Bold Earth Employment


The primary job of Bold Earth is to provide our customers with repeatable adventures which exceed their expectations for safety, leadership and new potential. The privilege of our responsibility should be evident with every employee, twenty-four hours a day, three hundred sixty-five days a year.


Mature, fun, knowledgable, caring and AWESOME Bold Earth leaders are the key ingredient - period. Since 1976, Bold Earth has set the standard for leadership in the teen adventure travel industry. Working for Bold Earth is a privilege with immense responsibilities. Twelve months a year, our personnel team hires, trains and oversee's Trip Leaders who are highly motivated role models with extensive experience working with youth. Bold Earth Trip Leaders are certified in the highest levels of first aid, CPR and lifeguard training. Many Trip Leaders work with Bold Earth for six, eight, ten or more years: Returning for multiple summers with Bold Earth is the norm. Bold Earth is proud to offer the highest salary in the the adventure travel business. Bold Earth is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion or age.


Yes, Bold Earth is currently accepting applications for 2016
  • 21 years old by July 1, 2016
  • College graduate, or in the process of completing a degree
  • Proven successful leadership experience with youth
  • High energy, good judgement and decision making skills
  • No more than four points on your driving record in the past three years
  • Background check which shows a clean and clear record
  • Wilderness First Responder and adult CPR certification by June 21, 2016
  • Lifeguard Training (highly recommended) is required for second year employees
  • Yes, certifications may be earned after hiring but before training begins in June
  • Must have American Citizenship.

**Click Here to access the online Trip Leader application**

**Click Here to View Trip Leader Bios**



Each of our adventure groups is an autonomous group of up to 16 teenagers and 2-3 adult leaders. Trip Leader trainees are paired in a co-leadership position with an experienced Senior Leader. Trip Leader responsibilities include overseeing safety, successfully teaching teenagers to take initiative in learning skills, facilitating positive group dynamics, cultural awareness, leadership, self reliance, self confidence as well as teaching minimum impact techniques and navigation skills.
Bold Earth contracts professional outfitters to join your group for most skill activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, sailing, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, etc.. Trip Leaders do not need to have expert knowledge in all activities, however, employees oversee and are responsible for campers at all times.


Staff training begins on June 21 in Golden, Colorado. Bold Earth has an airport shuttle for those arriving by plane. Although all Bold Earth leaders are mature adults with rich skills built over a lifetime, Bold Earth staff training offers a new and challenging course in youth leadership. The Bold Earth team uses training to teach and assess skills so our employees are fully ready for the complex and demanding task of youth leadership. Employment is anywhere from four to nine weeks, ending around August 22. Eighty percent of all first year jobs are in the United States.

All trips include one male and one female trip leader who are at least 21 years old. Our average age is 25 years old with a return rate of more than 50 percent each summer. Our hiring process is competitive, resulting in what we believe to be the most professional, safe and experienced leaders in the industry.
We conduct an in-depth interview, check references and do an extensive background check of all potential trip leaders. Organizational skills, sense of humor, and an ability to teach teenagers about leadership and adventure travel, are the qualities we value most. On most international trips, we employ a local guide fluent in the local culture and language.
Is it all fun and games? When the job is done right --- yes it is! The vast majority of teens who join Bold Earth enjoy the privilege of Bold Earth and respect necessary limits. Bold Earth is NOT designed to correct behavior, but instead to be a haven of enthusiasm, respect, trust and responsibility. Disrespectful behavior requiring extensive attention or breaking the law will result in dismissal. We are happy to send you a copy of our Participant Agreement which clearly defines the boundaries of our community.

Application Deadline

Bold Earth hires trip leaders on a rolling basis. We do not have an application deadline. However, the sooner we receive your application the better!

Leader Testimonials

"Bold Earth is such a blessing, both to the trip leaders and to the participants. Bold Earth has given me the chance to share incredible experiences with incredible people! This opportunity allows for youth to gain independence and broaden their horizons; as a trip leader, I am honored to be part of that experience." Ashley Zeeper
"Bold Earth is my second family and the greatest thing that ever happened to me! It represents the perfect balance of safety, fun, challenge and learning, and produces memories that last a lifetime!" Dan Zahn
"Having been a Bold Earth camper, trip leader and full-time director, I know as well as anyone how epic a Bold Earth summer can be! Bold Earth gives young adults the chance to make new friends from across the world while being inspired by the coolest leaders and most amazing natural settings on the planet. I can't think of a better way for teenagers to feed their curiosity for new places, experience independence and begin the transition to adulthood. Bold Earth is the best!" Brian Beer

"It has been my dream to work for an outdoor adventure company ever since I took a similar trip when I was 16, and it is so fulfilling to have the opportunity to lead with Bold Earth. There is nothing that can trump the vast amount of knowledge and understanding to be gained from immersion in other cultures, and few other environments that foster the kind of relationships created at Bold Earth. I feel absolutely honored to guide for Bold Earth: the enthusiasm and endless joy plastered to my face is unmistakable!" Jen Britt
"Bold Earth always delivers an amazing adventure full of incredible memories and life-changing experiences. Every employee at Bold Earth shares my passion for working with youth, passing on my knowledge of the outdoors and exploring the natural world. I am truly fortunate to be surrounded by such an inspiring team while shaping the lives of the amazing teens we dedicate our summers to. I can't help but smile when I think about my time with Bold Earth, and am so gratfeul to be part of such a rewarding endeavor." Sheila Lee

"Bold Earth has allowed me to do what I love most, show young people the beauty in exploring our world and everything in it. The program enables me to extend my love and understanding of nature to my participants while being immersed in it. I crave adventure, learning, and experiencing new things and Bold Earth is the perfect program to quench all of these desires. Bold Earth has been a wholesome experience that I wish everyone could be a part of." Chris Schoder
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”