At Wilderness Inquiry, we believe that everyone belongs. We work to ensure this belief holds true in our workplace, in our community, and in the outdoors. We pursue this belief through our mission and shared values of paddling together, seeking the exceptional, and finding a way.
Outdoor Leaders create the magic at WI, creating life changing outdoor experiences for adults, youth, and families of all backgrounds and abilities. Our extended trip team of Outdoor Leaders predominantly lead trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Voyageurs National Park, Superior Hiking Trail, and the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers in Wisconsin. These destinations are almost all located in a backcountry setting and require significant outdoor expertise to ensure safety and quality of programming. Most extended trips are 3-12 days in duration
We recognize that as an industry, there is much to do to increase representation in our field to reflect the communities we aim to serve. We also know that diversity of identities, experiences and ways of thinking result in better solutions for our communities. For this reason, we especially encourage applicants from communities who experience systemic barriers – including people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities – to apply for this position.
The primary responsibility of Outdoor Leaders is to serve participants and ensure the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of Wilderness Inquiry experiences. Outdoor Leaders are responsible for the lives and well being of participants throughout an adventure. Life as an Outdoor Leader can be fun, exciting, and incredibly rewarding, but it is also a tremendous amount of responsibility and can involve hard and challenging work.
On-Trail Technical Skills & Safety
Pre-Trip Prep & Post-Trip Paperwork
Required Certifications (or ability to obtain- Wilderness Inquiry frequently sponsors courses before seasonal training):
*Driver’s license status will not impact eligibility for hire, but may impact eligibility to work specific trips
For information on how to obtain certifications visit click this link.
TRAINING: Required and hosted by Wilderness Inquiry
Qualified applicants will also be asked to participate in Voyageur Canoe Stern Training & Assessment and Driver Training, if applicable, scheduled at various times before and after the All-staff trainings. All new Outdoor Leader hires are contingent upon successful completion of required training.
Outdoor Leaders are classified according to skill and experience and compensated on a per event basis starting at $14/hr for single day programming and $112/day for extended programming. Further details on compensation are available upon request. Opportunities for advancement available upon demonstrated performance with Wilderness Inquiry. Local staff housing and professional service stipends available.
All Outdoor Leaders regardless of experience are compensated at $14/hr and/or $112/day for training.
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