Work as a Travel LeaderBackroads, the world’s #1 active travel company, is seeking seasonal Trip Leaders to lead and support our award-winning biking, hiking and multisport vacations in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world. Our leaders enrich each trip with their personality and passion for travel and the outdoors, while providing outstanding customer service and sharing their love and knowledge of the area. We are currently seeking multilingual candidates. What is the Trip Leader position? This is the job you’re imagining when you fill out your application. There is no “typical” day. Although there is a plan for each day, each day is unique. Surprises, challenges and opportunities come up all the time. There are, however, many principles and routines that guests expect when traveling with Backroads. For many, the nimble combination of stability and flexibility is what keeps them traveling with Backroads time and time again. The day often begins early in the morning. It’s up to you and your co-leader(s) to set the stage for a great day: tuning bikes, loading luggage, cleaning vans, preparing snacks and the day’s lunch. Each morning leaders will rotate being on the “early shift” while the other leader enjoys breakfast and some solo-time before the day gets going.
- Just as you finish your preparations, it’s time to start the day’s activity, beginning with route talks and safety tips.
- Regardless of the activity, at least one leader will participate with the guests, providing route support. Another leader will provide support in the van, taking care of guest needs, perhaps preparing a picnic lunch, transferring luggage and attending to logistical details as needed. Throughout the week, leaders rotate these roles.
- There will almost always be two or three Trip Leaders assigned to each trip. Camping Trips also have a Camp Chef and Camp Assistant who work behind the scenes with the Leader team. On top of that, Biking Trips have an additional Support Leader assigned to assist with logistics and shuttling during many days of the week.
- In the evening, you may share a meal with your guests. It may be a gourmet meal prepared by your Camp Chef on a Camping Trip or at a fine restaurant if you are leading an Inn trip. After dinner it might be back to the van, trailer and bikes to tie up any loose ends, or sitting by the campfire. Naturally exhausted, you will fall into bed, to rest up for whatever tomorrow may bring.
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What is the timeline for Hiring and Training?
- Our application will be open through Spring of 2017 for all roles including the Trip Leader position.
- After submitting a written application, which also includes a video portion, to advance in the hiring process, we’ll contact you for a Skype video interview.
- The final stage of the hiring process is a Leader Hiring Event. This is a group interview scenario in which you choose one of the available dates in select cities around the world to attend.