Wilderness Inquiry

Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.

Wilderness Inquiry is all about access, inclusion, and opportunity. We believe exploration of the natural world is a birthright we all share, and we act on that belief. We operate in a manner that facilitates full participation by everyone, including people who come from different physical, cultural, or socio-economic places. We believe in the power of community.

Our headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota but we also operate a kayaking basecamp on Lake Superior near Bayfield, Wisconsin. Our trips take staff and participants across the country and the globe as well.

About Wilderness Inquiry

Whether you're an expert or beginner in outdoor recreation & education (or not particularly outdoorsy at all!) there is a place for you at Wilderness Inquiry. 

Like our participants, our staff come from all backgrounds, skillsets, and interests, with one thing in common: we are all passionate about making the outdoors a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible community for all. With our various program models, staff can enjoy working on extended trips across the country or spend their days working locally and returning to their own homes every night. With our headquarters and free staff housing located in the Twin Cities, MN, working for Wilderness Inquiry can be rewarding to the avid backcountry adventurer, the weekend "glamper," the metro-based leader, or someone interested in all-of-the-above. 

Please check out our website for more information about who we are, what we do, and where you can play your part in making the outdoors accessible for all!

Wilderness Inquiry’s mission is to connect people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to each other and the natural world through shared outdoor adventures. Since 1978, Wilderness Inquiry has sought to serve people from all walks of life.

We believe the outdoors should be available to all, including those who face structural or systemic barriers to the use of public lands and waters. As an organization established within the dominant culture, Wilderness Inquiry acknowledges our responsibility to do our part in breaking down these barriers. We remain committed to increasing diversity within our organization and in our outdoor adventure and educational programs. Wilderness Inquiry believes diversity is expressed in a variety of ways, including physical, emotional, cognitive, intellectual, and developmental ability; race and ethnicity; national origin; culture; socioeconomic status; gender; sexual orientation; age; and religion.

The Employee Experience

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 daily activities. Our training is paid at $14/hr or $112/day for overnight experiences.

- Wages: Our seasonal staff wages range from $14-$20/hr for daily work or $112-$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! 

Ideal Candidate

Our staff are dedicated professionals who share a common goal of making sure everyone belongs in the outdoors. You don't have to be outdoorsy to work for Wilderness Inquiry! 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. 

Room and Board

- Housing: Most seasonal staff are eligible for free housing at either our Dinky Town, MN staff house, or in a yurt at our Little Sand Bay Basecamp in the Apostle Islands, Wisconsin.

- Meals: Meals on extended trips and tours are provided to all staff.

Employee Perks

- Gear Perks: Outdoor Leaders are welcome to borrow any gear/equipment they need for free from the Wilderness Inquiry warehouse- staff are also eligible for sweet pro-deal discounts from select outdoor brands.

- Travel: For those of you with wanderlust- Get paid to travel! Not only are you earning a wage, your living expenses are covered when you are working an extended trip or tour. 

Getting Here and Getting Around

Wilderness Inquiry headquarters is located in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota where public transit is available and prevalent. Many of our seasonal staff do not have personal vehicles and having a personal vehicle is not a requirement to work for Wilderness Inquiry. 

Transportation on extended trips and tours is provided via company vehicle to all staff. Transportation support outside of extended trips and tours may be available (everyone's situation is different- if transportation is a barrier to working for us, let us know! We'll do our best to support you!)

For candidates arriving from out of state, the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International airport offers a variety of local transportation options to and from the metro area via rideshare services, local taxis, local bus lines and light rail.

How to Apply

Find job openings and more information on our website via the link below. 

Contact Wilderness Inquiry