Wilderness Medicine Instructor


Wilderness Medicine Instructor



Program Director / Curriculum Director / Executive Director



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, 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. For example, those wishing to teach Wilderness First Aid must be certified Wilderness First Responders; to teach WFR, instructors must be certified WEMTs, etc. Instructors must have at least two years of outdoor recreation / adventure experience, as well as at least two years experience teaching or public speaking.



  • Teaching wilderness medicine to partipants ages 14 and up; some with no first aid knowledge or experience - and some may be medical professionals or physicians.
  • Setting up and tearing down teaching "classrooms" 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.
  • 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.



CWS Participates in E-Verify.



Currently seeking instructors in and around the greater Washington DC / Northern VA / Maryland area, however other areas will be considered.


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