We are now hiring for summer 2021! Email a resume to info@crystalairadventures.com to apply!

Crystalaire Adventures staff vary in age and interest, but some things are always the same. We hire mature, responsible, fun-loving people with a passion for education, working with people, and the outdoors. We hire staff globally, so feel free to look into us even if you are far away! Staff will typically work from mid-June through early-August.  A typical contract lasts 10 weeks, includes a two-week training, ongoing professional development, room (or tent) and board (though in the field you’ll be cooking!). We often hire people for just a trip or two, so consider Crystalaire if you think it could complement other work or experiences this summer.



  • Guide backcountry trips from 3 to 15 days.
  • Pre and Post-trip duties, including:
    • Packing food and gear.
    • Briefing and debriefing trips.
    • Pre and post-trip paperwork.
    • Maintaining and repairing gear.
  • Contribute your experience and knowledge to improve the Crystalaire Curriculum.
  • Live on-site at our headquarters in Frankfort, MI. from early June to late August.
    • With free room and board included- although you’ll have to cook for yourself on trail.
    • (It’s a pretty sweet place to live- our property is on an isthmus between Lake Michigan and Lower Herring, and you’ll have access to our canoes, sailboats beaches, sand dunes, etc. on days off).
  • Assist in day-to-day operations of our sister program, Camp Lookout, as necessary.
  • Other duties.

What we look for:

  • 21 years or older.
  • Valid Wilderness Medicine Certification (WFA or WFR).
  • Prior experience leading trips, working with youth and/or managing groups.
  • An interest in experiential education.
  • Proficiency in outdoor skills such as cooking, woodcraft, canoeing.
    • Skills that diversify the Crystalaire team are especially valuable- tell us what sets you apart.
  • Flexible, team-oriented hard workers.

We are now accepting applications for our summer positions!

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit an application the better!

Once we receive your resume and cover letter, we will send you an online application. The application includes background info, references, and a few short essay questions- It’s not too long, we swear! Once we have your application we’ll contact you to set up an interview.

If you have questions about this process, do not hesitate to contact us at info@CrystalaireAdventures.com. We are willing to answer questions and provide some assistance throughout the hiring process.

Crystalaire Adventures is an equal opportunity employer and hires without discrimination based upon age, ancestry, color, creed, education, gender, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.


We seek candidates who have experience in outdoor recreation, and have some relevant work experience leading trips, working with youth, or managing groups. Though not required, candidates that are over 21 years of age, have a recognized Wilderness Medicine Certification (WFA or WFR preferred) certification, and experience leading groups and working with youth are given strong preference. Experience driving a 15-passenger van, a familiarity with education and teachingand specific outdoor skills like cooking on stoves or fires, woodcraft, canoeing, or others are also preferred.

Our hiring decisions are always geared at generating a strong team. We try to make sure applicants complement each other’s strengths. If you don’t have much experience but you have a unique skill, passion or perspective that can be just as valuable! Feel free to get in touch before applying!


Staff live and work out of our headquarters, 15 minutes from downtown Traverse City, Michigan. We truly have the best of both worlds, with 500 acres of forest and lakefront to call home, and access to all the amenities that come with Traverse City. When you are not in the field your meals are prepared for you and housing (in rustic cabins) is free of charge. Life can be busy, but the moments to relax, swim, and play are priceless. While the Crystalaire staff is small, we share space with a summer camp so we also spend a lot of social time with their 20+ person staff.

Expect to share in the operation and guidance of the program throughout your time here. You are welcome and encouraged to play, build, create, and improve our space, our operations, our equipment, and more while you aren’t in the field. Our job descriptions are guidelines – it can be hard to predict what a normal day may look like. One day you may sunbathe on the beach and swim in Lake Michigan, the next day you may be helping with some building repairs from the storm that blew through. We maintain a friendly and collaborative relationship with Camp Lookout and Camp Carvela, and Crystalaire staff often support their programs as well.

We want to make sure you enjoy your time at Crystalaire. One of the benefits of a small, flexible program like ours is customization. If you are looking to gain specific skills or experience, need an internship for your college coursework, or have a passion you really want to incorporate into your job- get in touch. We are willing to adjust specific positions based on your preferences, as long as it does not interfere with our ability to run a quality program.

“A lot of companies have twenty, sixty, even hundreds of guides. We have six, maybe seven. In terms of staff compatibility, we’re dialed; in terms of systems, we’re dialed. You won’t find a more homey group anywhere else.”

“Kids are smart: they know when their leaders are disconnected. But when you bring them into the mix, all are equal. I think we’re different from other agencies because we minimize the barriers between guides and participants. We tread the line of partners and leaders, and that’s where the magic happens.”

“I don’t know why it works but it does. Something about small groups, close staff, and great kids. I think we’re just always trying to be better. Every trip is supposed to be the best trip. Every meal, every meeting. And we’re all friends, which makes it better.”

“We try our best to match staff, to talk through differences, to be kind. I think that’s the important bit. We go the extra mile for each other—we make sure the other eats when they’re hungry, we let them take time when they need—and that carries over with the kids. They can tell we care.”