Based out of Wrangell, Alaska, AICS Alaska Crossings offers 64-day wilderness behavioral health programs for at-risk youth ages 12–18.

Based out of Wrangell, Alaska, AICS Alaska Crossings offers 64-day wilderness behavioral health programs for at-risk youth ages 12-18.

Starting out in the summer of 2001 with a pilot program that lasted 28 days, 17 participants came to the Crossings Program and paddled down the Stikine River. Today, over 150 participants come to Alaska Crossings each year to experience a challenging and life-changing 64-day expedition in the Tongass National Forest and on the Stikine River between the months of March and December. Through skills development and a therapeutic curriculum, participants learn to use their personal strengths and abilities to manage challenges they face in their everyday lives.

With a goal to help youth return with the skills and resources they need to be successful in their home, school and community, wilderness expeditions serve as the framework for these skills-based programs. A typical program experience is comprised of three expeditions: canoeing on the ocean, river paddling, and mountaineering. Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associates (or Field Guides) mentor and build positive relationships with participants as they learn to access personal strengths and abilities. This leads participants to develop and understand the skills and assets they possess to ultimately be successful in their everyday lives.

What You'll Be Doing

Alaska Crossings Core Value
We believe in learning by experiencing.

Alaska Crossings prides itself on hiring professional Associates with an array of previous experiences.

It's time to dream big and get excited…
Become an Alaska Crossings Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associate—now hiring for the 2017 season!

Alaska Crossings prides itself on hiring professional Field Guides with an array of previous experiences. Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associates come from a variety of backgrounds: some have knowledge about the outdoors and outdoor living, while other Guides have been educators or have experience with other programs. The common denominator is that each Guide enjoys working with kids.

Alaska Crossings believes that building positive and supportive relationships help youth find their way to greater self-esteem, confidence and success. Recognizing that these relationships take time, Guides work 23-day assignments within 64-day expeditions—playing an essential role in mentoring and guiding participants through physically and mentally demanding land and water-based expeditions. Expedition components include ocean/flat water canoeing, river canoeing, back country hiking and alpine mountaineering.

Guides 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.

AICS Alaska Crossings presents an unparalleled guiding opportunity. Working here allows me to work with a wide range of kids in the beautiful wilderness environment provided by the Tongass National Forest. Also, Alaska Crossings’ commitment to Associates has been instrumental in my own development as a professional guide. They help to build a strong community of guides that are dedicated to helping Alaskan youth make positive changes in their lives. —Carter Hunt (Former Field Guide from Florida)

Location

Alaska Crossings Core Value
We believe in using wilderness activity as a catalyst for change.
Whether it rains or shines doesn't always matter; the beauty here is mind blowing!
While they don’t have polar bears and igloos, they do have salmon, eagles and bears—oh my!

Alaska Crossings is based out of Wrangell, Alaska, a small island community with a population of 2,400 people. Nestled in the Tongass National Forest, Wrangell is a temperate rainforest; summers and winters are mild, and you can experience a considerable amount of rain. Whether it rains or shines doesn't always matter; the beauty here is mind blowing! The Tongass covers most of Southeast Alaska with its 17 million acres, and is home to the well-known Inside Passage. Here you will experience the Alaska that people dream of: bears, eagles, spawning salmon, moose, whales, glaciers and more.

Wrangell has a small town charm where everybody really does know your name. You can find two grocery stores that close at 6:00 pm and are closed on Sundays. Typically a movie is shown each weekend at The Nolan Center, the local convention center and museum. Potlucks, local fundraisers, local arts, community gardens and beach bonfires are common town activities. Despite being isolated and remote, Wrangellites know how to have a good time. Check out the Chamber of Commerce website for more exciting information on Wrangell!

Why do I love working at AICS Alaska Crossings? Working with kids in the most beautiful place in the world, what’s not to love about that! —Montana Smith (Former Field Guide from Wyoming)

Time Commitment

Alaska Crossings Core Value
We believe in recognizing and enhancing strengths.
Training includes theoretical instruction, a flat-water canoe instructor course, field expedition training, and head guide training.

Becoming a FIeld Guide for Alaska Crossings begins with an invitation to staff training that usually begins in early March. The training includes theoretical instruction, a flat-water canoe instructor course, field expedition training, and head guide training. Alaska Crossings staff training contributes to the goal of providing the best services possible to participants and their families.

After staff training, Guides are typically offered 3 assignments that each run 23 days in length. For those who are looking for additional work in between programs you may enjoy hearing that they have extra paid work available! This may include work in the Food Safe Room, at the Out-Tripping Center, administrative assistance, in-town support and more.

Associates are expected to make an initial one-year commitment of 3 assignments (12 weeks worth of work).

What I love most about working with Alaska Crossings is spending a full six weeks with the participants in the wilderness. This time allows for the development of really genuine relationships. Even as a first year guide, I saw kids thrive and grow as they discover themselves and their surroundings while on program. —Chris Ruder (Former Field Guide from Wisconsin)

Compensation, Perks & Rewards

Alaska Crossings Core Value
We believe in teaching essential life skills.
May you live every day of your life. ~Jonathan Swift

Wages run from $200–$260/day based on skills, experience and performance within the program. In-town work is paid at $10/hour.

Working for AICS Alaska Crossings also means:
You have access to all of their pro deals
You are eligible for retirement package after one year
You have access to medical clinic benefits
You get to work and play in an unbelievable playground

AICS Alaska Crossings is a uniquely ambitious organization with expeditions of paramount quality. The management team provides support and resources that empower Associates throughout the program’s longevity; each guide is able to safely create a healthy learning environment, with a strong sense of community, challenge, and accomplishment. This is something I love about working for Alaska Crossings. —Callie Denier (Former Field Guide from Colorado)

The Essentials

Alaska Crossings Core Value
We believe in developing positive and supportive relationships.
Associates play an essential role in mentoring and guiding participants through physically and mentally demanding land and water-based expeditions.

At Alaska Crossings they are looking for applicants who:
Have experience working with youth; preference with at-risk youth
Flat water paddling experience
Moving water paddling experience
Experience in alpine environments
Multi-day backcountry tripping experience
Clear a federal background check
Hold a current passport
Ability to travel into Canada
Must be at least 21 years of age
Hold a current Wilderness First Responder/CPR certification or WEMT basic certification

One of the things I love about working for Alaska Crossings is the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with kids based on our shared experience in beautiful Southeast Alaska. While in the field, I was blown away by the resources and support Alaska Crossings provided our group to make an unforgettable and successful experience. The commitment to each participant is amazing and it is reflected every time there is growth and positive change. —Jason Hayes (Former Field Guide from Pennsylvania)

Your First Move & Connections

Alaska Crossings Core Value
We believe in empowering families to create positive change.
It is time to dream big and get excited… become an Alaska Crossings Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associate!

If you have what it takes to be the change, complete an application and email this to Devyn Moody.

Devyn Johnson
Human Resources Coordinator
AICS Alaska Crossings
P.O. Box 1231
Wrangell, AK 99929

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