Jobs & Volunteering

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.

Please note: we need to say very clearly that we do not endorse these organisations, or the contents of external websites or offer any adventure medicine work ourselves.

Tips

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, with professional risks and responsibilities, and as such should include a salary, in addition to kit and indemnity costs. Whatever you choose though, please make sure that you feel protected, and 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 IPPG recommendations for trekkers 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 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 your job through Adventure Medic. It keeps the wheels turning.

Enjoy yourself / After all, isn’t this why we suffered through all those exams?

Current Vacancies

Jobs with salary and expenses paid

Ongoing – Iqarus

Iqarus is an organisation that specialises in delivering healthcare in complex and demanding environments. They are looking for Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, Radiographers, Laboratory Technicians and Biomedical Scientists on a full time an locum basis.

Rotations are typically 6 weeks on duty and 6 weeks off duty at home, but dependent on project site.  Flights, food and accommodation are provided whilst on duty at the project site. Current sites include Mali, Somalia, Niger, Djibouti, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kosovo, Ukraine.

If you have energy and passion and are looking for an exciting career overseas working as part of a multi-disciplined team, this could be the job for you.  To apply for a position or learn more about Iqarus send CVs to talent@iqarus.com. You can get more information at www.iqarus.com.

Jobs with expenses paid

Ongoing – Kilimanjaro Expedition Medic
Dig Deep is a water and sanitation charity working to unlock opportunity for Kenya’s poorest residents. One of the ways in which we raise funds is by organising Kilimanjaro climbs with approximately 200-300 fundraisers taking part each year. These are divided into groups of between 25-30 climbers and to ensure their safety, we require an experienced doctor to join the extensive support crew accompanying each group on their trek.
Dig Deep will offer subsidised international flights and cover the costs of your Kilimanjaro climb, food, accommodation and travel in-country and medical supplies.
Full details of your responsibilities and how to apply for future trips are included in the role description here.

Ongoing – Doctors / Critical Care International

Critical Care International (www.critcareint.com) is a UK-based company delivering remote healthcare to the highest medical and ethical standards for organisations operating in the world’s most challenging environments.We work closely with clients to deliver ethical, evidence-based and sustainable development projects.

We offer a variety of deployed roles and we are currently recruiting for doctors with at least 3 years post qualification experience, including in resource poor settings. Clinical support and governance is provided by a panel of specialty experts, alongside our operations team. 

If this of interest and you would like more information, please email info@critcareint.com with a full CV.

Ongoing – Doctors / Lamin Health Center / The Gambia.

Are you a doctor with an interest in global health who wants to live close to beautiful beaches in West-Africa? Lamin Health Center seeks medical doctors for short and long term positions. LHC is a non-profit clinic with a capacity of 21 admission beds including a paediatric ward, delivery room, emergency room, laboratory and dressing room. It covers an area of about 35.000 inhabitants with 3 health posts in the surrounding villages. We are looking for doctors with experience in EM/GP, internal medicine, gynaecology and/or paediatrics and who are willing to educate the local staff. You can expect a warm and motivated team, dynamic working days and a highly rewarding job. A local salary is provided; accommodation is possible. For more information please contact Annemieke de Koning on dekoning.am@gmail.com.

Ongoing – Royal Flying Doctor Service / Western Australia

Fancy a change to the Outback? We require experienced, energetic doctors with strong critical care skills and at least six months anaesthetics to join our aeromedical retrieval teams at bases across Western Australia. Suitable doctors include General Practitioners with anaesthetic/ICU skills and Critical Care trainees wanting some time out from the training program. Positions are full-time for a minimum of 12 months, with an attractive remuneration package including relocation, house, car and generous leave entitlements. For more information and eligibility criteria, please visit our Careers Page.

Ongoing – Clinical Fellow Emergency Medicine and Pre-hospital care – Bangor, N Wales (Snowdonia)

Recruiting middle grade EM doctors, 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. Go to Job opportunities for doctors on mountainmedicine.co.uk and click on the relevant position.

Ongoing – Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Post, DDRC Healthcare, Plymouth

DDRC Healthcare (formerly the Diving Diseases Research Centre) offers three junior doctor positions, with one post commencing in February and two commencing in August. They are one-year contracts working three days per week at DDRC, including training in diving and hyperbaric medicine. Minimum two years of post-graduate experience. More info at ddrc.org/jobs or contact info@ddrc.org

Ongoing – 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.

Jobs with expenses paid

Ongoing – 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 doctors@map-uk.org

Other

Ongoing – Expedition Medic / Raleigh International / Nepal and Costa Rica

Raleigh International is looking for doctors, nurses and paramedics to join our sustainable development programmes as Volunteer Medics. We have a range of opportunities lasting from between 8 and 13 weeks for you to support our youth-led projects, ranging from improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in rural communities, to preserving vulnerable environments. Get directly involved in these in a project site role, or from our main country office in Kathmandu or Turrialba where you will be joining the central operations team that responds to incidents. If you have 2 years experience post-qualification and are looking to develop your remote, tropical and clinical medical skills in a safe but challenging and completely exciting environment, we want to hear from you. For further information, visit our Medics page or contact us at internationalresources@raleighinternational.org

Ongoing – Volunteer Medics and Elective Students / Vine Trust / Medical ship

Vine Trust is an international development charity which is involved in long-term health partnerships with local organisations to strengthen health systems, increasing access to primary healthcare to remote and vulnerable communities. As part of its activities, Vine Trust offers health professionals the opportunity to participate in short-term volunteering opportunities (2-4 weeks) on-board one of 3 medical ships in the Peruvian Amazon or Tanzanian Lake Victoria. For more details see our website or contact the office (health@vinetrust.org). Opportunities open to fully qualified health professional who are registered to practice in their country of residence. Elective options also available for final-year students.

Archived Vacancies

These jobs are no longer available, but looking through them will give you an idea of what work is out there.

Archived Vacancies