Caneomobile Outdoor Leaders (OLs) will lead outdoor based field trips that incorporate: canoeing, environmental education activities focused on STEM, natural resources, and historical and cultural interpretation, and team-building. Canoemobile OLs are caring adults who deliver programming that centers social emotional learning.

Canoemobile focuses on introducing youth and young people from historically marginalized communities to their local outdoor spaces. Canoemobile experiences include day trips in the Twin Cities Metro Area and extended national tours ranging from 2-12 weeks in length.

Start date offered on a rolling basis; preferred start date by September 5, 2023.
— Twin Cities Local Day Trip Outdoor Leaders
— Extended Tour Outdoor Leaders

Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile program has seasonal full-time and part-time employment opportunities annually from March to November. Current openings for Canoemobile OLs will be hired on a rolling basis. It is preferred that Canoemobile OLs are available to start by September 5, 2023. Schedule will be discussed during interview; earlier start dates available upon request. For more information, please contact [email protected].

— September 5th – 8th, 2023: Wilderness Inquiry Fall Canoemobile Training
— September 11th – November 14th, 2023: Fall Canoemobile Programming Season. Variety of full- to part-time work available depending on individual availability.

1. Group Facilitation & Environmental Education – Caneomobile Outdoor Leaders are responsible for leading participants through a cohesive day of Wilderness Inquiry programming. A leader’s goal is to connect participants with the natural world and each other by providing engaging activities and education.

2. Technical Skills & Safety – Outdoor Leaders in the field will be expected to perform a variety of technical skills to ensure the safety of staff and participants.

3. Pre-Trip & Post-Trip Responsibilities

Outdoor Leaders are classified according to skill and experience, and varies depending upon program type:
— Day Programs: Hourly wage on a scale of $17/hr-$20/hr
— Overnight Programs: Compensated on a per event basis on a scale of $136/day-$160/day, plus additional full day of pay for pre-trip preparation work.
— Extended Canoemobile Tour Pay: Compensated for 6 days out of every 7 days spent on tour starting at $136/day-$160/day, plus hourly pay for pre and post tour work where applicable.

Further details on compensation are available upon request. Opportunities for advancement available upon demonstrated performance with Wilderness Inquiry. Professional service stipends available. Staff housing support available. Food budgets and lodging expenses are covered by Wilderness Inquiry on extended Canoemobile tours.

All Outdoor Leaders regardless of position/experience are compensated at $17/hr and/or $136/day for participation in WI trainings.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills

Required Skills:

- Basic First Aid & CPR Certification (or ability to obtain)
- Desire to lead, motivate, and manage groups of varying ages, abilities, and identities in an outdoor setting
- Ability to provide excellent customer service
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Willing to keep flexible hours
- Must pass a background check
- Must be at least 18 years of age
- Must be legally allowed to work in the United States
- Attendance at Outdoor Leader trainings

Preferred Skills:

- Wilderness Water Safety or Lifeguard (or ability to obtain)
- Active Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Wilderness First Responder, or higher certifications (or ability to obtain)
- 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 to work specific programs/events)

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

Please apply directly through website: www.wildernessinquiry.org/job/canoemobile-outdoor-leader/