Interning with Into the Wilderness

“Interning with ITW is one of the greatest experiences I could have asked for. Anthony Testa’s dedication to growing intimate with God is evident as his joy overflows into the lives around him. Being in the mountains is awesome, too. God always uses His creation to impact us in ways that lead us closer to Him.  I would go back and do it again in a heartbeat.”
– Andrew J. Haney, 2nd Lieutenant

“Working as an intern with Into the Wilderness was one of the most transforming, challenging, and exciting experiences of my life. The team is wonderful, and the ministry is not only a blast but is also clearly changing lives. However, the best part was seeing how God showed up in huge ways every single day – in the work of the ministry, to be sure – but especially in my heart as He used the experience to draw me intimately close to Him.” – Megan Posey

“My internship with Into the Wilderness was an incredible opportunity to grow deeper in my relationship with Christ through preparing for the trips, guiding others, and adventuring with others through the Italian Alps. I was able to see the ins and outs of how to run a ministry and gained an appreciation for all of the hard work that goes into starting a new ministry. I am a Communication major and I was able to do a Communication internship with ITW and I recieved school credit for having the time of my life in the mountains growing in the Lord with some incredible people!” – Kayla Ellingsworth

Instructor Positions

ITW instructors are talented and inspiring people who both serve and teach each student on a ITW adventure. Our staff is the backbone of ITW. The relationships between our staff and others are the basis of our reputation. Consequently, ITW is always looking for individuals dedicated to God’s glory and Jesus’ Kingdom, enthusiastic about youth and young adults, and willing to grow in servant leadership.

Working for ITW means hard work and long days, especially in the field. Days off do not regularly occur. Wilderness ministry requires individuals to have a deep and intimate walk with Jesus Christ and the desire to serve under all sorts of conditions. Those that choose to serve with ITW will learn many things and share many awesome experiences with other staff. We ask and expect much from our instructors, but we believe the rewards are worth it. ITW invests a great deal of time and effort into training, developing, and mentoring our guides.

Read the qualifications below and the job description, Instructor.  Fill out an online application and submit reference forms: Application & Reference Form.

Instructor Qualifications

  • Proficient in one of the following areas: Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Mountaineering.
  • 18 years of age
  • Successful completion of ITW’s reTRAIN course. Read the description of our reTRAIN course.
  • Minimum Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR medical certification.
  • All instructors are required to carry personal medical insurance throughout the summer.
  • Read the job description: Instructor.

Pay and Housing

ITW will work to find home stays to provide room and board. Instructors will be required to pay for any medical certifications they acquire through ITW.  All instructors raise support for their summer expenses.

Time Commitment

Instructors can work the entire summer (approximately May 25 to August 25) or set certain dates within the summer (Example: June 30th to July 31st). All guide contracts are dependent on available adventures and employee availability. You will spend up to 7+ days in the field at a time, working 12-14 hours a day. At ITW headquarters you will work up to eight and ten hour days. Depending on our adventure schedule, you will work 40-80 hours per week. When you are at headquarters, ITW will work for you to have weekends off, but this is not always feasible. Working with ITW must be your only commitment within your contract dates.

Fill out an online application and submit reference forms Application & Reference Form.

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