Join Our Camp Crew
Camp Crew work in teams of two or three, in the United States and Canada, and are vital to the success of Backroads Camping Trips by setting up camp, cooking and actualizing the world-class camping experience we promise our guests. Backroads guests are continuously impressed with the level of detail and organization our crew brings to an outdoor setting, from clean tents with luggage delivered to hot meals served on time. Creating comfort in the outdoors is not always an easy task, but for those up for the challenge, the rewards are great.
For the last few years, we've hired Camp Crew from our Trip Leader applicant pool at Hiring Events. Working as Camp Crew can be a great stepping stone to becoming a Trip Leader, although you can apply specifically for Camp Crew. If that's your preference, please indicate this on the Trip Leader application.
Camp Crew Job Description, Pay & Benefits
As a Camp Assistant (CA), you will ensure we provide our guests a deluxe camping experience by maximizing their comfort and relaxation while exceeding their camping expectations. As a CA, you must create a welcoming, comfortable and clean "home" at the campsite and support leaders by allowing them more "guest time." You're expected to set up as many as 10-15 tents on your own, assist in loading and unloading large pieces of luggage on a daily basis, hauling water and firewood, and helping with other general tasks as assigned. CAs also become the prep chef, helping the Camp Chef to prepare delicious and nutritious breakfasts and dinners. CAs are not responsible for Trip Logistics and are not expected to connect with our guests in the way leaders do. However, they still get to know and have fun with guests throughout the week and are a valuable part of the guests' experience.
As a Camp Chef (CC) you serve guests by preparing delicious, creative, regionally inspired and healthy meals for breakfast and dinner. The CC supports leaders by taking care of the kitchen and allowing leaders to spend more time with guests. The Camp Chef position is more behind the scenes, and the CC is not responsible for Trip Logistics and is not expected to connect with our guests in the way leaders do. However, CCs will interact with guests on meals and dietary issues in cooperation with the leaders, and have fun getting to know guests throughout the week.
Other Roles of Camp Crew:
As Camp Crew, you may work some weeks as a Camp Assistant and some weeks as a Camp Chef. Although the Camp Crew works in tandem, and often helps each other out, you'll work as one or the other each week. Camp Crew are paid for a variety of additional types of work, which can increase earning potential and help round out your season. They include:
How do we hire Camp Crew?
For the last few years, we've hired Camp Crew from our Trip Leader applicant pool at Hiring Events. Working on the Camp Crew is a good stepping stone for people who show great leader potential but may be a bit inexperienced or have a backcountry-focused background. Since then we've seen many Camp Crew grow into the Trip Leader role (and beyond!) and be some of the strongest new leaders in the company! We’re also hiring specifically for Camp Crew so if this role is more up your alley, please specify your interest on the Trip Leader application.
- Backroads Leadership Training Program
- Traveling to/from scheduled regions
- Staff meetings
- Loading equipment, driving vans/trailers from one of our hubs to a trip start destination on a "unit drive"
- Working a "prep day," one day prior to the trip start, to prepare for the trip
- Repairing or maintaining equipment during the season
- Repairing, cleaning and storing equipment at the end of the season
Only applicants authorized to work in the United States and Canada can be hired as Camp Crew. Because we do not run Camping Trips in Europe, we do not have European Camp Crew.
The following list of qualifications serves as our guide for exceptional Camp Crew candidates. You'll see that we have very high expectations of our Camp Crew—and so do our guests!
- Are you committed to delivering the highest level of quality and service to guests and co-workers?
- Are you good at anticipating and solving challenging problems independently and as part of a team?
- Are you comfortable working long hours and doing very physically challenging work?
- Are you happy working in the outdoors and camping?
- Can you maintain a neat and presentable personal appearance even within a camping environment?
- Are you a self-starter and do you take initiative?
- Do you have an unwavering positive attitude and take pride in a job well done?
Schedules/Quantity of Work
Camp Crew schedules available in the United States are: Glacier National Park, Yellowstone/Tetons National Parks, Bryce/Zion/Grand Canyon National Parks, and the California Redwoods. In Canada: Banff and Jasper National Parks. First year Camp Crew typically work in 1 - 3 different regions throughout the season.
In 2017, first-year Camp Crew worked an average of 90 - 100 days throughout their season (June – October): seven weeks were working as Camp Crew and three weeks as a Support Leader (see below). The other days were comprised of traveling, driving, learning a new region, equipment maintenance and organization. Being available for work July–September is required of Camp Crew.
Pay & Gratuities
Camp Crew receive a competitive hourly rate of pay plus a share in tips from guests. Camp Assistants and Camp Chefs are paid the same rate and receive the same amount of gratuities. Detailed information about the compensation will be provided during the interview stage of our hiring process.
Allowances & Housing
While on trip working as Camp Crew, food is provided. Food allowances are provided for prep days, travel days, drive days and regional familiarization days.
Lodging is provided while working as Camp Crew on trip at the same campsite as the guests and Trip Leaders. Housing is provided between trips, so Camp Crew will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses for lodging during a season of work. Many of our regions in North America have Leader Houses in wonderful places that are available to staff free of charge while working, and in between trips. Standard with these accommodations are computers, wireless internet and access to bikes for personal use.
United States: Jackson Hole, WY; Whitefish, MY; St. George, UT; Berkeley, CA
Canada: Near Banff, AB; Nova Scotia, NS; Quebec, QB.
Backroads provides all work-related travel throughout the course of the season. Travel to your starting hub (Salt Lake City, Utah or Canmore, Alberta) at the beginning of the season and to your home at the end of the season is your responsibility. Camp Crew enjoy keeping their own frequent flyer miles for personal travel, and may choose to stopover or extend their stay in desired locales within work-sponsored itineraries.
Backroads offers several benefits to Camp Crew that are of a more recreational nature, including generous discounts with brand-name equipment and clothing companies; Backroads-labeled gear (items vary each year); and Backroads trip discounts for family and friends. A built-in perk, living and working in US and Canadian National Park settings during the summer is a lifestyle beyond compare!
Camp Crew employed by Backroads Utah enjoy these benefits:
- 401k Plan: Camp Crew are eligible to contribute (up to 75% of their income) to a 401k plan after six months of employment, and Backroads will match 20% of an employee's contributions (up to 15% of pay). Employees become 20% vested in the employer match each year and are fully vested after five years of employment.
- Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance: Backroads provides group medical, dental and vision insurance eligibility based on a field staff member's status to seasonal field staff with extended seasonal status who work longer than six months are eligible on the first day of the month following their one-year anniversary if they work 1560 hours or more in their first 12 months of employment (or 1560 or more hours during the previous calendar year in subsequent years of employment).
- Flex Plan: Camp Crew are also eligible to join our "Flex Plan" after three months of employment. This plan allows employees to set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualifying health and dependent daycare expenses.
- Workers Compensation Coverage: In the unfortunate event of a work-related injury, all Backroads Camp Crew are covered by workers compensation insurance which provides coverage for medical care, disability pay, and medically necessary transportation costs.
Camp Crew employed by our Canadian subsidiary enjoy these benefits:
- RRSP Plan: Backroads will provide 20% match on Camp Crew RRSP contributions made during the year, up to a maximum of 15% of a Camp Crew Backroads salary. Employees become 20% vested each year and are fully vested after five years of employment.
- Health/Dental Insurance Program: Backroads will reimburse up to $150 CAD per month for provincial medical and/or supplemental medical insurance beginning the first day of the month following the first day of training. Camp Crew are eligible to receive this reimbursement during months in which they work 10 days or more.
- Holiday Pay: Canadian Camp Crew receive paid holidays in accordance with Canadian Labour Code.
- Vacation Pay: Canadian Camp Crew receive vacation pay at the rate of 4% of pay for employees who have been with the company for one to five years, and 6% of pay for employees who have been with the company for more than five years.
- Workers Compensation Coverage: In the unfortunate event of a work-related injury all Canadian Backroads Camp Crew are covered by a combination of workers compensation insurance and employer paid travel medical plans (when working outside of Canada) which provides coverage for medical care, disability pay and medically necessary transportation costs.
- Joie de Vivre: Perhaps the most valuable benefit is enjoying a lifestyle few can match. In addition to itineraries that feature some of the worlds' best scenery, imagine having time off in some of the most desirable locations around the world, and having the freedom to explore on your own. Being a Backroads Camp Crew allows for a lifestyle of flexibility and variety that many value above all other benefits of the job.
The Hiring & Training Process
Camp Crew applicants go through the same hiring process as Trip Leader applicants (see: Hiring & Training Process) After the Leader Hiring Event we will contact you via email or phone to let you know our decision. If hired, you will be invited to attend the Camp Crew Training Program in Salt Lake City on May 28 – June 2, 2018. You will enter the field 1 - 14 days after your training graduation.
The Camp Crew Training Program focuses on the essential skills required to be a successful member of our Camp Crew: guest service, problem solving, food preparation, camp equipment set up and overview, trailer maneuvering, internal systems, etc. This week-long training includes a four-day "Mock Trip" when new Camp Crew camp together and model a typical Backroads camping experience.
Select Camp Crew may be invited back to Salt Lake City for an additional week of Support Leader Training in late August. After this training, Camp Crew may re-enter the field as Support Leaders to finish out the Fall season and gain more leadership skills and experience.
Please note: The cost of travel to Hiring Events and Training is paid by the applicant.
Meet A Few of Our Camp Crew
We'd like to introduce you to some of our current and former Camp Crew members. Read on to hear about their experience as part of the Camp Crew team.
Former Camp Crew,
Current Yield Manager
Former Camp Crew,
Current Trip Leader, Trip Expert and Hiring & Training Mentor
Former Camp Crew,
Current Trip Leader and Trip Expert
Former Camp Crew,
Current Trip Leader
Former Camp Crew,
Current Leader Development & Leader Tech Specialist
Current Camp Crew
Former Camp Crew,
Current Tuscany Regional & Leader Coordinator
Frequently Asked Questions
Only if you want to! On a Camping Trip, you may choose to either sleep in a private tent or literally "under the stars." In between trips, Camp Crew have access to regional "leader houses" (housing provided by Backroads for field staff) where you may stay, do laundry and use shower facilities, and get some much needed rest!
Most Camping Trips run for five days and then Camp Crew go back to their regional hub to stay in a leader house for two nights before starting another trip. You may also have a full week off between trips, allowing you to explore the region where you're working.
Our peak camping season is mid-June through the end of August but also includes a key event in mid-September. Applicants must be available through the end of September.
There are two or three Camp Crew members on each trip (depending on guest enrollment). There is one Camp Assistant (or two) and one Camp Chef. The Camp Crew works closely together, as well as with the Trip Leaders.
No. They are fully serviced campgrounds complete with stores to buy firewood, water spigots and restrooms that usually include hot showers. We also bring in a lot of equipment to make the camping experience comfortable for our guests. Because of this, you can expect to frequently pack and unpack a full trailer of high-end camping equipment including tents, tarps, cots, camp chairs, sleeping bags and pads.
If you're hired, we'll send you a complete packing list. Backroads provides high-quality camping equipment. You'll need to pack enough clothing for a week, including good cold weather gear and clothing suitable for outdoor work. You'll have access to laundry facilities each week to prepare for your next trip. Often, Camp Crew will bring their own lightweight camping equipment for adventures in the backcountry during their time off.
When you're working on a trip, time off can be scarce. A lofty goal is to finish your daily tasks early to enjoy a hike or relax in the surrounding area. You'll have full weeks off between trips to rejuvenate and tour a region with the insider knowledge to explore the best the location has to offer.