Before you begin your application, we encourage you to gather your work history, your resume, relevant training and the names and contact information of three references.
Positions at Wilderness Inquiry
Our staff is a dedicated group of professionals who share a common goal of service to the diverse groups of people who participate in Wilderness Inquiry programs.
Our shared values include:
- A passion for WI's mission of social integration through adventure. Working at WI is more than just a job for full-time staff.
- A vision, belief and ethic built on the ideals of Servant Leadership. We do prefer “we” thinking rather than “me” thinking.
- An entrepreneurial spirit of continuous improvement, both in systems and in one’s self. This can be challenging, but also a tremendous growth opportunity.
- A "whatever it takes" attitude toward every job. While we believe in applying people to their highest and best ability, we cannot afford to hire people who are highly selective in what they are willing to do.
If you are applying for a trail guide or intern position, consider which stage you are at in your development. We suggest you download and read: An Introduction to the Outdoor Leader Career Development Model.
Part-time and Seasonal Jobs: Trail guides come from a variety of backgrounds. In addition to the life experiences they bring, guides receive extensive training in leadership, wilderness skills, and natural history. What really sets WI guides apart is the energy and care they put into making every trip a fantastic experience for every participant.
Full-time Career Staff: If you are interested in a dynamic, entrepreneurial, high-tech working environment with a dedicated team of professionals, a career at Wilderness Inquiry may be for you. We are especially interested in versatile people who seek to better themselves and the world.
Frequently Asked Questions about working at Wilderness Inquiry
The following positions are currently available at Wilderness Inquiry:
Looking for an internship? Visit our internship page >>
Positions will remain open until the best candidate is hired. Candidates who best meet the job description requirements will be contacted for interviews. No phone calls please - position updates will be posted on the website.
Training Opportunities: Our primary training session for trail guides is in the first week or two of June, but we do conduct other trainings throughout the year. Also, trail guides are expected to obtain and maintain certifications in areas such as first aid, CPR, water safety, and more. We often work with other organizations to provide trainings for guides.
Interested in an internship? A Wilderness Inquiry internship is a unique way to build your credentials as an outdoor professional. We also partner with the University of Minnesota Recreation, Park & Leisure Studies Dept to offer a an Outdoor Recreation Immersion Semester. This leadership and skill development program complements any area of study.
Thank you for your interest in joining the Wilderness Inquiry team!