If you wish to apply for a 2014 Trek Travel Guide Contract and feel that you have what it takes to succeed in this position, here are the steps to follow and the 6 items you will need. After you have fully read through the details below, apply online.
Please do NOT submit application items in to our office by mail or fax. Applications received by mail or fax will not be considered.
Please do NOT contact Trek Travel by phone to inquire about the status of your application. We will only be contacting the strongest candidates for an interview.
Applications are reviewed in the order they are received. It is in your best interest to submit your application early to improve your chances of being hired as we use rolling admissions while processing applications.
The Trek Travel Guide Hiring is a unique multi-step process designed to enable us to offer Guide Contracts to the very best candidates. It is made up of the following steps:
We have two deadlines for Guide applications to be received and considered for the start of the 2014 season.
Friday, December 13th, 2013 – This is our first deadline for completed applications. It is possible we will fill all Hiring Event spots after this first deadline.
Monday, January 6th, 2014 – This is our second deadline for completed applications. We will accept applications ONLY if we are looking to fill more Guide Hiring Event spots after December 13th deadline.
No application will be accepted after January 6th for a full 2014 guiding season.
We will select the strongest candidates for a Skype video interview to be scheduled as applications are processed. If you are chosen for an interview, we will contact you to set up a convenient time. These interviews will last approximately 30 minutes. There is a possibility that if selected for a Skype interview, we may ask you to do a second one.
Please note: All interviews will be done over Skype video. If you are chosen for an interview, you will need to have access to a video-enabled computer or smartphone with strong Internet access to take part in this process.
Saturday, January 11th, 2014 – Candidates invited to our Guide Hiring Event
We will be inviting our most qualified candidates from the Skype interviews to Trek Travel Guide Hiring Event to be held in Madison, Wisconsin.
Saturday January 25th – Trek Travel Guide Hiring Event in Madison, Wisconsin
This even is mandatory in order to be considered for Guide Training. Guide Hiring Event is an all day group interview January 25th comprised of a variety of activities during the day including a social hour and dinner that evening.
Monday, January 27th, 2014 – Candidates invited to Guide Training
We will be inviting our strongest candidates to our Trek Travel Guide Training to be held in Solvang, California. This is the final phase of our hiring process.
Sunday, February 9th through Monday February 17, 2014 – Trek Travel Guide Training in Solvang, California
This 10-day event is the final phase of our Guide hiring process and is mandatory in order to be considered for a Guide Contract. Guide Training is comprised of an intensive series of role-playing scenarios, group challenges, bike repair, trip financials, trip reporting and mock-trips. After training is complete, we will offer Guide Contracts to the strongest candidates.
PLEASE NOTE: It is very important to point out that being invited to Guide Training does NOT guarantee that you will be offered a Guide Contract with Trek Travel; only those candidates who display the highest degree of competency during Guide Training will be offered a contract.
It is also important to be aware that at any point during the Training, participants may be asked to leave if we do not feel that they are meeting the criteria that we have established. It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that candidates purchase changeable air tickets to Madison if they are invited.
All guides are required to provide their own laptop or tablet computer, equipped with the following capabilities to use while working for Trek Travel:
While all of our units come fully stocked with extensive bike repair tools, Guides are expected to have a basic tool kit that they bring with them into the field. If you are offered a Guide Contract, you will be expected to supply your own set of tools, listed below:
All Guides must provide their own cycling First Aid kit, which they are required to carry with them at all, times while riding bike support. Guides are responsible for making sure that this is kept stocked for each trip they guide. If offered a Guide Contract, you will be given a list of items that must make up this kit. Guides are responsible for replenishing this kit as needed.
All Guides are required to provide their own web-enabled, camera-equipped smartphone. Your daily pay rate includes a per diem for phone use, therefore all costs associated with the use of your cell phone while guiding are the responsibility of the Guide, so it is advised that you keep all cell phone receipts for tax purposes.
Note: Trek Travel will provide a European cellphone and SIM card to use while working there, however you will still need the smart phone.
All Guides must provide and carry with them a portable digital camera while guiding. Please note that point-and-shoot models are perfectly acceptable. If your smartphone’s camera has at least 8-megapixel resolution and you would prefer to use that for picture taking rather than a separate camera that is perfectly acceptable.
Trek Travel provides 2 jerseys, 2 pairs of shorts and 2 pairs of socks at no cost to every Guide given a contract. Outside of these items, as a condition of their Guide Contract, all outwardly visible cycling apparel must be branded, either Trek Travel, Trek or Bontrager, including cycling shoes. Also, Guides will also be able to use the Trek-branded helmets that are part of the field equipment. Please note that if you are given a Guide Contract, that you will be able to purchase Trek and Bontrager apparel and cycling gear at near-wholesale prices prior to beginning your guiding season.