Sergeant Rescue Training & Consulting


Please read this carefully. This document outlines the information that you will be expected to provide and the expectations of our hiring team.


Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in Sergeant Rescue. Attached you will find a copy of the position description with a list of requested application information for the Wilderness Instructor Training Course (WITC).

When organizing your resume, please emphasize and highlight the following areas:

  1. Your level of medical, CPR and wilderness medical training (minimum of WFA, WEMT or WFR with Professional CPR).
  2. Your patient care experience. Please elaborate so that we may understand the scope of your experiences (number of patients, pre-hospital versus wilderness patient care, distance of evacuations, etc.).
  3. Your wilderness experience, both personal and professional.
  4. Your teaching experience, both outdoors and classroom.
  5. Your projected availability to teach. Please be specific regarding blocks of time and times of the year. Sergeant Rescue expects an average annual commitment of 40 teaching days from new instructors. Those teaching days will be schedules as courses are available or you schedule course.
  6. Your home location. Priority will be given to applicants who are located in regions where Sergeant Rescue has the greatest need in any given year.

Please see the subsequent pages in this packet for more details regarding qualifications. Applications are requested on a regular cycle posted at the end of this document. We will review applications and conduct phone interviews with the most qualified candidates. Invitations to the WITC in State College, Pennsylvania are extended to qualified candidates after each interview cycle. Please note, though the price has not yet been set, there will be a tuition charge to cover food, lodging and materials during the WITC. WITC course tuition is generally projected at $750 per accepted applicant.

We look forward to welcoming some our inaugural new staff onto our team of wilderness medicine educators. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.


Jason Tartalone, WEMT-P, TP-C, NRP
Sergeant Rescue Training & Consulting
(814) 271-0800



Sergeant Rescue Wilderness Instructor Training Course (WITC) graduates teach courses ranging in length from two to nine days on a year-round basis. Our new staffing plans are regionally centered. However, instructors may be expected to teach throughout the United States. Teaching days vary from 8 - 12 hours and may include evenings. Sergeant Rescue is asking it’s new instructors to commit to at least 40 days of teaching per year for a minimum of 3 years. This will include a mix of two, three, and ten-day courses. Once you are WITC complete you may also begin to branch out into some of the other aspects of SRTC’s Wilderness Division. You can begin to train and become certified to teach our NASAR courses and possibly some of our wilderness rescue programs.

Responsibilities and Travel Opportunities

The life of a wilderness medicine instructor includes traveling long distances to course locations and dealing with a variety of living situations. In addition to providing outstanding and thorough lectures on medical topics and supervising students' hands-on learning, your responsibilities will also may include collecting course fees, keeping accurate paperwork, collaborating with course sponsors, managing challenges and overseeing course equipment.

In addition to meeting the basic qualifications, SRTC instructors are expected to have excellent interpersonal skills, to be very professional, and to be great storytellers. A great sense of humor, including the ability to laugh at oneself, is highly encouraged as well. The more personality you can put into your teaching, the more likely the students will retain what you are telling them.



  1. Current Wilderness First Aid qualification. 
  2. Current Wilderness EMT or Wilderness First Responder (or RN, PA, MD or similar training with current WFR) preferred. 
  3. Proof of WFA, WFR, WFR Recert or higher course within the past two years required.​
  4. Professional level CPR certification is required.

Medical Background & Patient Care

  1. Significant patient contact experience preferred – successful instructors have cared for a wide range of patients.
  2. This might be demonstrated through involvement with ambulance, ski patrol, military medic, emergency room, critical care, SAR organizations or significant patient care provided in backcountry environments.

Outdoor Background

  1. Teaching Experience
  2. Teaching experience with adult learners in an outdoor education setting or classroom.
  3. Experience teaching emergency medicine is a plus.
  4. Experience in back country areas, and familiarity with outdoor hazards with outdoor sports.


  1. Since our wilderness medicine courses are run primarily in the US, applicants must be able to read, write, hear and speak fluent English.
  2. Applicants must have reliable personal transportation and a good driving record.
  3. Part of the responsibility is transporting gear between courses, so a vehicle with some cargo space is preferred.
  4. Must actively check email - All class availability requests will be sent via email, as well as most other pertinent information. 


  1. Competitive salary: $135 to $235 per day plus travel and living expenses when teaching to courses.  Salary increases are based on performance, number of classes taught, and feedback received from student critiques. Also, if you make lead instructor status that will also increase your per class salary.



Does taking the WFR ITC certify me to teach WFR courses on my own?

  1. Sort of. The goal of the WITC is to increase the number of instructors working for Sergeant Rescue. However, we encourage our instructor staff to seek and offer classes in their area and or market with clients. All classes however, will be scheduled and approved by SRTC management staff.

Will I be required to do any annual training with SRTC to maintain my instructor status?

  1. Yes. You will be required to complete online tasks, quizzes, and attend webinars to continue to develop your skills, provide feedback about course materials, and to be updated when course materials change or are updated.

How many spots are available in the WITC?

  1. We will offer spots to the number of qualified candidates to whom we can offer regular work. We will also increase the number of seats as the demand for courses increases.

Can I host a WITC at my location?

  1. No. We conduct the WITCs here in State College, PA so that we can ensure that we are producing highly trained and qualified instructors. We have extremely high expectations for our courses and our instructors. Therefore, we have a hand picked cadre that will be providing any, and all, or our WITC programs.

Wilderness Instructor Training Course Application Process
REVISED: Feb, 2018

Complete the online application. After which you will receive several documents and possibly be asked to provide additional documentation.

 The application package must include:

  1. A cover letter describing yourself, why you strive to teach wilderness medicine for Sergeant Rescue, your anticipated home base, and your teaching availability.
  2. A current resume that includes: Name, address, phone #, email, Recent photograph of yourself (Passport style preferred) Education,Teaching experience, Past work experience.
  3. Three references who can comment on your teaching abilities.
  4. Copies of all medical degrees, CPR certifications, Current WEMT or WFR card, any and all Rescue or applicable certification cards.

Following an application review, qualified applicants receive a phone interview. Offers to attend the Wilderness Instructor Training Course (WITC) will be made to the most suitable applicants after interviews are completed. Employment contracts are extended to WITC participants who pass the WITC and are ready to be hired at the end of the WITC. Ongoing evaluations occur after each course contract to evaluate your continued employment.

Online preliminary application

Now that you have read the above descriptions and letter, and you are still interested in joining our team. Please fill out the below online application to begin your application process to join our team. Please upload your completed Resume, Photo, and certifications where indicated. Please scan your certification into a single file.