Wilderness Therapy Jobs

Field Instructors, Guides, Mentors & Therapists

WinGate Wilderness Therapy: Wind Walkers with students on the path of life in Utah's pristine red rock territory.

Be genuine. Inspire lives. Change hearts.
Be part of an incredible adventure with a unique wilderness therapy program in southern Utah's pristine red rock territory. With a stunning landscape providing a powerful backdrop for life-changing experiences, WinGate Wilderness Therapy Field Guides use the wilderness and primitive living skills as metaphors to enable change of heart in each student. The best practices of the wilderness are combined with the best clinical techniques that take wilderness therapy to a dramatically higher level of integration and results.

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In this job channel, you'll explore opportunities as outdoor field instructors, wilderness therapy guides, field mentors, adventure therapy support staff, and residential outdoor youth counselors. You'll become a teacher. You'll become a healthy role model. You'll teach outdoor and survival skills. You'll play an essential role in mentoring and guiding youth and teens looking for healthier and higher trails through physically and demanding challenges.

Do what you love while providing insight, direction and hope to those who need it! Also check out helping job openings in our Camp Jobs and Meaningful Work channel.

  

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Alaska Crossings: challenge and change through wilderness therapy adventures.

Field Guides are professionals who have the ability to mentor and teach skills in a culture of joy and optimism that youth can relate to.

Program in the Spotlight Providing challenge and change through remote wilderness adventures, Alaska Crossings offers 64-day wilderness behavioral health programs for Alaskan teenagers ages 12-18. Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associates play an essential role in mentoring and guiding participants through physically and mentally demanding land and water-based expeditions. These adventures in Southeast Alaska provide the framework for the delivery of our therapeutic model. Associates (aka Field Guides), elicit positive change through behavior modification, social and life skill development and mentorship to each participant. Associates will work 23-day assignments throughout the 64-day program, so experience and familiarity with backcountry travel is essential. Most new Field Guides begin staff training in early March each year and are expected to make an initial one-year commitment of 3 assignments. Benefits include compensation of $200–$260/day, pro-deal purchases, medical clinic discounts and retirement after one year. Qualifications differ for each Associate level; however, all applicants should ideally have experience working with youth (especially those with behavioral issues), and be skilled in alpine environments, canoeing, mountaineering, multi–day backcountry tripping and WFR/CPR certified. Flexibility, adaptability and strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential. If you have what it takes to be the change, visit AlaskaCrossings.org for the next steps.

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Do you have what it takes to venture to rugged remote environments while mentoring and guiding 12 to 18 year-olds? Become a Field Guide for Alaska Crossings and be the change!

Field Guides for Alaska Crossings are professionals who have dedicated themselves to working with youth.

Do you have what it takes to venture to rugged remote environments while mentoring and guiding 12 to 18 year-olds? Field Guides for Alaska Crossings are professionals who have dedicated themselves to working with youth; they have the ability to mentor and teach skills in a culture of joy and optimism that youth can relate to.

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The Pacific Quest Sustainable Growth program is divided into four basic phases: Reflection (Nalu), Personal Responsibility (Kuleana), Family (Ohana), and Community Service (Malama).

Explore Hawaii as a Wilderness Therapy Program Guide! Come work with at-risk youth on one of five organic farms on the Big Island of Hawaii. Pacific Quest facilitates an environment for Adolescents (Naalehu) and Young Adults (Hilo) to recognize a desire for change. In addition to working with a counseling and treatment team to achieve weekly outcomes for students, a typical day consists of working the land, role modeling, teaching and helping facilitate learning about sustainability, basic living skills, and emotional growth. Advanced students go on day outings once a week. The staff team consists of a Lead Program Guide, a Wellness Guide, a Support Instructor and/or an Apprentice. Each staff member will work eight-days on, six-days off from Thursday to Thursday. Compensation includes an hourly wage, WiFi access, room and board during the working period for the adolescent program (accommodations are not provided on your week off), and health benefits. Desired qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in psychology, farming, agroecology or outdoor education/leadership, or a minimum of 3 years relevant experience. Specific experience with “at-risk” youth or within wilderness therapy a plus. If you can make a one-year commitment and have experience and enthusiasm for working with teens in an outdoor therapeutic setting, apply with Pacific Quest!

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Current Job Openings @ Pacific Quest
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Pacific Quest Program Guides help students learn about sustainability, basic living skills, emotional growth and Hawaiian life.

Blending a wilderness therapy model on an organic farm, Pacific Quest facilitates an environment for students to recognize a want for change while learning about sustainability, basic living and problem solving skills, health and nutrition, emotional growth and Hawaiian culture. The Sustainable Growth program is divided into four basic phases: Reflection (Nalu), Personal Responsibility (Kuleana), Family (Ohana) and Community Service (Malama).

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WinGate Wilderness Therapy Instructors will use the wilderness and primitive living skills as metaphors to enable change of heart in each of their students.

Be genuine. Inspire lives. Change hearts. Be part of an incredible adventure with a unique wilderness therapy program in Utah's pristine red rock territory.

Program in the Spotlight With a stunning landscape of southern Utah providing a powerful backdrop for life-changing experiences, WinGate Wilderness Therapy is always looking for top quality individuals to work as field staff members. Commonly known as Wind Walkers to the students, Field Instructors will use the principles from in-depth training on the trail by modeling it, living it and teaching it to them. By using the wilderness and primitive living skills as metaphors, you will enable an environment that invites change out of each student as opposed to telling him or her that they need to change. You will also have the opportunity to walk a path that promotes growth in your own life. Field Instructors will work 15 days on and 13 days off. Compensation starts at $127/day, with the opportunity to make up to $195/day (daily rates will gladly be matched if you are coming from another company with wilderness experience). Health and dental benefits are also provided after 90 days. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age, able to pass a physical exam/drug screen at the time of employment and possess current WFR & CPR certification. Preference will be given to those who have been clients in any wilderness therapy program, have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and can make a one-year commitment. If you're looking for an opportunity to build something great, explore WinGateWildernessTherapy.com.

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WinGate Wilderness Therapy: Wind Walkers with students on the path of life in Utah's pristine red rock territory.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy uses the wilderness and primitive living skills as metaphors to enable change of heart in each of their students. The best practices of the wilderness are combined with the best clinical techniques in order to take wilderness therapy to a dramatically higher level of integration and results.

RedCliff Ascent Wilderness Treatment Program

Make a living helping troubled teens in the wilderness — a job with RedCliff Ascent is unlike anything you will ever experience.

Program in the Spotlight Camping. Backpacking. Bow drill fires. Oh yeah, and teenagers. All in southern Utah's spectacular backcountry. With RedCliff Ascent you'll make your living helping troubled teens in the wilderness. You'll get paid for being outside with a whole bunch of people who love the outdoors as much as you do. RedCliff is unlike anything you've ever experienced. It's work without walls, without limits. This job makes you better, stronger—more sure of who you are and what you want. It's an experience you'll never forget. Field Guides attend a 9-day orientation in the field, which are scheduled every month. Field Guides start at $175/day; after 6 months of field experience, compensation will increase to $190/day; Professional Guides will earn $205/day (with 1 year experience and WFR certification). Benefits include dental, vision, and health Insurance offered after only 6 weeks of employment (RedCliff pays a significant portion of premiums), contract bonuses, pro-deals, company paid WFR and continuing education courses. Successful applicants must be self-motivated, resourceful, mature, willing to learn and able to handle stressful situations with a sense of humor. Apply now to be part of RedCliff's next 9-Day Field Interview. Learn more at RedCliffAscent.com and WildernessWork.com.

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Few roles are more fulfilling in life than the role of mentor, and few jobs offer the wide range of opportunities that RedCliff offers to its field staff.

If you prefer a hike in the backcountry to a walk in the park, or waking to the wind in the trees over the sound of an alarm, then this career might be for you.

Few roles are more fulfilling in life than the role of mentor, and few jobs offer the wide range of opportunities that RedCliff offers to its field staff. Hiking, camping, backpacking, beautiful scenery and dynamic interpersonal relationships all come with the job.

Blending the best of ancient cultural systems with a wilderness therapy program, Outback Therapeutic Expeditions provides a powerful setting for real change in troubled teens.

Are you looking to affect change in young people’s lives while developing your own leadership and outdoor resume? Come to Outback Therapeutic Expeditions for a truly life-changing career in wilderness therapy!

Program in the Spotlight Blending the best of ancient cultural systems with a wilderness therapy program, Outback Therapeutic Expeditions provides a powerful setting for real change in troubled teens. The elements of a wilderness experience, individualized treatment, family counseling, and peer interaction combine to help students turn negative habits and behaviors into positive change. Wilderness Guides empower adolescents by focusing on their self-esteem, team building and positive decision-making skills. They act as mentors in building relationships of trust as well as teachers of primitive and survival skills. Work schedules consist of an eight-day shift, lasting from Wednesday to Wednesday, with the following six days off. Pay is competitive with Wilderness best practice, and health benefits kick in after 30 days. Outback staff receives training in primitive skills such as drum making, leather working, friction bow drill fires, shelter building and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and CPR/first aid certified (WFR preferred); preference is given to those with at least six months of experience working with teens. If you are an individual who can establish relationships fast, enjoys working with teenagers, loves adventure, and is outgoing, active, and can work well in a team environment, check out Outback!

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Field Therapist Job Openings
Are you a Masters level therapist working on your hours for licensure who wants to affect change in young people’s lives while having an incredible adventure at the same time? Come to Outback Therapeutic Expeditions for a life-changing career as a Field Therapist! Immediate openings are available.

Working for Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is not just a job, it's a journey.

It is an experience that will challenge and reward you in countless ways as you touch the lives of students in your care.

Working for Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is not just a job, it's a journey. It is an experience that will challenge and reward you in countless ways as you touch the lives of students in your care. It is emotionally, physically and mentally challenging—and will probably become the most memorable and most fulfilling job you'll ever have.

Combining the power of wilderness therapy with cutting-edge treatment approaches, Elements Wilderness Program helps young men find their way forward and families heal.

Join the Elements field team as you create deep bonds with students and create a life-changing, challenging and fun wilderness experience!

Program in the Spotlight With a field area located in Utah's spectacular Manti-La Sal National Forest and the San Rafael Swell region, Elements Wilderness Program is looking for dedicated, hard working, and passionate Field Mentors. Elements works with adolescent males 13-17 years of age with varying degrees of issues needing attention such as substance abuse, depression, self-esteem, and management of emotions. With the help of the great outdoors and a licensed therapist, you will support and guide the students through a safe, stable and healthy environment for each to make better choices and thoughtful decisions. You will live, eat, and work together as a group and also help process and guide the students to more appropriate decisions in their life. While in the field, you will teach outdoor living skills, lead adventure activities (including rock climbing, rappelling, canyoneering, and low ropes courses), use problem solving techniques to maneuver through environmental challenges and lead daily personal reflective activities. A commitment of six months to one year is preferred (8-day-on, 6-day-off shift). Each Mentor's pay rate is based on a level system—one can reach Group Lead within 6-9 months and earn $215/day. Benefits include paid time off opportunities, full health insurance and a variety of professional gear deals. By joining Elements, you will have the advantage to work right next to the owners and operators and not get lost in a large company. Learn more at ElementsWilderness.com.

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Hot Jobs & Training Schedule @ Elements
Apply now for the next Field Mentor training opportunity scheduled from October 27th–November 2nd.
Elements is also seeking a Family Focus Therapist who can facilitate a therapeutic process for families by identifying family dynamics and issues in communication as well as assist families develop skills to deepen feelings of connection and understanding.

Elements Wilderness Program groups are nomadic and incorporate the adventure programming right within the field area.

Dedicated, hard working, and passionate Field Mentors with Elements Wilderness Program blend community, well-being, adventure education, and therapy into every wilderness experience

Elements Wilderness Program demonstrates integrity of a true wilderness experience. Their groups are nomadic and incorporate the adventure programming right within the field area.

Field Mentors with Traverse will become part of a small, vibrant, owner-operated community and are called upon to be a parent figure, advisor, teacher & friend.

Come into your Element!

Blending the best of traditional wilderness therapy with integrated adventure therapy components in Utah’s forests, mountains and canyons, Elements Traverse seeks to be the most effective and engaging treatment program for young adults ages 18-25. New and experienced Field Mentors will become part of a small, vibrant, owner-operated community, and are called upon to be a parent figure, advisor, teacher, friend, a source of encouragement, and a keen listener. Traverse is committed to providing a safe and respectful environment, quality gear, nutritious meals, meaningful relationships, and evidence-based treatment tools. This means working with a small group of clients intimately, getting to participate in all facets of the process, and an investment in your professional growth and development. Mentors work 8-days-on, 6-days-off and must commit to at least 1 year. Most Mentors find their home in the Salt Lake City area or in Moab. Both are havens for the outdoors and offer the chance to balance your work life with plenty of sun, snow, trails, and adventure. Traverse is committed to recognizing Guides for the vital, professional work they do, and seeks to provide one of the most competitive compensation packages in the industry. Mentors start at $165-$170/day, and have the opportunity to move up to $215/day within the first year. Other benefits include a generous medical and dental insurance plan, paid time off, pro-deals, and paid trainings. If you share a commitment to Traverse’s core values of passion, empowerment, character, and connection, learn more and take the next steps at ElementsTraverse.com!

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The Traverse program and company culture are centered around four core values: Empowerment, Passion, Connection and Character.

Find your community. The Traverse team all share the quest to living a full & healthy life.

Traverse is seeking Mentors who are genuinely excited about working as part of a small team—in and out of the field. Wilderness therapy requires a flexibility of spirit, determination, and commitment (from clients AND from staff)!

The Aspiro Group has pioneered three dynamic and powerful wilderness adventure therapy programs (Aspiro, Vantage Point and Kairos) for adolescents and young adults.The personal growth experienced in such an intense, challenging environment are on-the-job rewards that Aspiro Guides appreciate.

Program in the Spotlight The Aspiro Group has pioneered dynamic and powerful therapeutic programs for adolescents and young adults. Wilderness adventure therapy combines clinically sophisticated treatment with outdoor adventure activities to treat a wide variety of adolescent and young adult challenges. Wilderness Adventure Therapy Field Guides will lead and safely teach groups of students in activities that include rock climbing/rappelling, biking, backpacking, canyoneering and downhill skiing. Each skill taught can be compared to real life skills that will help students succeed. After each activity, Guides sit down with their group and process the activity; giving students an opportunity to see personal achievement and how they can improve. The largest number of Guide job openings is during the summer season beginning in May. A Guide Tryout Weekend is typically held in late March or early April for prospective applicants. About 75% of the students are male and Aspiro is legally required to staff its groups with appropriate gender ratios. As the busy summer season winds down, Aspiro begins creating a team that is invested in working consistently through the following fall, winter, spring and summer. The base pay is competitive, with the opportunity for raises over the course of employment, plus perks that include an in-house Wilderness First Responder course, stipends for professional conferences, health insurance, hard-skills and soft-skill based workshops, and other professional development opportunities. Aspiro seeks individuals of all levels of skill and experience. Learn more at AspiroPrograms.com.

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The personal growth experienced in such an intense, challenging environment are on-the-job rewards that Aspiro Guides appreciate.

Guides will work throughout the countryside of Utah: from downhill skiing at Sundance resort to rock climbing/rappelling expeditions in St. George.

Aspiro recognizes that Guides are not primarily focused on financial rewards. The chance to make a difference, the resume Guides build, the internal advancement opportunities available, and the personal growth experienced in such an intense, challenging environment are all factors that Aspiro Guides appreciate.

With the aid of the wilderness, licensed therapists and experienced staff, Second Nature provides insight, direction and hope to troubled teens and their families.

Are you flexible, patient and have a desire to help today's youth?

Program in the Spotlight As one of the industry's most sophisticated wilderness therapy programs, Second Nature provides insight, direction and hope to troubled teens and their families. With the aid of the wilderness, licensed therapists and experienced staff, adolescents from the ages of 13-17 embark on a journey to make healthy choices and rewarding relationships. Second Nature Field Instructors will develop clinical qualities unrivaled in therapeutic wilderness care. Shelter building, backpacking, simple daily chores, teamwork, relationship skills, problem solving and life-changing lesson are taught in the moment. Creativity, affinity for outdoor living, sensitivity, compassion, flexibility and patience along with the desire to help young people lead healthy and productive lives are all prerequisites for the Field Instructor position. You will work eight days on, six days off; the eight-day shift is spent in the Uinta Mountains and high desert of Utah, hiking and camping with students and helping to keep them physically and emotionally safe. Pay starts at $170/day and can reach up to $270/day, with benefits that include full health and dental insurance, performance bonuses, participation in a 401k plan and a variety of professional gear deals. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, current CPR and first aid certification, and make a minimum commitment of one year. Prospective applicants must attend a week long training orientation in the field. Upcoming trainings are scheduled throughout the year and are posted at Second-Nature.com.

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Imagine living in a world-class vacation destination that you call home!

Creativity, affinity for outdoor living, compassion & the desire to help young people lead healthy lives are prerequisites for Field Instructors positions.

Did you know? Most Second Nature staff live in Salt Lake City or Park City, which puts you within an hours drive of eight world class ski resorts. Skiing or snowboarding not your thing? The area also offers great hiking, climbing, and mountain biking along with a great live music scene. Imagine living in a world-class vacation destination that you call home!

Seven Stars’ mission is for every student, struggling with verbal & nonverbal learning disorders among others, to reach their fullest potential.

If you are interested in helping teens with Autism in a dynamic, positive, challenging and innovative residential and outdoor therapeutic program, then look no further! Located just north of Salt Lake City and only a few miles from Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake, Seven Stars is a premier therapeutic program for teens with neurodevelopmental disorders who are struggling socially, emotionally and academically. Adventure Guides are responsible for overseeing the safety and well being of students while facilitating adventure activities including mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, canyoneering, rappelling and day hiking. Guides work 4 days on 3 days off, with camping and day trip itineraries that vary depending on student needs. Compensation includes a competitive salary, health, dental and vision benefits within 60 days of employment and opportunities for further training are continuous. Guides must be willing to make a 6-month to 1-year commitment without many weekends off. Although the work will be demanding, Seven Stars is dedicated to providing its staff with the personal time they need to stay productive and happy. It’s preferred that applicants have CPR/first aid, EMT and WFR certification, previous experience working with adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, a college degree in related field, and experience or training in adventure activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing or ropes course facilitation. If you’re patient and excited to work with adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, at least 21 years of age and thrive in a challenging environment, email a completed application, your resume and cover letter to Tyler Halls.

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Guides are excited to learn and know that the skills they gain can have a lasting effect on helping their students and families.

If you’re patient and excited to work with adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, land a Guide job with Seven Stars!

Seven Stars, another name for the Big Dipper in the night sky, is in honor of taking the time to stop and gaze at the infinite night sky… to reflect on the potential of success and to restore hope. To adapt, know, engage, learn, persist, believe and enjoy. Adventure Guides are excited to learn and know that the skills they gain can have a lasting effect on helping their students and families.

STAR Guides is an outdoor treatment program designed specifically for the assessment and treatment of sexual behavior issues. The first of its kind nationally, STAR Guides Wilderness offers wilderness therapy uniquely designed for adolescent boys and girls struggling with sexual behavior issues. Wilderness therapy has a capacity for creating change unlike any other treatment option available. Functioning as a supervisory and therapeutic role in a small group setting, Field Guides are in charge of planning hikes, teaching survival skills and maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment. Benefits include some of the best pay in the industry, a convenient 4-day-on, 3-day-off schedule and bonus pay when student to staff ratios go above 3:1. Most importantly, the Star Guides culture is fun and rewarding, with staff being considered a vital component of the therapy team. Those who can make a commitment of 9 months or 1 year will receive a signing bonus along with other rewards such as a gear stipend. You will also be trained in the Star Guides philosophy created by three of the top therapists in the industry with weekly and on-the-job training from therapists and experts in the field. If you have a passion for the outdoors, are physically fit to hike and/or backpack 3-10 miles, and are interested in working with adolescents clients journeying towards a holistic life, fill out the online application (even the application is fun!).

Leaving footprints that matter! Working as a Field Instructor at Star Guides is an experience that changes your life forever as you help guide youth toward positive life change. Watch the STAR Guides employment video »

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If you love hiking, camping and helping youth, STAR Guides has the perfect job for you!

Leaving footprints that matter! Working as a field instructor at Star Guides is an experience that changes your life forever as you help guide youth toward positive life change.

If you are looking for a fun culture and a proven treatment philosophy that allows plenty of room for your personality and style to shine, join the STAR Guides team of amazing Field Guides.

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Evoke Therapy Programs guide participants toward healthier lives and relationships through cultivating greater self-efficacy, healthy expression of emotion, effective communication, positive lifestyle choices, and the experience of the transformative power of the wilderness.

Looking for an office with a view, a meaningful career in the outdoor industry, and being part of a community that cares?

Evoke at Entrada was rated #23 on Outside Magazine's top 100 places to work in 2016!Program in the Spotlight With a focus on whole-health, a passionate commitment to family support, an unmatched outcome research effort and innovative new programming, Evoke Therapy Programs offers teens, young adults and families a journey toward fulfillment and success. Field Instructors role-model healthy expression of emotion and appropriate behavior, as well as lead by example and share their passion for healthy living and wilderness to help participants connect positively to their experience at Evoke. Working in a team of four to five with a group of eight to ten clients, Instructors will teach backpacking skills, low-impact camping ethics, yoga, mindfulness practices and facilitate team building activities and group therapy. With the option of working in the Red Rocks of southern Utah (Entrada) or the eastern edge of the Cascade Range in Oregon (Cascades), Instructors will work a rotating schedule of eight days on and six days off, and a 1-year commitment is necessary. Pay starts at $177/day and progresses up to $210/day with scheduled commitment bonuses. Benefits include full health and dental insurance, medical and professional training stipends and a variety of professional gear deals. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age; preference is given to those with a Bachelor's degree in a related field or an equivalent amount of relevant experience, with certification in Wilderness First Responder, EMT and/or WEMT. Prospective Field Instructors must attend a week-long orientation session in the field. Learn more at EvokeTherapy.com.

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Upcoming Entrada 2018 Orientation Sessions
Check out the next Evoke Orientation Date!Now accepting applications for the next Field Instructor orientation session from January 12th-18th or March 16th-22nd. Learn more about the application process »

Evoke Field Instructors focus on teaching clients how to communicate assertively and to be accountable for their choices.

The Evoke Field Instructor position will allow you to transform your love of wilderness and community into a meaningful, life-changing career.

The Evoke Field Instructor position will allow you to transform your love of wilderness and community into a meaningful, life-changing career! Instructors act as a guide, teacher, role model and constant support to the teens, young adults, and families with whom they work. Energetic, fun and creative individuals who love the outdoors are encouraged to apply.

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Dragonfly Transitions: Clinical Support, Life Skills, Holistic Transformation

Located in Southern Oregon within the shadow of Mt. Shasta, Dragonfly Transitions is home away from home for young adults who are struggling with the transition to healthy, productive independence. Dragonfly Transitions offers a customized program, supportive peer group, strong accountability and calming, manageable surroundings. Working with a dedicated treatment team, Mentors will serve as role models and support students in their quest for independent living skills, personal growth and emotional maturation. In addition to being responsible for the direct, primary care of young adults, Mentors will provide a safe and supportive environment; work with students on their treatment goals; plan, lead and facilitate daily activities, various overnight trips, workshops and group meetings (there is room to use your strengths, interests and creativity in planning activities); and model healthy and appropriate interactions, conflict resolution, and life skills. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree, a background working professionally with young adults struggling with diverse issues; a willingness to supervise, enforce boundaries, provide role modeling and leadership to students; and experience in outdoor skills such as hiking, rock climbing, paddling and skiing is preferred. Starting pay is based on experience; increases are possible based on performance at annual reviews. If you enjoy working in a professional and fun atmosphere and being a positive influence in the lives of young adults, email your resume to Brian Rossiter.

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Dragonfly Transitions is looking for bright, self-confident and motivated people to be mentors and role models for young adults in transition to healthy living.

Dragonfly trips combine community service, relaxation, exploration, and adventure. These trips bring the community closer together while expanding the life experiences of students.

Are you bright, self-confident and motivated to be a mentor and role model for young adults in transition to healthy living? Dragonfly Transitions Mentors will enjoy working in a professional and fun atmosphere while being a positive influence in the lives of young adults.

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Based in Southeast Wisconsin, New Vision Wilderness is an effective and exciting alternative for struggling teens and their families.

With field programs located in Oregon and Wisconsin, New Vision Wilderness provides an intensive, individualized, and thorough healing process for struggling adolescents (ages 12-17) and young adults (ages 18-25+) needing immediate intervention and longer-term treatment. Combining a challenging backpacking and outdoor adventure experience with an intensive clinical immersion, therapy programs are designed to be a catalyst for positive change.

Serving as healthy role models, full-time and seasonal Wilderness Field Instructors are responsible for the day-to-day facilitation of programming, including risk management, student supervision, responsible decision making, and the overall care and welfare of up to 10 clients. Full-time Wilderness Instructors who are willing to commit to at least 12-months will receive very competitive salaries ranging between $150-$160/day to start. Seasonal Field Instructors work a flexible schedule based on programming needs and earn competitive daily rates. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, paid vacation, pro deals, and, of course, paddling lakes and rivers, hiking and fishing all while healing young individuals. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have a Bachelor's degree in related field, minimum one-year experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk youth (or comparable experience), and strong leadership, communication and problem solving skills. Current CPR/first aid certification is required; WFR certification is required within 3 months of employment. If you are dedicated, hard working, passionate, caring, eager to be challenged, and really want to make a difference, fill out the online application. Current full-time career positions include a Wilderness Therapist (WI) and Lead Field Therapist (OR).

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Wilderness Instructors are the front line staff that are responsible for ensuring a safe and therapeutic milieu.

New Vision Wilderness Team Inspiration!

Are you looking for meaningful work where you can make a difference in people's lives while working in beautiful, outdoor settings? With New Vision Wilderness, you can become part of a dynamic, growing and innovative wilderness therapy program.

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BlueFire Wilderness Therapy combines traditional wilderness experiences with adventurous explorations to teach kids the value of who they are.

Gather, Build & Ignite the Spark in Troubled Teens.

Program in the Spotlight Located in the high plains desert at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains in southwest Idaho, BlueFire Wilderness Therapy is a comprehensive intervention for teens who are struggling in their lives. An unprecedented treatment approach incorporates an ideal blend of wilderness expeditions, high adventure activities, equine interaction, individual and group therapy, academic work, service projects and family connections — all designed to deliver treatment opportunities and life skills attainment.

Full-time, year-round Head and Assistant Field Instructors will lead groups in multi-day hiking expeditions and outings that combine an academic curriculum, primitive living and outdoor skills, service learning, volunteer work, and adventure activity that includes mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing and rafting, horseback riding, snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Compensation includes a competitive wage, benefits, and regular work related trainings and professional development opportunities. A flexible 2-week on, 2-week off schedule allows for travel, adventure and fun on your time off. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age with a high school diploma or GED. While not required, previous experience in backcountry living/travel, winter camping and outdoor adventure activities is preferred. After completing an application, potential Instructor applicants will be invited to participate in a pre-hire seminar. Learn more at BlueFireWilderness.com or watch this video »

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Seasoned Outdoor Professionals Needed!
BlueFire is also seeking a full-time, permanent Field Director who will be responsible for field safety, recruiting and hiring, field training, group placement and supervision of field staff.

This is an exciting time to be involved with BlueFire — you’ll be working with seasoned professionals developing the program they always dreamed of.

In order to facilitate understanding and growth, BlueFire Wilderness Therapy uses the metaphor of a fire building model: Gather, Build, and Ignite. This metaphor applies across all aspects of BlueFire programs.

In order to facilitate understanding and growth, BlueFire Wilderness Therapy uses the metaphor of a fire building model: Gather, Build and Ignite. This metaphor applies across all aspects of BlueFire programs.

Cherry Gulch: Building brighter tomorrows for the boys of today.

Located in a peaceful farming and ranching community near Boise, Idaho, Cherry Gulch is a small, privately owned and operated, high-end ranch style therapeutic boarding school, designed specifically for struggling 10 to 14 year old boys to reach their full potential and become well-rounded, pro-social young men. As a Direct Care staff member, you will be responsible for the care and safety of students while leading activities that include swimming, fishing, backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, river rafting, gardening, weekend learning trips, special events, international camping adventures, and helping with basic day to day chores, teaching healthy habits, and building the positive strengths within each student. This is an entry-level position, however, it requires many hours of training, flexibility, and willingness to learn and grow with the organization. A 1-year commitment is necessary with a 4 day on, 3 day off schedule. Compensation starts at $12.50-$14/hour, with increases after 90 days and evening work, plus competitive health benefits, Child & Youth Care certification track, top notch training, and great growth advancement and adventure opportunities. Applicants must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma and clean driving record, patient and caring, positive with high energy, adventurous and passionate about helping young boys, have the ability to build relationships and maintain a heart of peace while working with students, and willing to learn and adapt to an ever changing environment. To apply, email a completed application and resume to Cole Sewall.

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Cherry Gulch offers the wide-open space of country living and the benefit of a metropolitan area.

The Equine level overlay expands the boy's horizons to the horse barn and beyond.

With middle school boys coming from across the U.S. and the world, Cherry Gulch also organizes special international and stateside therapeutic trips every year. Cherry Gulch combines the best practices of residential treatment and applies an adventure model to staff and students.

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Montana Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for struggling teenagers.

Situated on a remote Montana ranch near McGregor Lake and about an hour west of Kalispell, Montana Academy is a therapeutic boarding school for struggling teenagers. The Academy’s clinical, academic and program structures have been designed to help students move on to academic and interpersonal successes, which follow from a restoration of normal adolescent maturity. Now seeking Team Leaders for the boys and girls dorm on the Marion Campus. Team Leaders are in charge of creating and implementing safe and enriching activities for an assigned team of students, with responsibilities that include supervising students during meals, sports, afternoon and evening activities, assisting with each student’s personal physical and emotional needs, managing team finances, participating in sports activities (from kickball and cross-country skiing to aerobics and yoga) and planning and implementing outdoor-oriented trips (backpacking, hiking, and canoeing). The role of Team Leader is a very demanding position as it relates closely to a parenting role. A clear and secure understanding of “Self” is a necessity in this work. The ability to maintain clear and appropriate boundaries and recognize students accurately within the context of a warm relationship with appropriate limits is critical for success. Shifts are 4 days a week (Sunday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Saturday). Compensation starts at $34,000/year DOE, plus health insurance, Simple IRA and 15 days PTO. Applicants must make a two-year commitment and have experience working with youth, personal or professional experience in the outdoors, and/or a degree in outdoor education. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Amy Zink.

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The role of Team Leader is a very demanding position as it relates closely to a parenting role.

Team Leaders are in charge of creating and implementing safe and enriching activities for an assigned team of students.

All Direct Care staff will participate in the daily and routine constructive feedback process, a necessary component of creating and maintaining a staff culture of openness and willingness to learn from each other and from students and families.

Summit Preparatory School is a private, non-profit, co-ed therapeutic college prep boarding school for youth ages 14-18 with emotional, academic and behavioral challenges.

Located in the beautiful Flathead Valley region in Kalispell, Montana, Summit Preparatory School is a private, non-profit, co-ed therapeutic boarding school for youth ages 14-18 with emotional, academic and behavioral challenges. The program combines a college preparatory high school curriculum with a professional, relationship-based treatment program. As a team, students participate together in chores, group therapy, team activities, and team challenge trips during block breaks. The teams are designed to resemble a family, guided and supervised by Residential Counselors and under the clinical guidance of a Team Therapist.

Serving as mentor and direct care staff member for a team of students, Residential Counselors will assist in tracking program progression and treatment planning, supervise students with a focus on safety and program rules and expectations, lead outings, clubs and other program related activities, and provide leadership to the team and overall community. Compensation starts at $31,000/year, with health benefits that are majority paid. Applicants must be able to commit for at least two years, have a Bachelor's degree (psychology or education preferred), and training or experience with adolescents, outdoor education and/or backcountry experience. If you are an active, outdoor loving individual with strong leadership and people skills, and committed to making a difference in the lives of teenagers, send a cover letter and resume to Liann Ainsworth.

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The student teams are designed to resemble a family, guided and supervised by Residential Counselors and under the clinical guidance of a Team Therapist.

Summit programming is uniquely designed to support the provision of clinical and academic services within a positive and nurturing living environment.

Summit programming is uniquely designed to support the provision of clinical and academic services within a positive and nurturing living environment.

Widely known as one of the first and finest wilderness based addiction therapy programs in the world, Wilderness Treatment Center has been successfully treating adolescent and young men with substance abuse disorder for more than 30 years.

Located on a 5,900-acre working cattle ranch in northwest Montana, family-owned Wilderness Treatment Center combines a traditional residential addiction treatment program with a true wilderness experience over a sixty-day period for young men between the ages of 14 and 24. Along with a licensed Addiction Counselor, Wilderness Instructors lead 16-21 day expeditions into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and Yellowstone National Park with a group of up to 6-8 young men up to 6-7 times per year. Each Instructor will spend approximately 90 to 100 days in the wilderness each year. When not in the field, Instructors work a 40-hour week on campus facilitating recreational activities, leading work therapy groups, and performing logistic assistance, equipment maintenance and some driving. Applicants are asked to make an initial one-year commitment, have the ability to teach outdoor skills, believe in Leave No Trace principles and be at least WFR certified. Those who have completed a NOLS course or similar experience are preferred, but not a must. If in recovery, must have one continuous year of sobriety/abstinence. The starting salary is based on experience and certifications with an incentive program that rewards longevity, plus a $500 annual training allowance and equipment purchases, personal leave accrual and matching retirement package (after one year). To begin the application process, email your cover letter and resume to Matt Brekke or call (406) 854-2832 for more information.

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The backcountry enables patients to address real-world relapse prevention in a natural, drug free environment.

Each trip is guided by a licensed Addiction cCunselor and Instructor certified as a Wilderness First Responder.

Widely known as one of the first and finest wilderness based addiction therapy programs in the world, Wilderness Treatment Center has been successfully treating adolescent and young men with substance abuse disorder for more than 30 years. Wilderness Instructors provide an environment for young males to gain self-confidence and personal growth from challenging goals in the wild.

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Open Sky Wilderness Therapy: discover your true nature!

As a holistic wilderness therapy program with an emphasis on mindfulness and whole body health, Open Sky inspires people to learn and live in a way that honors values and strengthens relationships. The wilderness provides an extraordinary setting in which students gain insight into their past, learn about themselves and develop skills for the journey ahead. Working in the mountains of Colorado and deserts of Utah, Field Guides provide struggling teens and young adults with compassionate role models who they can look to for support and guidance. As a Guide, you will hike through beautiful landscapes while helping your students find themselves. You will teach students to make healthier choices. You will be part of a professional treatment team committed to providing excellence in all that they do. Pay and benefits include a wage of $155–$210/day, professional development funding, paid trainings and pro-deal purchases. Upon one year of full-time employment, you will also receive health, dental & vision insurance, and 401K retirement plan contributions. Guides work an 8-days-on, 6-days-off schedule. In addition to full-time work, summer-only employment is available as well. Open Sky typically holds four 10-day field guide orientations each year — in January, March, May and September. These orientations are by invitation only after completing a standard interview. Candidates who are offered employment after successful completion of the orientation generally begin working in the field within 3 weeks. Find out more information, application details and view all employment opportunities.

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Open Sky Field Guides mapping out the next adventure for their students.

Working in the mountains of Colorado and deserts of Utah, Field Guides will provide struggling teens and young adults with a stable, simple wilderness focused environment.

The Open Sky team includes Field Guides who are in recovery from addiction, have worked as classroom teachers, Peace Corps volunteers, Outward Bound and NOLS instructors, yoga teachers, mediation practitioners or gained experience from other wilderness therapy programs. Come join the family!

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Phoenix Outdoor SUWS Seasons. SUWS of the Carolinas Approach SUWS of the Carolinas, Phoenix Outdoor, SUWS Seasons and Approach: Adolescent Outdoor Programs

With four unique programs in North Carolina that are categorized by age and specific need, SUWS of the Carolinas, Phoenix Outdoor, Seasons and Approach empower at-risk students to rediscover their strengths while preparing them to become more self-reliant, sustain meaningful relationships and possess a higher level of personal integrity.

Using the outdoors as an alternative to conventional treatment environments, Wilderness Field Instructors co-lead groups of adolescents in the backcountry, accounting for 24-hour safety and supervision. Duties include teaching primitive outdoor skills, facilitating therapeutic activities and treatment goals and empowering students to take responsibility for their actions and make healthy choices. Positions are typically summer seasonal (8-day on, 6-day off rotation), with the option to become full-time. Applicants must be at least 21 and have comfort in the backcountry and working with adolescents. A college degree is a plus; WFR or WFA is recommended, but not required.

If you are selected as a qualified candidate after applying, you will receive an invite to an Informational Seminar. This is a 3-day pre-hire evaluation period, which imparts crucial information about the Instructor role and allows for a thorough evaluation of your skills, while you explore the SUWS program. For more information, current hiring needs and the next new staff Hiring Seminar, connect with Ben Engebretson.

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SUWS of the Carolinas, Phoenix Outdoor, SUWS Seasons and Approach Wilderness Field Instructors empower students to make healthy choices and become more self-reliant.

SUWS of the Carolinas, Phoenix Outdoor, SUWS Seasons and Approach Wilderness Field Instructors empower students to make healthy choices and become more self-reliant.

Teach primitive outdoor skills in the Pisgah National Forest. Facilitate wilderness therapy activities. Empower students to make healthy choices and become more self-reliant. This and so much more working as a Wilderness Field Instructor for SUWS of the Carolinas.

Trails Carolina – a wilderness therapy program where teens discover who they are and what they are capable of.

Are you motivated, creative, passionate, and want to help change lives in a therapeutic wilderness program setting? Set amid the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Trails Carolina offers a challenging therapeutic wilderness program designed to promote positive change, fostering feelings of accomplishment and self worth while developing new patterns of behavior for youth and adolescents ages 10-17. A dynamic combination of therapeutic strategies includes a complete equine program, academic classes and backcountry living. The integration of experiential activities offers opportunities for peak experiences, key psychological moments of self-actualization and breakthrough insight. The fresh mountain air and beauty of nearby Nantahala National Forest provides students the perfect backdrop to gain the perspective needed to reflect upon past behaviors and work on instilling new ones. Wilderness Field Instructors are responsible for ensuring the safety of their group, providing positive role modeling, teaching backpacking, backcountry living and wilderness survival skills, and promoting a positive environment for growth to take place. A 15-day-on, 13-day-off work schedule is required. Pay starts at approximately $2,200 per shift (before taxes), with performance based increases thereafter. After 30 days you will also have the option of full health insurance, which includes vision and dental. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, certified in CPR/first aid, and able to pass a physical exam/drug screen at the time of employment. To apply, email your resume to employment@trailscarolina.com.

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Equine therapy is a key component to the Trails way of working with adolescents.

Trails Carolina is always looking for highly motivated, creative, and passionate individuals to help change lives.

Equine therapy is a key component to the Trails way of working with adolescents. Horses are dynamic, powerful creatures, able to innately sense emotions and instinctively react to their environment. Youth are naturally drawn to these beautiful animals, quickly becoming engaged and invested in the therapeutic process.

The Academy at Trails Carolina strives to provide students with individualized, in-depth academic instruction alongside intense therapeutic work in a beautiful, yet removed, natural setting.The Academy at Trails Carolina is a unique, wilderness-based therapeutic boarding school located on the edge of DuPont State Forest in Western North Carolina. The Academy works with boys, grades 9-12, most of whom are graduates of wilderness therapy programs across the country and have lost their academic foothold. The Academy strives to provide students with individualized, in-depth academic instruction alongside intense therapeutic work in a beautiful, yet removed, natural setting. Working alongside an experienced clinical team. Direct Care Mentors will work directly with a diverse group of students in their effort to develop into interdependent, young men of integrity and purpose. Responsibilities include leading daily enrichment activities, facilitating recreation time, helping plan and schedule weekend activities and role modeling desired behaviors and conflict resolution skills throughout the day. Mentors will have opportunities to learn and implement therapeutic models in conjunction with building and maintaining rapport-based relationships. Compensation includes $27,000-$30,000 per year, lodging and meals during shifts, clinical trainings to assist in therapeutic work, and the option of health, dental and vision insurance benefits after 30 days of employment. A week on/week off shift schedule that allows for frequent off time. Applicants must be at least 22 years old with a valid driver's license and current WFR certification. Preference is given to those who are active in outdoor activities in their personal time, have experience maintaining appropriate therapeutic boundaries, and are passionate about working with struggling youth. At least a one-year commitment is preferred. To apply, email your resume, cover letter and copy of certification to Dana Hickey.

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Direct Care Mentors will work directly with a diverse group of students in their effort to develop into interdependent, young men of integrity and purpose.

Come be a part of the Trails Academy mentor team, working with a spirited and friendly group of professionals, making a difference in the lives of young men while learning and using valuable therapeutic, relational, and outdoor leadership skills.

Come be a part of the Trails Academy mentor team, working with a spirited and friendly group of professionals, making a difference in the lives of young men while learning and using valuable therapeutic, relational, and outdoor leadership skills.

Trails Momentum is a wilderness adventure therapy program designed exclusively for young adults ages 18-25 with depression, anxiety, technology addiction, academic struggles, and an overall lack of self-esteem.

Nestled in the DuPont State Forest near Brevard, North Carolina, Trails Momentum is a wilderness adventure therapy program designed exclusively for young adults ages 18-25 with depression, anxiety, technology addiction, academic struggles, and an overall lack of self-esteem. With an approach that combines clinical excellence with adventure programming, education, service-based learning and community living, students find their trail to success by overcoming new challenges in a safe and supportive environment. Wilderness Field Instructors play an integral role in this process, mentoring students as they engage in various program elements such as group backpacking trips in the mountains, adventure expeditions (rock climbing, canoeing, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, paddle boarding), Base Camp activities (equine therapy, culinary skills, gardening, service learning and college courses), yoga and mindfulness practice to manage the distractions of every-day life, and classrooms that reignite a love of learning through hands-on fun. Compensation includes an hourly pay amounting to $2,200 per shift, with an opportunity for increased job responsibility and compensation based on performance, plus full medical insurance after 30 days. A 1-year commitment is necessary with a work shift rotation of 15 days with students (food and sleeping arrangements provided), followed by 13 days off to relax, travel, and adventure. An option to work half shifts (8-on/6-off) is available upon review. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have experience and/or certifications in backcountry leadership and activities. Previous experience working in a wilderness therapy program is preferred. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to Todd Ransdell.

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At Trails Momentum, young adults 18 – 25 who were previously lost and unmotivated find perspective, direction, and renewed energy to venture into adulthood.

Wilderness Field Instructors play an integral role in helping students find their trail to success by overcoming new challenges in a safe and supportive environment.

Trails Momentum Wilderness Field Instructors are trained to support students through building rapport, maintaining close supervision, creating opportunities for therapeutic growth, and of course, with fun!

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The Discovery School of Virginia serves youth who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and learning problems. Rather than following a medical treatment model, they provide students with warm, but firm guidance in forming supportive relationships with peer and authority figures.

Help teenagers turn their lives around while developing valuable professional experience! The Discovery School of Virginia serves teenage boys and girls, ages 12 to 17, experiencing emotional, behavioral and learning difficulties. With separate campuses based on gender, each school employs a group problem solving process to foster a student’s overall positive development. The outdoor setting encourages the student to increase their self confidence by learning basic living skills and practically experiencing the success of their skill development. As a Group Leader, you will work cooperatively with other adults to plan growth and adventure experiences for youth in your care. You will lead work and play activities as well as structured meetings where students resolve differences. Most importantly, you will foster a healthy, secure environment in which young men and women can turn their lives around. Compensation includes $27,000/year, meals and furnished housing while on campus, up to $500 in moving expenses for qualified applicants, 3 weeks paid vacation, paid holidays, medical and dental plan after 60 days, simple IRA and on the job training in group dynamics, individual/group treatment, outdoor living skills, conflict resolution, wilderness first aid basics and CPR/first aid certification. Applicants must make a 1-year commitment and have the ability to live on campus during the workweek (5 days on/2 days off). A Bachelor’s degree in human services or an Associate’s degree with 3 months experience working with youth is required. If you have a concern for others, sense of adventure, willingness to learn, idealistic and hardworking, complete an application or submit your resume to Karen Whorley.

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The Discovery School of Virginia staff go on to form life long friendships with each other and many of the students.

Group Leaders will establish connections with the environment and the local community as they mentor to youth.

Group Leading at The Discovery School of Virginia will challenge you to apply your own life experience as part of a team committed to changing the lives of troubled youth. Few other entry-level positions will offer you such a unique opportunity for professional development and personal fulfillment.

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True North Wilderness Program: helping families chart the course for a successful future.

As a small and intimate therapeutic wilderness program located in the Mad River Valley of central Vermont, True North Wilderness Program provides personalized therapeutic interventions for adolescents and young adults in a wilderness environment. Wilderness Therapy Guides provide 24-hour supervision, develop healthy and supportive relationships with students, teach outdoor and primitive living skills, and are an integral part of the therapeutic treatment team. Two Guides work directly with a group of up to seven students with an 8-day on/6-day off work schedule. Compensation starts at an average of $171 per day, and ranges up to an average of $200 per day. Benefits include a Simple IRA with an employer match, health insurance eligibility, extensive pro deals, and reimbursement of WFR recertification courses. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age with a Bachelor's degree or higher, possess current WFR & CPR certifications, and be comfortable working and living in a wilderness setting. If you are highly motivated and have experience working with young people, a passion for the outdoors, and a desire to inspire and mentor at-risk teens and young adults, please complete the online application or connect with the True North Field Department for more information. Now actively hiring.

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At True North, they have assembled a small, supportive, and close-knit community of gifted individuals who have come together to provide an inspiring and nurturing experience for their students and families.

Guides create unique experiences for students that integrates the development of interpersonal and life skills, small group living, experiential activities, daily journal writing and personal reflection, and adventure-based expeditions.

As a True North Wilderness Therapy Guide you will create unique experiences for your students that integrates the development of interpersonal and life skills, small group living, experiential activities, daily journal writing and personal reflection, and adventure-based expeditions.

Confluence. Bringing together emotional growth, wilderness therapy and experiential learning.

With a regenerative countryside farm retreat in central Vermont and an ideal launching pad for adventure recreation and wilderness experiences throughout New England, Confluence is a place for young adults facing mental health, motivational and relational challenges to explore fresh starts, seek to better understand one's self and to lead positive and fulfilling lives. Confluence is seeking to fill two different Mentor roles: Field Mentor and Field Guide. Field Mentors role model, facilitate and participate in the daily routine with program participants, implement weekly therapeutic treatment plans, mentor direct intentional group sessions, facilitate team building initiatives, and accompany a Field Guide on excursions. Working to help plan and design group excursions, Field Guides teach and implement strong backcountry skills, leading participants on weekly excursions backpacking, biking, canoeing, snowshoeing, climbing and backcountry camping. Most importantly, both Mentors and Guides maintain the physical safety of each participant and an emotionally safe group environment to foster the growth of and better the experience of participants. An 8-day on, 6-day off bi-weekly schedule comprises of off-site adventure programming and activities on the farm. Compensation includes a competitive salary, access to salary increases within the first six months, accrual of paid time off, lodging and food on shift, and gear pro deals. If you like helping people, love being outdoors, and being part of a supportive and dedicated owner-operated community, submit an application, resume, cover letter and 2 letters of recommendation to Foster Post.

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Working at Confluence is an avenue to explore careers in therapeutic services, experiential education, mental health, social work and agrarian living.

Confluence balances wilderness adventure and residential life not only for it's participants but for it's staff. Instead of being out of touch 8 days in a row, Mentor's at Confluence have a shorter wilderness stay followed by time on the farm that affords them time during the day and at night to be able to manage life outside of work during their shift.

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The Becket Family of Services has been serving youth and families for over 50 years with 47 locations in New England. Come make a difference in the lives of youth at their newest adventure, outdoor education, and camping initiative. Youth, ages 11-18, often have challenging behavioral issues and come to the Traverse program as a safe place away from their homes. Field Instructors / Adventure Based Youth Counselors will support and engage residents in diverse programming, outdoor recreation and leisure activities, and other interesting community involvement. The base camp has a high and low ropes course and houses mountain bikes, hiking gear, rock-climbing equipment, kayaks, canoes, fishing tackle, and other awesome gear used to work, live, and play in the White Mountain National Forest. Instructors will also provide supervision and mentorship for students, including role modeling appropriate behavior, redirection and crisis management. These full-time positions generally consist of 8 days on, 6 days off. Compensation starts at $192/day (Senior Instructors start at $45,000/year) and includes room and board while on shift (limited housing may be available during days off), 4+ weeks of paid time off in the first year, full medical benefits, and on-the-job professional outdoor recreation and human services training, skills development and career leadership opportunities. Applicants must have a valid driver's license, be at least 21 years of age, and preference is given to those who have prior student-centered leadership experience (camp counselor, coaching) or experience working with at-risk adolescents in an outdoor setting. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Paul Hebert.

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Work, live, and play in the White Mountain National Forest!!

Come make a difference in the lives of youth at Becket Family of Services’ newest adventure, outdoor education, and camping initiative—the Traverse program.

Get paid to explore, adventure, and enjoy the outdoors while helping youth. Successful Field Instructors bring their passion for the outdoors to their position and share that enthusiasm with residents. View where you’ll work, live and play.

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Summit Achievement is an adventure-based wilderness therapy program that combines the best features of a wilderness program and special-needs boarding school by integrating a residential milieu, traditional academic instruction, weekly outdoor expeditions and therapeutic services.

Summit Achievement combines the best features of a wilderness program and special needs boarding school by integrating a residential milieu and traditional academic instruction with outdoor adventure-based therapy. Using the White Mountain National Forest in Maine for the majority of their course area, students on expedition master a variety of outdoor living skills, including camp craft, navigational skills and backcountry safety. Guides are responsible for providing supervision, guidance, mentorship and instruction to a small group of adolescents with mild to moderate social, emotional and educational challenges. Responsibilities include facilitating activities, group processing sessions, 4-season backcountry expeditions and working as a member of a team fulfilling the duties of a Logistician, Medic or Team Leader. Summer seasonal (May through mid-August) and year-round positions are available, with a work shift schedule from Tuesday to Tuesday every other week. Compensation starts at $181.67/day, plus pro deal purchases, paid time off that ranges from 1-4 weeks, an IRA with 3% employer match, health insurance, and professional development assistance for classes, conferences and certifications. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have a Bachelor’s degree in a relative field, experience working with youth from the ages of 13–20 preferably in an outdoor setting, a knack for building rapport and having fun, an easy-going personality but able to get things done, and most importantly, to be flexible. WFR/WEMT certification is preferred. To apply, email your resume and cover letter (specifying whether you're looking for year-round or seasonal work) to Anson McNulty.

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Guides leading adventure experiences with Summit Achievement will take students out of their comfort zone and familiar environments by immersing them in unfamiliar backcountry settings.

Through a series of activities that are demanding physically, mentally and emotionally, students quickly learn that old ways of coping are ineffective when pitted against the challenges and consequences of nature.

Guides leading adventure experiences with Summit Achievement will take students out of their comfort zone and familiar environments by immersing them in unfamiliar backcountry settings. Through a series of activities that are demanding physically, mentally and emotionally, students quickly learn that old ways of coping are ineffective when pitted against the challenges and consequences of nature.

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National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness Medicine Institute: the leader in wilderness medicine.

National Outdoor Leadership SchoolFor over two decades, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute has been the most recognized and respected teacher of wilderness medicine, training over 150,000 students from around the world. Days are filled with dynamic lessons and exciting, realistic scenarios to best model the kind of medical situations you might face, whether you're an outdoor educator, guide or camp counselor. Wilderness Medicine Instructors are needed to teach WFR, WFA and/or WEMT courses ranging in length from 2-30 days on a year-round basis throughout the U.S., with an emphasis on courses in AZ, CO, GA, NY, NC, PA, SC, TN and VA. Teaching contracts may be arranged to fit other seasonal employment schedules; however, highest consideration will be given to applicants who are available during the busiest teaching months from January through late June. Applicants must possess several seasons of experience in extended backcountry leadership position, a teaching background in either formal or experiential settings, and specific Wilderness Medicine and CPR certifications. Compensation includes $128–$237/day, plus travel and living expenses during courses. The next 2017 Instructor Training Course will be held November 12th–18th in Lander, WY with an application deadline of August 1st (there is a tuition charge to cover food, lodging and materials). For more info, contact Josh McNary through email or by calling (866) 831-9001.

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A NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute Educator teaching at a Wilderness First Responder Instructor Training Course.

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute Instructors get their start as professional outdoor educators, urban EMS providers, remote researchers and military special operators—they know what it feels like to make tough decisions in remote places because they've been there.

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Relying on decades of experience in the Costa Rican outdoor industry, the bicultural Pure Life team provides a therapeutically sophisticated and holistic approach to helping young adults with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of motivation and many other mental health concerns.

Work in Costa Rica as part of a dynamic, bilingual team at Pure Life by Aspiro!

Pure Life Aspiro is currently hiring Field Guides with experience in the wilderness therapy industry. As part of the unique Pure Life experience, you will guide students through pristine rainforests, raft world famous whitewater, surf, and learn about Costa Rican culture, traditions and language. This program serves young adults ages 18-30, who have struggled to launch successfully into the adult world due to depression, anxiety, executive function deficits or a wide array of other mental health concerns. The primary function of each Field Guide is to facilitate meaningful activities to help students develop a higher level of self-efficacy through challenging experiences. Benefits include compensation dependent upon experience, housing in Pure Life’s beautiful base camp with meals, transportation to and from the airport (3½ hours), Spanish language immersions, flexible schedule allowing for travel, the opportunity to receive certifications in Wilderness First Aid, Technical Rope Rescue and Swift Water Rescue, and the chance to be part of a small, but dynamic Guide team that allows for creativity and leadership opportunities. Applicants must have a valid passport, experience in the wilderness therapy industry, current CPR/WFA certificates, competency in the outdoors and confidence in outdoor skills. A one-year commitment is preferred. If you want to live the Pura Vida, experience the Tico lifestyle and do some serious work but also have a lot of fun, check out Pure Life.

Pure Life AspiroPure Life is part of the Aspiro family of programs — with Field Guide positions also available in Utah.

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Working internationally is a fulfilling, once-in-a-lifetime type of experience.

Here’s your chance to be part of a small, but dynamic Guide team that allows for creativity and leadership opportunities.

Working internationally is a fulfilling, once-in-a-lifetime type of experience. Pure Life offers the best of all worlds: a stimulating and inspiring career of helping people, international living, and a flexible schedule that allows time for personal travel and exploration.

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs The National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP) serves as a national resource for programs and professionals assisting young people beleaguered by emotional and behavioral difficulties. Members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness programs, outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs, and home-based residential programs.


Aspen Education Group As one of the largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs for struggling or underachieving young people, Aspen Education Group services range from short-term intervention programs to residential treatment, and include a variety of therapeutic interventions including boarding schools, wilderness therapy, residential treatment, special needs summer camps, and weight loss programs.

10 reasons why the wilderness should be your next office!

Whether it’s for a trail crew, a national park, guiding outfitter or other outdoor jobs, here are 10 reasons why the wilderness should be your next office. Written by an Evoke Field Staff Member and published in GearJunkie!

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