Our field Instructors come from all over the country to lead courses in the summer. All have some experience in outdoor recreation, education or wilderness therapy and are attuned to the unique needs of diverse adolescents, LGBTQ+ people, women and girls. They are the front line of our work and have the empowering responsibility of leading our courses for girls, women and LGBTQ+ youth in the wilderness. Our instructors are tasked with building an open and welcoming course culture for participants, teaching the Women’s Wilderness curriculum and guiding in a backcountry environment. Additionally, field instructors manage and mitigate all risks during courses for participants and fellow instructors and must have the experience and ability to respond to emergency backcountry situations when/if they arise. Please see the weblink for full description and qualifications.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


- Passion for social justice, equity and the outdoors (required), experience working in social justice, equity, gender or sport/play (preferred)
- Experience working in a wilderness setting in outdoor education or wilderness therapy
- Experience leading or instructing youth (girls and/or LGBTQ+ youth preferred but not required)
- Excellent judgment and decision making skills
- Knowledge of camping, hiking, backpacking, orienteering in remote wilderness areas

Required Skills:

- Ability to work long days as needed for up to 12+ hours a day in the field, or possibly more in the case of an emergency
- Ability to work in all (and occasionally adverse) weather conditions outdoors
- Ability to carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds
- Ability to walk up to 10 miles a day with a 40 lb pack

About Women's Wilderness

Women’s Wilderness envisions a socially just and environmentally sustainable world. Our mission is to support girls, women and LGBTQ+ people in accessing their power and improving their health through connections to the outdoors and community. With a 24-year history, Women’s Wilderness is a dynamic, committed non-profit seeking to grow its impact and scope of social change in the U.S.

Application Instructions

Please submit resume and cover letter via this link: https://forms.gle/Vn7H8hSMPLhA2bmx9