Faculty of Wildlands Studies programs come from around the world, and hold either a PhD or MS degree, with many years of experience in research and environmental sciences. Our hiring practice for instructors adheres to that of Western Washington University and meets the hiring requirements for faculty teaching upper-division coursework. Many of Wildlands Studies faculty are college professors who direct field study work, others are researchers who want to help broaden students' exposure to wildlife and environmental issues. All are concerned about the impact of development and growth on our natural environment. Our instructors are backcountry field guides as well as academicians, and are certified in first aid and CPR. Many of our project staff hold a Wilderness First Responder certification as well. All projects have a minimum of two Wildlands Studies staff members, and often three or four. There is always a lead Instructor, often a second instructor or a logistics coordinator, and/or a teaching assistant. Read on to learn more about the background, experience and passion of our lead instructors.