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 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?
Jobs with salary and expenses paid
19th – 21st June 2022 (Closing date 25th May) – Thomas’ Daheim / School Medic / Austria
We are an independent group of schools called Thomas’s and have four prep schools in London. We also own a Hotel in Austria called Thomas’s Daheim in a small ski resort called Wurzeralm. We are looking for a caring and friendly doctor to join our team and oversee the medical welfare of the children and staff during their trip to Thomas’s Daheim. This job will include medical care whilst they are on the mountain and also whilst they are within the hotel facilities for the duration of their visit. There will be approximately 37 Year 9 pupils & 5 staff.
Ideally we are looking for a doctor who has previous experience working in such environments and with young people. Ideally the candidate will have in date life support qualifications including trauma and be emergency or GP trained.
Remuneration: £322 GBP, subject to full attendance of the dates of employment. We will pay for full board and accommodation for the duration of this contract (alcohol excluded). We will reimburse you the costs for one return trip from your home address to Thomas’s Daheim.
If you are interested please send a letter of applicant and CV to Paul Wild (Head of Thomas’s Outdoors & Thomas’s Daheim) at email@example.com. Paul is happy to be contacted on 07795 542670 if you would like to speak to him before applying.
Thomas’s London Day Schools are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment and work in accordance with our child protection policies and procedures.
2022 – Head Medical / Senior Aviation Medicine Examiner / Dubai
Our client, Mediclinic Middle East are looking to recruit an experienced Senior Aviation Medicine Examiner to work in the stunning 3 year old Parkview Hospital in Dubai. This is a fantastic opportunity to work for one of the leading Healthcare organisations in the Middle East. Interviews will be held in London and Manchester in April – dates will be confirmed soon.
To apply for this role, you will have a Diploma in Aviation Medicine and be accredited by the GCAA.
You will receive a comprehensive benefits package with this position, which will include:
- Excellent tax free (at source) salary
- 30 days annual leave, plus public holidays (8-10 days)
- Study leave
- Medical Insurance
- Medical Malpractice Insurance
More information as well as how to apply can be found at Head Medical.
2022 – Head Medical / Event Doctor / FIFA World Cup
We are very excited to be assisting in the recruitment of Locum Event Doctors for the FIFA World Cup 2022. We have vacancies for Emergency Medicine Consultants who have a minimum of 2 years’ clinical experience post specialist certification. The contract duration will be 3 – 4 months and the expected joining date is early October 2022.
More information as well as how to apply can be found at Head Medical.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can get more information at www.iqarus.com.
Jobs with expenses paid
11th March – 5th April 2022 – Doctors / Adventure Under Sail / Volunteer Ship’s Medic / Azores
Seas Your Future, run by the charity Adventure Under Sail, has been changing young lives through the power of the ocean since 2008 and now operates a full calendar of sailing programmes aboard the tall ship Pelican of London.
As Pelican crew members, young people from all backgrounds, aged between 14 and 25, can embark on a voyage of self-discovery like no other. They join us to learn from experts in sail training, explore the possibilities of a maritime career or pursue a passion for ocean science and environmental conservation. Perhaps more than anything, they come on board to find out about themselves. A journey on the Pelican, be it 7 days or 6 months, has the capacity to shape their outlook and direction for the rest of their lives.
We are looking for a volunteer ship’s medic to join the Pelican on March 11th in the Azores and sail with us to Emden arriving April 5th. We will arrange and pay travel and expenses. You should be a doctor registered with the GMC or a paramedic/nurse with the necessary Indemnity required to sail with us offshore around the Atlantic, English Channel and North Sea. Comprehensive medical kit provided on board. To apply or for further information please email email@example.com
Summer 2022 – Expedition Medic – Kilimanjaro
Choose a Challenge is a charity tour operator specialising in high altitude trekking events. This Summer we have two waves of university groups (around 25-30 participants in each) setting off to climb Kilimanjaro, and we’re looking for an experienced Expedition Medic to join our support team of qualified mountain guides, cooks and porters, to help make this dream a reality for these young fundraisers. Ascending with the first group, you will be stationed at Karanga Camp until the final group reaches Barafu Camp, from where you will make your own summit attempt before descending to Moshi. You will assess the physical and mental health of each participant prior to their respective summit attempt, as well as provide pre-departure support to the operations team (including medical screening). This is a fully expenses-paid trip to Tanzania, with full details of the role(s) available to view on our website. If this position appeals to you, we look forward to hearing from you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 – Volunteer Manager / Raleigh International / Nepal and Costa Rica
Raleigh International is looking for volunteer managers to join our sustainable development programmes in a variety of roles. 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 plans activities, looks after the welfare of volunteers and works on the operations aspect of the Expedition. If you are looking to develop your skills in a safe but challenging and completely exciting environment, we want to hear from you. For further information, visit our Volunteer Manager page for roles in Nepal or Costa Rica or contact us at internationalresources@
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 (email@example.com). 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.