2020 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. We do not expect interns to be proficient and operating to a high degree, but instead hope that they come with a desire and willingness to work hard and grow in all their skills. Interns will get practical, hands-on experience in all aspects of programming and guiding on a number of backpacking, kayaking, and surfing trips between May and August. We also offer day climbing programs that interns are invited to participate in when available. Our base is in the Comox Valley, and we offer room and board to applicants if that is a need that we can take care of.
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 fill out the application form (click the button on the right). Once completed please send to our Communications Director along with your resume and a cover letter. 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 if you want to know more. 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 29, 2020


If you have questions or if you would like to apply, please contact our Communications Director, Alexis Collier: 1.403.975.1993 | alexis@zaoministries.org