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Backroads Trip Leaders: How to Apply


The Application

Click the button on the sidebar to the left that says "Apply Now" to get started. You'll find that there are three components to our Trip Leader application. Throughout the application process you will be able to pause, save your work, and continue later.

  • The written component of our application includes filling in text boxes to give us your contact information, employment history, education details, travel experience, language proficiency, and thoughts in response to a few short essay questions.
  • You will have a unique opportunity to record a video introduction that will help our Hiring Team get to know you better than through bullets on your resume. This component of the application process is optional, but preferred.
  • The other component of the application process is uploading a driving record. This component may be completed after your application has been submitted because acquiring a driving record can be time consuming and we don't want it to delay our review of your application. We are not able to consider applicants who have alcohol related offenses on their driving record (DUI/DWI).
  • Additionally, if you know someone who works for (or has worked for) Backroads, you may contact them and ask them to submit an Internal Referral Form for you.

The Interview

Once our Hiring Team has reviewed your application they may contact you to set up a brief phone interview. During this conversation they will confirm your availability during our peak weeks and ask you additional questions to better determine your fit for the Trip Leader position.


The Leader Hiring Event

The final step in the Backroads hiring process is the Leader Hiring Event. This is a day long group interview during which you will interact with other applicants and Backroads staff in a variety of exercises that involve problem solving, teamwork, bike mechanics and a little bit of public speaking. It's challenging and a lot of fun. For many the Backroads Leader Hiring Event is the most memorable job interview of their lives!


The New Leader Training Program

Once hired all new Backroads leaders attend our two week, hub based, training program before being trained on a real trip by an experienced Training Leader. The Backroads hub based training focuses on the essential skills required to be a successful trip leader: bike mechanics, public speaking, food preparation, driving, trailer maneuvering, guest service, problem solving, internal systems and etc. It's an intense but rewarding experience!

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Backroads Trip Leaders


"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