Guide Staff

RMR Backcountry seeks to hire guides from local Colorado Young Life areas due to the unique nature of our guiding commitments. Each guide will commit to guiding at least 3 weeks per summer for two consecutive summers. In our efforts to keep trip costs low, RMR Backcountry rents a summer base camp facility and does not have the capacity to house guides throughout the summer. Most of our guides have jobs outside of guiding, and join us on weekends to worship as a community and hear stories from the previous week on trail.
The guiding community is an incredible group of people that are committed to Jesus Christ, to pursuing each other, and to serving our friends on trail. We take the guide hiring process very seriously and spend a great deal of time praying about each individual application.


Position Description
Backpacking Guide
Guide a minimum of 3 trips each summer over a two summer commitment. You are expected to attend three training weekends beginning in February and attend a one-week Trail Training at the end of May.  Full participation in the RMR community is expected, including working and developing relationships with Guide Team Leaders, Camp Directors, and Summer Work Crews.  Expect to serve, doing whatever is needed.
Kayaking Guide
All kayaking guides have served a minimum of 2 years as a Backpacking Guide before consideration for the kayak guide program.  Training is help on a provisional basis on Lake Powell covering all of the skills necessary to guide and facilitate a week-long kayaking trip.   


Basic Requirements Hiring Process
  1. 20 years old by the time summer starts.
  2. 2 years of ministry experience (post high school) -- does not have to be YL experience.
  3. Make a 2 summer commitment, including three spring training weekends, one week of trail training and at least three weeks of guiding.
  4. Understand that it is a volunteer position.
  5. Understand that guiding requires a basic level of fitness and be able to run a minimum of 2 miles (timed) at the culmination of our spring training.
  1. Guide Applications are due by mid-November.

  2. We start interviewing shortly after applications are received.

  3. All Hiring Decisions are made by Jan 1st.

  4. Training begins in February.

If you have any questions or want to discuss further if guiding is the right decision for you, please do not hesitate to contact us! You may email us at

Click the link below to start your application today:


Contact Us

RMR Backcountry
3000 County Road 517
Fraser, CO, 80442-0250

CALL US: 970-726-6690
FAX: 970-726-6692

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