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Trip Leader Details

Ready for an incredible summer experience leading awe-inspiring trips for teenagers around the globe?

Our 2020 Summer Trip Leader Application is LIVE!

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Why Moondance?

  • You’ll have the opportunity to lead bright, enthusiastic teenagers on domestic and international wilderness and community service programs
  • Serve as a teacher, leader, friend and role model to teenagers
  • Work alongside other excited, adventure travel enthusiasts
  • Our trips are co-ed trips with at least one male leader and one female leader. We cap our group size at 12-13 participants and aim for a 50/50 ratio of guys to girls.

Program Destinations

  • With 26 unique programs, we run 97 trips in total, operating in 11 states and 17 countries (across 5 different continents!)
  • Domestically, our trips stretch from the mountains of Colorado to the Golden Coast of California and all the way to the wild tundra of South Central Alaska
  • Internationally, Moondance organizes programs in Central and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, the South Pacific and Iceland
  • Learn more by flipping through our online catalog

Program Types

  • Discovery: Domestic introductory multi-sport adventures designed for students 12-13 years old
  • Classic: Domestic multi-sport adventures designed for students 14-15 years old
  • Leadership: Challenging domestic and international programs highlighted by a leadership curriculum for students 14-18 years old
  • Service: International and domestic service trips intertwined with adventure activities for students 14-18 years old




  • First-year salary for the summer is an average of $2,300, depending on the trip you are selected to lead
  • Leaders are typically assigned 2-3 sections of the same program
  • All Moondance program expenses including accommodations, meals on your trip, outfitted activities, and transportation to and from the trip’s location
  • Pro Deal accounts giving you exclusive access to significant discounts on an assortment of respected outdoor brands
  • Reimbursement for Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification


You will learn lessons and skills to apply long after your time with Moondance!

  • Responsibility
    • Responsible for 12 teenagers – parent’s most prized possessions!
    • On call 24 hours a day, 7 days of week
  • Risk Management – Safety is first and foremost
  • Logistics – You will manage your day by day trip itinerary, adhering to a finely tuned plan
  • Accounting / Finances – Manage your trip budget of $5,000-$20,000 throughout the summer
  • Communication Skills – With your students, co-leader, our outfitters and Moondance Main Office
  • Problem Solving Skills – You and your co-leader will make decisions that impact your groups success
  • Spontaneous Motivation – Maintain group morale
  • Customer Service – We are in the business of creating magic and it all happens when you go above and beyond
  • Work Ethic – This will be the hardest job you will ever love


  • A detail-oriented individual
  • A stronger leader
  • A team player
  • A better caregiver and partner
  • Well-rounded, compassionate, responsible

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