Wilderness Leaders

Join Kroka’s international group of guides and educators as a full-season expedition leader. Kroka’s wilderness leaders envision, design and execute programs that have consistent life-changing impacts on children and youth. Our staff live and work in community and practice what they teach. They are visionaries, risk-takers, and role models. They are committed to mastery of their skills and to awakening consciousness and altruistic will in young people.


Full-time, seasonal. April 1 – October 31, 2024


Wilderness Leaders will facilitate wilderness expeditions and farm-based programs for highly motivated students ages 9-19 including:


  • Multi-element programs including farming, adventure, sustainability and wild-crafting skills
  • Ocean canoe expeditions
  • Moving-water canoe trips
  • Backpacking trips
  • Farm-based programs
  • Rock climbing and canoeing day trips


  • 7-21 day expeditions programs within Kroka’s seven adventure schools: rock climbing, caving, whitewater paddling, ocean expeditions, mountain biking, wilderness skills, and rites of passage.

Scheduled weeks alternate between expedition/program teaching and base-camp support including farm work, kitchen work, driving, and facilities maintenance.

Compensation & Benefits

Compensation at Kroka is based on experience and meets or exceeds that of other guides in the outdoor education industry. All new staff start as Assistant Leaders with the possibility for promotion after the first season and/or assessment. Additional benefits include:

  • Room & board: simple and beautiful Kroka Village housing, and meals while you are on campus or traveling for Kroka
  • Extensive training opportunities in adventure sports and wilderness skills
  • One week paid vacation in-between seasons
  • Pro-purchase on personal equipment & extensive equipment library for personal expeditions
  • Being part of a forward thinking and energetic community that is deeply engaged in making a positive difference in the world

Staff Qualifications

  • Love of teaching and mentoring children and youth: you enjoy working with a wide range of ages, with documented and referenced previous teaching experience.
  • Previous wilderness expedition experience in remote environments, or an excitement to learn!
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion: demonstrated cultural competence and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Adventure sports expertise in one of Kroka’s adventure sports such as whitewater paddling, rock climbing, caving, mountaineering, back-country skiing, mountain biking, surfing, or another adventure sport with similar set of skills.
  • Commitment to personal fitness: working at Kroka is physically demanding and requires a high level of fitness and excellent work ethic. You will be expected to wake early for shared work on the farm and participate joyously in the strenuous work of living close to the land. You will cook meals over the fire, lift canoes, set climbs on mountainsides and navigate challenging overland routes.
  • Commitment to ecologically conscious living and simplified personal needs. Experience living and working in community.
  • Professional certifications and education College degree and/or equivalent life experience, and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification.

The following qualifications and skills are a plus, but not required:

  • Personal artistic skills: strong singing voice, handwork skills, visual and/or performing arts experience.
  • Drivers License: with clean record and experience driving vans and small cargo or canoe trailers.
  • International/cultural diversity: experience living, working, and traveling in other countries and cultures.
  • Waldorf Training: experience and/or training for working with Waldorf schools and schoolchildren
  • Additional Certifications: AMGA SPI, ACA Swiftwater Rescue, Wilderness EMT, etc.