Frequently Asked Questions
What is Echo Adventure Cooperative, Inc.?
Echo is a Collective Board Worker Cooperative, which means the majority of those who "work for" Echo are owners (we call them members) and have a seat on the Board of Directors. Each member, even the founding members, have an equal vote, no matter how much they make or how long they have been involved!
Because the members are equal within Echo, there are no managers, no bosses, no sole decision makers! There is a CEO, Vice President, CO-VP, Tresurer, Secretary, but they are not allowed to make decisions without a vote!
How much does it cost to join and what will I make?
First, there is a $100.00 nonrefundable application fee to help process all of the information submitted and call a vote on your membership with the Board of Directors.
If accepted, there is a $2000.00 membership fee. This fee covers the cost of developing, permitting and marketing your new trips! It also covers expenses like business cards, vehicle clings, Logo'd gear, etc.
Once up and rolling, full time members will make $25.00 an hour for any hourly work and any member under 30 hours a week during their peak season will make 22.00 an hour. In addition to hourly wages, here are the current rates for other opportunities:
Vehicle Rentals - 25.00 a day
Retail consignment - 75%
Rental commissions - 75%
Vacation Rental - 50%
The portion kept by Echo pays for wages, rent, insurance and other operating costs, but If there is a profit or surplus at the end of the year the Board decides if this money goes back to the members or if it gets used for charitable contributions or something else!
Remember all these numbers and percentages are determined by the Board, which are members just like you!
What can offer as a member? Who decides?
You, you and you!
Let's say that you want to offer adventures where you meet your guests in Yosemite Valley for a 3-hour walking tour 2 times a day for 200 days a year. Or maybe you want to pick guests up at the airport and do a private wine tasting before heading to Yosemite for 5 days of guided adventure once a month. You might just want to rent your vacation rental or sell recycled earrings made from trash found in Yosemite... it's %100 up to you! Echo's Board must approve the general idea, but you decide the details, the cost and the availbility!
Echo is here to support your dreams!
Echo provides insight into historical trends and our gut instinct over what trips, products or services will be successful.
Echo provides a series of costing mechanisms so that you can charge the right amount for your trip.
Echo only books your trips and/or sells your retail based on your stipulations. If you want to work 2 days a month, then go for it!
Do you operate outside of Yosemite?
Echo can operate anywhere in California! Currently, all of our offerings are based around Yosemite because that is where our members live. We are excited to adapt and grow with our membership, so if you want to offer bike trips through the Coastal Redwoods, climbing in Joshua Tree or fishing on the Putah, then just send us an email and we'll work with you to make it a reality!
Echo is always expanding!
Do you only offer adventures?
This is a great question! We've had members offer everything from vacation rentals to retail stores, so the skies the limit. If you have goods or services related to the outdoor or travel industry, then give us a holler!
What are members finacially responsible for and what costs does Echo cover?
You have to pay the $100.00 application fee and the $2000.00 membership fee. After that, you are responsible for discretionary expenses, or tour/excursion specific costs like a vehicle if you want to provide transportation, fuel, gear, snacks, etc. Remember all of these costs are tax deductible!
Echo pays for the big picture stuff! Permitting, CPUC authority, marketing, bookings, National Park fees, licenses, hotels, food costs for guests that choose that option.
Here is an example: A fly fishing guide offering a full-service 2-day package:
Still not sure? Send us an email with your trip idea and we'll tell which bits your will be responsible for and help you develop your pricing.
Guide: Fly fishing waders, rod, reel, flies, car, fuel, snacks, soda and water.
Echo: Marketing, booking, hotel, all meals, guide license, fly fishing licenses, taxes, National Park permit, national park entrance fees, CPUC authority to drive the vehicle.
How do I become a member?
It's all pretty easy if you have what it takes!
- All Echo Adventure employees can apply for membership after 6 months of employement or you can request an exemption by requesting a meeting with one of our founding members!
Once you are allowed to apply for membership, you will receive an email with a list of requirements to submit like:
Proof that you are a California Resident.
Letter of Recommendation from a previous employer.
Current Resume that shows 3 years of relevant experience.
Safety Training Certifications: A minimum of WFA and CPR for front country excursions or a minimum of WFR or CPR for trips to a location with a response time greater than 20 minutes.
A sample itinerary of a trip or package that you would like to offer through Echo Adventure CoOp.
Once all items are submitted and cleared, we will provide you with a copy of our Articles of Incorporation, our current Bylaws, a Membership Disclosure Form and an Official Request for Membership Form.
The Board of Directors will vote on your membership at the following Monthly Board Meeting.
If the Board denies your request for membership, then we will provide you with an explanation and a list of items needed to reapply.
You can reapply every 90 days.
Can I work for Echo Adventures without becoming a member?
The Board of Directors, ie the membership, will hire a host of seasonal of full time workers each year with the hope that these employees will apply for membership anytime after they have been employees for 6 months!
Employees at Echo Adventure Cooperative make $18.00 an hour and work for individual members. Although employees cannot sit on the Board of Directors, our employees are encouraged to form an employee advisory committee to counsel the Board of Directors on best practices.
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All member applicants must work as a non-member employee for up to 6 months before they qualify to apply for membership. If you would like to request an exemption then please email us to schedule a meeting with a member of the Board of Directors.
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We are currently hiring several full and part time positions for seasonal and year round employees including:
Front Country Guide - This is a full time position that allows you to experience Yosemite's most iconic landmarks with families from all over the world! This full time seasonal position is great for beginners in the guide industry as you will be fully trained and be allowed to develop your craft over a repeating series of sightseeing adventures. This position will typically last from April 1st - October 15th. 18.00/Hour plus tips. Minimum certifications include Wilderness First Aid or greater, CPR, Leave No Trace, California Food Handlers.
Back Country Guide - This full time includes backcountry hiking adventures, front country sightseeing and the occasional multi day backpacking adventures. This position is perfect for intermediate guides or advanced guides looking for membership within the cooperative. This position will typically last from May 1st - October 15th. 18.00/Hour plus tips. Minimum certifications include Wilderness First Responder or greater, CPR, Leave No Trace, California Food Handlers and previous experience.
Adventure Coordinator and Housekeeper - This is a 35/hour a week position that splits your shift between:
1. Housekeeping and stayover service for our suite and our double queen room.
2. The acting adventure coordinator at our retail and adventure desk helping guests with retails sales, visitor information, adventure reservations. This is a strenuous position that requires lifting, walking up stairs, bending and other activities, and it will typically last from April 1st - October 15th, but could be extended year round. Both Adventure Coordinator positions are great opportunities for individuals brand new to the recreation and guiding industry.18.00/Hour
Adventure Coordinator and Retail - This is a 35/hour a week evening position at our retail and adventure desk helping guests with retails sales, visitor information, adventure reservations, and room check-ins. This is a fast paced position that allows infinite opportunites to specialize in retail and inventory managment, reservations logistics or another specialities based on your interests. Both Adventure Coordinator positions are great opportunities for individuals brand new to the recreation and guiding industry. This position will typically last from April 1st - October 15th, but could be extended year round. 18.00/Hour
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