Paddle and serve in the Apostle Islands!
Live and work at Wilderness Inquiry’s beautiful Little Sand Bay (LSB) base camp up in the majestic Apostle Islands, near Bayfield, WI. Our LSB interns live just a short walk away from Lake Superior for the summer season, maintaining the base camp’s property, kayak warehouse, and helping our trail staff with gear maintenance and management. They also spend time on trail, acting as support staff on many of our Apostle Islands adventures. In this internship you will learn what it takes to run a kayak base camp property, as well as develop customer service and leadership skills.
Supervisor: Program Manager and Base Camp Manager
- Familiarity with kayaks and kayaking.
- Good communication and customer service skills.
- High cleanliness standards.
- Willingness to live in a rural base camp with sporadic returns to civilization.
- Interest in serving others and becoming a professional guide
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is an unpaid position. College credit may be available depending on the requirements of your college or university.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When does Wilderness Inquiry accept interns?
Applications are accepted year-round, and internships can take place at any time during the year. If you apply and do not hear from us within a month of your application, please give us a call and remind us that you are waiting for a response. Our general office number is 612-676-9400.
Does WI offer paid internships?
No, but we do provide many benefits such as housing, travel, and pro-deals. Doing an internship is a great path to gaining employment at WI--we frequently do hire interns after they have successfully completed their internship.
I am a [insert major] and would like to do my internship with Wilderness Inquiry. Can I?
Yes. One of the things that make our interns and trail staff such a talented and strong group of people are their diverse backgrounds and experiences. All share an interest in learning about and experiencing the mission of Wilderness Inquiry, we accept all majors.
I don't have experience working with people with disabilities. Can I still do my internship with Wilderness Inquiry?
Absolutely. Patience, understanding, communication skills, a willingness to learn, and having an open mind will help you to gain the necessary skills you will need.
What will my schedule be like as an intern?
Your schedule will vary depending upon the type of internship you have. Your schedule will be determined with your supervisor when you arrive.
Do I need my own gear for the trips?
You will need basic personal items such as a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, PFD, and appropriate outdoor clothing. Wilderness Inquiry provides the group gear such as tents, cooking gear, boats, etc. For items you need to purchase, we have an arrangement with several outdoor companies, which allows us to give outdoor leaders and interns a substantial savings on outdoor gear (Pro-deals). You will have access to online catalogues to choose the items you would like to purchase. We are excited to offer this great perk.
What is WI's staff training? As an intern, can I attend staff training?
Summer Staff Training is a week long training that is held each year in early June. If you are an intern during this time, you are encouraged to participate in staff training.
I have a wedding or other vacation planned that I need to attend during my internship. Will this be okay?
Time-off requests should be submitted as early as possible. The sooner you let us know about your schedule, the better the chance of your time-off request being approved.
How can I obtain hands-on trail experience at WI before I apply?
One good way to do this is to sign up to be a Trip Assistant (TA.) TAs go on WI trips at a reduced cost in exchange for helping out on the trip. This is a great way to get a better understanding of what our trips are about, as well as the expectations we have for our trail staff. Volunteer opportunities are listed on our website. TA applications are available upon request by calling the office at 612-676-9400.