We are always on the lookout for instructors to join our team of traveling educators as well as individuals seeking to become a wilderness medicine instructor in order to meet the training needs of their organization.

Our passionate, experienced staff and instructors come from all walks of life and have a broad range of experience from serving in the military, to volunteering with local rescue squads and search and rescue teams, working in hospital emergency departments, and much more.

While experience is crucial, what really makes our staff stand apart from the rest, is our passion for not only wilderness medicine, but also for teaching others to become empowered assets to their communities. All of our instructors are passionate about what they do, passing along their knowledge to others, and ensuring that our students walk out of class feeling more confident about themselves and their new-found skills.

We gladly welcome applications from people who are passionate about wilderness medicine and providing the highest quality medical education and who meet the requirements listed in the individual job descriptions.


  • Flexible, leaving you time for all your water and mountain sports needs!
  • Discounted certification courses.
  • Comprehensive staff training, second to none.
  • It’s more than work; it’s a lifestyle choice, with awesome co-workers… like me!
  • You get to see cool places, travelling all over the US, teaching wilderness medicine courses!
  • $100-$220 per day (of instruction).


  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have taken a Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid course, taught by CWS, within the last 2 years.
  • Attend a CWS Instructor Fundamentals course.
  • Co-teach and be an assistant instructor until you are ready to teach on your own.
  • Be an outdoor professional or enthusiast (strongly preferred) - if retired you must have had two or more years of experience.
  • Have strong leadership abilities.
  • Have to be eligible to work all over the US (like to travel?).
  • Excellent English language skills (multiple languages an asset) or so funny/cute no one notices you’re working on it.
  • Ability to make lesson plans (cheat sheets).
  • Own a reliable vehicle. Yes, your ’87 Volkswagen counts.
  • Be able to use a laptop & PowerPoint (or Keynote) and yes, we are serious.
  • Must have ongoing professional development and utilize opportunities such as Wilderness Medical Society and Wilderness Risk Management conferences.
  • Hold current certification in either Wilderness First Responder, Outdoor Emergency Care, EMT, Paramedic, RN, MD, etc. from a valid, licensing organization or agency.
  • Be currently (fully) vaccinated for COVID-19


  1. Submit a CWS Staff Application.
  2. Complete a phone, Zoom or in-person interview.
  3. If accepted, complete the CWS Instructor Fundamentals Course.
  4. Upon successful completion of the Instructor Fundamentals Course, if accepted, begin instructing as an assistant instructor (co-teaching).

CWS typically completes the hiring process every fall. However, we accept applications year-round. We'll email you and let you know if we've received your information. Once we have received your application, we will ideally set up in an interview. Depending on your current location, this can be done via a phone call or Zoom. During your interview, our staff will be able to answer specific, targeted questions about our organization, the specific job you are applying for, and more.

— Current Positions Available —

In order to teach for Center for Wilderness Safety, all instructor candidates; regardless of which course(s) they wish to teach, must successfully complete an Instructor Fundamentals course. This course is designed to help give instructor candidates the key foundation needed to be an extraordinary instructor.

At the successful completion of the instructor fundamentals course, the instructor candidate will then be able to choose the courses that they wish to instruct, and work on learning course specifics. After he or she has successfully completed and passed the instructor fundamentals course as well as all cognitive and practical testing, the instructor candidate will be able to sign an instructor agreement with Center for Wilderness Safety. This agreement will authorize the instructor to be able to use CWS materials, offer courses on their own, and use the CWS name.

Upon completion of the Instructor Course, new instructors will have our ongoing support as CWS will offer to post instructor courses on our website, continual updated course curriculum to meet the latest in wilderness emergency medical care, and will offer many additional resources. By teaching a minimum of 2 to 4 courses per year, and attending annual staff training, our instructors are able to maintain their status as leaders in the field of wilderness medicine education and training.