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Based in Minneapolis, MN, Wilderness Inquiry is about “making high-quality outdoor experiences accessible for everyone."

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We’ve had enough of these desk jobs! Spring is here, and we’re itching to get outside to start enjoying the improving weather. I, for one, need to get outdoors often to be happy, and I know that there are plenty of people out there who share the same feeling. In fact, many people find it hard to be their most productive when they’re inside. Unfortunately, career options become a lot more limited (especially in terms of advancement opportunities) when sitting at a desk isn’t involved. Since we love jobs that offer different types of work experiences, today, we’re going to look at a non-profit called Wilderness Inquiry, which, as an employer, is about as good as it gets for our outdoorsy readers.

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Wilderness Inquiry is about “making high-quality outdoor experiences accessible for everyone, including those who do not typically get out and enjoy the wilderness.” That’s it. We love it when a company or organization can break down what they do in one sentence. The focus of Wilderness Inquiry trips (and they offer over 200 multi-day trips to locations around the world) is typically hiking or canoeing. Many outdoor programs choose to segregate people by their experience or ability, but Wilderness Inquiry thinks that ensuring that all participants have a good attitude is the only requirement for putting together a great trip for everyone. When you look at Wilderness Inquiry’s website, you realize that they are serious about inclusion; in fact, Wilderness Inquiry is especially adept at making the great outdoors more accessible to people with disabilities.

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Whether you are just looking for a job for the summer after your graduate, or you’d like to make a career out of helping to make the outdoors more accessible to all, Wilderness Inquiry has some great job opportunities. Part-time / Temporary jobs include Pack-in Coordinator and Food Coordinator. You can also join the Trail Staff, which appears to be a more permanent position. If you’d like to work in an office, but still get outside often, the Program Director – Youth Training job might be right for you. You’ll definitely need some prior work experience, but it seems like the kind of thing that an exceptional new college grad (who possibly worked as a camp counselor or organized college outdoor programs) can do. There’s also the option of applying for other, unlisted, General Full Time positions. There is an online application that appears to be the same for all of the positions, so go ahead and fill it out if you don’t want to be cooped up in your first job after college.

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