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1 Open Position:

Field Assistant (2024 Pennsylvania Season)

May 15, 2024 Update: We are continuing to consider applicants. Interested in the position? Apply today! We will fill the role and respond to all applicants within 24 hours.

This is a temporary position to help operate three Bad Adventures trips in Pennsylvania between May 18 and June 16, 2024. You’ll join our guides leading 30 kayakers as they paddle 136 miles over 9 days on the Susquehanna River. You’ll also assist in the operation of our Paddle Happy: Schuylkill and Paddle Happy: Juniata large river trips.

The field assistant position is entirely land-based. You will not have on-water responsibilities.

Previous experience as an outdoor industry professional is not required, but could contribute to a candidate standing out.

Camping accommodations are provided during and between trips.

Meals are provided during trips. Leftover trip food may be available for our team members between trips.

The adventures you’ll help operate are staging in Lewisburg, PA. If you’re not local to Pennsylvania, you’ll need to fly to PA on May 16 or 17. Your date traveling home will be June 17 or 18. If you’re the right candidate, Bad Adventures may consider paying for and/or reimbursing your travel expenses.

There will be a mid-season break from June 5 to June 12. No work will be assigned on these days.

The field assistant position is a good way to get a sense of how Bad Adventures trips work. If you anticipate applying for our Junior Guide job when it opens later this year, having spent time in this PA field assistant role may be helpful.

The field assistant role reports to and is supervised by the trip lead. Training in our field operation systems and training in food handing safety are provided.

Our most successful team members thrive on sharing outdoor trips with the adventurers in our community. They feel genuine pleasure when serving others. And, they’re able to maintain a sunny disposition in the face of hard work over many days. If this sounds like you, apply today!

Question? Don’t hesitate to contact Matt Stan via email ( or via cell phone (720-601-0635).


  • Assist Bad Adventures guides in the operation of our PA season trips
  • Assist with meal preparation and clean up
  • Load and unload gear and equipment
  • Setup and strike shelters, tents, and groovers
  • Drive Bad Adventures vehicles


  • A genuine passion for empowering our adventurers to have amazing river trips
  • An heroic work ethic
  • A sunny disposition
  • A valid drivers license


You’ll be paid $14.75 per hour. On the 14 field days during the season, you’ll be paid for a minimum of 12 hours per day. (Field days are the calendar days that we have adventurers with us on trips.) On non-field days (as well if you ever work more than 12 hours in a single field day), you’ll be paid for the actual hours you work.

Overtime—paid at a rate of 1.5x your hourly pay—is awarded after 40 hours of work in the same week.

In addition, you’ll receive an even share of the gratuities our adventurers award our team. This is not guaranteed compensation. However, in the past, our team have earned significant tips from the adventurers we serve.

About Bad Adventures

We run amazing kayaking, hiking, and backpacking adventures that explore breathtaking destinations in the USA. From Pennsylvania rivers, to Florida coastal waters, to desert canyons beneath soaring sandstone walls, we lead the kayaking adventures that paddlers dream about. On-trail and on-water, our trips take us from Zion and Bryce Canyons, to Rocky Mountain National Park, to Big Bend, to the Everglades, and beyond!