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Wilderness Leader Intern

Wilderness Leader Internship (WLI)

Our Internship experience is a ten-week intensive training program in wilderness leadership and experiential discipleship for students who have completed Wilderness Leadership Expedition (WLE). WLI students will receive comprehensive instruction in all facets of wilderness ministry, including wilderness medicine, risk management, minimum impact wilderness ethic, technical skill training, program design, route planning, mentoring, small group development, translating and processing experiences, spiriutal formation and community engagement. WLI will allow students to develop the important "hats" an instructor must wear, not only equipping new instructors to lead in the wilderness, but to live into a life-style of engaged leadership in their home communities. Instructor training will include both classroom and field instruction. New instructors will complete this experience wtih field assignments, working to facilitate wilderness experiences for middle school or high school students. Upon completion of the our wilderness intern program, new instructors will undergo a review and evaluation process, potentially leading to future paid opportunities with Coldwater Foundation as a returning instructor.

2017 Program Dates:

  • May 15 - June 1: Wilderness Leadership Expedition (Prerequisite course for WIT; Please see WLE course schedule)
  • June 5 - 14: Wilderness First Responder training with SOLO (Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities)
  • June 15 - August 3: WLI Introduction and training, Intensive wilderness leadership training, WLI training module, and field experiences
  • August 4: Debrief, celebration and closure
  • WLI Compensation: $1000 + Room & Board*

    * Students are required to cover course fees for their Wilderness First Responder certification through Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities.

    WLI Program includes:

  • Wilderness Leadership Expedition (WLE)
  • SOLO Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Ropes course training
  • Housing and most meals
  • Field experiences
  • WLI training module and Coldwater certificate of completion
  • Location: Mink Lake Wilderness Camp, Grand Marais, MN

    Please complete the forms listed below to apply for WIT:

  • Download WLI Application (click HERE)
  • Download WLI Reference Form (click HERE)
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