Work at Deer Hill
Be a part of our family
At Deer Hill Expeditions, our leaders are the essential element in all our programs, the key to our success, and the heart of our organization. Their knowledge, compassion, dedication and experience are the driving force behind the inspiring wilderness and service journeys we create for young people.
Why work at Deer Hill? Simply put, it is the experience of a lifetime! Every day, Deer Hill leaders make a positive impact on the lives of our participants through their leadership and enthusiasm. Leading for Deer Hill is an experience that will resonate within you, and those you work with, for years to come. Our field staff build a strong foundation of outdoor skills, community service experience, communication and interpersonal skills and a team building mentality while leading in the mountains, deserts and rivers of the Southwest U.S. and Costa Rica.
Our field leaders are at minimum 21 years old, with an average age of 28. Staff retention ranges from 75% to 90%, depending on the year, which makes positions at Deer Hill highly sought after. All Deer Hill leaders are certified as Wilderness First Responders, and participate in our yearly, 12-day field training. While not at Deer Hill, you can find our leaders floating rivers, at graduate schools, teaching elementary and high school students, managing theater productions, or participating in service projects around the world. If you are ready for a challenge, seek powerful experiences, have a passion for leading and teaching youth, and understand the importance of positive role modeling, then come “Find Yourself In The Middle of Nowhere” with Deer Hill Expeditions.
Employment Opportunities at Deer Hill:
Our field staff lead our custom group programs and signature summer programs. Most of these programs combine wilderness expeditions with either conservation service (with the U.S. Forest Service or B.L.M.), or cross-cultural community service projects in Native American and/or Costa Rican communities. To learn more about these opportunities and to apply, please click this link:
Spring internships at Deer Hill give budding outdoor educators hands-on experience in the exciting world of expedition preparation and support. Specific responsibilities depend on the year and our schedule, but an internship is always a great way to learn the behind-the-scenes workings of an accredited experiential education organization.
Basecamp support staff are essential to ensuring the success of our busiest part of the year. These individuals live onsite and support our field staff and administration as they deliver our 2-4 week summer programs. Basecamp Support Staff get a hands-on introduction to the work that goes into running multi-element adventure and community service experiences.