Guide Staff

RMR Backcountry seeks to hire guides that are ready to commit to our guiding commitments. Each guide will commit to guiding at least 3 weeks per summer for two consecutive summers.  As RMR's basecamp continues to develop and grow, we do not have the capacity to house guides throughout the summer. Most of our guides have jobs outside of guiding, and some even move to Colorado for the summer guiding season.  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.


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 January and attend a one-week Trail Training at the end of May for two years.  Full participation in the RMR community is expected, including working and developing relationships with Guide Team Leaders and Trip Leaders. Expect to serve, doing whatever is needed.
Kayaking Guide​
All kayaking guides have served a minimum of 1 year as a Backpacking Guide before consideration for the kayak guide program.  Training is held at Lake Powell covering all of the skills necessary to guide and facilitate a week-long kayaking trip.  Guiding kayaks is not included in helping complete a commitment to guide three weeks backpacking.
​Houseboat Guide
​Houseboat guiding is determined by RMR Staff on an individual basis. Guiding houseboats is not included in helping complete a commitment to guide three weeks backpacking.  Training is held at Lake Powell covering all of the skills necessary to guide and facilitate a week-long houseboating trip.


Basic Requirements Hiring Process
  1. 20 years old by start of summer.
  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 backpacking trips.
  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 and References are due by November 1st.

  2. We start interviewing shortly after applications are received.

  3. All Hiring Decisions are made by mid-December.

  4. Training begins in January.


Click the links below to start the process today:

  • Guide Application for summer 2020  (APPLICATION IS NOW CLOSED)​
  • Ministry Reference Form for summer 2020 (you must submit two for your application to be considered complete)
  • Employment Reference Form for summer 2020 (you must submit one for your application to be considered complete)​

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​

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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