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 individuals and families of all backgrounds and abilities. Our Little Sand Bay Sea Kayak staff lead 1-5 day, front and/or backcountry kayaking adventures in the Apostle Islands out of our Little Sand Bay Base Camp near Bayfield, Wisconsin. Some staff choose to live at the base camp during the season, and others will be based out of Minneapolis and commute for each trip. Lodging at Little Sand Bay is free for Outdoor Leaders.
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 WI experiences. Outdoor Leaders are responsible for the lives and wellbeing of WI participants throughout a WI adventure. Life as a WI Outdoor Leader can be fun, exciting, and incredibly rewarding, but it is also a tremendous amount of responsibility and it can involve a lot of 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
TRAINING: Required and hosted by Wilderness Inquiry
Qualified applicants may be asked to participate in WI Driver Training and Voyageur Canoe Stern Training & Assessment, if applicable. 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 $112/day. Further details on compensation are available upon request. Opportunities for advancement available upon demonstrated performance with Wilderness Inquiry. Staff housing and professional service stipends available.
All WI Outdoor Leaders regardless of experience are compensated at $14/hr and/or $112/day for training.
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