Wilderness Therapy Jobs

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

Looking for an office with a view in the Red Rocks of Southern Utah or the eastern edge of the Cascade Range in Oregon, a meaningful career in the outdoor industry and being part of a community that cares? 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. Apply now for the next Training Orientation from Sept. 10th–16th!

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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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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Alaska Crossings: Challenge and Change through Wilderness Adventures

Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associates 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 Associate 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 Alaska Crossings' therapeutic model. Associates elicit positive change through behavior modification, social and life skill development and mentorship to each participant. Associates will work 23-day contracts 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 1-3 programs. Benefits include compensation of $140-$210/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 Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associate for Alaska Crossings and be the change!

Do you have what it takes to venture to rugged remote environments while mentoring and guiding 12 to 18 year-olds? Alaska Crossings Therapeutic Behavioral Health Clinical Associates lead 48-day therapeutic wilderness expeditions in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska and on the Stikine River in British Columbia, Canada.

Community Connections is a nonprofit organization that believes in providing individualized customer guided supports that encourage independence, community belonging and quality of life.Located on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska, Community Connections is a nonprofit organization that believes in providing individualized customer guided supports that encourage independence, community belonging and quality of life. Programs include the Early Learning Program for at-risk children, Children’s Mental Health Services, Developmental Disabilities Services, and Older Alaskans and Adult Resource Services. Seeking a Child and Family Therapist who will be responsible for the provision of therapeutic interventions for children and their families who are experiencing emotional/behavioral disorders. The Therapist position operates within a wraparound, trauma-informed and family-centered perspective, providing direct therapeutic intervention, as well as extensive collaboration with a team of paraprofessionals serving the client and the family. Wilderness-based excursions are also provided for clients throughout the year. Compensation starts at $51,000/year plus full benefits, a 401k and relocation funds. Applicants should be passionate about the helping relationship, works well in a team, has healthy boundaries, can be self-directed after learning the ropes, is flexible, communicates well, and is open to a new adventure. A Master's degree in psychology, marriage and family therapy or a field directly related to mental health counseling is required.  A one-year commitment is preferred, although CC hopes you will love the position, team and location and will want to stay! To apply, email your cover letter, resume and application packet to Bethany Andrews.

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Most staff enjoy being outdoors and enjoy the vast diversity Prince of Wales has to offer.

Community Connections celebrates individual strengths and are open to new ways and ideas to both further staff and the clients they serve.

Community Connections is working on putting the health back into mental health! They are a fun group that celebrates individual strengths and are open to new ways and ideas to both further staff and the clients they serve. Most staff enjoy being outdoors and enjoy the vast diversity Prince of Wales has to offer.

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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 at Pacific Quest
More exploration at Pacific Quest!Young Adults: Program Guides
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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

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, you will use the principles from your 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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Summer Field Staff Alert
More exploration! WinGate is currently seeking energetic, caring and adventurous Field Staff for their summer Jewish Wilderness Camp to work immediately through September 15th Learn more and apply!

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 and conquering yourself while you do it — 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 and conquering yourself while you do it. 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. If you're tough enough to take it, call 'em. Prospective Field Instructors must attend a 9-Day Interview in the field, which are scheduled just about every month. Field Instructors start at $127/day; Head Instructors start at $160/day (minimum of 6 months experience and certifications); and Professional Guides will earn $40,000/year, $195/day (minimum of 1 year experience and certifications). Bonuses for contract completion make RedCliff's pay scale very attractive. Learn more and apply now to be part of Redcliff's next 9-Day Field Interview. WildernessWork.com

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2015 Field Interview Alert
Apply now for the next Field Interview beginning on August 6th or September 3rd.

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.

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.

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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Field Mentor Training Alert
Apply now for the next Field Mentor training opportunity scheduled for September 4th–10th.

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.

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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Field Guides & Therapist Position in Costa Rica!
Pure Life Aspiro brings the unique experience of Aspiro to Costa Rica. Now seeking Field Guides to begin work immediately and a skilled Therapist. Apply now and enjoy the opportunity to live/work/play in one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

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.

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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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!

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?

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!September 4th–10th (Entrada)
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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 positions include Field Therapists (OR & WI) and a Field Director (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!

Open Sky is a holistically based wilderness therapy program with an emphasis on mindfulness and whole body health. Immersion in the wilderness makes for an extraordinary setting in which to gain insight into one’s past, learn about one’s self and find hope and motivation for one’s future. 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. You will hike through beautiful landscapes while helping your students find themselves. You will help them make healthy choices and begin to build their emotional intelligence. You will bear witness as the simplicity of the wilderness brings to light their struggles. Benefits include a wage of $120–$210/day, exceptional paid time off, health and accident insurance, professional development funding, pro-deal purchases and discounts with local alternative health care practitioners. You must make at least a 200-field-day commitment, working an 8 days on, 6 days off schedule. Summer only employment is available, especially for those with significant experience. Open Sky holds four new field guide trainings each year — in January, March, May and September. If you have a variety of skills and life experiences, and love to teach, explore the wilderness with teens and young adults, and are patient and willing to work hard and to grow, email a completed application to [email protected].

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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.

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!

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Blue Fire 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, Blue Fire 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. 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 Blue Fire — you’ll be working with seasoned professionals developing the program they always dreamed of.

While Blue Fire 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 4,000-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 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 Patrick Hawkins 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 counselor 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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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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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 $126-$220/day, plus travel and living expenses during courses. The next WFR Instructor Training Course will be held from November 15-24, 2015 (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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