Wilderness Medicine Instructor (Part-Time, Seasonal)


Wilderness Medicine Instructor


Wilderness Medicine Instructors are the front line of CWS — the public face of our organization. Instructors must be able to convey the course curriculum in a knowledgeable, professional, and fun manner, while pulling real world examples from previous personal and professional experience.


Strong communication skills and attention to detail are the keystones of this position. Wilderness Medicine Instructors must possess the ability to work independently, solve problems creatively, and prioritize complex variables. The position relies on learning and utilizing a clear understanding of the Center for Wilderness Safety mission, wilderness medicine, as well as experiential education, to perform the responsibilities listed. Required skills include computer literacy (including how to setup a laptop with PowerPoint/Keynote, speakers, etc.) as well as all technology used in class presentation. Preferred skills include background in emergency medicine and outdoor recreation / adventure, and course experience with Wilderness Medicine.

At minimum, all Wilderness Medicine Instructors must hold current certification at least one level higher than what they wish to instruct.

  • To instruct WFR courses: Current Wilderness EMT -OR- higher medical certification with a valid CWS issued WFR certification.
  • To instruct WFA courses: Current Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Current CPR/AED certification from CWS, AHA, Red Cross, or other ECC recognized program.

Instructors must have at least two years of outdoor recreation / adventure experience, as well as at least two years experience teaching or public speaking. Current wilderness medicine certifications accepted ONLY include: Center for Wilderness Safety, SOLO, Wilderness Medical Associates, and NOLS Wilderness Medicine.

Additionally, instructors must:

  • Have a Valid U.S. driving license and a driving record that supports car rentals.
  • Be able and/or willing to travel.
  • Have availability through the January-June teaching season. The fall/winter season is less busy, however availability may be offered.
  • Be able to stand and walk on uneven terrain for extended periods of time.
  • Be able to lift 50 lbs.


  • Teaching wilderness medicine to participants ages 14 and up; some with no first aid knowledge or experience – in addition to some who may be medical professionals or physicians.
  • Setting up and tearing down class at various sponsor locations.
  • Demonstrating proficient hands-on skills and knowledge of wilderness medicine curricula.
  • Assist CWS program staff develop "best methods" for teaching various wilderness & emergency medicine topics.
  • Represent CWS in a professional manner to course hosts, students and community members.
  • Ability to be flexible in a dynamic work environment.
  • Team CWS courses in line with the appropriate CWS curricula for the class type, including lectures, skills demonstration, and providing feedback to students.
  • Developing assistant instructors as appropriate.
  • Ensuring completion of all required CWS course paperwork (may also be online).
  • Ensuring the completion of course logistics (equipment, check-in, participant paperwork, etc.).
  • Other duties as assigned.


CWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetics information, disability unrelated to job or admission requirements, or status as a protected veteran. The Center's nondiscrimination policy applies to all phases of its employment process, its admission and financial aid programs, and to all other aspects of its educational programs and activities. Retaliation directed to any person who pursues a discrimination complaint or grievance, participates in a discrimination investigation, or otherwise opposes unlawful discrimination is prohibited.


A criminal background check is required from all CWS employees. While a conviction of a felony may not preclude an individual from being employed by CWS, any individual with a criminal conviction pertaining to minors, abuse, violence, heinous crime or physically inappropriate conduct will not be eligible for employment, due to the nature of our programs, mission and vision of the organization.


A criminal background check is required from all CWS employees.


CWS Participates in E-Verify.


CWS is currently seeking instructors in and around the greater Washington DC / Northern VA / Maryland area, as well as many other cities and states (including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Colorado, Montana, New York, and Florida). Other locations will be considered as well.