Female Backpacking Guide

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, February 5, 2021, 12:00am



Gatlinburg, TN
United States

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A Walk in the Woods hiking company has been leading trips into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest for 23 years, serving over 100,000 guests. We are locally owned and operated in Gatlinburg, TN, offering interpretive day hikes, driving tours, multi-day backpacking trips, and glamping/basecamp style camping experiences, for adults and families.  Our season runs mid-March - October. 

We are hiring guides for our 2021 season to run overnight wilderness trips in Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Pisgah National Forest region for women only trips from April through October. Multi-day trips range from 2-4 days. We are looking for experienced, professional, naturalist guides to help facilitate our trips while providing visitors with a fun and educational experience. Guides can expect to work full time during the peak season spending several nights in the backcountry. We offer paid training, competitive hourly and overtime rates, paid vacation for long term employees, unemployment during the winter months and possible bonus opportunities.


-Overnight backpacking experience

-Experience driving 15-passenger van with trailer

-Outdoor skills

-Customer service experience

-Interest in learning the cultural and natural history of the area

-Ability to take initiative


-Bachelor degree in related field of study (Environmental Science/Studies, Outdoor Education, Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Wildlife Biology, etc.)

-Wilderness First Responder

-Experience with Great Smoky Mountain National Park terrain and weather conditions

-Knowledge of medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms, wildlife and their habits

-Primitive skills

-Local human history including the Cherokee and early settlers


Remuneration: hourly (DOE) + overtime + tips

Salary: $1,500.00 to $2,000.00 /month

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How to Apply:

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and 3 references to info@awalkinthewoods.com.

Interviews will begin in mid to late January. 

Position open until filled.