Allagash Canoeing Adventure & Penobscot Trip Leader

About the Job

These wilderness trip leaders are responsible for the long trips that CMF offers in the New England wildernesses. Applicants should apply to either the Allagash or the Penobscot specifically. Responsibilities mirror those found on the Cragged Trip Leader page, but due to the nature of the job (being out of camp for 4 weeks on the river) these positions require leaders to have extensive backcountry canoeing experience. Cragged usually hires these leaders internally.


-Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification required

-21+ with a valid driver’s license required

-Must have experience leading large groups in the wilderness for multiple weeks

-Ability to adapt and make safe decisions in potentially strenuous situations due to, but not limited to, weather and medical emergencies

-Able to physically perform and carry out planned itineraries

-Able to carry large, heavy packs/gear and canoes

-Be willing to work with children aged 14-16

-Be enthusiastic with a good attitude

-Have strong communication skills

-Be patient and willing to assist and aid campers

-Ability to prepare meals for large groups in a wilderness setting over an open fire

-Have backcountry backpacking experience and leading large groups in the mountains

-Have extensive canoeing experience and leading large groups on rivers with rapids