Job Opportunities

Outside Magazine's Best Places to WorkAOA prides itself on having the best staff in the world of outdoor recreation, and we welcome both the seasoned working tour leader and the dedicated but inexperienced aspiring guide.


Office Positions

Operations Team Member – Part Time

This position will be part of the Multi-day Operations team. Operations is the backbone to our Multi-day Tours department in charge of all trip equipment and food needs. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, reliable and willing to work as a team player to provide consistent, and high-quality support for AOA’s guide team.

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Guide Jobs

What does a guide do?

AOA prides itself on having the best guide staff. AOA specializes in providing a superior guest experience from the initial contact and the hotel pick-up to the on-trail meals and equipment condition. As a guide you will be responsible for leading tours, servicing equipment and ensuring guest safety and comfort. With training – your understanding of the natural highlights of the regions we operate in will be second to none. Your ability to transfer your knowledge efficiently and enthusiastically will underscore for our guests the natural wonders and beauty of the Southwest.

Core Competencies

  • A flair for dealing with people
  • Advanced problem solving skills
  • Experience as a leader
  • First Aid and CPR certification
  • Wilderness First Responder or EMT certification a plus
  • Mechanically adept [mountain bike preferred]
  • Schedule and work hours flexibility
  • Knowledge of local history, geology, flora and fauna
  • Enjoyment of hiking, mountain biking, rafting, and kayaking
  • Willingness to learn new things

*As an AOA guide, you will be required to pass a DOT physical that tests your reflexes, balance, vision, hearing, endocrine system, and overall health relating to the safe operation of commercial vehicles. (NOTE: A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is not required). 

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Read all about becoming an outdoor guide in this blog post.

Professional Guides & Bike Mechanics

Are you an experienced guide? The multi-day tour department is always looking for experienced adventure guides to lead groups of clients on 2-14 day outdoor adventure trips across the American west. As a guide, you will be staffed on hiking, backpacking, road cycling, or mountain biking trips with accommodation styles ranging from basic camping to high-end lodge-based trips. AOA multi-day guides are professional guides who are seeking a career in the industry. Our guides focus on providing unparalleled customer service, food quality, well-researched and delivered local interpretation, and have the skill and demeanor to facilitate a safe and fun experience for our guests.

If you already have professional guiding or bike mechanic experience, we’d like to hear from you and consider you for employment right away.

Please see full job description and requirements here.

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to


New to guiding?

Twice a year, we invite interested applicants who have not worked as professional guides before to attend a Guide Evaluation Event. These events take place in early September and in early January, and we send invites to each one about a month prior. Our Guide Eval will offer potential new hires an opportunity to learn who we are, what we value, and for us to get to know you in an informal and active setting. Applications for beginning guides are accepted at any time, but responses will come as invitations to the next Guide Eval about a month in advance of the next scheduled event.


Our guests are saying:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, for an amazing week. We felt cared for (spoiled even), protected, and adventurous. (The guides) made very strong, lasting impressions us. Their dedication, playful spirit and laid back nature made for a perfect combination. What an incredible feeling to be awe-inspired every day.”