Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Coe College Wilderness Field Station

Ely, Minnesota, USA

Coe College is in search of an instructor for our Wilderness Medicine course, from June 23rd-July 9th. In this course, college students finish a separately-administered Wilderness First Responder certification module (9-days) and then spend time in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness building on their experiences in the WFR course to learn about risk management, accident prevention, and build their own initiative and confidence, as well as potentially learning a bit more about some of the background for the protocols they learned in WFR. We need you to teach the latter expedition/field experience section.

An ideal instructor in this course would have some experience canoe camping, and either significant experience with backcountry expeditions and trip leadership, OR experience in a medical profession that could address the background of WFR training (EMT, nurse, med school, etc.).


  • Lead 6-8 college students on canoe camping trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
  • Teach students about issues of risk management and accident prevention in the wilderness OR teach students basic medical background for understanding the human anatomy and physiology that informs procedures and protocols used in responding to back-country emergencies
  • Assess student performance in these areas

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant experience with back country backpacking, kayak camping or (preferably) canoe camping
  • Training in risk management
  • Training in a medical profession (wilderness EMT, EMT, nurse, veterinarian [humans are animals])
  • Training in student leadership
  • Current Wilderness First Responder certified
  • Lift 70 lbs

To be clear, some combination of the above would be acceptable. For example, someone who has not been canoe camping but has some medical background and outdoor education experience could be provided with one of our student assistants to learn the ropes. Alternatively, someone with little medical experience but great professional back country leadership experience as a guide or instructor could provide students with perspective on how to avoid emergency situations in the back country.


For the 17 day period (June 23rd-July 9) we pay $3443 + $350 travel stipend. Room and board are provided.

The Wilderness Field Station runs 4-week long courses for college credit, while asking students to understand the wilderness in which they learn. All students explore the area around the Wilderness Field Station and spend time canoe camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We teach small courses (4-8 students) and spend significant amount of time providing hands-on instruction in our areas of study. Courses range from Aquatic Ecology to Environmental Justice.

To apply for this position, please go to http://apply.interfolio.com/105568

Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.