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Our staff are dedicated professionals who share a common goal of making sure everyone belongs in the outdoors. As we continue to grow and learn more about what it means to make the outdoors truly inclusive, we acknowledge that representation matters. We are dedicating ourselves to continued cultural and operational improvements to make our workplace welcoming to applicants of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities. Our shared values include:

  • We believe in seeking the exceptional — in people, adventure, work, and life. We aren’t perfect, but we push ourselves to new heights through creativity, grit, and a commitment to one another. Seeking the exceptional, we look to be better, do better, and grow into tomorrow.
  • We are a community of individuals — by paddling together, our strengths are magnified and our weaknesses balanced. We move forward with cohesion, a shared goal, and a unified purpose. Paddling together, our load is lighter and our boat travels farther. 
  • We are people who persevere, a tenacious group — in finding a way, we strive for solutions and roll up our sleeves for the work. Challenge? Accepted. We’ll use the tools we have to fashion a fix. Finding a way, an obstacle in the path becomes the next hill to climb. 

Careers at Wilderness Inquiry encompass a variety of opportunities at many levels of professional experience:

  • Part-time and Seasonal Staff: A typical season operates from May through October with a limited variety of unique opportunities outside of this time-frame. In addition to the life experiences our staff bring, new staff receive extensive paid training in inclusion, leadership, and wilderness skills. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply and join us in our mission of making sure everyone belongs in the outdoors.
  • Non-Seasonal Full-time Staff: You don’t have to be an avid outdoor enthusiast to have a place at WI! Just like the participants we serve, we look for candidates from a variety of backgrounds, skills, and identities to help us bring our mission to life.

Wilderness Inquiry prohibits discrimination against any participant, applicant, volunteer, intern, or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, marital or military status, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other protected class under law.

Wilderness Inquiry is an equal opportunity employer.

Frequently Asked Questions about working at Wilderness Inquiry

  • Sea Kayak Program Manager

    Extended Programming
    Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
    $800.00 / week

    OVERVIEW:

    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 togetherseeking the exceptional, and finding a way

    The Sea Kayak Program Manager (SKPM) embraces those values and leads by example. This position is a seasonal, site-based managerial level position located on the Bayfield Peninsula near Little Sand Bay, WI. The SKPM is the onsite person responsible for coordinating staff, trips, and logistics of our 40-acre base camp, for approximately 60 trips per season.

    While WI outdoor leaders will be self-sufficiently leading trips, the SKPM ensures that those trips run smoothly by making sure the base camp facilities and equipment are ready to go in between. It is the main responsibility of the SKPM to ensure an effective base camp creating a high quality experience for trip participants. The SKPM will be responsible for providing support, training and management of outdoor leaders, mitigating risk and serving as an on-site resource to help staff make sound decisions before and during their trips.

    Candidates will have a proven track record of providing dynamic leadership. This position requires a combination of past field experience, as well as excellent management and supervisory skills. A successful candidate will demonstrate excellent organizational skills and provide sound direction to staff. Lastly, the SKPM, sets the culture and community at WI’s base camp all summer long. The right candidate should look forward to creating a warm, welcoming, and positive environment.

    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.

    TIME/WAGE: Seasonal summer position. Approximately mid May through late September. Flexible schedule required as programming dictates. Salary range $800 – $1,000 per week, commensurate with experience. Summer yurt living provided.

    SUPERVISOR: Operations Manager

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Must be willing to live 4-5 months on-site at Wilderness Inquiry’s Little Sand Bay (LSB) Base Camp near Bayfield, WI.  
    • Current Certified ACA level 4: Open Water Coastal Kayaking Instructor, ACA Level 3: Coastal Kayaking Instructor Trainer, or equivalent and Wilderness First Responder certification (or willing to obtain). 
    • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) required
    • Current Driver’s License and safe driving record dating back at least 5 years.
    • Proven experience managing peers. 
    • Additional requirements include demonstrated success working as part of a team, strong project management skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, proficient computer and database skills. 
    • Must be willing to work evenings and weekends as needed, and respond in case of emergency.

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Provide training, leadership, and supervision for the sea kayak program and staff.
    • Supervise all sea kayak related trips and events including safety and risk management plans.
    • Serve as a Trip Director for Apostle Island trips in conjunction with the operations manager.
    • Manage upkeep and maintenance of buildings, campsites, and grounds at LSB. 
    • Ensure cleanliness and maintenance of all program equipment including kayaks.
    • Hire and oversee vendors, general contractors, volunteers and part time staff for jobs outside of the skill set or beyond capacity with guidance from the Operations Manager.
    • Ensure the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of all programs.

    These and other duties may vary at the discretion of the supervisor.

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

    • The ability to plan, implement and follow through with responsibilities is essential. 
    • The ability to oversee projects independently and as part of a team and utilize strong communication skills. 
    • Must be interested in working a job with elements that can be physically demanding. 
    • Must be willing to keep flexible hours. 
    • Must pass a background check.
    • Complete COVID-19 vaccines are mandated for all staff and interns
    • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
      • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; visually discern/read words and numbers; and use a hand/hands to operate or touch objects or controls.
      • The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.
      • On a regular occasion the employee may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.
      • Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 25lbs for distances of up to 1,000 feet.
  • Canoemobile Outdoor Leader

    Youth Programming
    Greater Twin Cities Area
    $14.00 / hour

    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 togetherseeking 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/  

    SCHEDULE:

    Three Employment Opportunities (applicants have the opportunity to work any combination; dates subject to change as programs are confirmed):

    • Spring Canoemobile Extended Tour:
      • Training: March 22nd and 23rd, 2022
      • Spring Canoemobile Tour: March 28th – May or June 2022)
    • Twin Cities Canoemobile Day & Overnight Programs:
      • Training: May 25th – 27th & May 31st – June 1st, 2022
      • Twin Cities Canoemobile Programming: June through October, 2022 (with limited local work beyond October)
    • Fall Canoemobile Extended Tours:
      • Training: TBD (Likely early September)
      • Fall Canoemobile ToursSeptember 18th – Oct/Nov 2022 (each tour has TBD end dates)

    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.

    CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

    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

    • Provide excellent leadership and facilitation for youth participants and families in an outdoor setting.
    • Collaborate with your team to build a safe, engaging, and welcoming learning environment. 
    • Possess flexibility and creative problem solving. 
    • Dedicate time to learn about Wilderness Inquiry’s curriculum, learning objectives, and student outcomes. 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of place-based education and facilitation strategies. 
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the variety and complexities of relationships youth and young people may have with the outdoors based on race, gender, experiences, and backgrounds. 
    • Uphold Wilderness Inquiry’s Trail Community Agreements

    On-Trail Technical Skills & Safety

    • Provide emergency first aid in an outdoor setting.
    • Use effective judgment and decision-making regarding trip implementation.
    • Assess participant ability and set realistic expectations to safely and effectively meet participant needs.
    • Care for and effective use of equipment while on trail.
    • Proficiently perform activities conducted on trips including Voyageur/Tandem canoeing, hiking, camping, etc.
    • Safely drive a 15-passenger van pulling a loaded trailer in all weather and road conditions (contingent upon driver eligibility).

    Pre-Trip Prep & Post-Trip Responsibilities  

    • Lead and/or actively participate in event-specific pre-trip meetings and post-trip debriefings with your team.
    • Collaborate and coordinate with operations staff to pack in and pack-out gear and food accordingly.
    • Complete post-trip paperwork including evaluations, incident reports, and trip summaries.

    CERTIFICATIONS:

    Required Certifications: (or ability to obtain- courses may be available as an addition to initial training):

    • Basic First Aid & CPR Certification required (Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or higher preferred)
    • Wilderness Water Safety or Lifeguard/Professional Rescuer

    Preferred Certifications: 

    • *Current Driver’s License and a safe driving record dating back at least five years

    *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.

    COMPENSATION:

    Outdoor Leaders are classified according to skill and experience. The compensation varies depending upon program type: 

    • Local Day Programs: Compensated on a per-event basis starting at $14/hr. 
    • Overnight Programs: Compensated on a per-event basis starting at $112/day, plus hourly pay for pre and post-event work where applicable.
    • Canoemobile Tour Pay: Compensated for 6 days out of every 7 days spent on tour starting at $120/day, plus hourly pay for pre and post-tour work where applicable.

    Further details on compensation are available upon request. Opportunities for advancement are available upon demonstrated performance with Wilderness Inquiry. Local staff housing and professional service stipends are 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. 

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    • The ability to plan, implement and follow through with responsibilities is essential. 
    • Must have an aptitude for wilderness leadership, excellent people skills, the ability to oversee projects independently and as part of a team, and strong communication skills. 
    • Must be interested in leading outdoor experiences for people of all abilities, including people with disabilities.
    • Must be willing to keep flexible hours. 
    • Must pass a background check. 
    • Complete COVID-19 vaccines are mandated for all WI staff and interns
    • 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.
      • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; visually discern/read words and numbers, and use hands to handle, or touch objects or controls.
      • The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.
      • On a regular occasion, the employee may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.
      • Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 50lbs over rough terrain for distances of up to 1,000 feet.
      • To meet the demands of the job, the employee must be able to make loud verbal commands, sit and stand for significant periods of time while also directing vessels such as a canoe, use vision to directionally navigate safely, and endure a wide variety of temperatures and elements.
      • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Little Sand Bay Sea Kayak Outdoor Leader

    Extended Programming
    Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
    $112.00 / day

    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 togetherseeking 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.

    SCHEDULE:

    • May 19th – June 3rd, 2022: Required Training (see the schedule in TRAINING section below)
    • June through September – Main programming season in the Apostle Islands
    • September through mid to late October – options for local day programming in the twin cities area as well as work on National Canoemobile Tours

    CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

    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.

    Group Facilitation 

    • Provide excellent leadership for adults and families.
    • Use effective judgment and decision making regarding trip implementation.
    • Uphold Wilderness Inquiry’s Trail Community Agreements

    On-Trail Technical Skills & Safety

    • Assess participant ability and expectations to safely and effectively meet their needs.
    • Provide emergency first aid and conduct and/or assist in back-country medical needs including evacuations.
    • Care for equipment while in the backcountry and at base camp.
    • Proficiently perform activities conducted on WI trips including navigating routes in the front and backcountry, cooking, kayaking, hiking, camping, etc.
    • Safely drive a 15-passenger van pulling a loaded trailer in all weather and road conditions (contingent upon driver eligibility).

    Pre-Trip Prep & Post-Trip Paperwork 

    • Work with logistical staff to pack in and pack-out gear and food.
    • Complete post-trip paperwork including evaluations, incident reports and trip summaries.

    CERTIFICATIONS:

    Required certifications (or ability to obtain- Wilderness Inquiry frequently sponsors courses before seasonal training):

    • A minimum of Basic First Aid & CPR is required. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) preferred (staff must possess a WFA or WFR to be eligible for promotion in kayak leadership)  
    • Wilderness Water Safety or Lifeguard/Professional Rescuer

    Preferred Certifications: 

    • ACA Level 2: Essentials of Kayak Touring Skills Assessment, or ACA Level 3: Coastal Kayak Trip Leader
    • *Current Driver’s License and a safe driving record dating back at least five years

    *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

    • May 19th – 24th, 2022 – Kayak skills training (staff can choose to participate in an optional ACA Level 2 certification upon completion of this training. Fees for kayak training are covered by WI, however, certification fees are the responsibility of the staff member).
    • May 25th – 27th, 2022 – All staff Wilderness Inquiry overview training
    • May 31st – June 3rd, 2022- All staff Wilderness Inquiry field training

    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.

    COMPENSATION:

    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 are available.

    All WI Outdoor Leaders regardless of experience are compensated at $14/hr and/or $112/day for training. 

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    • The ability to plan, implement and follow through with responsibilities is essential. 
    • Must have an aptitude for wilderness leadership, excellent people skills, the ability to oversee projects independently and as part of a team, and strong communication skills. 
    • Must be interested in leading extended wilderness trips for people of all abilities, including people with disabilities. 
    • Must be willing to keep flexible hours. 
    • Must pass a background check. 
    • Complete COVID-19 vaccines are mandated for all WI staff and interns
    • 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.
      • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; visually discern/read words and numbers; and use hands to handle, or touch objects or controls.
      • The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.
      • On a regular occasion the employee may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.
      • Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 50lbs over rough terrain for distances of up to 1,000 feet.
      • To meet the demands of the job, the employee must be able to make loud verbal commands, sit and stand for significant periods of time while also directing vessels such as a canoe, use vision to directionally navigate safely, and endure a wide variety of temperatures and elements.
      • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Extended Trip Outdoor Leader

    Extended Programming
    Greater Twin Cities Area
    $112.00 / day

    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 togetherseeking 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.

    SCHEDULE:

    • May 25th – June 3rd, 2022: Required Training (see schedule in TRAINING section below)
    • June – September: Main programming season consisting of extended overnight trips with optional local Canoemobile day programming. 
    • September – October: Opportunities to continue with local Canoemobile day programs as well as transition to regional and national Canoemobile tours.

    CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

    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.

    Group Facilitation 

    • Provide excellent leadership for groups of people from all backgrounds.
    • Use effective judgment and decision-making regarding group safety and trip implementation.
    • Uphold Wilderness Inquiry’s Trail Community Agreements

    On-Trail Technical Skills & Safety

    • Assess participant ability and expectations to safely and effectively meet their needs while providing a fun and rewarding experience. 
    • Provide emergency first aid and conduct and/or assist in back-country medical issues including evacuations.
    • Care for and use of outdoor and camping equipment while in the backcountry.
    • Proficiently perform and teach activities/skills conducted on Wilderness Inquiry trips including navigating routes in the front and backcountry, cooking, canoeing, hiking, camping, etc.
    • Safely drive a 15-passenger van pulling a loaded trailer in all weather and road conditions (contingent upon driver eligibility).

    Pre-Trip Prep & Post-Trip Paperwork 

    • Lead and/or actively participate in event-specific pre-trip meetings and post-trip debriefings with your team.
    • Collaborate and coordinate with operations staff to pack in and pack-out gear and food accordingly.
    • Complete post-trip paperwork including evaluations, incident reports, and trip summaries.

    CERTIFICATIONS:

    Required Certifications (or ability to obtain- Wilderness Inquiry frequently sponsors courses before seasonal training):

    • Basic First Aid & CPR Certification (Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder (WFR), or higher preferred)
    • Wilderness Water Safety or Lifeguard/Professional Rescuer

    Preferred Certifications: 

    • *Current Driver’s License and a safe driving record dating back at least five years

    *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

    • May 25th – 27th, 2022: All-staff Wilderness Inquiry overview training
    • May 31st – June 3rd, 2022: All-staff Wilderness Inquiry field training

    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. 

    COMPENSATION:

    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 are available upon demonstrated performance with Wilderness Inquiry. Local staff housing and professional service stipends are available. 

    All Outdoor Leaders regardless of experience are compensated at $14/hr and/or $112/day for training. 

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    • The ability to plan, implement and follow through with responsibilities is essential. 
    • Must have an aptitude for wilderness leadership, excellent people skills, the ability to oversee projects independently and as part of a team, and strong communication skills. 
    • Must be interested in leading extended wilderness trips for people of all identities and abilities, including people with disabilities. 
    • Must be willing to keep flexible hours. 
    • Must pass a background check.
    • Complete COVID-19 vaccines are mandated for all staff and interns
    • 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.
      • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; visually discern/read words and numbers; and use hands to handle, or touch objects or controls.
      • The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.
      • On a regular occasion, the employee may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.
      • Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 50lbs over rough terrain for distances of up to 1,000 feet.
      • To meet the demands of the job, the employee must be able to make loud verbal commands, sit and stand for significant periods of time while also directing vessels such as a canoe, use vision to directionally navigate safely, and endure a wide variety of temperatures and elements.
      • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Base Camp Coordinator (Apostle Islands)

    Extended Programming
    Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
    $14.00 / hour

    OVERVIEW:

    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 togetherseeking the exceptional, and finding a way

    The Base Camp Coordinator (BCC) is a seasonal, part-time exempt position located out of Wilderness Inquiry’s 40-acre base camp on the Bayfield Peninsula near Little Sand Bay, Wisconsin. 

    The BCC embraces our values by having high standards when it comes to keeping our facilities clean and the grounds orderly, providing a positive experience for all participants. The BCC works in tandem with and at the direction of the Sea Kayak Program Manager preparing for each trip.

    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.

    TIME/WAGE: Temporary summer position, 25-40 hours per week. Preferred days are Sunday-Thursday. Exact start and end dates are flexible but should be available approximately May 15 to Sept 15. $14-16/hr dependent on experience. Summer yurt living provided but not required.

    SUPERVISOR: Sea Kayak Program Manager

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Ensure base camp grounds are clean and orderly
    • Assist with trips packing in through inventorying, cleaning, organizing and repairing equipment 
    • Maintain cleanliness of facilities including: Composting toilets, outdoor showers, campsites, pavilion area, warehouse, and other outbuildings on property.
    • Keep campsites, trails, base camp roads, and common areas clear and safe for participants and staff. This includes: weeding, clearing brush and downed trees, ensuring trails have adequate amounts of mulch and roads have adequate gravel throughout.
    • General painting, staining, and help on special projects on property may also be requested as needed. 

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

    • Must be at least 18 years of age
    • The ability to plan, implement and follow through with responsibilities is essential. 
    • The ability to oversee projects independently and as part of a team and utilize strong communication skills. 
    • Must be interested in working a job with elements that can be physically demanding. 
    • Must be willing to keep flexible hours. 
    • Must pass a background check.
    • Complete COVID-19 vaccines are mandated for all staff and interns
    • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
      • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; visually discern/read words and numbers; and use a hand/hands to operate or touch objects or controls.
      • The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.
      • On a regular occasion the employee may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.
      • Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 25lbs for distances of up to 1,000 feet.

    Ability to drive a car is preferred but not required.

  • Operations Assistant: Equipment & Warehouse

    Operations and Logistics
    Greater Twin Cities Area
    $14.00 / hour

    SUMMARY:

    The ideal candidate would possess an interest in outdoor recreation and be familiar with activities and equipment related to hiking, paddling and overnight camping. Strong candidates will have a positive attitude, be self motivated, and are detail oriented. The Operations Assistant: Equipment & Warehouse works closely with our operations team to help organize and clean gear that comes back from Wilderness Inquiry’s adventures. This position also supports the operations team in other functions as needed. 

    TIME/WAGE:

    Seasonal/hourly position up to 40 hours/week, approximately May through September. Must be available Sunday afternoon/evening, Monday and Tuesday. Additional scheduling may occur as needed. Role is integral to summer programming success, therefore time off requests need to be approved by the operations manager. Personal vacation or time off known ahead of hiring is appreciated. Wage commensurate with experience starting at $14/hour. 

    SUPERVISOR: Operations Coordinator & Warehouse Coordinator

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

    These duties may vary at the discretion of the supervisor. All staff members must be flexible and able to adapt to short and long-term shifts in their job responsibilities.

    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, in both an indoor and outdoor setting
    • Assist with trips packing out/in through inventorying, cleaning, organizing and repairing equipment 
    • Support program needs such as education kit inventory, assembly, shipping, etc.
    • Reports status and concerns to supervisor
    • Additional tasks assigned as necessary 

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

    • The ability to plan, implement and follow through with responsibilities is essential. 
    • The ability to oversee projects independently and as part of a team and utilize strong communication skills. 
    • Must be interested in working a job with elements that can be physically demanding. 
    • Must be willing to keep flexible hours. 
    • Must pass a background check.
    • Complete COVID-19 vaccines are mandated for all staff and interns
    • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
      • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; visually discern/read words and numbers; and use a hand/hands to operate or touch objects or controls.
      • The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.
      • On a regular occasion the employee may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.
      • Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 25lbs for distances of up to 1,000 feet.

    Ability to drive a car is preferred but not required. Must have reliable transportation to and from the Wilderness Inquiry operations headquarters.

  • Operations Assistant: Kitchen & Food

    Operations and Logistics
    Greater Twin Cities Area
    $14.00 / hour

    SUMMARY:

    The Operations Assistant: Kitchen and Food ensures the safe and smooth operation of the kitchen and its related food systems and procedures for 300+ wilderness events. This includes packing large food orders for extended trips and ensuring proper inventory of food supplies. This position promotes the mission of Wilderness Inquiry by providing high quality and safe experiences to all our participants and staff.

    TIME/WAGE:

    Seasonal/hourly position up to 40 hours/week 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday, approximately May through September. Role is integral to summer programming success, therefore time off requests need to be approved by the operations manager. Personal vacation or time off known ahead of hiring is appreciated. Wage commensurate with experience starting at $14/hour. 

    SUPERVISOR: Operations Coordinator

    ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

    These and other duties may vary at the discretion of the supervisor. All staff members must be flexible and able to adapt to short and long-term shifts in their job responsibilities.

    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, in both an indoor and outdoor setting
    • Maintains current food and kitchen supply inventory
    • Executes necessary fresh food, bulk food and supply orders
    • Maintains kitchen cleanliness and food handling procedures
    • Reports status and concerns to supervisor
    • Additional tasks assigned as necessary 

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

    • The ability to plan, implement and follow through with responsibilities is essential. 
    • The ability to oversee projects independently and as part of a team and utilize strong communication skills. 
    • Must be interested in working a job with elements that can be physically demanding.  
    • Must be willing to keep flexible hours. 
    • Must pass a background check.
    • Complete COVID-19 vaccines are mandated for all staff and interns
    • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
      • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit; talk or hear; visually discern/read words and numbers; and use a hand/hands to operate or touch objects or controls.
      • The employee is regularly required to stand and walk.
      • On a regular occasion the employee may be required to stoop, bend or reach above the shoulders.
      • Must be able to lift and carry heavy loads up to 25lbs for distances of up to 1,000 feet.

    Ability to drive a car is preferred but not required. Must have reliable transportation to and from the Wilderness Inquiry operations headquarters.

How to Apply

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