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What you need to know about training and
being a Naturalist Guide with Desert Adventures
The management and staff at Desert Adventures would like to thank you for your interest in joining our team as a naturalist guide. We hope that the following information will help you understand the nature of the job, the application process and the training program required to be offered a position.
- Would you make a good Naturalist Guide?: If you have lived in, or near, the desert for at least a year, have a passion for nature, like being outdoors, have the agility to lead gentle hikes, enjoy learning and sharing interesting information with others, can drive a stick-shift, don’t require income from this job to pay your bills, and have flexible availability – then this might be the opportunity for you!
- What does a Naturalist Guide do? In your initial season, you will give narrated eco-adventure tours of the San Andreas Fault in an open-air jeep. In subsequent seasons, you may advance to giving tours of the Indian Canyons, Joshua Tree National Park, Palm Springs and Mecca Hills, as well as other tours developed by Desert Adventures.
- When do guides work? Desert Adventures operates 365 days a year. As a guide, you would be expected to be generally available during the “season” which is from October through May. It is each guide’s decision whether to work during the summer months. You will be considered to be “on-call” for tours during the season. Tours are assigned based on seniority, a fair guide rotation, and the volume of tours booked. All guide positions are part-time.
- How much do guides make? This position is best suited for individuals who are looking for something fun to do and who only would like to make a little “pocket money.” This is not the position for you if you need to support yourself on your tour income. The pay is based on minimum wage with the opportunity for substantial gratuities.
- Application and Telephone Interview: Please complete the following one-page application. If your application contains the required qualifications, you will be contacted for a telephone interview. If there is mutual interest in proceeding with the process, you will be invited to the Desert Adventures office for an in-person interview.
- Interview: This will be your opportunity to learn more about Desert Adventures, and for us to evaluate your potential to become a Naturalist Guide. After interviewing all applicants, selected individuals will be invited to participate in training.
- Training Program: Training is approximately 5 weeks, 3 days per week, 6-7 hours per session .You will also be required to take several tours with senior guides and to spend personal time to practice driving & touring. You will be asked to commit to this extensive, educational, time-consuming, unpaid training program. (Training program structure subject to change due to Covid-19).
- Drug Testing: Prior to employment, you will be required to submit to a drug test. As a guide, you will also be required to participate in periodic, random drug and/or alcohol testing. Those using marijuana should not apply.
- CPR and First Aid Certification: After completing training, prior to employment, you will be required to complete a certified course in CPR and First Aid, provided by Desert Adventures. Bi-annual recertification is also mandatory.
- Documentation Requirements: (to be provided on or before the first day of training, copies will be made)
• Drivers License and approval for Desert Adventures to obtain an online DMV printout of your driving record
Offer of employment is contingent upon approval of your driving qualifications by our insurance company.
• Social Security card or passport
Employment is contingent on the provision of satisfactory proof of your identity and legal authority to work in the United States.
Desert Adventures is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity, inclusiveness, and a welcoming environment for all of our team members. Consistent with this commitment, all qualified individuals are considered for employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to any legally protected status including race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Misrepresentation or omission of facts called for on your employment application, resume, interview process, or other application material may prohibit you from consideration for employment with Desert Adventures and is cause for immediate termination if employed.
Please return your application to Desert Adventures
By mail or in person to: 74-794 Lennon Place, Suite B, Palm Desert, CA 92260
By email: applications@red–jeep.com
By FAX: 1–866–221–5318
If you have questions, please call: (760) 340-2345
Join our Naturalist Guide Team!
We accept applications to become a Naturalist Tour Guide all year long. Training is conducted every September with the goal of having trainees ready to begin touring in time for the holidays.
If you are interested in becoming a guide, please fill out the application below to be considered.