Mission


Grand Canyon Youth offers educational outdoor expeditions that connect  young people to the transformative power of the rivers and canyons of the Southwest.

Vision: We envision a diverse and equitable world where all youth are empowered to  live with purpose while discovering and caring for self, community, and the natural world.  

 

Grand Canyon Youth alumni rowing a blue paddle boat with a guide on the back

Photo by Erin Greenwood

 

Mission: Grand Canyon Youth offers educational outdoor expeditions that connect  young people to the transformative power of the rivers and canyons of the Southwest.

 

Values:

  • Connection. We explore how to connect and be in harmony with ourselves, our  communities, and the natural world. We believe these connections help inspire actions  that promote a sustainable, healthy world.
  • Adventure. We try new things, play, step out of our comfort zones, are present in the  moment, and enjoy the rewards of working together as a team.
  • Curiosity. We are curious about ourselves, each other and our surroundings. As lifelong learners, we are open to new ideas, experiences and perspectives. 
  • Respect. We model and encourage respect for ourselves, one another, and the natural  world. We bring people from diverse backgrounds together and promote a safe space  for all by committing to social justice including being anti-racist, anti-ableist and gender inclusive. 
  • Intention. We care deeply about the youth we serve, our community, and the places we  visit. Our expeditions are intentionally designed to focus on safety, quality, and meaningful, lasting impacts.
  • Responsibility. We take responsibility for understanding how our actions impact  ourselves, others, and the natural world. We show our commitment through service and stewardship.
emma

Emma Wharton

Executive Director

chantal

Chantal Mosman

Assistant Director

Mary Ellen Arndorfer

Mary Ellen Arndorfer

Finance Director

Grand Canyon Youth Field staff director Jean-Philippe rowing a green hard shell kayak

Jean-Philippe Clark

Operations Director

Megan Dwyer

Megan Dwyer

Program Director

sequoyah

Sequoyah Gagnon

Intern

jordan

Jordan Rocheleau

Program Director

Our guides are hand-selected for their skills and interest in sharing the natural world with young people.


When not guiding Grand Canyon Youth trips, they work as teachers, students, artists, conservationists, and healthcare providers, among other things. Given their sense of humor and ability to facilitate, we are proud to have such talented and conscientious guides leading our trips. Here are some of our dedicated river guides:

Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie Jackson

Tony Cola

Tony Cola

TW head shot 2016

Tyler Williams

Alsek

Laura Chamberlin

Bryan_Guide_3

Bryan Bates

will lytle

Will Lytle

justin

Justin Gallen

cricket

Cricket Rust

Emily Manone

Emily Manone

Jak Kearsley

Jak Kearsley

Corinne LaViolette_edited

Corinne LaViolette

Maddie F

Madeline Friend

max

Max Andariese

sarah

Sarah Smith

caitlin

Caitlin Jaramillo

Christopher Rocheleau

Chris Rocheleau

Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark

kate stanley

Kate Stanley

Governing Board


Kate Morley, President

Angela Keith, Vice President

Eric Scott, Treasurer

Dania Wilson, Secretary

Ian Austin

Bonnie Baker

Jocelyn Gibbon

Ronald Hubert

Oscar Landa Samano

Eleanor McDonough

Scott Pettitt

Helen Ranney

Ashlynn Roberson

Jon Streit

Marieke Taney

 

 

JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) Council


The purpose of the JEDI Council is to advise the GCY board and staff on policy and practice surrounding topics related to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Sheree Denetsosie

Chelsea Griffin

Madeline Friend

Charlie Humphrey

Oscar Landa-Samano (Board Representative)

Omar Martinez

Alexa Spielhagen

Marieke Taney (Board Representative)

 

Health Advisory Task Force


The purpose of the Health Advisory Task Force is to advise the GCY board and staff on policy and practice surrounding medical, dietary and mental health related topics. 

Kevin Conn, MD

Angela Keith, PhD (Board Representative)

Sheila Mackell, MD

Alan Motter, NP

Tom Myers, MD

Volunteers are essential to the work we do


We have a lot of opportunities in our office/warehouse for volunteers to come in and help behind the scenes with getting trips out on the water. Volunteers help keep the warehouse working by checking tents, packing sleep kits, and tidying our gear borrowing room. Our volunteers also help out at local community events in Flagstaff and our Annual FUNdraiser, Rivers & Reels Silent Auction and Film Fest.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer manager.

Photo by Stephanie Jackson

We are always looking to grow our amazing Field Staff pool!


Field Staff at Grand Canyon Youth consists of river guides, hiking guides, expedition leaders, and drivers. Our main program season is March-July, but we run programs almost year-round. We do our hiring in the December – February window, but it is never too early or late to send your information in. While we aim to have all spots filled before our first trip of the season there are regular adjustments made to the schedule to meet programmatic needs throughout the season.

  • River Guides & Expedition Leaders:

  • We do the majority of our river programs on the San Juan River and the Colorado River on the Diamond Down and Lees Ferry sections. We do two Grand Canyon trips each year. Our expedition leader positions are mostly in Canyon de Chelly and paired with a San Juan River program.
  • Grand Canyon Youth guides and expedition leaders are outdoor educators. Our primary focus is creating community and opportunities for youth to challenge themselves while exploring the rivers and canyons of the Southwest. We have fun and play in the dirt while also teaching about the places we are travelling through. Additionally, because we are a youth organization we run completely dry trips.
  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to: educating participants about the place you are traveling as well as outdoor safety and etiquette; leading hikes; engaging with youth and participating in interpretation; providing needed first-aid and managing/assessing risk; setting-up camp, cooking meals, cleaning dishes, maintaining toilet systems; providing care and repair to boats and equipment; using good judgment and maintaining heart and humor.
  • Minimum Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older; Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and Epi Certifications; Food Handler’s Certificate; experience on the sections we boat through; pass a pre-employment background and driving record check and drug test.
  • Hiking Guides:

  • We do a limited number of hiking trips during the season, but we always do two Grand Canyon exchange hikes on Bright Angel Trail.
  • Hiking guides are expected to: fulfill lead and sweep hiker responsibilities that include educating participants about hiking safety & etiquette; provide needed first-aid and managing/assessing risks; encourage participants in order for all to have an enjoyable and safe hike.
  • Minimum Requirements: be 21 years of age or older; Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and Epi Certifications; experience hiking on Bright Angel Trail; have a working mobile phone, valid driver’s license, and 5 years driving experience; pass a pre-employment background and driving record check and drug test.
  • Drivers:

  • We do most of the transportation for our programs. This means driving a van with 10-19 year olds for 2-6 hours across the highways of Arizona and Utah.
  • Driver responsibilities include: transporting participants to and from their Grand Canyon Youth expedition; and attending to all pre and post drive tasks which include pre-drive safety checks and loading of vehicles, post drive clean-up and fueling vehicles, and gear return and cleaning as need.
  • Minimum Requirements: be 21 years of age or older; have a working mobile phone, valid driver’s license, and 5 years driving experience; pass a pre-employment background and driving record check and drug test.

Please contact us if you are interested and we will send you the official job description(s).

GCY Guides on Boat Smiling
Photo by Jordan Robinson.
Vision, Mission, Values

Vision: We envision a diverse and equitable world where all youth are empowered to  live with purpose while discovering and caring for self, community, and the natural world.  

 

Grand Canyon Youth alumni rowing a blue paddle boat with a guide on the back

Photo by Erin Greenwood

 

Mission: Grand Canyon Youth offers educational outdoor expeditions that connect  young people to the transformative power of the rivers and canyons of the Southwest.

 

Values:

  • Connection. We explore how to connect and be in harmony with ourselves, our  communities, and the natural world. We believe these connections help inspire actions  that promote a sustainable, healthy world.
  • Adventure. We try new things, play, step out of our comfort zones, are present in the  moment, and enjoy the rewards of working together as a team.
  • Curiosity. We are curious about ourselves, each other and our surroundings. As lifelong learners, we are open to new ideas, experiences and perspectives. 
  • Respect. We model and encourage respect for ourselves, one another, and the natural  world. We bring people from diverse backgrounds together and promote a safe space  for all by committing to social justice including being anti-racist, anti-ableist and gender inclusive. 
  • Intention. We care deeply about the youth we serve, our community, and the places we  visit. Our expeditions are intentionally designed to focus on safety, quality, and meaningful, lasting impacts.
  • Responsibility. We take responsibility for understanding how our actions impact  ourselves, others, and the natural world. We show our commitment through service and stewardship.
Staff
emma

Emma Wharton

Executive Director

chantal

Chantal Mosman

Assistant Director

Mary Ellen Arndorfer

Mary Ellen Arndorfer

Finance Director

Grand Canyon Youth Field staff director Jean-Philippe rowing a green hard shell kayak

Jean-Philippe Clark

Operations Director

Megan Dwyer

Megan Dwyer

Program Director

sequoyah

Sequoyah Gagnon

Intern

jordan

Jordan Rocheleau

Program Director

Field Staff

Our guides are hand-selected for their skills and interest in sharing the natural world with young people.


When not guiding Grand Canyon Youth trips, they work as teachers, students, artists, conservationists, and healthcare providers, among other things. Given their sense of humor and ability to facilitate, we are proud to have such talented and conscientious guides leading our trips. Here are some of our dedicated river guides:

Stephanie Jackson

Stephanie Jackson

Tony Cola

Tony Cola

TW head shot 2016

Tyler Williams

Alsek

Laura Chamberlin

Bryan_Guide_3

Bryan Bates

will lytle

Will Lytle

justin

Justin Gallen

cricket

Cricket Rust

Emily Manone

Emily Manone

Jak Kearsley

Jak Kearsley

Corinne LaViolette_edited

Corinne LaViolette

Maddie F

Madeline Friend

max

Max Andariese

sarah

Sarah Smith

caitlin

Caitlin Jaramillo

Christopher Rocheleau

Chris Rocheleau

Lisa Clark

Lisa Clark

kate stanley

Kate Stanley

Board of Directors

Governing Board


Kate Morley, President

Angela Keith, Vice President

Eric Scott, Treasurer

Dania Wilson, Secretary

Ian Austin

Bonnie Baker

Jocelyn Gibbon

Ronald Hubert

Oscar Landa Samano

Eleanor McDonough

Scott Pettitt

Helen Ranney

Ashlynn Roberson

Jon Streit

Marieke Taney

 

 

JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) Council


The purpose of the JEDI Council is to advise the GCY board and staff on policy and practice surrounding topics related to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

Sheree Denetsosie

Chelsea Griffin

Madeline Friend

Charlie Humphrey

Oscar Landa-Samano (Board Representative)

Omar Martinez

Alexa Spielhagen

Marieke Taney (Board Representative)

 

Health Advisory Task Force


The purpose of the Health Advisory Task Force is to advise the GCY board and staff on policy and practice surrounding medical, dietary and mental health related topics. 

Kevin Conn, MD

Angela Keith, PhD (Board Representative)

Sheila Mackell, MD

Alan Motter, NP

Tom Myers, MD

Volunteer

Volunteers are essential to the work we do


We have a lot of opportunities in our office/warehouse for volunteers to come in and help behind the scenes with getting trips out on the water. Volunteers help keep the warehouse working by checking tents, packing sleep kits, and tidying our gear borrowing room. Our volunteers also help out at local community events in Flagstaff and our Annual FUNdraiser, Rivers & Reels Silent Auction and Film Fest.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer manager.

Photo by Stephanie Jackson
Employment

We are always looking to grow our amazing Field Staff pool!


Field Staff at Grand Canyon Youth consists of river guides, hiking guides, expedition leaders, and drivers. Our main program season is March-July, but we run programs almost year-round. We do our hiring in the December – February window, but it is never too early or late to send your information in. While we aim to have all spots filled before our first trip of the season there are regular adjustments made to the schedule to meet programmatic needs throughout the season.

  • River Guides & Expedition Leaders:

  • We do the majority of our river programs on the San Juan River and the Colorado River on the Diamond Down and Lees Ferry sections. We do two Grand Canyon trips each year. Our expedition leader positions are mostly in Canyon de Chelly and paired with a San Juan River program.
  • Grand Canyon Youth guides and expedition leaders are outdoor educators. Our primary focus is creating community and opportunities for youth to challenge themselves while exploring the rivers and canyons of the Southwest. We have fun and play in the dirt while also teaching about the places we are travelling through. Additionally, because we are a youth organization we run completely dry trips.
  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to: educating participants about the place you are traveling as well as outdoor safety and etiquette; leading hikes; engaging with youth and participating in interpretation; providing needed first-aid and managing/assessing risk; setting-up camp, cooking meals, cleaning dishes, maintaining toilet systems; providing care and repair to boats and equipment; using good judgment and maintaining heart and humor.
  • Minimum Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older; Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and Epi Certifications; Food Handler’s Certificate; experience on the sections we boat through; pass a pre-employment background and driving record check and drug test.
  • Hiking Guides:

  • We do a limited number of hiking trips during the season, but we always do two Grand Canyon exchange hikes on Bright Angel Trail.
  • Hiking guides are expected to: fulfill lead and sweep hiker responsibilities that include educating participants about hiking safety & etiquette; provide needed first-aid and managing/assessing risks; encourage participants in order for all to have an enjoyable and safe hike.
  • Minimum Requirements: be 21 years of age or older; Wilderness First Responder, CPR, and Epi Certifications; experience hiking on Bright Angel Trail; have a working mobile phone, valid driver’s license, and 5 years driving experience; pass a pre-employment background and driving record check and drug test.
  • Drivers:

  • We do most of the transportation for our programs. This means driving a van with 10-19 year olds for 2-6 hours across the highways of Arizona and Utah.
  • Driver responsibilities include: transporting participants to and from their Grand Canyon Youth expedition; and attending to all pre and post drive tasks which include pre-drive safety checks and loading of vehicles, post drive clean-up and fueling vehicles, and gear return and cleaning as need.
  • Minimum Requirements: be 21 years of age or older; have a working mobile phone, valid driver’s license, and 5 years driving experience; pass a pre-employment background and driving record check and drug test.

Please contact us if you are interested and we will send you the official job description(s).

GCY Guides on Boat Smiling
Photo by Jordan Robinson.
Financial