?

    Yes! Avid4 Adventure values diversity within the ranks of our staff and would encourage anyone legally approved to work in the US to apply. Please note that at this time, Avid4 Adventure does not have a program to sponsor international staff internally and does not provide housing for our Day Camp staff. If you already have a sponsor and the ability to work in the US, we would love to talk to you! Please complete our online application and we can discuss during your interview.

     

    We do also hire international staff for our overnight camps in Colorado and housing is provided. If this interests you, please indicate that on your application.

    I am only available for part time or part of the summer. Should I still apply?

    We have some positions that only require part-time hours. As a first year staff, we ask that you are able to work at least half of the season (4-5 consecutive weeks) to be considered for an instructor position.

    What position or location should I apply for?

    Avid4 Adventure values your unique abilities and skill sets and will work with you to find an optimal role. Just pick the position and location that feel the most right to you. Throughout the interviewing and onboarding process we will work with you to determine which available positions best compliment your abilities and professional goals.

  • Overnight Camps

    Am I a good fit for Resident Camps?

    Avid4 Adventure’s Overnight Camps hire staff each summer who we consider are the best at living our camp culture and creating a home-away-from-home for our campers. Working at our resident camps, you will live on site and mentor campers 24 hours a day/7 days a week. We look for individuals who are passionate about making a difference in the life of a child, who believe strongly in the positive benefits of outdoor experiences, who come to the job with technical skills in outdoor sports, and who find energy and joy in creating an amazing experience for campers. To learn more about what makes this experience amazing, please check out our A Day In The Life page.

    What if I don’t have much outdoor experience?

    Our number one goal at Avid4 Adventure is to inspire kids to have a life-long love of outdoor activity and to teach them to be environmental stewards. Overnight Camp staff come with a wide range of experiences and skill sets relating to the outdoors. It is not a requirement that you are expert in all of our sports, but we are looking for a solid foundation in some of them and experience in the backcountry. Individuals that don’t have much outdoor experience but still want to work at camp could be a great fit for some of our camp support positions with the kitchen and/or facilities teams.  

    Do you hire International Staff?

    Yes! We strive for diversity in all ways at Avid. All international staff should fill out our online application. If we decide that you are a good fit for a position, then we will get you set up with an agency that can guide you through the visa and travel arrangements. International staff will need to personally cover the additional expenses for visas and travel.

    What can I expect at staff training?

    All staff will participate in a mandatory pre-season training. Topics will include youth development strategies, risk management, learning age group characteristics, team building, facilitation skills, leadership techniques, adventure sports teaching, backcountry skills and much more! Of course, staff training is also about bonding and having FUN, and becoming oriented to one of our incredible camp locations you’ll call home for the summer. Throughout the summer, team development continues through regular meetings to discuss areas for program improvement and strategies to ensure campers grow and have the most intentional learning experience at camp as possible. Accommodations and food are provided for you during training.

    What certifications do I need?

    All staff working directly with campers (i.e. Instructors, Activity Supervisors, Camp Leadership) must have CPR and a Wilderness First Aid or higher certification that is valid through the end of our season.

    • Teen Leader & Expedition Instructors are required to have a Wilderness First Responder.
    • Head Chefs are required to have Basic First Aid & CPR
    • Assistant Chefs are required to have CPR
    • Kitchen Assistants and Facilities/Custodial staff are not required to have any certifications.
    • Nurses are required to have a current Colorado RN license.
    Do I need a car?

    Not at all! Your meals, lodging, health needs, and fun are all provided at camp! At Avid, we want to create as low a carbon footprint as possible, so we HIGHLY encourage staff to carpool when they have time off. You can usually get a ride into town with another staff member when you have scheduled time off. However, Avid4 vans cannot be used for personal use.

    How do I communicate with the outside world?

    At our resident camps, we have a landline that may be used at specific times, for short periods of time. We do have very spotty cell phone reception at camp and encourage you to use your cell phones only on time off. Staff usage of these items is a privilege that is not available to campers, so staff must use discretion with them. We have a handful of laptops available for staff to use, however many staff bring their own laptops to camp. Wireless internet is available in the camp office for access to email and digital calls but not available for personal streaming (i.e. Netflix, Hulu). We ask that you use your computer at specifically designated times only and never in the cabin. Staff members assume all risk associated with bringing expensive items to camp.

    How much are staff paid and when?

    Our competitive wages are determined by qualifications, years of service, and your role. See our compensation rates. In addition to your pay and travel allowance (if applicable), overnight camp staff are provided with meals, lodging and health services. Staff are paid semi-monthly (twice/month) during the season via direct deposit. Deposits are available 7 days after the end of the pay period.  Pay dates will be published on the staff portal before the start of the season.

    Does Avid4 Adventure offer staff any other perks?

    YES! Our staff are the core of who we are and we want to make sure that we take care of them. Check out staff perks on the compensation page.

    Do I get any time off during camp?

    We want staff to be at their best all the time, so time is allotted to relax and recharge. Scheduled time off varies from week to week and usually amounts to at least one three hour break per week, and a day off between each session.

    Where do I sleep? Shower? Do laundry?

    Lodging for the summer season is provided as part of your employment compensation. Instructor staff will live with the camper groups inside rustic, yet modern, cabins. If you are a support staff (kitchen, office, medical, facilities), staff  housing does exist at each location. However, the availability is limited and we will do our best to accommodate the needs of our staff. Support staff may be asked to live with campers rather than in staff-only housing. If you have special accommodation needs, please mention them during your hiring process. Cabin storage is limited and the beds are basic and comfortable.  Not to mention the cool nights are wonderful in the mountains. Private staff showers are available. Onsite laundry facilities are available for all staff.

    Are meals provided? What if I have a dietary restriction?

    Yes! Meals are a part of your compensation. Our chefs bring versatile skills and menus to camp and are trained to accommodate a majority of dietary restrictions or preferences. Please be sure to let your Camp Director know of any dietary needs prior to staff training to ensure they are prepared.

    Can I bring a pet with me to camp?

    Seasonal staff pets are not able to be accommodated at camp.

    What is the camp alcohol/drug policy? How is it enforced?

    Avid has a zero tolerance policy for being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs while at work. We do not have mandatory drug tests prior to work or during the season. We do, however, reserve the right to request a drug test if there is suspicion of being under the influence while at work or while operating an Avid vehicle. We also often partner with schools and operate on school grounds where even legal substances are not allowed. We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing anything questionable to work with you. Avid will not seek punitive measures as long as staff are operating within the law of their respective state and representing Avid appropriately when you could be tied to the organization (i.e. when at work, when wearing Avid branded clothing, or when using Avid branded gear).  

    I cannot make the mandatory training dates - is that ok?

    While our goal is for every staff to be able to attend all of training, we know that life events sometimes can conflict. Some exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis during the interview process. Cases will only be considered for situations like school schedule, standing in a wedding, etc. Permission will not be granted for personal vacations.

    What if I have a previous engagement during the summer that I would like to attend?

    We will work with staff to be able to participate in family events, previous engagements, etc. Additional approved time will be subject to an adjustment in your seasonal pay for missed time-off.

  • Expedition Programs

    Am I a good fit for your Expedition Programs?

    Do you like taking kids’ depth in technical skills- backpacking, biking, climbing, etc- to the next level?  Are you comfortable living out of a tent all week? Do you prefer to be living in the back country than the front country?  If you can answer each of these with a solid, “YES,” then you are likely a great fit for Expedition Programs.

    Do you hire international staff?

    Yes! We strive for diversity in all ways at Avid. All international staff should fill out our online application. If we decide that you are a good fit for a position, then we will get you set up with an agency that can guide you through the visa and travel arrangements. International staff will need to personally cover the additional expenses for visas and travel.

    What can I expect at Staff Training?

    All staff will participate in a mandatory pre-season training. Topics will include youth development strategies, risk management, learning age group characteristics, team building, facilitation skills, leadership techniques, adventure sports teaching, backcountry skills and much more!  Accommodations and food are provided for you during training.

    I cannot make the mandatory training dates - is that ok?

    While our goal is for every staff to be able to attend all of training, we know that life events sometimes can conflict. Some exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis during the interview process. Cases will only be considered for situations like school schedule, standing in a wedding, etc. Permission will not be granted for personal vacations.

    What certifications do I need?

    Expedition Program staff are required to have Wilderness First Aid & CPR certifications.  Lead Instructors need a WFR or higher.

    Do I need a car?

    Absolutely not, but having a friend with a car for time off might be nice.

    How do I communicate with the outside world?

    Well, sporadically.  Service is certainly limited at the various parks that you will visit.  However, you will be off from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning each week to take care of personal needs.  If needed, you can camp on property at our Resident Camps during time off periods.

    How are we paid and when?

    Our competitive wages are determined by qualifications, years of service, and your role. See our compensation rates. In addition to your pay and travel allowance (if applicable), overnight camp staff are provided with meals, lodging and health services. Staff are paid semi-monthly (twice/month) during the season via direct deposit. Deposits are available 7 days after the end of the pay period.  Pay dates will be published on the staff portal before the start of the season.

    Does Avid4 Adventure offer staff any other perks?

    YES! Our staff are the core of who we are and we want to make sure that we take care of them. Check out staff perks on the compensation page.

    What is my scheduled time off during the season?

    You will have time off every Saturday early afternoon when kids depart and your trailer is re-supplied to Sunday mid-morning when kids arrive.

    Where do I sleep? Shower? Do laundry?

    Sleep… under the stars.  Shower… in lakes, rivers, and streams.  Laundry… at the laundromat between trips.  Of course, you can always visit a Resident Camp in Bailey or Evergreen between trips to use laundry and/or shower facilities. 

    Are meals provided? What if I have a dietary restriction?

    Yes! Meals are a part of your compensation. You will cook with the kids during trips.

    Can I bring a pet with me?

    No, we are unable to accommodate pets.

    What is your alcohol/drug policy? How is it enforced?

    Avid has a zero tolerance policy for being under the influence of alcohol or recreational drugs while at work. We do not have mandatory drug tests prior to work or during the season. We do, however, reserve the right to request a drug test if there is suspicion of being under the influence while at work or while operating an Avid vehicle. We also often partner with schools and operate on school grounds where even legal substances are not allowed. We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing anything questionable to work with you. Avid will not seek punitive measures as long as staff are operating within the law of their respective state and representing Avid appropriately when you could be tied to the organization (i.e. when at work, when wearing Avid branded clothing, or when using Avid branded gear).  

    What if I have a previous engagement during the summer that I would like to attend?

    We will work with staff to be able to participate in family events, previous engagements, etc. Additional approved time will be subject to an adjustment in your seasonal pay for missed time-off.

  • School Programs

    When do you hire for school programs and who is eligible to apply?

    We send an email announcement to our summer camp staff mid-summer when we start hiring for fall school program positions. These positions are only open to Avid4 Adventure summer camp staff.  Positions are awarded based on staff performance over the summer, parent & director reviews and availability. While we wish we could employ as many summer staff who are interested, we have considerably fewer school program positions available.

    What are the hours?

    While our goal is to get our staff as much work as possible, work hours can be sporadic.  Some days are 5 hours while others may be 12.  Some may start at 6:00 a.m. and others at noon.  That is the nature of school programs; we model our program times to fit each school. Staff receive schedules the Wednesday before a program starts.

    Where do school programs take place and is drive time paid?

    Currently, we only conduct school programs in Colorado.  The majority of off-campus programs occur at Chatfield State Park in Highlands Ranch or Bear Creek Lake Park in Morrison. On-campus programs occur across the front range in towns such as Boulder, Denver, Longmont, Erie, Highlands Ranch and Golden. There is usually a carpool van from Boulder, however commute times are a reality and drive time is NOT PAID TIME.

    How are school programs paid?

    School program work is paid hourly.  Please see our pay scale.  However, if you are working at a school overnight program, we pay per day instead of hourly–you are paid your Camp Day Rate + $15 for the overnight portion per day.

  • Event Positions

    How much should I expect to work?

    In Colorado, we have events most weekends from May-September. Sometimes just one day; others both weekend days. Therefore, event staff tend to work as-needed. Needs may also arise during the week for special events that occur around camp hours. Currently, we are not running events in California.

    Do I need event experience?

    No, we will train you to operate our mobile elements. You do need an incredibly positive attitude, experience instructing kids, amazing interpersonal skills, and the fortitude to work long hours in the heat.