Overview

AORE‘s series So You Want to Be A is a 30 minute virtual [and casual!] conversation designed to highlight different career paths in the industry, removing barriers and the need to know someone and allowing jobs to be accessible by all.  

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Career Library

So You Want to Be A... Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Recorded April 28, 2022




Paul Nicolazzo 



Tiana White


Wilderness Medicine Training Center International (WMTC)

So you want to be a Wilderness Medicine Instructor (WMTC)? Join Jeannette Stawski, Executive Director of AORE and Paul Nicolazzo, Director of WMTC and Tiana White, Instructor with WMTC as they discuss how you can become a Wilderness Medicine Instructor with WMT, providing valuable insight from how long the process takes to pay and benefits.

Considering making  a career move? Want to get your application in to the right people? Here are some next steps for you to take:

  • Candidates must be a WMTC course graduate to apply; we want you to understand what our courses are like and how we teach before applying. Please read the information on this page and complete the Instructor Training Course (ITC) application form. We also ask applicants to submit two 5-10 minute videos of themselves teaching along with some other materials (found on the application page) by June 15, 2022 for consideration in the November 2022 ITC. After receiving your application, someone from WMTC will be in touch (likely via email) to schedule an interview/conversation. The goals of that conversation are to get to know you a little better, explore how your goals align with WMTC‘s and vice versa, and make a plan for next steps. 

    If accepted to the ITC, you will receive more information and access to materials to help you prepare for the course. Training is an ongoing process that extends beyond the ITC ends and includes apprenticing under the mentorship of other instructors until you‘re ready to teach courses on our own. Please reach out to us if you‘d like to discuss what this might look like for you and to ask any questions you have!

  • Review the instructor application 

  • Reach out to Paul Nicolazzo, Director of WMTC if you have questions!

  • Reach out to Tiana White, WMTC Instructor Trainer if you have questions!


Recorded May 2, 2022


Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMA)

So you want to be a Wilderness Medicine Instructor? Join Candace Brendler, Graduate Assistant at James Madison University and Abby Rowe, President of Wilderness Medical Associates International, as they discuss how you can become a Wilderness Medicine Instructor with valuable insight from how long the process takes to pay and benefits.

Considering making  a career move? Want to get your application in to the right people? Here are some next steps for you to take:



Recorded August 25, 2022

Josh McNary

NOLS Wilderness Medcine

So you want to be a wilderness medicine instructor? Join Candace Brendler, Graduate Assistant at James Madison University and Josh McNary, Staffing Director for the NOLS Wilderness Medicine as they discuss how you can become a Wilderness Medicine Instructor, with valuable insight from how long the process takes to pay and benefits.


Considering making  a career move? Want to get your application in to the right people? Here are some next steps for you to take:





So You Want to Be A... ACA Certified Instructor Trainer

Recorded June 14, 2022


American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructor Trainer

So you want to be a ACA Certified Instructor Trainer? Join Candace Brendler, Graduate Assistant at James Madison University and Kelsey Bracewll, SEI Department Director at the American Canoe Association as they discuss how you can become a certified instructor trainer, with valuable insight from how long the process takes to pay and benefits.

Considering making  a career move? Want to get your application in to the right people? Here are some next steps for you to take:

So You Want to Be A... Climbing Instructor (PCIA)

Recorded July 22, 2022

Jake Brunnquell


Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA) Certified Climbing Instructor.

So you want to be a climbing instructor? Join Candace Brendler, Graduate Assistant at James Madison University and Jake Brunnquell, Programs Director for the Professional Climbing Instructors Association (PCIA)  as they discuss how you can become a climbing instructor, with valuable insight from how long the process takes to pay and benefits.

Considering making  a career move? Want to get your application in to the right people? Here are some next steps for you to take:






So You Want to Be A... REI Guide

Recorded September 28, 2022


REI Guide |  REI Experiences 

So you want to be a REI Guide? Join Candace Brendler, Graduate Assistant at James Madison University and Jeremy Oyen, Senior Manager for REI Field Experiences as they discuss how you can become a REI Guide, with valuable insight from how long the process takes to pay and benefits.

Considering making  a career move? Want to get your application in to the right people? Here are some next steps for you to take:



So You Want to Be... Field or Admin Staff at Outward Bound


Recorded November 18, 2022


Outward Bound — Field or Admin Staff

So you want to work for Outward Bound? Join Candace Brendler, Graduate Assistant at James Madison University and Anne Morrison, Senior Director of Programs and Safety for the Northwest Outward Bound School as they discuss how you can work for Outward Bound in the field or on the admin side, with valuable insight from how long the process takes to pay and benefits.

Considering making  a career move? Want to get your application in to the right people? Here are some next steps for you to take:



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