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 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 a job through Adventure Medic. It keeps the wheels turning.
Enjoy yourself / After all, isn’t that what we suffered through all those exams for?
Jobs with salary and expenses paid
26/03/18 – Clinical Fellowships in Mountain Medicine / Chesterfield Royal Hospital
In the next couple of weeks Chesterfield Royal Hospital will be advertising Clinical Fellowships in Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Mountain Medicine (2 years). These posts will be suitable for anyone who has completed Foundation training. No experience in Anaesthetics or Critical Care is required. Provided the applicant is accepted onto the Diploma in Mountain Medicine, course fees will be paid and study leave guaranteed. Opportunities for research and teaching will be available. Situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, these posts are ideal for all those who wish to combine a fascinating career with a life spent outdoors! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
25/03/18 – Senior Teaching Fellow / Expedition Medicine BSc. / Imperial College School of Medicine
We’re working to establish an ‘Expedition Medicine’ intercalated BSc. at Imperial College School of Medicine, and currently advertising for a Senior Teaching Fellow. The two year, full-time role would involve teaching medical students on the cardiology and respiratory BSc streams, as well as helping develop a new Expedition Medicine BSc stream from Sept-Oct 2018. Applicants would ideally have research experience in Cardiovascular or Respiratory physiology and keen interests in outdoor adventures. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
07/12/17 – Paramedic / Vintage Air Rally / South America
Experienced paramedic required for expedition taking 1920s and 1930s vintage biplanes from the southern most tip of South America, the City of Ushuaia, Argentina to Lakeland Florida. 15 teams of two people as well as a support crew of around 20-30, so the total number of people on the expedition will be around 50-60. MUST be completely Fluent Spanish and English speaker. Ideally will have experience as a first responder to car/automobile accidents; will be able to speak Portugese; will have experience of working with film crews. 20 Feb 2018 – 16 April 2018. Contact Will Treadwell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
04/11/17 – Senior Nursing Officer / Raleigh International
Qualified nurse ready for a new challenge in a fast paced and exciting overseas development environment? Raleigh are advertising this unique opportunity that has just opened up as part of their UK based Safety team, involving the support of volunteers with pre-departure medical screenings and providing support to their network of in-country medics and operational teams. For more information including job description and person specification, view the job advertisement on their website.
12/08/17 – Doctors / Central Australian Retrieval Service / Alice Springs
Love mountain biking, hiking or camping? Looking for a challenging critical care workplace? Open to cross-cultural experiences? The Central Australian Retrieval Service in Alice Springs is recruiting ED/Anaesthetics/ICU registrars available for 6+ month rotations from 2018 onwards. You will see some of the most interesting and complex medicine in Australia, caring for all age groups and presentations across a 1.6 million square kilometre area. Trauma, sepsis, premature births, and renal disease are common. We boast a flexible roster and supportive consultant staff. Assistance with the Australian medical registration process provided. For more information contact email@example.com
30/06/17 – 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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
20/02/18 – Expedition Doctor / The Longest Swim / Pacific Ocean
The Longest Swim crew is looking for a volunteer medic to support a record-breaking Pacific crossing by Ben Lecomte. The role will involve living on the boat throughout the expedition (at least six months from Tokyo to San Francisco), contributing to all life on board, monitoring the swimmer’s health/nutrition and providing medical care to the eight crew members in coordination with our onshore medical team, MSOS. The expedition will operate under the umbrella of the non-profit Ocean Foundation to raise funds and awareness of many of the environmental issues that affect the Ocean. All visas, travel, food and accommodation, medical kit and indemnity will be covered if taking part in the whole expedition. To apply, or for any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.
10/02/18 – Expedition Medics / British Exploring Society / Himalaya & Yukon, summer 2018
British Exploring Society are urgently recruiting experienced and skilled medical staff to undertake the role of Expedition Medic on our expeditions to the Indian Himalaya and Canadian Yukon this Summer. We are looking for qualified medical professionals, which may include Doctors and other healthcare professionals such as Nurses or Paramedics with appropriate specialist experience. Visit our website to apply, or speak with a member of the team on 020 7591 3141.
09/01/18 – 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 in 2019. 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 20-22 April 2018 for shortlisted applicants. For further details contact email@example.com or visit the IPPG website.
Ongoing – 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 2017-18. 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.
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 email@example.com
01/03/18 – Medics / Raleigh International / Worldwide
Volunteer Expedition Medics needed in Tanzania, Nepal, Nicaragua & Costa Rica and Malaysian Borneo this summer. Raleigh is looking for Expedition Medics to join sustainable development programmes this summer. Volunteer managers and medics are needed to run expeditions, so if you’re a qualified doctor, paramedic or nurse, this could be for you! Lead 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 https://raleighinternational.org/medics/ or contact Callum at firstname.lastname@example.org
07/12/17 – Medics / Mountain Heart Nepal / Nepal
We are a group of doctors and nurses who founded a humanitarian organisation after the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal. We have been reaching out to the communities who find themselves in dire situations through medical expeditions to remote and austere environments throughout the country. If you are an adventurous medic and interested in expedition and wilderness medicine, and would like an insight into challenging, remote medicine then apply to join our two week medical mission (5-8 persons) in February and October 2018. Cost of expedition 1999 USD. To apply, please email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit the website or apply here.
|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 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 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|