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    Backroads Trip Leaders

Backroads Seasonal Trip Leaders & Field Staff

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 season! We will be reviewing some applications starting in November, but will not be interviewing full-time until December 1st. We'll keep all candidates updated on our interview timeline via weekly update emails. Thank you in advance for your patience and thanks for your interest in Backroads!

Please note: this website is currently being updated for 2018, please check back for updates over the next few weeks.


A Letter to Leaders from Backroads Founder Tom Hale

A Letter From Tom

Read a letter from Backroads Founder & President Tom Hale to all applicants:

"Dear Applicant,
Nearly forty years ago, I was inspired to start Backroads by the belief that traveling actively was the most rewarding way to experience the world. Researching and leading those first trips was an education and a challenge. But most of all, it was fun. And it's still fun... "

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Backroads Trip Leader Qualifications

What Are We Looking For?

Check out the qualities that define some of the most successful Backroads Trip Leaders.

Roles of a Backroads Trip Leader

The Roles of a Trip Leader

Backroads Leaders don't only lead trips. Leaders also perform other duties and take on other roles that allow them to fill out their season and increase their earning potential. Read more about the different types of work you may be doing if you are hired as a Trip Leader.

Other Backroads Field Staff

Other Field Staff Positions

In addition to hiring for Trip Leaders we are also looking to hire U.S. & Canadian Camp Crew and global Trip Prep Specialists for the 2018 season. Read more about how these roles differ from a Trip Leader.

Backroads Trip Leader hiring and training

The Hiring & Training Process

There are three stages in our hiring process and every New Field Staff must graduate from Backroads Leadership Training Program. Read more about our hiring and training process.

Trip Leader hiring and training dates

Hiring & Training Dates

View our Hiring Event and Backroads Leadership Training Program dates here.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation, Benefits & Work Authorization

Backroads sets the industry standard for the total leader compensation and benefit package. To be an employee of Backroads, an individual must be legally authorized to work in the U.S., Canada or France. Read more.

Trip Leader FAQs


Got questions about working for Backroads? We've got answers! Read our frequently asked questions.

Meet our Backroads Trips Leaders

Meet a Few of Our Leaders

Backroads Trip Leaders enrich trips with personality and experience the joy of interacting actively with the outdoors. Meet some of our Trip Leaders here.

Trip Leader Praise

Praise For Our Leaders

We get hundreds of letters from guests annually that rave about our Trip Leaders! Read a sampling of guest praise.