What is an outdoor adventure guide?

Adventure Education Guides, sometimes called Outdoor Adventure Guides, are coaches, working with individuals and groups as they engage in the outdoor activities, such as climbing, technical ropes climbing, kayaking, mountaineering, canoeing, and other outdoor activities. As guides, they are also instructors in the safety and educate others on how to interact with their environment while having fun.

Job titles for adventure-based environmental education majors immediately after graduation:

Ropes Course Leader
Environmental Educator
Adventure Guide
Group Facilitator
Interpreter/ Naturalist
Team Building Specialist
Experiential Educator
Outdoor Adventure Leader

What is the expected earning potential of an adventure-based environmental education major without further education?

You can expect to earn between $21,000 to $52,000 annually.

What are the job titles with further education or experience after getting a degree in adventure-based environmental education?

Camp Director
Climbing Specialist
Executive Director
Program Coordinator
Expedition Leader
Nature Center Director
Business Owner

What is the expected earning potential with further education in adventure-based environmental education?

You can expect to earn between $30,000 to $75,000 annually.

Who employs adventure-based environmental education majors?

Non-Profit Organizations
For-Profit Businesses
Guiding Companies
Expeditionary Outfitters
Education Centers
Nature Centers
Camps/Leadership Schools

Who are the specific employers of adventure-based environmental education majors?

Outward Bound
National Outdoor Leadership School
Chewonki Foundation
Camp Keive
Gilsland Farm Audubon Center
Teton Science School

What is the job outlook for adventure-based environmental education majors?

Steady, little to no growth projected for the next 18 or so years.

Do I need to get a graduate degree or further education to become an adventure or outdoor guide?

Typically no further education is needed for successful entry into this field. A master’s degree may help with transitioning from the field to a more traditional educational setting or may increase the prospect of job placement and salary.

What are useful certifications for aiding in adventure education work?

Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness EMT
Leave No Trace
First Aid
American Mountain Guides Association Certifications
American Canoe Association Certifications
Registered Maine Guides
High Ropes Course Instructor Certifications

Many of these certifications can be obtained while you study adventure-based environmental education at Unity College.

What are the professional associations available for adventure-based environmental education majors?


Where can I find job and internships for adventure-based environmental education?


What are the transferable skills I will learn as an adventure-based environmental education major?

Ability to teach / train
Explaining ideas clearly
Assisting and Caring for Others – Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Scheduling Work and Activities – Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Documenting/Recording Information – Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Developing Objectives and Strategies – Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
Coaching and Developing Others – Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment – Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Writing and presenting
Decision making
Risk Management
Resolving and mediating conflicts
Sensitivity to others
Promoting healthy relationships and behavior
Understanding group dynamics
Knowing statistical techniques
Summarizing ideas
Team player
Computer skills
Knowing and appreciating ethical guidelines
Respecting & valuing individuals and differences
Designing and conducting experiments
Reasoning analytically & objectively
Quantitative and qualitative analysis
Understanding human development & behavior
Establishing interpersonal connections
Critical and inferential thinking

Where can I learn more about adventure-based environmental education?