Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hiring for Adventure!

I thought the following openings sounded interesting for those with adventure in their heart. They are a bit different but sound like fun.   If you know others that may be interested please pass the information along.
Wishing everyone the very best!
Rustic Pathways
Global Summer Program Leader
Location: Multiple Countries
Type: Seasonal Min. Experience: Experienced
Rustic Pathways offers the world's finest international high school service, adventure and foreign language programs. Our destinations stretch from the white-sand beaches of Fiji to the rainforest canopies of Costa Rica, the high Himalaya to the Great Barrier Reef, and many points in between. Rustic Pathways is a pioneer in providing superior quality travel and service programs in some of the world's most welcoming countries for students and families. Rustic Pathways demands professionalism and integrity across all of its operations, insists on quality in all aspects of its programs, and places strong emphasis on the safety and wellbeing of its students and staff.  We enrich the lives of our students and our staff, benefit the parts of the world we serve, and build cultural bridges that leads to greater global understanding and cooperation.
Rustic Pathways seeks to hire exceptional Global Summer Program Leaders.
Global Summer Program Leaders
@Rustic Pathways
The Position
You are responsible for ensuring a life-changing experience for every student on your programs. This entails properly managing risk and prioritizing the safety of your students, co-leaders, and yourself; implementing Rustic Pathways' Core Learning Values & Framework; promoting positive group dynamics; providing appropriate supervision and being available for students 24-hours a day throughout the duration of the program; and creating a positive work environment for other staff members. You have the opportunity to engage with amazing communities and change the lives of youth across the globe.
You are...
Leader ' Problem-solver ' Good communicator ' Mentor and a role model ' Good listener ' Trainable ' Team player ' Humble and respectful ' Flexible ' Motivated '
You demonstrate...
Safety-awareness with good judgment and rational decision-making skills
Experience in multicultural environments
Experience working with adolescents
Financial tracking, logistical, managerial  and administrative skills
Ability to facilitate positive group dynamics
Passion, positivity, and enthusiasm
Ability to maintain excellence under pressure and ever-changing conditions

Demonstrate responsible leadership and judgment
Act as a role model and mentor for students by embodying RP mission and values
Respond calmly and respectfully to student issues as they arise
Follow all safety and risk management protocols
Manage student physical and emotional well-being
Facilitate cross-cultural awareness
Follow Rustic Pathways' Core Learning Values & Framework
Manage and communicate day-to-day logistics, finance and administration, and group dynamics
Represent Rustic Pathways in all communities where we visit and work
Take responsibility for the success of your program

All applicants must be minimum 22 years old by June 1, 2014
Relevant skills and/or community service experience
Native-level fluency in English
Extensive experience working with adolescents
CPR and First Aid Certified (before start of work)
Additional Information:


National Park Services
 Job Title:Animal Packer Helper
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:YL1036651

$16.98 to $19.81 / Per Hour
Thursday, February 13, 2014 to Thursday, February 27, 2014
Full Time - Seasonal NTE 1039 hours
1 vacancy in the following location:
Yellowstone National Park, WY
United States Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click

The Northern Rockies Servicing Human Resources Office (NR SHRO) in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming is currently accepting applications to fill one or more temporary positions as Animal Packer Helper, WG-5001-05, in Yellowstone NP.

Appointments are limited to 1039 hours in a twelve month period. Seasonal work is expected to start in the spring and last through early to late fall. Appointments may be terminated at any time and can be extended if workload and funding allow. Positions offer rehire eligibility for subsequent appointments, provided the employee has not exceeded 1039 hours of work in a twelve month period and has achieved an acceptable level of performance.

[Work Schedule: The work schedule will be full-time 40 hours per week. May work overtime, holidays and weekends.  Depending on budget and work levels, employee may be placed on a part-time work schedule (8 to 32 hours per week), or on an intermittent work schedule.  An intermittent schedule is sporadic and unpredictable so that a tour of duty cannot be regularly scheduled in advance.

The incumbent will be stationed in the interior of Yellowstone National Park and will work at many different backcountry and front-country locations resupplying and supporting trail crews. Duties will often require camping in tents and cooking communally as a member of a 4-8 person trails crew in remote backcountry locations. When in the front-country, the work schedule is expected to be 4 10 hour days each week. Backcountry trips typically last 4 days but can be up to 9 days.

While in the front-country, dormitory housing may be available. Most front-country locations are 40-50 miles from the nearest gateway community with services (grocery stores, motels, restaurants, medical offices). Medical clinics are available in Mammoth Hot Springs, Lake Village, and Old Faithful. Park Headquarters is located at Mammoth Hot Springs, elevation 6,200 feet. Temperatures in the park vary from 90 degrees Fahrenheit to sub-zero at times. The incumbent works outdoors in all weather extremes in steep and mountainous terrain. At times, the incumbent will work alone in backcountry areas and must be able to sustain themselves in these conditions. The incumbent will be exposed to the possibility of broken bones; cuts; bruises; strained and wrenched muscles; burns from ropes; insect bites; and the danger of animals striking, kicking, or crushing.

Additional Information:

Fast Track Classroom Training for Tour Directors, Travel Staff, Tour Guides and Cruise Hosts

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Travel Industry Roars Back to Pre-Recession Employment Level!

I’ve posted a couple recent articles below I think you’ll find interesting if you’re already leading tours, considering it and or a traveler.
I’m proud and love working in Travel and Tourism, but you have probably heard me say that many times.  I enjoy what I do and what it does for others and the world.  I have watched tourism change the world for years and getting very little credit.  It does so much to bring the world together by fighting cultural misunderstandings, supporting developing communities, supporting historical sites and museums, saving wildlife reserves and much, much more.   
We used to use the term eco-tourism a lot.  Today you’ll hear the term, sustainable tourism. Sustainable tourism goes even further with green facilities and concern about the ‘footprint’ left behind by the travelers.   The UNWTO, the United Nations World Tourism Organization, promotes tourism to help developing countries and communities.
The UNWTO, now has a new handbook linking tourism and peace.  It’s tough to admit this but when I started leading tours, I lead tours to the USSR and China when some still wore Mao jackets.  (I was very young!)   My career has given me the opportunity to watch the world change and see the opinions of my tour member’s change through their travel experiences.  A number of my past students are having the same opportunity leading tours to Cuba through the People to People cultural exchange program.  I’ve posted the article about the new WTO handbook below.
Good news!  ”Jobs Report Milestone: Travel Industry Roars Back to Pre-Recession Employment Level”.   Jobs!  See the article below.
Wishing everyone the very best!

Jobs Report Milestone: Travel Industry Roars Back to Pre-Recession Employment Level
Published on : Saturday, February 8, 2014
The U.S. travel industry has returned to its pre-Great Recession employment level, while most of the economy still struggles to reach that mark, according to the latest U.S. Department of Labor figures released Friday.

With an addition of 7,000 travel jobs in January, plus a substantial upward revision of previous data, the new labor report reveals that the travel industry actually reached the milestone in October, and now stands 11 percent above the pre-recession employment peak of February 2008.

Since the recovery began, the travel industry has added jobs at a rate 19 percent faster than the rest of the economy overall, which has replaced only 88 percent of the jobs lost during the recession.

“We’ve always known that travel had the tools to outperform most of the economy even in very troubled times, so it’s not a surprise that we’ve reached this mark while industries such as construction, manufacturing, real estate and finance are far from fully recovered,” said David Huether, U.S. Travel’s senior vice president for research and economics. “We had long suspected we would get back to pre-recession levels before the end of 2013, and lo and behold, the data revisions show we got there in October.”

Travel supports 14.6 million American jobs, directly employs one in eight Americans across key job sectors—including transportation, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues, among others—and is a top-10 employer in 47 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Travel-related jobs are notable for their quality as well as quantity. The average maximum salary for someone who started their career in the travel industry is $81,900—significantly higher than other industries—-and two in five of those go on to salaries in excess of $100,000 per year.

“This latest data leaves little room for doubt: travel is a job-creating powerhouse,” said U.S. Travel President and CEO Roger Dow. “It’s nice to have reached this milestone, but there is much more we can do to build further upon this record of success. We’re excited about the possibilities our industry holds for the U.S. economy and workers.”

Dow concluded by noting that policymakers could encourage more U.S. travel job creation by passing the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act—which has been introduced in the House as H.R. 1354, and provisions of which were included in the Senate-passed immigration bill—and reauthorizing Brand USA, a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to increasing inbound international travel to the United States.
UNWTO Launched International Handbook on Tourism and Peace
Published on : Saturday, February 8, 2014

With the help of the Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth and the Ministry of European and International Affairs of Austria, the International Handbook on Tourism and Peace launched. The Handbook offers an inclusive collection of perspectives on tourism and peace from leading international experts with topics ranging from sustainable development and conflict resolution to eco-tourism and heritage preservation and includes several case studies.

Published by the Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education of the Klagenfurt University, in collaboration with UNWTO, within the framework of their combined ‘Tourism and Peace’ project, this publication aims to make a significant academic contribution, even as providing also important insights for the broader public in presenting tourism as a powerful tool within the international peace building agenda.

Experts contributing both case studies and theoretical approaches make the Handbook an exclusive and powerful contribution to the overall discussion about new pathways to peace. Based on the diversity, the editors of the book conclude that aspects of “peace sensitive” tourism can be carved out and used by various tourism stakeholders and tourists, as well as international and development organizations.