Wilderness Voyageurs is looking for smart, energetic, personable and passionate folks to help create life time memories for our cycling clients. We are looking for both part-time and full time guides. Are you an expert on one of our cycling destinations, and want to only work in that region? Great, we can accommodate you. Do you want to bike in as many states as possible this year and become an expert on local history and natural resources? Great, we have a position for you.
Our cycling guides are a highly varied group, some are retired and now putting their years of wisdom to work in a new way, others are in search of their path. But they are all united by their love for cycling, traveling, and sharing with others. Meet some of our bike tour guide staff…
Working for Wilderness Voyageurs, you’ll learn new skills, meet fascinating people and have an experience that will be with you for the rest of your life. We have a great family oriented, causal and fun work environment. Wilderness Voyageurs promotes working hard and playing hard. Some of our staff have been working for us since the 70’s, and one family has had 11 family members work at Wilderness Voyageurs.
What is the path to becoming a bike tour guide with Wilderness Voyageurs?
- Drivers License
- First Aid Certification
- CPR Certification
- Ability to lift 30 lbs overhead
- Ride up to 50 miles a day on your bike
- Intermediate bike mechanic skills
Extensive experience messing around with bikes; touring, fixing, riding, building, ya gotta love hanging out with da bikes.
Bike Tour Guide job Overview
- Personal Characteristics
- Efficient time management, organizational and multi-tasking skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Logistically oriented
- Detail-oriented and extremely organized
- Ability to identify needs, take action, and solve problems before they become a problem
- Creative, how to present lunch, or how to add some Pizzazz to a present tour
- Culturally aware and sensitive
- Work well in a team setting.
- Safety Conscious
- Preparing and presenting lunches and SAG stops for clients.
- Conducting financial transactions with tour vendors; restaurants, hotels etc.
- Drive SAG vehicle – There is as much driving as biking involved in this job.
- Daily bike maintenance of client bikes.
- Interpreting the landscape, physical, cultural and historical.
- Ride sweep on daily bike routes.
- Educate guests on riding techniques and etiquette.
Work conditions and scheduling
- Weekends and holidays are often workdays.
- Travel of up to 3 consecutive weeks away from home
I am stoked!! This sounds like what I want to do for a while!
We will review your application and then schedule a phone interview. Then the best and the brightest will be invited to our headquarters facility in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania for our training retreat.
Bike Tour Guide School: This takes place in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania in April. This is a 8 day intensive retreat where all tour staff get to know one another, learn how to run bike tours successfully and hone their guiding skills. Come prepared to learn the details of the job, practice your bike mechanic and first aid skills, learn about food and preparing lunches, and all of the other details that are involved in running a bike tour.
- Interpretive training & testing
- Mechanical instruction & testing
- Tour procedures
- Shake down rides of 20-40 miles daily
Never too early to start thinking about next season! Please send along your information as we are always reviewing applications and preparing invitations for our training retreat.
If you have questions, please call us at 800-272-4141