In the Field – Applying for the Mission
- Submit Application
Complete the application by accessing the link below. If you are eligible and meet our specific requirements, you may submit your application online.
Completed applications and supporting documents are screened by the Board Secretary, President and Mission Director within four weeks of submission. Candidates whose qualifications best fulfill our organizational needs will be invited to a follow-up telephone and/or in-person interview.
Following a personal interview and reference check, suitable applicants will be invited to attend our Information Briefings held before each mission.
- At least two years of relevant professional experience
For physicians (excluding surgeons, ob-gyns, and anesthesia providers), completion of residency satisfies this requirement. Nurses are required to have three years of professional experience.
- Relevant travel and/or work outside the United States
H.E.R.O. works mostly in developing countries, experience working, volunteering, and/or traveling abroad is essential. We are most interested in instances where you have been outside your comfort zone—generally outside of the United States, but some domestic activities may be applicable, such as work in rural or remote areas.
- Ability to work and live with a diverse group of professionals
H.E.R.O. teams are made up of medical and non-medical professionals from an array of nationalities and cultural backgrounds. While the rewards are rich, it can be a challenge to work and communicate with individuals whose customs is different from your own. Your ability and willingness to engage with this diversity is essential.
- Flexibility and adaptability
To reflect changing needs in the field, activities can shift quickly and job descriptions change accordingly. Working environments, security protocols, and team size/composition may also change during assignments. Your ability to be flexible and adaptable—both personally and professionally—is critical to your success on a H.E.R.O. mission.
- Computer skills
All H.E.R.O aid workers write and submit reports, and many are involved in data collection. To apply to H.E.R.O you must have basic computer skills and must be comfortable using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). While not required, prior experience using any database software is an asset.
- Commitment to H.E.R.O’s principles
H.E.R.O operates independently of any political, military, or religious agenda, observes neutrality, and provides impartial care delivered on the basis of need alone. These principles of action are described in H.E.R.O’s founding charter, and should resonate with anyone thinking of applying to H.E.R.O.