At Wilderness Inquiry, we recognize the experience of our staff is just as important as the experience of our participants. Check out some of the perks and improvements we offer to make sure our staff have a fun and rewarding experience working for Wilderness Inquiry: Training: We'll prepare you for the work you will do whether or not you're a wilderness expert, never camped in your life, or just interested in leading land-based local day activities. Our training is paid at $17/hr, or $136/day for overnight experiences. Wages: Our seasonal staff wages range from $17-$20/hr for daily work or $136-$160/day for extended programs. Check out each available position for more compensation details. Professional Certification Stipends: We know the cost of obtaining and maintaining certifications required for professionals in the outdoor field can be a financial burden. We offer a $300 stipend to our Outdoor Leaders who work 55 trail days for Wilderness Inquiry while holding valid certifications to help offset these costs. Inclusion: Not sure if you can see yourself working at Wilderness Inquiry? Don't hesitate to get to know us better! We've been making some big changes to our organization over the past few years and would love to connect with prospective applicants to talk about how you can become a part of the Wilderness Inquiry community! When we say "community" we mean it! Many of our current and former staff's lifelong friendships and careers have come from their time working for Wilderness Inquiry. If you're looking for a place to make friends, participate in cool experiences, get paid to spend time outside, and work with a crew of amazing individuals where you feel like you truly belong and make a difference- work for Wilderness Inquiry!
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, finding a way, and nurturing inclusion.
Outdoor Leaders create the magic at Wilderness Inquiry. 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 focuses on introducing youth and young people from historically marginalized communities to their local outdoor spaces. Canoemobile experiences include day trips in the Twin Cities Metro Area and extended national tours ranging from 2-12 weeks in length. Caneomobile Outdoor Leaders (OLs) will lead outdoor based field trips that incorporate: canoeing, environmental education activities focused on STEM, natural resources, and historical and cultural interpretation, and team-building. Canoemobile OLs are caring adults who deliver programming that centers social emotional learning.
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 and experiences results in better solutions for our communities. For this reason, we especially encourage folks from communities who experience systemic barriers — including people of color, women, LGBTQI+, and people with disabilities — to apply for this position.
Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile program has seasonal full-time and part-time employment opportunities annually from March to November. Canoemobile OLs are hired on a rolling basis with majority leaders starting at the end of May. For more information, please contact [email protected]
Group facilitation & environmental education:
Caneomobile Outdoor Leaders are responsible for leading participants through a cohesive day of Wilderness Inquiry programming. A leader’s goal is to connect participants with the natural world and each other by providing engaging activities and education. An Outdoor Leader is successful when they:
Technical skills & safety
Outdoor Leaders in the field will be expected to perform a variety of technical skills to ensure the safety of staff and participants. These skills include (but are not limited to):
Pre-trip & post-trip administrative responsibilities
To ensure consistency in successful programming and continual growth, Outdoor Leaders will:
*Driver’s license status will not impact eligibility for hire but may impact eligibility to work specific programs/events
For information on how to obtain certifications visit click this link.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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. Professional service stipends available. Staff housing support available. Food budgets and lodging expenses are covered by Wilderness Inquiry on extended Canoemobile tours.
All Outdoor Leaders regardless of position/experience are compensated at $17/hr and/or $136/day for training.
Wilderness Inquiry is an equal opportunity employer.
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