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SYMG Employment

Thanks for your interest in a career with SYMG!

Mountain guiding is certainly exciting and we take pride in providing a welcoming and professional environment for our staff. Most guides return each year and we have large numbers of applicants for only a handful of positions. Our summer season is from May 15 to Sept 30 and guides are expected to be available for scheduling during these times. Full time guides average 20 days of work per month in the high season with irregular schedules. Typically, we begin reviewing applications in February for the following summer.

About SYMG

Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides is one of North America's premier active travel & guiding services. Founded in 1991 and based outside of the south entrance of Yosemite (Oakhurst/Bass Lake), SYMG specializes in backpacking, stock-supported trekking, fly-fishing, rock climbing and natural history trips. We operate primarily in the Sierra Nevada, from Yosemite south through Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. We are proud to have been named "Best Outfitter on Earth" and "Best Adventure Travel Company" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. SYMG typically employs 15 guides during the summer guiding season.

We Provide

- 7-day Professional Mountain Guide Training Course

- Competitive wages

- Uniforms and other gear

- Pro-purchase deals from most outdoor gear and clothing companies

- Continuing education programs and financial reimbursements


This position is for a full-time day hiking and naturalist guide. Most days will be spent in the front-country of Yosemite leading small groups on various hiking and educational tours. You would also act as trip leader for occasional campground and lodge-based multi-day trips up to 4 days in duration.


- Excellent conversational, group management, & leadership skills

- Wilderness First Responder and CPR training is the minimum medical certification we accept

- Exceptional knowledge of Yosemite day hiking trails

- Strong interpretive skills including knowledge of local ecology & history

- Leave No Trave Awareness Course

- Twenty-one years of age

- Vehicle in good working order

- Availability from June 1-Sept 30, though exact dates are flexible


- Knowledge of the Sierra Nevada backcountry (Yosemite to Mt Whitney)

- Prior experience with leading adults on wilderness adventures

- Prior experience with leading student groups on wilderness adventures

- Some guides have other credentials such as Search and Rescue, Paramedic, AMGA/PCGI certifications, Orvis Fly-fishing School, etc.

How to Apply

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume or send a hard copy to:

c/o Graham Ottley
42997 E Mountain View Ln
Oakhurst CA 93644

Need more experience before applying?

Consider applying for our successful Internship Program.