Work as an expedition leader with Secret Compass



Any HQ-based job vacancies at Secret Compass will appear on this page (there are none at present). We always seek talented, mature and very experienced expedition leaders to add to our database. We are a small team and so are not able to advise on getting into the industry, though our Journal (The Compass) is full of useful insight and advice on this front.

Information for leaders

Secret Compass recruits leaders and project staff on a contract-by-contract basis. We do not recruit medics. We are always looking to build our database of expedition professionals to call upon for short-term contracts, generally of two to six weeks. Remuneration will be dependant on experience. Secret Compass needs leaders with significant experience leading groups of adults in remote, challenging and often hostile terrain.

Leaders are required to:

  • Research, plan and write expedition plans.
  • Write Risk Assessments.
  • Develop medical and evacuation plans for extremely remote locations.
  • Plan budgets.
  • On occasions, recce new areas.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with in country contacts.
  • Liaise with local officials, NGOs, companies.
  • Be responsible for all aspects of leadership and management on remote expeditions such as:
  • Liaising, employing and managing local staff/contractors.
  • Organising and coordinating all administration.
  • Control of expedition budget.
  • Liaising with local institutions (NGO’s, Government Agencies).
  • Leadership and management of expedition team.
  • Risk assessment and safety management.
  • Contingency, incident and emergency management.
  • Responsible for all decisions made during the expedition.
  • Production of post-expedition reports (PXRs) and accounts.

You’ll probably have…

  • A history of proven expedition leadership experience in challenging situations.
  • Experience of leading adult groups.
  • Developed new expeditions in remote locations worldwide, either commercially or independently.
  • Proven budget management skills.
  • An in-depth working knowledge of risk and safety management.
  • Wilderness Medic qualifications.
  • Professional qualifications (e.g. Mountain Leader); preferred but not required.

To join our Expedition Leader Database, please send your CV and our Ops Director will add you to our leader database if suitable. We are a very small team so you might not get a response to your submission.

We no longer recruit expedition medics.


The Journal

Terms and Conditions
  1. One entry per person.
  2. Closing date for entries is 12:00 AUG 3.
  3. Entrants must be at least 18 years old.
  4. The prize includes: two weekend tickets to attend The Adventure Travel Film Festival in North London The prize does not include: meals, paying workshops, camping equipment or travel expenses.
  5. Getting to the venue in London is the responsibility of the winner.
  6. The prize is only available from 11th – 13th August 2017.
  7. The prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative.
  8. The prize cannot be sold or used by anyone other than the winner.
  9. The prize winner can choose who they will give the second ticket to and all of the terms and conditions here apply to that person.
  10. The promoter reserves the right to provide an alternative prize of similar value should the specified prize become unavailable for any reason.
  11. Neither the Promoter nor any other person or party associated with this promotion shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential loss or damage) or personal injury or death suffered or sustained in connection with either participation in this promotion or with any prizes offered.
  12. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this prize and without notice in the unlikely event of a major catastrophe, war, earthquake or any anticipated or alleged breach of any applicable law or regulation or any similar event or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  13. The winner will be selected randomly by Secret Compass on 04 AUG 2017.
  14. Attempts will be made to notify the winner using the email address provided at the time of entry. If the promoter, having used reasonable efforts, is unable to contact the winner, then the prize is forfeited and further draw(s) may be conducted.
  15. The winner may be required to take part in reasonable publicity as specified by the Promoter.
  16. The Promoter cannot be held liable for IT system failures or delays or loss of entries.
  17. The organiser reserves the right to cancel this competition, or to change any condition of this competition, without notice.
  18. Acceptance of these terms and conditions is a condition of entry.
  19. No purchase necessary.