Aerie Backcountry Medicine currently has two types of instructor positions available. Both positions start new Aerie instructors as 'assistant instructors', regardless of previous experience in the medical or education fields. The speed at which an instructor moves to a possible future lead instructor position will be at the discretion of the Aerie Backcountry Medicine management team, as well as dependent on the individual instructor's previous experience and working knowledge of Aerie.
1) Seasonal Full-time Assistant Instructor
We are seeking individuals who have considerable time available to invest into working for Aerie Backcountry Medicine. Organizations and individuals who are in need of our training most often require this training in the spring or early summer of each year. As such, we hire instructors for seasonal full-time work from March to mid-June. Different length contracts will be available. Instructor availability outside those above mentioned dates is encouraged but not required.
2) Assistant Instructor
Aerie is seeking instructors who will be able to fulfill contract based work during any/all seasons year-round. While most work tends to be clustered around the March to June time-frames, we also seek employees who can teach sporadically during the summer, fall and early winter. Teaching contract lengths will be variable based on the types of courses taught.
Please submit a your Aerie Instructor Training Seminar certificate (see below), cover letter, and a resume with at least two references. In your cover letter, briefly explain your qualifications, why you want to work for Aerie Backcountry Medicine, and which instructor position interests you. All documents must be submitted at the same time via email with your name saved in the file title. Applications will be reviewed and qualified applicants will be contacted to set up an interview.
Hiring / Training Manager
The Hiring Process
- Complete Aerie's Instructor Training Seminar
- Submit an Instructor Application (detailed above)
- If accepted, complete Aerie's Apprentice Instructor program
All applicants must have successfully completed Aerie's Instructor Training Seminar.
Aerie typically completes the hiring process every fall. However, we accept applications year-round. We'll email you and let you know we've received your information.
Once we receive your application we will ideally set up in an interview in Missoula or Bozeman. Depending on your current location this can be done via phone or Skype.
Each instructor's pathway to teaching courses with Aerie will be unique. It is designed to accommodate each person's skill-set and background. The hiring staff will be able to answer specific, targeted questions on this customized pathway.
Aerie Instructor Training Seminar
The Instructor Training Seminar (ITS) is a course for Aerie Backcountry Medicine instructor candidates and is held in Missoula, MT. The course cost is $300 and the instructor candidates must arrange their own housing and food. The ITS is 4 days in length and taught from Friday to Monday.
During the ITS, instructor candidates will learn the following:
- History or Aerie
- Aerie’s teaching philosophy
- WFA and WFR curriculum
- Principles of teaching wilderness medicine
- Teaching techniques
- Aerie course and employment procedures and polices
- Technical skills and preferred methods of teaching splinting, CPR, bleeding control etc.
- Roles and responsibilities of being an assistant instructor
To register online for this ITS for 2018 please visit https://aeriemedicine.com/register/2190.