Instructor Positions:

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter and a resume with references. In your cover letter, briefly explain your qualifications and why you want to work for Aerie Backcountry Medicine. All documents should be submitted 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.

Submit to:

Hiring / Training Manager
Aerie Backcountry Medicine
PO Box 8146
Missoula, MT 59807

The Hiring Process

Aerie typically completes the hiring process every fall. However, we accept resumes and cover letters with references year-round. We'll email you and let you know we've received your information.

Once we receive your application materials we will set up in an interview during the late summer typically in Missoula or Bozeman or it can be done via phone or Skype.

After the initial interview process you may be invited to the Instructor Training Seminar or ITS held in Missoula. We will invite 5-7 instructor candidates and most instructor candidates move on to become assistant instructors after they complete the ITS and the apprenticeship of a Wilderness First Aid Course. Attending the ITS does not guarantee employment with Aerie.

The Instructor Training Seminar (ITS) is an invite only course for Aerie Backcountry Medicine instructor candidates. The course is free to invited candidates. The ITS is 6 days in length and divided over two weekends with Fridays included, instructor candidates must attend both sessions to be considered for employment. In between the ITS weekend courses instructor candidates will need to observe and apprentice a WFA course.

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
Currently we only offer the ITC once a year during the fall.