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 together, seeking 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 2-12 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, 10-person North 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 Jake Marble in Spring 2022: https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/current-news/news-notes/canoemobile-2022-a-day-in-the-life/

Tagged as: Instruction and Guiding, Water Skills


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

About Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry’s mission is to connect people from all walks of life to the natural world through shared outdoor adventures. Through the medium of outdoor adventure travel, we inspire personal growth, enhanced awareness of the environment and community integration. 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 of all ages, background, and abilities.

Application Instructions

Apply online: https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/job/canoemobile-outdoor-leader/