We often receive emails asking about expedition medicine jobs. While these come up often, it can sometimes be a bit of a closed world for those new to the game. So, as well as listing specific jobs as and when we hear about them, we’ve also listed some expedition medicine providers. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, then contacting some of these organisations directly may be a good start and you can also have a look at the Jobs Archive, to see what others have done before. More are also listed in our Resources Section.
Here are a few thoughts from us to help you on your way:
The right stuff / Make sure you the right person for the job: get a thorough understanding of the nature of the trip and the participants before accepting, and be honest about your own experience. You will be judged against your peers, so if you claim to be a ‘mountain medicine expert’ then you will be expected to perform at that standard. The FPHC Guidelines on Medical Provision in the Wilderness give an idea of what competencies will be expected. Also, you should be at least as good, if not better than the clients at any outdoor activities you will be undertaking. That way you can keep some head-space free for the medical aspects of the trip.
The deal / Make sure you are clear about the deal you are being offered: are flights, kit, indemnity and expenses in country included? Be wary of operators who offer you ’10% off’ off the cost of the trip if you are willing to act as the doctor. Often, the cost of kit, indemnity and preparation time will be considerably more than the 10% and may detract from your enjoyment of the expedition. Our position in Adventure Medic is that being an expedition medic is a job, and as such should include a salary, in addition to kit and indemnity costs. Whatever you choose though, please make sure that you feel adequately compensated for your work.
The locals / On your trip, you may well be asked to treat locals or porters. Think about how you will deal with this before you go and make sure that the organisation is onside with whatever you decide. At Adventure Medic, we strongly believe that you are responsible for the wellbeing of everyone on your trip, including porters. Have a look at the International Porter Protection Group Guidelines on Ethical Trekking and make sure your trip is compliant before you go.
Indemnity / Get suitable indemnity cover before going – be sure to tell the indemnity company if you are lead medic, sole medic or looking after Americans, Canadians or Australians. You can find more information about this in our guide to the Legal Aspects of Expedition Medicine.
Educate yourself / Think about going on a tropical medicine or expedition medicine course to prepare you for the trip. Remember that being an expedition medic is often about logistics – casualty evacuation, communications, supplies – rather than treating injuries. Also, make yourself aware of British Standard BSI 8848:2014 – the national standard for managing risks on expeditions.
Mention us / Please mention us if you find a job through Adventure Medic. It keeps the wheels turning.
Enjoy yourself / After all, isn’t this what we suffered through all those exams for?
Jobs with salary and expenses paid
11/01/17 – Ski Field Medic / Perisher and Jindabyne Australia
One or more doctors required for Winter Season 2017. Perisher is an on-snow clinic at Perisher Ski Resort which provides a trauma/GP/sports medicine service to around 40-60 patients per day. We also have clinics at Thredbo (Ski Resort) and Jindabyne (local town). Background in GP/ED preferred, with on the job training available. Applicant MUST be eligible for and obtain Australian Registration (with AHPRA) and a Provider Number for each location (with Medicare). Applicant must hold either ACRRM or FRACGP or FACEM, or be a Registrar in Training for Rural/Remote GP. Contact: Karen Ratana on email@example.com.
11/01/17 – School Nurse/Doctor for Ski Season / Thomas’s School
Urgent: School Nurse/doctor needed for a succession of school residentials on a ski mountain. Average of 60 pupils per week for 8 weeks. Dates: 17 Jan – 28 March 2017. Highest lift 1850m. Location is the Wurzeralm ski region, Spital am Phyrn, Austria. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
22/11/16 – NMC Registered Nurse / Jubilee Sailing Trust / Canary Islands
The JST operates the only two sailing ships in the world for physically disabled (and wheelchair users) and able bodied people working as equals on tall ship adventures. You’ll form part of the Professional Crew, providing clinical care and looking after medical stores and accommodation areas. Full training given. If you would like to make a positive difference to the lives of others, and form part of unique crew of a ‘pirate ship’ that will remind you of why you went into nursing in the first place, then this for you. Start 27/11/16, end 29/12/16. Daily rate of £105, all expenses covered. More info from:
Charlotte.Butcher@jst.org.uk or call +44 (0)23 8044 3113.
12/09/16 – Clinical Fellow Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital care – Bangor, N Wales (Snowdonia)
Recruiting middle grade EM doctors for 2017/18, specifically post-ST3 training, but any can apply. Experience working in a small rural ED, and being an active part of the pre-hospital system for 20% of the job. Work alongside ambulance crews, Helimed, and the local Search And Rescue teams, with lots of teaching opportunities to get involved in. Surprisingly high acuity, decent range of trauma, and good exposure to environmental emergencies rarely seen in most of England & Wales. Applications also accepted from training anaesthetists, as well as opportunities for a range of other levels of seniority. Goto Job opportunities for doctors on mountainmedicine.co.uk and click on the relevant position.
5/09/16 – Combined Emergency Medicine / Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Post, Derriford Hospital and DDRC
The Diving Diseases Research Centre are offering two six-month posts at junior/middle grade level, commencing in February and August 2017. The post includes six sessions per week at the DDRC and training in diving and hyperbaric medicine. Minimum two years of post-graduate experience. More info from Dr Christine Penny at email@example.com or +44 (0)1752 209999.
19/05/16 – Emergency Physician / Kings Sierra Leone Partnership
We are looking to recruit an Emergency Physician to join the in–country team from September 2016 for one year. Our organisation has had a four-year health system strengthening partnership with the Connaught Hospital, Freetown, the main government hospital in Sierra Leone, working across a wide range of areas including Emergency medicine, internal medicine, intensive care, pharmacy, education and surgery. The partnership was instrumental during the Ebola outbreak providing direct care to Ebola patients and maintaining hospital services. We’re looking for someone who would like a challenging but exciting opportunity to work in the post-Ebola recovery period to develop an Emergency Service in the low in come setting. If this is you then please read more here and get in touch or contact Dr Ling Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
17/05/16 – Telemedicine for UK General Practitioners / Doctor Care Anywhere
Doctor Care Anywhere, a leading online GP service offering remote consultations 365 days a year to private patients, is currently recruiting part-time GPs. £45 – £65 per hour, working from anywhere in the world with reliable broadband. Choose hours to fit around existing commitments with full training and support provided. Twenty minutes per patient. Comprehensive Indemnity Insurance provided. Must have MRCGP qualification and be on GMC GP register. Please click here for more details and application information or call 0207 1486728.
09/02/16 – Doctors / Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) / International locations
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is recruiting doctors to deliver emergency medical care in more than 60 countries. As a doctor with a minimum of 2 years post-qualification and clinical experience, you may be responding to a measles or meningitis outbreak, assessing medical needs after a natural disaster, working as a primary healthcare physician, treating HIV/AIDS or TB patients or treating survivors of armed conflict. Your clinical skills and resourcefulness will be put to the test while you work in locations where the health care infrastructure may have completely fallen apart, or while you work to diagnose and treat unfamiliar medical conditions. But you will not be facing these challenges alone – Médecins Sans Frontières provides expert technical support including extensive guidelines and protocols. Working with Médecins Sans Frontières to deliver medical aid overseas requires passion and a serious commitment for at least 9 months. Recruitment is open year-round. Read about working for Médecins Sans Frontières and check that you meet the specific role requirements. If you are in the UK, access this page. If you are in Australia or New Zealand, access this page.
30/07/15 – Polar Physician, Antarctica
17/5/14 – Careflight Australia
Various positions are currently being advertised by Careflight Australia for experienced paramedics, registrars and consultants interested in aeromedical retrieval and pre-hospital care. For more information and the eligibility criteria, please visit the Careflight career opportunities webpage.
Jobs with expenses paid
20/04/17 – Doctor / Borders Exploration Group / Bolivia (URGENT)
Expedition doctor urgently required for Borders Exploration Group youth trip to Bolivia from 30 June – 24 July 2017. There is 29 participants on the trip: 19 young people aged between 16-19, 8 leaders and 1 paramedic. We will be spending ten days refurbishing a hall for disadvantaged boys in Cochabamba, four days doing an environmental project on an island on Lake Titicaca and five days on a high-altitude Andean trek. BEG will provide a comprehensive medical kit and will cover flights, visas and all costs in country if required. This is a great trip which is currently in jeopardy because of a last minute drop out from our medic. If interested, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible – all interest is welcome!
20/04/17 – Doctors, nurses and paramedics / Raleigh International (URGENT)
Raleigh International is looking for doctors, nurses and paramedics with at least two years clinical experience to join our International Citizen Service (ICS) programmes this summer in Nicaragua and Tanzania. As the ICS medic you’ll mainly be based in Raleigh’s field base, although you will get some experience on the project sites as well. On an ICS project you can gain tropical medicine skills and experience, work with young people in a challenging environment and experience living in a completely new and exciting environment. If you are interested in the role, please visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
13/04/17 – Expedition Medics / British Exploring Society / Amazon, Yukon & Iceland
We are currently looking for highly experienced and skilled medical staff to undertake the role of Expedition Medic on our summer 2017 expeditions to the Amazon, Yukon & Iceland. Our medical teams consist of fully qualified medical professionals and may include Doctors and other healthcare professionals such as Nurses or Paramedics with appropriate specialist experience. For further information and to apply, please visit our website.
18/10/16 – Expedition Medic / Great Wall of China Trek / Skyline
Expedition Medic (doctor or paramedic) urgently required for charity Great Wall of China Trek from 23 Oct-1 Nov 2016. There will be 33 participants and a mixture of nationalities including British, American and Canadian. Joining the group will be UK Leader and Assistant Leader and they will be supported by local crew. Skyline will provide a comprehensive medical kit and will cover flights, visas and all costs in country. Other relevant costs may be negotiable. This is a fantastic opportunity to support a group of fundraisers as they tackle the challenge of trekking rural sections of The Great Wall of China. Contact email@example.com.
29/07/16 – The Island with Bear Grylls – Channel 4/Shine Television
21/04/16 – Minnow Films – Medic for Spy Documentary (on camera)
We at Minnow Films, the team behind SAS: Who Dares Wins are currently producing an exciting new series for Channel 4 about the recruitment and training process of becoming a spy, where we will explore the type of person it takes to serve our country under cover. We are looking for a group of 20 ordinary men and women to attempt a course based on the authentic Recruitment and Training phases of the Britain’s Intelligence Services. The course will be as close to the real thing as possible, immersing the Candidates in a world of psychological pressure and uncertainty. Click here to apply.
17/02/16 – International Porter Protection Group – Doctors for high altitude rescue post in Nepal
IPPG are looking for doctors to work at its Machermo rescue post during the pre- and post-monsoon seasons in 2017. Pre-monsoon runs end of February to beginning of May and post-monsoon runs beginning of September to end of November. You will be situated at Machermo at 4450m and the satellite post in Gokyo at 4800m. IPPG pays a small contribution to accommodation while in Kathmandu, for flights to and from Lukla and for accommodation and food on the walk in, at the post and on the walk out. This role provides an opportunity for a volunteer to practice mountain medicine in the heart of the Everest region of Nepal. IPPG hold a training weekend on the 6-8 May. Held in the Brecon Beacons this is an ideal opportunity to get to know more about the charity and enjoy teaching and discussion around mountain and altitude medicine. For further details about volunteering or the weekend in May please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
29/01/16 – Renegade Pictures – Doctors heading abroad / Documentary
Quitting the rat race to emigrate somewhere wild or remote? Selling up to live in a far-flung corner of the world? Renegade Pictures is looking for families who are making life-changing moves to take part in a new documentary series for Channel 4. Whether you’re following your dream to live off grid, becoming self-sufficient, or making a home in a challenging or inhospitable location we want to hear from you. We’ll follow families brave enough to make the leap as they leave the UK behind and start a new wild life abroad. If you’re interested in finding out more please get in touch with the production team (email@example.com) and let us know where and when you’re thinking of making the move and what stage you’re currently at.
05/12/15 – PCI – GP Clinical Trainers for teaching in low/middle income countries
Primary Care International is a social enterprise launched by GP Update / RedWhale. We provide clinical training at community level in resource-poor settings, as part of our mission to enable universal access to low cost, quality healthcare. Primary Care International (PCI) is steadily expanding its work, collaborating with global agencies such as MSF. We need internationally-experienced clinicians to join our team to help develop our work and to be on stand-by to deliver new programmes. Application deadline: 20 December 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a Selection Day near Oxford on 23 January 2016. Click here for further information and to apply.
08/08/14 – Medical Aid for Palestinians
Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) is an international, non-political, non-religious, non-governmental organisation working for the health and well-being of Palestinian refugees and those living under occupation. They are looking for final year trainees, consultants or recently retired consultants across a range of specialties to undertake post-traumatic reconstructive surgery (once there is a stable ceasefire) for those affected by war injuries in Gaza. Click here for more information, or send your CV and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org
19/12/16 – Mountain Leaders and Experienced Trekkers / Raleigh International
Are you mountain leader qualified or assessed, or an experienced trekker? Raleigh International is looking for mountain leaders or anyone with extensive trekking or outdoor experience to join our international expeditions in Borneo, Costa Rica & Nicaragua, Tanzania and Nepal in June/July 2017 for 8 or 13 weeks. Support the leadership skills of young volunteers and trek through some of the most incredible landscapes. We ask all of our volunteers to raise a certain amount before their expedition but if you’re mountain leader trained or assessed you will receive a bursary on your target. Please get in touch at email@example.com, visit the website or apply here
10/09/16 – First Intervention Ghana
Ghana is a fantastic place to spend time volunteering and internship abroad. Volunteering with First Intervention Ghana is an entirely customizable experience and we pride ourselves on tailor-made, life changing affordable volunteer program abroad. Thinking about staying two weeks to 12 months in Ghana? we can put together itinerary for you in areas of: pre/medical, care work, teaching, sports, orphanage assisting, media, music, drumming/dancing, emergency and trauma, pharmacy assisting, fire fighting, engineering and construction, assisting agriculture and farming. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for any further information.
|Backpacker Medics is a volunteer, non-profit collective of paramedics and health professionals. Since 2012 we have been working in a small, rural village in eastern Nepal and together with the Moonlight Foundation Nepal and the local community we have funded, constructed and facilitated a free healthcare facility: The Moonlight Community Healthcare Centre (MCHC). We provide regular opportunities for suitable medical volunteers to work in the MCHC in conjunction with our full-time Nepali Medical staff. We have created a 14-day program for volunteers which includes 7 days of exploring the region and assisting the community and 7 days working in the MCHC. There are positions available in this programme on a monthly basis. For more information email Contact: email@example.com|
|Blue Ventures organise marine conservation projects in Madagascar and Belize. They routinely take on medics and preferably like you to have prior knowledge of dive related illness. As a medic you are expected to provide your own indemnity cover and pay quite a significant amount (around £1500 for a 6 week trip) towards the cost of the expedition. Contact: Call +44 (0)20 7697 8598|
|The British Exploring Society is a youth development charity which runs wilderness expeditions for young people aged 16-25. The society delivers inspirational and challenging scientific expeditions to remote, wild environments promoting confidence, teamwork, leadership and the spirit of adventure and exploration. Expeditions generally take place during the British school summer holiday period and range from 3-8 weeks in length. The society is looking for post-Foundation Year 2 doctors and other medical professionals with expedition, mountaineering or scientific experience. Recruitment is via an online application form followed by an assessment day in London. Recruitment takes place in the summer/autumn of the year prior to the expedition and successful applicants are expected to attend training weekends in advance of an expedition. Further information here. Contact: Call +44 (0)20 7591 3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Charity Challenge organise over 100 expeditions each year and are well known for Kilimanjaro climbs (including the 2009 Celebrity Climb for Comic Relief). They run treks, bike rides, mountain climbs, rafting, dog sledding, skiing and community challenges in over 30 countries worldwide and routinely take doctors on their trips. They are looking for fully registered medics, post FY2, ideally with experience at high altitude and with some training in, or direct experience of, expedition medicine. They will cover all your costs except for visas and your indemnity cover. Contact: email@example.com|
|Coral Cay run marine and terrestrial based volunteer projects in locations such as Cambodia, the Philippines and Montserrat with a goal to provide 'the resources to help protect coral reefs and tropical rainforests throughout the developing world'. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|DocTours arranges volunteer programs for medical professionals and all healthcare students. Destinations include Nepal, Cambodia, Fiji, Sri Lanka, East Timor, Ecuador, Tanzania and Namibia. Non-medical partners are also welcome and the dates are flexible. Contact: email@example.com|
|Dream Challenges offer a range of charity events including treks such as Everest Base Camp and Kilimanjaro and cycle rides everywhere from India to South Africa. They are one of the smaller, newer companies but are offering some new and more unique trips such as a Uganda Trek. They are often looking to recruit medics to work on their trips and will cover your expenses (everything from indemnity cover to a beer on the last night). Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Exile Medics takes enthusiastic medical professionals to the world's most challenging environments to provide medical support for expeditions and extreme events. Doctors of all grades, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and medical students work together. Exile Medics also ensures a small number of supervised roles are available for those on their first expedition, making for a great opportunity to develop expedition skills in a structured environment.|
|Part of the Gapforce Brand, Greenforce offer trips, mostly targeted at people on Gap Years to Fiji, Ecuador and Borneo to name a few. For the more remote of these projects they will take a medic. They tend to be around 4 to 10 weeks long and whilst they will cover your in country costs often the cost of the flight is often your own responsibility. Contact: email@example.com|
|Jolt Trust is a small volunteer-run charity that runs trips every 2 years with the aim of making a positive lasting difference to the lives of disabled, ill, neglected and abused young people. They have already recruited medics for their 2014 trip (a journey across Africa from Zambia to Mozambique) but are likely to have more opportunities in 2016. They recruit fully qualified doctors who preferably already have some expedition medicine experience. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Operation Wallacea is an organisation that runs wildlife conservation programmes in a number of remote locations around the world. They run a lot of marine and diving activities, e.g. in Mexico, but also have projects based inland for example in the jungle in Honduras and in the South African bush. All the expeditions run between June and September. It is worth noting that they very often have volunteers from North America on their programmes – this is only an issue as that you would be expected to look after them as the site medic and getting indemnity insurance to cover you for this is either very difficult and expensive or sometimes not possible at all. They will cover your expenses on site and will provide money towards your flight, how much they provide increases with the longer you agree to stay. Op Wall are looking for fully registered nurses, doctors and paramedics with at least two years experience post qualification. Contact: email@example.com|
|Raleigh International run 'sustainable development programmes in Borneo, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and India focusing on protecting vulnerable environments, improving access to safe water and sanitation and strengthening community resilience in poor rural areas.' The role of the medic in the team is to look after the health of the volunteers on the programme and to manage emergencies that may occur. They are looking for doctors, registered general nurses or paramedics with a minimum of two years’ experience post-qualification. They will cover a lot of your costs but still expect you to fundraise in the region of £950. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secret Compass offers unique expeditions to some of the most remote, least-visited places on earth. Their website is very tempting and because of the nature of their expeditions they tend to be slightly longer, 2-3 weeks on average. Destinations for 2014-2015 include Afghanistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Panama, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Sudan, Arunachal Pradesh, Burma, Iceland and Kamchatka. Contact: email@example.com|
|Skyline Events organise a number of overseas challenges each year ranging from Kilimanjaro climbs to Great Wall of China treks with the majority of their participants taking part to raise funds for charity. They take a doctor on all of their trips and are looking for post-FY2 medics with trekking and cycling experience plus training in expedition medicine. They will cover all expenses except indemnity cover. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org|
Please note: we need to say very clearly that we do not endorse these organisations, or the contents of external websites.