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The gardens at Pacific Quest offer a living example of what growth looks like, creating a culture where words and actions are matched, leaving students with empowering life skills that are transferable beyond the garden.

Come Explore Hawaii in a Different Way!
Blending a wilderness therapy model on an organic farm, Pacific Quest and the field staff team facilitate an environment for teens 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).

Backdoorjobs.com • Short-Term Job AdventuresWork in some of the most beautiful outdoor spots in America. Make a difference in the lives of others. Develop your own talents and skills. Hiking, camping, backpacking, beautiful scenery and dynamic interpersonal relationships all come with the job.

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!

  

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Blackwater Outdoor Experiences – A Brighter Future.

Blackwater Outdoor Experiences is now seeking a Master’s level Field Therapist! With expeditions going into the forests and rivers of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, Blackwater Outdoor Experiences is an intensive 22-day wilderness treatment program serving adolescents and young adults who are struggling with behavioral, emotional and addiction issues. The program is unique in that it has a strong clinical focus by having a Master’s level Therapist who remains in the wilderness for the entire trip providing individual, group and psycho-educational treatment. All therapeutic expeditions include three modes of transportation: paddling, backpacking and rock climbing. Now seeking a Field Therapist who will assist in the screening of applications for admission, develop client specific treatment plans and thorough course preparation (course itinerary, meal planning, gear pack out), conduct group counseling sessions and formal individual sessions on wilderness based therapeutic expeditions, teach relevant educational or life skills, participate in all outdoor activities and assist Field Guides in hard skills instruction, and help with facilitation of group family sessions at course end. Applicants must have a Master’s degree in social work, counseling, psychology or related field, professional experience working with at-risk youth and/or young adults and be at least 21 years of age with WFA certification. Previous formal wilderness experience (NOLS, Outward Bound) is beneficial, but not required. This is a full-time, year-round salaried position with PTO, compensation days for fieldwork, and other benefits. To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Curtis Schwartz.

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Participants Blackwater serves may be experiencing chemical dependency, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, low self-esteem, manipulative behavior, poor motivation or difficulty accepting responsibility.

Blackwater Outdoor Experiences has been helping families since 1980 and is in a small class of programs that has a Therapist in the field for the entire expedition.

The Blackwater Outdoor Experiences program is focused on encouraging self-discovery, self-confidence, discipline, trust, problem solving skills, personal strengths and the establishment of more clear communications patterns. The ideal Field Therapist loves experiencing all that the outdoors has to offer while being there to help others face their own challenges.

BlueFire Wilderness Therapy combines traditional wilderness experiences with adventurous explorations to teach kids the value of who they are.New Field Supervisor position with BlueFire Wilderness Therapy. BlueFire Wilderness Therapy is now seeking a full-time Field Supervisor who will be responsible for field safety, field training, group placement and supervision of the field staff. Essential duties include supervising field staff, managing weekly and day-to-day schedules for groups, ensuring immediate physical health, safety, welfare and the whereabouts of students, collaborating with program managers logistics team and office staff, joining groups on adventure activities as needed, providing weekly in-field coaching visits, co-facilitating shift exchange with the Program Director, supporting staff growth tracking and facilitation, and attending scheduled conferences and/or training when necessary. Compensation includes a negotiable salary, health benefits and PTO. Applicants must be at least 25 years of age with WFR/WFA certification, have CPI Training within past 12 months, a valid driver’s license and two years experience in adventure/wilderness programs. Essential personality traits include being mature, patient, innovative, a team player, detail oriented, able to handle multiple tasks, able to be calm and competent in stressful/crisis situations and display strong communication and leadership skills. A Bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred but not required. This is a permanent, full-time position. To apply, complete an application and send this along with your cover letter and resume to Denise Childs.

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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.

Equine therapy is a well-respected, effective therapeutic intervention for teens that utilizes horses to help create positive changes.

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.

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Alaska Crossings: Challenge and Change through Wilderness 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. The season usually begins by attending staff training in mid-March. Associates 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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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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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. Apply now to be part of RedCliff's next 9-Day Field Orientation. Learn more at RedCliffAscent.com and WildernessWork.com.

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Upcoming 2016 Field Orientation
Apply now for the next Field Orientation beginning on March 17th or April 14th. Orientation dates are also scheduled every month!

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.

WinGate Wilderness Therapy

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 Guides 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. Wind Walkers will work 8 days on and 6 days off during a 14-day rotation. 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. Preference will be given to those who have been clients in any wilderness program, are certified in Wilderness First Responder 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.

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

Ready to begin your journey with a unique wilderness therapy organization while shaping the lives of adolescents in the outdoors?

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. 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 student 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 programming 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); the pay rate begins at $127/day, with most Mentors earning $145-$185/day, paid time off opportunities, and benefits that include full health insurance and 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. Elements has dedicated itself to families and their employees to remain small to keep the integrity of their mission. ElementsWilderness.com

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Upcoming 2016 Field Mentor Training Dates
Apply now for the next Field Mentor training opportunity scheduled for February 19-24, March 18–24 or May 13–19.

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.

Second Nature Wilderness Programs

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 Uintas 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 is competitive, 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 19 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 SecondNaturePrograms.com.

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2016 Training Orientation Alert
Learn more about Second Nature Uintas!Get your application in now for the February 12th–18th training orientation!

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 Uintas 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!

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. Aspiro seeks individuals of all levels of skill and experience. AspiroPrograms.com

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Admissions Counselor Needed
Aspiro Adventure is seeking an Admissions Counselor to assist families at every stage of the admissions process (from inquiry and enrollment to heavy use of outgoing contact) as well as work closely with other Aspiro teams.

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

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.

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. Guides work an eight days-on/six-days-off schedule. Pay starts at $127/day and progresses up to $170/day within the first year and a half of employment. 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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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.

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

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 children 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 your resume and cover letter to Philip Fair.

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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. Adventures 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!).

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

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. The new name for Second Nature Entrada & Cascades.

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 number 46 on Outside Magazine's top 100 places to work in 2015!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 $127/day and progresses up to $195/day, plus 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. EvokeTherapy.com

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Learn more about Evoke Therapy Programs!Now accepting applications for the next orientation session from April 1st–7th. Learn more about the application process »
Learn more about Evoke Therapy Programs!Evoke at Entrada was rated #46 on Outside Magazine's top 100 places to work in 2015 (and #6 in the Health and Wellness category)!

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 TransformationLocated 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. 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; monitor and write treatment summaries and 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 quarterly reviews. To begin the application process, 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.

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 and young adults (ages 12-17) 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, and the overall care and welfare of up to 8 clients. Full-time Wilderness Instructors who are willing to commit to at least 12-months will receive very competitive salaries ranging between $128-$143/day to start. Seasonal Instructors work a flexible schedule based on programming needs and earn competitive daily rates. Benefits include health insurance, hiring bonus, 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, minimum one-year experience working in the field with at-risk youth, and strong leadership, communication and problem solving skills. Current CPR/first aid certification is required; WFR certification is required within 3 months of employment. Current full-time career positions include Wilderness Therapists (OR & WI) and a Field Specialist (WI).

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

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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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. Benefits for all guides include a wage of $130–$210/day, professional development funding and pro-deal purchases. You will also receive health, dental & vision insurance, and 401K retirement plan contributions upon one year of full-time employment. 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 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. Please find more information and application details on the Guide Hiring page.

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2016 Field Guide Orientation Session Alert
Now accepting applications for the next Field Guide Orientation Session beginning on May 16th (apply by March 1st).

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.

Open Sky is the first nationally accredited wilderness therapy program (through the Association for Experiential Education) and the only mindfulness based wilderness therapy company. The 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!

Equinox leadership takes pride in having founded a caring and successful practice based on their extensive backgrounds in developing and operating residential programs, wilderness therapy programs, and private outpatient agencies around the country.Equinox Counseling and Wellness Center is a comprehensive outpatient agency with a strong emphasis on experiential, wilderness and adventure modalities providing community based services to families, troubled teens and youth/young adults on the Autism spectrum living with high functioning Autism/Asperger’s. Now seeking a highly skilled and licensed Clinician with a strong background in wilderness therapy and who is invested in helping youth and families across the Colorado front range. Experiential therapy will include high and low ropes courses, camping and backpacking, rock climbing, biking, peak ascents, mountaineering, resort or backcountry skiing and water-based activities. Compensation includes $50,000 annually, an amazing working environment in a beautiful office space and a team that promotes creative thinking and multiple opportunities to bring your passion into the workplace. Applicants must have a Master's Degree (or higher), a Colorado license as LCSW, MFT or LPC, current WFR certification preferred, a minimum of 3–4 years working in a residential or wilderness therapy setting as a clinician with high risk youth, families, dual diagnosis, and/or youth on the Autism spectrum, a minimum of 5 years experience leading wilderness, experiential and adventure based interventions within a residential treatment program. Highly qualified candidates may substitute wilderness therapy experience for residential based treatment experience. This is a full-time 40+ hour/week position. Weekend work, evenings and multi-day trips will be required. Serious applicants should email their resume, cover letter and three professional references to Eileen Scheibe.

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Equinox has blended and merged the best practices from the worlds of traditional therapy, wilderness therapy and home-based and community-based treatment services.

Equinox’s creativity, inspiration and imagination, combined with skill, experience and expertise, affords the ability to design and deliver truly customized, life-changing services for each client and their family.

With a strong emphasis and the purposeful use of wilderness and experiential based interventions, the Equinox Counseling Clinician will engage in a service model that includes family and individual therapy, group therapy, parent coaching, dual recovery, mentoring, wilderness therapy, action-based therapy, therapeutic mentoring and therapeutic care.

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

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. Now seeking full-time, year-round Head Instructors and Assistant Instructors who 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. Contact Curtis Foster to receive an application packet. Potential applicants will be invited to participate in a pre-hire seminar.

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

While BlueFire Wilderness Therapy is a fresh, new program, they are not new to the industry: the Blue Fire team are pioneers of wilderness therapy programs with over 30 years of experience working with struggling teens and their families. This is an exciting time to be involved with Blue Fire — you’ll be working with seasoned professionals developing the program they always dreamed of!

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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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The Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch, a Great Circle® program, is one of the most extensive high adventure bases in the Midwest.

Using the transformative power of the wilderness and adventure, Meramec Adventure Learning Ranch is dedicated to serving individuals and families whom much of the world has given up on. The Ranch is a unique program; the only one of its kind in Missouri and one of the few therapeutic adventure programs left in the country that serve youth in the state system. Summer Guides and Lifeguards will facilitate a 10-week therapeutic summer adventure program with youth in residential treatment. Working through emotional and behavioral challenges, youth are between the ages of 6-18 and have experienced histories of severe trauma and abuse. Each Guide is assigned a group of 10 kids and 2 cottage staff and will lead them throughout the week. During these trips, adventure activities such as ropes courses, team challenges, climbing, lake and aquatic adventure activities and the outdoors itself are used as a catalyst to build relationships and produce victories that grow awareness, efficacy, connection, purpose and hope. Benefits include $375-$425/week, looking up at the night sky from your sleeping bag and saying to yourself, I'm getting paid for this, never having two days that are the same and plenty of pro deal purchases. Positions run from May 16th to July 28th. If you are at least 21 and have a calling/passion to come to the Ranch, grit, disciplined work ethic, unconditional care and a willingness to have fun and act silly, contact Ryan Demoret to apply.

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The Meramec Ranch website is currently not available while updates are being made. Visit GreatCircle.org or their Facebook page to learn more about the great things they are doing for kids.

As a Summer Guide, you can be part of shaping this developing program and play a vital role in the life stories of the incredible individuals the Ranch team is honored to stand alongside every day!

The Ranch Challenges:
Kids who are extremely challenging to build relationships and trust with.
Living on-site in tents in the woods with bugs, snakes and ridiculously long hours.
Quality performance is not based on the greatness of your techniques or the strength of your skills, but on the quality and character of the person you are.

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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. To begin the application process, fill out the online resume submission / employment application. If you are selected as a qualified candidate, 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.

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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.

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. 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. An 8-day-on, 6-day-off work schedule is required. Pay starts at $137 per day, with performance based increases thereafter. After 90 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, able to pass a physical exam/drug screen at the time of employment and be Wilderness First Responder certified. If you are motivated, creative, passionate, and want to help change lives, email your resume to [email protected].

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

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.

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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 ages 14-17 and for young adults ages 18-22 in a wilderness environment. Wilderness Therapy Guides will provide 24-hour supervision, develop healthy and supportive relationships with students, teach outdoor and primitive living skills, and participate as part of a therapeutic treatment team. Two guides work directly with a group of up to six students with an 8-day on, 6-day off work schedule. Compensation starts at $130 per day during the Evaluation Period (28 field days) and ranges up to $200 per day. Benefits include an IRA with up to a 3% match, health insurance eligibility with $230 per month of premium paid, extensive pro deals, and paid WFR recertification course. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age with a bachelor's degree, comfortable working and living in a wilderness setting, and possess current WFR & CPR certification. If you are a highly motivated individual who has experience working with adolescents and a desire to inspire and mentor at-risk teens, email your cover letter, resume and 3 references (include phone & email) to the Field Department.

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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.

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.

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Be the hero of your own story. The Hero's Journey Program is a seven-day, wilderness-based program at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for young adults whose lives have been impacted by a chronic or life-threatening illness. The Hero’s Journey Program is a seven-day, adventure-based counseling program at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp that is specially designed to serve 16-18 year old young adults dealing with a serious illness. Participants are in the woods of Connecticut for seven days living free of all technology, while being trained in wilderness first aid and search techniques by staff and professionals in the field. By utilizing individual and group challenges, experiencing rites of passage, escaping from outside distractions and providing the opportunity to act skillfully in the service of others, participants are able to discover more about who they are and what they’re capable of. In the end, this experience helps these young adults push past their perceived personal limits for them to see themselves as the hero of their own story. There will be a total of eight Summer Staff Members that form the Hero’s Journey program, including Wilderness Counselors and a Program Specialist, Patrol Leader and Logistics Coordinator. The 9-day staff orientation begins on June 6th with employment through August 10th, 2016. The work schedule is 7 days on and 2 days off with each week bringing in a new group of 16 participants. Compensation ranges from $5,400–$6,000 and includes Wi-Fi enabled staff housing. This one-of-a-kind program requires staff members who are motivated, loves the outdoors, open to learning and are interested in contributing to the growth and care of extraordinary young adults. To apply, download and complete the staff application by March 1st or contact Greg Yeager for more information.

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The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp as a whole attracts amazing individuals to meet and connect and network with both at the Hero's Journey program and at the regular summer Camp program.

The Hero’s Journey Program uses a combination of wilderness therapy techniques, the adventure-based counseling model and philosophies from Joseph Campbell, Kurt Hahn and Paul Newman (The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s Founder) to provide a life changing experience for participants (who attend camp free of charge).

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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, GA, NC, 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 mid-November through late June. Applicants must possess WEMT or higher certification and professional level CPR certification; significant patient care experience in urban and wilderness settings; several seasons of experience in extended backcountry leadership positions; and a teaching background in either formal or experiential settings. Compensation includes $128–$237/day, plus travel and living expenses during courses. The next WFR Instructor Training Course will be held November 13th–22nd in Lander, WY with an application deadline of May 18th (there is a tuition charge to cover food, lodging and materials). For more info, contact Gates Richards 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.

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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