2017 Guide Internship 


Zao is a non-profit, faith-based wilderness program for youth and young adults on Vancouver Island.  Our internship program is designed to provide opportunities for individuals interested in wilderness guiding, and outdoor ministry, in order to gain professional experience and knowledge in this growing field. Interns will get practical, hands-on experience in all aspects of programming and guiding on up to six alpine and coastal trips between May and August. Our base is in Courtenay.
This program is ideal for a young aspirant guide who is looking for work experience in the industry, or considering entering an ACMG certification stream.  A formal mentorship can easily be arranged. 

If you meet the qualifications for the 2019 guide intern position, please call our ministry coordinator to arrange an initial interview and begin the application process. Things change with Zao from year to year, and you're likely to have lots of questions. We can also put you in touch with our former interns. Please don't hesitate to call. Thanks!


Successful candidates will have a strong sense of gospel identity and a desire to demonstrate servant leadership to our participants.  Due to the nature of our work with minors, a criminal records check is required (we cover this expense).

  • You have minimum 40-hour first aid certification, preferably WFA

  • You have backpacking and/or paddling experience

  • You love Jesus and want to serve!

  • You have significant leadership experience.

  • Industry certification is an asset but not required

  • Youth leadership experience is an asset

  • You have a class 4 drivers license or can work towards one

Deadline: February 28, 2019


If you have questions or if you would like to apply, please contact our Communications Director, Alexis Collier: 1.403.975.1993