Backroads Trip Leaders: How to Apply
"Getting a job as a Backroads Trip Leader felt, at times, more exhaustive and thorough than getting an FBI clearance. But the process is entirely worth it - what a group of people! Our recent five-day 'staff ride' (for all Backroads employees) in Crete reminded me what an incredible group of people we work with - fun, outgoing, caring, open-minded, generous, hilarious and spontaneous!!!"
Lentine Zahler - Leader since 2010, Private Trips Consultant
What Do You Need to Get Started?
Before beginning the application process, please review all the information provided on the sidebar links.
- 1. When you are ready to apply please follow the "Trip Leader Application" link on the sidebar to the left. If you have applied in a previous hiring season (i.e. prior to November 2012) please fill out an application again to activate your status in our database.
- 2. Resume/CV - Include the following required information in English:
Education, employment history, travel experience (including: name of employer, dates of employment, position and responsibilities, reason for leaving, name and phone number of former manager)
- 3. Your Driving Record/DMV Report/Releve d'Information de Vos Contrat(s) Automobile(s)
Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in the U.S., your local License Registry in Canada, or your Insurance Company in Europe to get a copy of your driving record. For Europeans, we will also accept a notarized government letter stating you have no driving infractions. If you have two or more moving violations on your record, please submit a written description of the violations along with your record. Please note: we are unable to consider you for the Trip Leader position if you have ever received a DUI/DWI.
- 4. References
Please attain two professional letters of reference written for you by supervisors from your most significant professional experiences. These letters should attest to the qualities, skills and experiences that qualify you for the Trip Leader position. As we may contact the supervisors directly, please include the reference's name, phone number and email address. Please note: European applicants are not required to submit letters of reference. However if you are a European applicant, and you are able to obtain one or two letters of reference that are written in English (especially from North American employers) you are welcome to upload them and they will only serve to bolster your application.
- 5. Internal Referral (for applicants who know someone at Backroads)
If you have an internal contact (someone who is currently or was previously employed by Backroads), please ask them to write a reference on your behalf. Internal referrals are highly recommended and may replace one letter of reference. Instruct your referring employee to contact the Hiring & Training manager to obtain the appropriate form. This referral will be handled internally and is not something you are required to upload.
Once you've started you may save and return to finish your application at any time. After you have finished and submitted your application it will be sent to the Backroads Hiring Team, and making further changes will not be possible. At any time before, or after submitting your application you may upload your supporting documentation. For your application to be considered complete and ready for review you will need to have submitted your application and uploaded the following:
There is no need for you to follow up on the status of your application. We follow up with every applicant with complete supporting documentation by phone or email. Note: Many applicants report that email from Backroads flows to their spam folder, so please check before assuming we haven't emailed you. Due to the volume of applicants it may up to 3 weeks to review your completed application, please be patient. If you have a question, you may email LeaderApplicants@Backroads.com. Our intention is to answer all of your questions on this website, so please review the site to see if you can find the answer you need prior to asking a question by email.
Congratulations on embarking on a new way of seeing the world and good luck in your quest to become a Backroads Trip Leader!