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. Leading single to multi-day adventures for adults, youth, and families of all backgrounds and abilities, Outdoor Leaders bring Wilderness Inquiry programming to life in the field. Canoemobile Outdoor Leaders are dynamic facilitators who share their excitement for exploration and learning, while building community with Wilderness Inquiry’s youth participants.
Canoemobile experiences include mostly day trips within the Twin Cities Metro Area, but may also include extended camping trips 2-12 days in duration, as well as extended national tours 2-8 weeks in length. Activities on these trips range from canoeing, hiking, environmental education facilitation, and leadership and team-building activities. During the spring and fall Canoemobile travels city-to-city with Wilderness Inquiry’s 24-foot Voyageur canoes to facilitate introductory and accessible experiences that connect youth and communities to their local waterways and green spaces. Canoemobile national tours are made up of 6-8 Outdoor Leaders and all equipment necessary to facilitate programming for an extended period of time. A full season for a Canoemobile Outdoor Leader can take place from the end of March – November (or portions within that time frame).
Canoemobile focuses on introducing youth and young people from historically marginalized communities to the outdoors. 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 folks from communities who experience systemic barriers — including people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities — to apply for this position.
For a first hand experience, read more about Canoemobile from Outdoor Leader Peter MacMillan in 2019: www.wildernessinquiry.org/current-news/news-notes/coast-to-coast-with-canoemobile/
Three Employment Opportunities (applicants have the opportunity to work any combination; dates subject to change as programs are confirmed):
All Canoemobile staff must pass a Voyageur Canoe Stern Assessment. Qualified applicants may be asked to participate in WI Driver Training. All new Outdoor Leader hires are contingent upon successful completion of required training.
The primary responsibility of a Canoemobile Outdoor Leader is to lead engaging and welcoming educational experiences through outdoor experiences. Canoemobile Outdoor Leaders are responsible for the lives and well being of participants throughout a Wilderness Inquiry adventure. Life as an Outdoor Leader can be fun, exciting, and incredibly rewarding, but it is also a tremendous amount of responsibility and it can involve hard and challenging work.
Group Facilitation & Education
On-Trail Technical Skills & Safety
Pre-Trip Prep & Post-Trip Responsibilities
Required Certifications: (or ability to obtain- courses may be available as an addition to initial training):
*Driver’s license status will not impact eligibility for hire, but may impact eligibility to work specific programs/events
Outdoor Leaders are classified according to skill and experience. Compensation varies depending upon program type:
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. Food budgets and lodging expenses are covered by Wilderness Inquiry on Canoemobile tours.
All Outdoor Leaders regardless of position/experience are compensated at $14/hr and/or $112/day for training.
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