BlueFire Wilderness Therapy Instructors inspire and guide struggling teens to a place of self-discovery and personal resolve to achieve great success.
Life is a Journey. BlueFire Wilderness Therapy offers a comprehensive, multi-faceted and clinical approach in the wilderness helping struggling teens (ages 11-17) and their parents to navigate this journey in a positive direction. BlueFire believes that through a balance of self-assessment, insight oriented therapy, outdoor living, adventure activities, equine interaction and academic focus these teens will find their true selves.
Gather, Build & Ignite the Spark in Troubled Teens.
In order to facilitate understanding and growth, BlueFire uses the metaphor of a fire building model:
•Gather the information needed to help clients and the staff team create a specific, personalized treatment plan. •Build by having troubled teens learn to take responsibility for past actions and start to experiment new ways of dealing with issues, troubles and struggles. BlueFire’s talented staff serve as guides through this process. •Ignite through clients practicing the new life skills acquired at BlueFire that will work to improve critical areas of daily life: communication, empathy, service, exercise, adventure, therapy, self insight and more.
Clients will take these new skills with them and “continue to tend their fire.” Just like a good camp fire is never completed, a client’s journey never has a destination. We must all continue to tend the fires to work with new and past struggles in a positive, impactful way.
Where You'll Be Working
Instructors will work with the BlueFire team and clients to decide which part of the local operating area they want to explore. BlueFire’s field area is vast and has a wonderful variety of landscapes to explore. South central Idaho offers many unique and breathtaking views into Mother Nature’s creations. Herein lies the majestic mountains of the Sawtooth National Forest, the canyons carved by the mighty Snake River and the vast boulder fields created from powerful volcanic flows thousands of years ago. The BlueFire outdoor therapy program operates its base camps in the foothills, which lie adjacent to all of this beauty.
A multi-day wilderness adventure trek is a three to four day adventure trip that combines adventure, learning and volunteer work. Adventure activities depend on the season and include mountain bike riding, rock climbing, canoeing, horseback riding, snow shoeing and x-country skiing.
Adventure activities provide ample opportunity for our clients to have fun and experience new things. Many of our teens are struggling with sadness and depression. It is inspiring to see how these activities often help our young men and women simply smile and have fun. It is amazingly therapeutic.
Year-Round Field Instructor Positions
Head & Assistant Field Instructors 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.
Everything we do in a BlueFire day is purposeful. We are teaching life’s lessons and skills that they can take with them on their life’s journey.
Full-Time, Permanent Career Openings
The Adventure Director is an integral part of the BlueFire treatment milieu and is incorporated into the process including assessment, documentation, and appropriate curriculum development and evaluation. Responsibilities include planning, organizing, and leading recreation programming that will include outdoor education, overnight camping trips, physical education, leisure education, community service activities, experiential education activities, and day trips. The Director will supervise the work of field staff as related to outdoor education programs, with oversight of activity-specific training, and recommends personnel actions as appropriate. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in appropriate field preferred, EMT, WEMT or WFR certified, Crisis Prevention Institute’s NVCI Training within past 12 months, a valid driver’s license, minimum of one year experience working with children or adolescents in a recreational/activity setting and background, knowledge and skills in a variety of outdoor recreation activities.
The Therapist ensures that mental health treatment services are provided in a way that maximizes client independence and family empowerment and provides individual and group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, and educational development and adjustment. The Therapist will also supervise the work of field staff; may provide input for consideration in professional development and training; participates in evaluations of field instructor performance related to the clinical component of the program to assist in determining salary increases and promotions. Applicant must have a Master’s degree from accredited school in social work, psychology, counseling or related field, licensed LCSW or MFT (Milieu therapist work under a licensed therapist), Crisis Prevention Institute’s NVCI Training within past 12 months, minimum of two years of experience with inpatient, outpatient, and/or mental health care, and direct clinical and case management experience.