Work for BOAT

BOAT is trying to change how organizations access the outdoors – and we need your help. We’re looking for guides, instructors, and volunteers for a range of programs.

Interested in joining our efforts to make a more accessible and inclusive outdoors? Check out our mission – and read on:

The Bus for Outdoor Access & Teaching, or “BOAT,” strives to get more people outside on the most accessible outdoor program in America. A mobile adventure education program run from a custom bus, we can bring a full service outdoor program to the front door of any organization or school in the country. We partner with organizations to find ways for outdoor spaces to serve their unique mission or curricular goals, running logistics so educators can focus on teaching.


Working at BOAT is a truly unique experience. Sometimes we jokingly refer to our big red vehicle as a “land ship” (we like puns, and it’s a play on the name) – but it really is like working on a ship. Our crew is small and committed, the quarters can be tight, but you have everything you need. Plus, you’ll be helping to build a one-of-a-kind outdoor program.


BOAT isn’t a longstanding program. We’re always trying new things, because we think operational excellence, innovative thinking, and a willingness to change will help us make a more inclusive outdoors. We’re looking for people who are also open to trying new things and who want to join us in finding new ways to use the outdoors to fulfill the missions of our partners.

On trips, you have the opportunity to work to change lives, find creative ways to incorporate our partner’s missions into the outdoors, and you explore one of the most beautiful states in America. Between trips, you can live where you want, enjoy our home city of Denver (or nearby Boulder, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins…. the list goes on) and – you guessed it – explore one of the most beautiful states in America.

We don’t believe in a “culture fit,” and are looking for “culture adds.” Bring your full self to the work – we’ll try and pair you with the right partners. Interested? Apply in the other tabs, and review available opportunities.

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We update opportunities as they arise on this page. BOAT is currently hiring for:




DATES: First three weeks of September 2019. Specifically:

  • Tuesday Sep 3, – Fri Sep 6 (Prep day Monday Sep 2)
  • Tuesday Sep 10, – Fri Sep 13 (Prep day Monday Sep 9)
  • Monday Sep 16 – Thu Sep 19 (Prep day Sunday Sep 16)
  • End of Contract: Sep 20

REQUIREMENTS: Wilderness First Responder preferred. Experience with backcountry navigation, outdoor meal preparation, and basic facilitation required.

DETAILS: Guides will work with 9th Graders on 4 day expeditions in Colorado. 4 days in the field, plus prep days, paid at competitive daily rates. Please review the job description (below) and contact with questions.


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DATES: Ongoing.

REQUIREMENTS: Class B Commercial Driver’s License with a Passenger endorsement required. BOAT can provide training to the appropriate candidate to receive their license. Colorado license preferred.

DETAILS: Daily rate, per trip. Ample opportunities to drive on weekdays throughout the summer and into the fall. Typical days last from 8 – 4pm, but hours may vary.


BOAT’s application process is online – you can find the full application here. You will be asked to provide basic information about yourself and your skills, to provide a resume, and to provide at least three references. You cannot save information midway through, so have your references, their title, e-mail, and phone number in advance.

Note that each job has a series of brief question statements – these can be brief, but you may want to prepare answers in advance. Our Job Application Checklist is the best place to get a sense of the process!