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.
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 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 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?
Jobs with salary and expenses paid
08/04/19 – Medic / Miavana, Madagascar
Would you like to work on a remote tropical island in Madagascar? On an island lined with palm trees, clear blue water and soft sand…
Ideal for a paramedic / nurse / F3 with experience in either pre-hospital care, emergency medicine or acute/general medicine.
Included: Basic negotiable salary, all food, accommodation and flights, access to SCUBA, kayaking, SUP, kite-surfing and trail running.
**Due to overwhelming positive response, the employer requests no further applications at this time, but thanks everyone for their interest!** (Editor, 10th June 2019)
19/04/19 – Ski Field Doctors / Perisher and Thredbo / Australia
One or more doctors required for Perisher and/or Thredbo Ski Resorts this winter season. Both clinics provide a trauma/GP/sports medicine service to 30-40 patients per day at Thredbo and 40-60 per day at Perisher. Background in GP/ED preferred, with on the job training available. The applicant will need to hold FACRRM, FRACGP or possibly FACEM, and be eligible for registration in Australia and eligible for a Provider Number. Applications from Registrars undertaking Remote/Rural GP training also welcome. Contact: Karen Ratana on firstname.lastname@example.org.
11/01/19 – Doctors / EPIC Rotary Aviation (Helicopter) Fellowship / North Wales
We are looking for high calibre middle-grade doctors for our Fellowships in Prehospital Care here in North Wales. No prior PHEM experience is necessary. The job is a 40/40/20% split between Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and PHEM, hence the title of EPIC (Emergency, Prehospital, and Intensive Care). PHEM shifts on Helimed 61 with EMRTS Cymru, AKA the Welsh Flying Medics. Hospital is a busy DGH with standard specialties and an unselected take, including paediatrics and major trauma. Great T&Cs. Closes 20 Feb 2019. Interviews on 26 March 2019. Contact: John.Glen@wales.nhs.uk. More info here and applications here.
08/10/18 – Doctors / Critical Care International / Southern Mali
Critical Care International (CCI) are recruiting for positions in southern Mali starting this December. The concept and guiding philosophy of the company is to deliver high-quality remote healthcare for companies working in low-resource environments and to utilise the financial support of these companies to deliver ethical, evidence-based community development projects in the areas of operation.
We are looking for doctors to work 6-week rotations providing care to the employees of a UK-owned gold mine. It’s a varied and interesting position involving provision of primary care, emergency care and occupational health services to all 1000 employees. If you are interested in the position, please send a CV to email@example.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. Goto Job opportunities for doctors on mountainmedicine.co.uk and click on the relevant position.
Ongoing – Combined Emergency Medicine / Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Post, Derriford Hospital and DDRC
The Diving Diseases Research Centre offer two six-month posts at junior/middle grade level, commencing in February and August. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0)1752 209999.
Ongoing – 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.
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
15/04/19 – Expedition Doctor / Choose a Challenge / Kilimanjaro
We are a small adventure travel provider searching for a fully qualified doctor to accompany two consecutive Kilimanjaro groups. Posting dates: 21 May – 6 June 2019, with option to be based in a camp on the mountain for the duration of both groups, OR to complete the entire trek with each group. Medical kit, flights, ground costs all included but doctor must provide their own indemnity cover which includes cover for treating American citizens. Prior altitude trekking experience desired. For more information and to apply please send CV with full medical and travel experience to email@example.com.
19/03/19 – Expedition Doctor / The Longest Swim / Pacific Ocean
Long distance swimmer and ocean advocate Ben Lecomte is looking for a volunteer medic to join a crew of 10 on a 3-month swimming/sailing expedition from Hawaii to California. After spending 165 days at sea and swimming over 1500 nautical miles off the coast of Japan in 2018 for The Swim, Ben and crew now plan to head into the highest concentration of ocean plastic in the world, commonly known as the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’. The crew will support Ben’s swim, while collecting scientific samples and sharing their story with the goal to raise awareness on plastic pollution and help uncover the myth of the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’. The swim itself is very taxing on Ben, and we will be supported 24/7 by an onshore medical team MSOS from Southampton, UK. However, for the added safety of the crew and Ben we are searching for a medic to join the 9 other crew members on board the support vessel. Previous sailing experience is preferred but not required. For your chance to be involved in this huge adventure follow @benlecomtetheswim on Instagram and Facebook, and send an introduction letter and CV to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing – Doctors / International Porter Protection Group / Everest Region, Nepal 2019
IPPG are looking for doctors to work at its Machermo rescue post during the pre and post-monsoon seasons. You will be situated at Machermo at 4450m and at Gokyo at 4800m. This role provides an opportunity for a volunteer to practice mountain medicine in the heart of the Everest region. IPPG pays for flights to and from Lukla and for accommodation and food on the walk in, at the post and on the walk out. There is a training weekend in the Brecon Beacons for shortlisted applicants. For further details contact email@example.com or visit the IPPG website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
08/02/19 – Expedition Doctor / Raleigh International / Nepal and Tanzania
Raleigh is looking for Expedition Medics to join our sustainable development programmes this
summer in Nepal and Tanzania. Volunteer managers and medics are needed to run expeditions,
so if you’re a qualified doctor, paramedic or nurse, this could be for you! Develop your Expedition
medicine experience while leading groups of young people on our projects which include our
WASH programmes (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and community-based Natural Resource
Management programmes. For further information head over to Raleigh International Medics’
page or contact Callum at email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
Ongoing – 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.
These jobs are no longer available, but looking through them will give you an idea of what work is out there.
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Blue Ventures operates marine conservation programmes in Madagascar, Belize and Timor. We welcome medics 2 years post qualification as well as nurses and paramedics with 3 years experience (including emergency medicine if nursing). We also run medical electives. It is a great role that allows good exposure to expedition medicine with expert backup. You also get to be involved in all of the expedition activities on site. We offer an induction and there are multiple projects to get their teeth into on site. No prior dive experience necessary. Medics get a substantial discount on expedition rates and are expected to cover indemnity costs. 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 email@example.com|
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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: email@example.com|
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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: email@example.com|
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|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: email@example.com|
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Raleigh International run sustainable development programmes in Costa Rica, Nepal and Tanzania 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 £1,150 for a 13-week Expedition.|
|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|