At 4Points Expeditions, we have an amazing crew of professional employees, but are always interested in talking to new faces about joining our team as employees or adding extra guides. We are currently looking for outdoor professionals who share a love for the mountain lifestyle and are avid backpacker/adventurers. We have different categories of trips for guides to choose from including:
WHAT WE OFFER:
A very competitive pay scale
Free optional certification trainings to anyone who guides for us, including CPR, WFA & WFR Re-certifications
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4POINTS HIRING APPLICATION PROCESS
We operate at the highest standards in the mountain guiding industry and require our lead guides to have specific professional training and experience depending on the type of activity, customer experience level and terrain they will be guiding.
Applicants will go through a typical application and interview process. In some instances references and a background check will be required depending on the type of position as many of our staff work with children.
Full time and part time employee applicants are required to fill out the job application and submit a resume and identification documents. Once we receive your application and documents, we will review your qualifications and certifications, and notify you if we would like you to attend a one-day group interview with our team.
All employee applicants are required to submit the following information during the interview process.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
Demonstrate employment eligibility documentation (i.e., submit any of the following 3 options: (1) Social Security card and Driver’s License, or (2) Passport, or (3) current work visas).
Complete the appropriate job application on the 4Points website.
Employees may be required to have WFR, & CPR certifications prior to hiring.
All employees will need to obtain a valid CA Food Handlers Certificate.
Submit a Work Availability Calendar (Excel, pdf) indicating your availability for the summer season.
Submit any current Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Leave No Trace Trainer (LNT), California Food Handlers certificates or documentation of your intent to complete (e.g., receipts, course syllabus, advertised dates, etc.). 4Points does offer WFR and CPR courses as part of our standard staff yearly training for all re-certifications. WFR and CPR courses are not offered as part of pre-employment training and must be obtained before employment. Certificates above and beyond these minimums will carry additional weight in the hiring process and pay scale. Examples of additional certifications include: Leave No Trace Trainer, Avalanche Levels I, II or III, and various American Mountain Guide Association certificates, & WEMT.
Experienced guides who have more than 5 years of back-country guiding experience will be given first choice of trips. In addition to the requirements mentioned for contract guides, experienced guide contractors must present a strong climbing or guiding resume, and references.
All employees will have to be Live Scanned
NEW EMPLOYEE HIRE EXPECTATIONS:
All newly hired employees and guides will be required to participate in Live Scan
All newly hired employees, whether entry-level or experienced, are required to participate in mandatory pre-employment training which will include a thorough orientation to our company, our mission, internal business processes and to our teaching / guiding techniques.
Once this training session is completed, the applicant is in position to begin employment. The exact starting dates will depend on our staffing needs.
GUIDE PAY AND COMPENSATION:
Pay for Lead Guide trips is based on a guide’s experience and training/certification level.
We currently have the following positions open: APPLY BELOW
"Matt and Andy were engaging, entertaining, and direct. I always felt prepared to put skills into practice, and understood the how/why for the strategies we used for each injury/illness. Melissa provided a lot of supplemental tips and tricks, especially during the hands on skills exercises. High intensity with low pressure really helped to make this a memorable and encouraging training."
Reviewed by Daniel Cook
"This is always a great experience! I liked the emphasis on skills and knowledge. I worried a bit that first-time students might have been overwhelmed by all of the information in this fast-paced course, but it was good for those of us who had taken it multiple times. One thing that you did for us years ago was something like a "speed scenario assessment." In about 30 minutes teams of 3 had to assess, evaluate, and make a plan for 6-8 different scenarios. This kind of concentrated practice was super helpful. I know we were short on time this year, but I think that is very helpful. Thanks for great preparation, terrific understanding, and superior teaching!"
Reviewed by David Wood
This is my third class with the awesome Matt May. This time, we were at a senior school so Matt styled the class on possible problems with students, allergies, falls, weather, all really good information. I cannot recommend Matt and 4 point highly enough. Every class I take I learn so much and my confidence and ability to deal with an emergency medical situation is renewed.
Reviewed by Spider Fawke
I really appreciate how well Matt knows the information that he is sharing with us, and that he seems so well informed that he can answer pretty much any question with authority. He is friendly and approachable, which makes it a less intimidating setting when learning all of this material. His crew was also super supportive and helpful as well, and their hands on approach was excellent!
Reviewed by Monica Furmanski
I am a veteran of the WFA course and 4Points always finds a way to keep the material interesting for those that have taken the class before. The course has a nice blend of hands-on and classroom time always leaving room for questions and discussion. Matt and his staff are knowledgeable, professional and clearly invested in their clients learning as much as possible to help make outdoor adventures fun and as safe as possible.
Reviewed by Wade Ransom
It was a great re-cap of the content and skills that I've been slowly learning for almost two decades. I now feel more confident than ever before that I could handle most back-country emergency situations professionally and effectively. It was a great course, and I'm happier than ever that I take it every two years.
Reviewed by John Swain