In a typical work setting, recreation guides:
- Have a high level of social interaction with clients. They spend a lot of time on the phone, writing e-mail and letters, and talking face-to-face.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
- Have a substantial amount of responsibility for clients' health and safety.
- May work as part of a team.
Physical Work Conditions
- Spend most of their time working outdoors, but work indoors planning trips and repairing gear.
- May work physically near other guides or clients.
- Must make sure that all details of the job are performed and everything is completed.
- Regularly make decisions that greatly affect clients, coworkers, and their own reputation.
- Must be very exact or highly accurate in performing the job. Errors could mean endangering client safety.
- Set most of their daily tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor first.
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- Work in a moderately competitive atmosphere in which they may compete for clients.
- Must meet weekly and monthly deadlines.
- May work 12- to 14-hour days when guiding wilderness activities. Trips may last from a few hours to several weeks. During trips, guides usually work seven days a week.
- May work only seasonally or irregularly. The busiest months are May through October. Many guides work only during the busiest months.
- Often must travel to different areas in order to work year round. They may travel to other states or countries.