Position Announcement

JOB TITLE: Wilderness Medicine WEMT Director

REPORTS TO: Wilderness Medicine Director

JOB OBJECTIVE:  Directs all programming aspects of the Wilderness Medicine Wilderness EMT program ensuring program quality for students, staff, and external entities. (13,000 student days) Coordinates the interdepartmental program support for the Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Semester (WMR) and Wilderness Medicine Expedition courses (8,000 student days). Supervises the facilities team, operations and strategic planning at the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus. Manages communication with a broad range of external audiences including state and national EMS agencies, hospitals, media, representatives from the outdoor industry, and Wilderness Medicine staff and students. 

QUALIFICATIONS: This job position requires a diverse combination of skills. In addition to exceptional communication, organizational, managerial and facilitation skills, the position also requires a strong background in wilderness and emergency medicine practice and education, and comfort and expertise navigating bureaucracy at a state and national level.
Other qualifications include:

  • Direct program administrative and supervisory experience.
  • Wilderness EMT or WFR, EMT or higher level of training.
  • Direct experience with Wilderness Medicine as a lead/preceptor level instructor, preferred.
  • State of Wyoming EMT Instructor Coordinator certification, or ability to obtain such certification.
  • Proficiency with computer operations and educational technology tools.

LEADERSHIP OR SUPERVISORY DUTIES: Directs and provides vision and goals for the maintenance and growth of the WEMT program at Wilderness Medicine, including training and supervising lead WEMT instructors. Oversees implementation of the Wilderness Medicine and Rescue Semester (WMR) and Wilderness Medicine Expedition (WME) programs. Supervises the Wilderness Medicine Program Supervisors (2) and the WEMT Admissions Team (2) as well as the Wyss Facility manager and employees at the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus (2).

FUNDS AND/OR PROPERTY: Develops and manages the Wilderness Medicine WEMT and WMR budgets ($3.5M revenue).   Responsible for Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus operations and budget including land, buildings, vehicles, inventories and local relationships.


75% Wilderness EMT Program

  • Direct the WEMT program to ensure WEMT and WMR students have optimal outcomes and achieve a high rate of national certification.
  • Oversee WEMT specific Learning Management System development and usage.
  • Develop and manage complex and challenging relationships critical to the viability and sustainability of the Wilderness Medicine WEMT program including: The National Registry of EMTs, State EMS agencies, hospital human resource departments and clinical coordinators, and Pearson VUE testing centers.
  • Maintain EMT curriculum, certification and testing standards in accordance with state and national requirements, in association with the Wilderness Medicine Education Director.
  • Propose and research WEMT program expansion.
  • Oversee WEMT budget and equipment management.
  • Develop and implement training program for Lead WEMT Instructors. Write annual evaluations for WEMT lead instructors (10).
  • Design and support Wilderness Medicine’s annual staff RTP in accordance with national and state standards.
  • Act as the Training Officer for Wilderness Medicine Instructors maintaining NREMT certification.
  • Assist in the editing and development of Wilderness Medicine WEMT curriculum and materials with the Wilderness Medicine Education Director.

25% Operations

  • Complete projects and initiatives that support Wilderness Medicine’s growth and enhance its services.
  • Represent NOLS Wilderness Medicine in interdepartmental course management settings specific to the operational aspects of the Wilderness Medicine Rescue Semester and Wilderness Medicine Expeditions.
  • Support Wilderness Medicine Employees and Instructors in problem solving and policy application.
  • Support after hours and weekend emergency call for WEMT courses.
  • Supervise Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus budget, operations and facility team.
  • Physical plant planning, construction and maintenance oversight.
  • Risk management oversight, including emergency procedures.
  • Work with student discipline and separations including intervention and family contact. 

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: NOLS 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 school’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.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check is required from all NOLS employees. 

E-VERIFY: NOLS Participates in E-Verify.

WORK LOCATION: NOLS Wilderness Medicine Offices, NOLS Headquarters, Lander, WY or remote. As a remote employee, this position is available to legal residents of: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. A remote employee will be expected to be in Lander a few times each year for blocks of work. This is a full-time benefited position. Up to 25% teaching available for qualified candidates.


Send Cover Letter and Resume to: Melissa Gray, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Director, melissa_gray@nols.edu.


STARTING DATE: July 15th, 2021

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