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Backroads Trip Leaders: Hiring & Training Dates

Leader Hiring Events

Based on applications, interviews and references, the most qualified prospective leaders will be invited to attend a day-long interview known as the Leader Hiring Event. If you are invited to an event, you are required to attend in order to be considered for the Trip Leader position. The cost of travel to Hiring & Training events are paid by the applicant. The following dates are confirmed but please note: there is a chance that we could cancel later dates if our hiring needs are met early. We recommend choosing the earliest hiring event possible to increase your chances of being hired.

Leader Hiring Event Dates

Please note all dates below are subject to change.

  • Thursday January 16th: Berkeley, CA
  • Tuesday February 4th: Berkeley, CA
  • Thursday March 6th: Berkeley, CA
  • Friday March 14th: Florence, Italy
  • Monday March 17th: Paris, France
  • Tuesday March 18th: Paris, France - Cancelled
  • Thursday March 27th: Berkeley, CA
  • Tuesday April 22nd: Berkeley, CA
  • Tuesday May 13th: Banff, AB Canada
  • Thursday May 15th: Berkeley, CA - Cancelled
  • Thursday June 12th: Salt Lake City, UT - Cancelled
  • Thursday July 24th: Paris France - Cancelled

New Leader Training

Once hired, New Trip Leaders are required to attend a Training Session. Travel to Training is paid by the new leader, however all further travel for work is paid by Backroads, including flights for North American leaders to Europe if the individual has the requisite language or expertise. Housing is provided and training is a paid activity.

Leaders in the past have mentioned that they found it advantageous to spend time on self-guided study to prepare prior to arriving for Training. Backroads will supply materials to get you started, including reading, self-guided tutorials, online videos, and bike skill mastery checklists. If the time is compressed between your hiring and training events, this can be done upon arrival but it's to your advantage to get a head start as there is a lot of information to learn!

If you do not currently hold a CPR/1st aid certification valid through October 2014, please get certified prior to arriving for Training (some hubs will have courses offered but some will not and this certification is mandatory to lead trips). Backroads will reimburse your costs up to $65 per class. Online certifications are not accepted.

To maximize your work opportunities, we recommend choosing the earliest training session possible. This is especially important if you're interested in working in Europe, as we may cancel later dates if we meet our business needs ahead of schedule.

Leader Training Dates

Please note all dates below are subject to change.

  • Monday February 17th - Saturday March 1st: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Monday March 31st - Saturday April 12th: Pernes Les Fontaines, France
  • Wednesday April 16th - Monday April 28th: Pernes Les Fontaines, France
  • Monday April 28th - Saturday May 10th: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Monday May 5th - Saturday May 17th: Pernes Les Fontaines, France - Pended
  • Monday May 19th - Saturday May 31st: Salt Lake City, UT (US & Canadian Leaders)
  • Monday June 2nd - Saturday June 14th: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Monday June 16th - Saturday June 28th: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Monday August 4th - Saturday August 16th: Pernes Les Fontaines, France

Trip Leading Schedule

After assessing skills and expertise during the Training Session, we assign Trip Leaders to specific departures (your "schedule"). Once hired, candidates have the opportunity to submit areas of interest and requests for time off. Generally, new Trip Leaders start field work 1-21 days after the Training Session is completed.

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"I was so impressed with the caliber of training I received for this job. From public speaking to problem solving, it was true leadership training. Some people pay to get this sort of intensive training, but I actually got paid to be the learner, and had fun too! After training with Backroads, a lot of leaders say that they don't just feel like a better leader - they feel like a better person. It's introspective, reflective and provides the opportunity to improve yourself both personally and professionally."

Andrea Richards
Leader since 2006, Yellowstone & Tetons Regional Expert, Hiring & Training Specialist