Wilderness Therapy Jobs

Alaska Crossings: Challenge and Change through Wilderness Adventures!

Do you have what it takes to venture to rugged remote environments while mentoring and guiding 12-18 year-olds? Alaska Crossings Guides lead physically and mentally demanding 48-day land and water-based therapeutic wilderness expeditions in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska and on the Stikine River in British Columbia, Canada. It's time to dream big and get excited—now accepting applications for their annual staff training beginning in mid-March 2015.

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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Second Nature Uintas: Wilderness Therapy Jobs

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. 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 SNWP.com.

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2015 Training Orientation Alert
Get your application in now for the January 23rd–29th training orientation!

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

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!

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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 48-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 (or Guides) elicit positive change through behavior modification, social and life skill development and mentorship to each participant. Associates work the entire 48 days, 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 $130-$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.

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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 and young adults 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 and room and board during the working period for the adolescent program (accommodations are not provided on your week off). 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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Immediate Job Openings
Pacific Quest has immediate openings for Program Guides and Program Supervisors.

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 wilderness therapy company 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. Preference will be given to those who have wilderness first responder certification and can commit to one year. 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. If you're looking for an opportunity to build something great, explore WinGateWildernessTherapy.com.

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Drug & Alcohol Counselor Career Alert
The demand for a unique and profound WinGate Wilderness Therapy experience is growing. As a result, WinGate is currently seeking an experienced and licensed Drug & Alcohol Counselor to join their professional clinical team. This is a full-time, salaried position, which includes a highly competitive salary (negotiable), benefits package and attractive incentives.

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.

Sceond Nature Entrada: Wilderness Therapy Field Instructor Jobs in Utah

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 Share your outdoor passion and skills with Second Nature Entrada in the Red Rocks of Southern Utah! As a year-round licensed therapeutic wilderness program, Entrada uses the wilderness to assist adolescent and adult clients in their journey toward healthy behaviors and rewarding relationships. Working in a group with three to four other staff members, Field Instructors keep eight to ten clients safe while backpacking in the high desert of Southern Utah. In addition to implementing the Entrada program philosophy, other responsibilities include role modeling as well as teaching backpacking, communication, and wilderness survival skills. Instructors 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, which is generally scheduled every month. SNEntrada.com

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Second Nature Entrada Instructors showing off their strength!

Wilderness Field Instructors for Second Nature Entrada become teachers and positive role models for adolescents and adults looking to build their confidence and self-esteem in the Red Rocks of Southern Utah. Energetic, fun and creative individuals who love the outdoors are encouraged to apply.

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-$165/day. 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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2015 Field Mentor Training Alert
The next Field Mentor training opportunity is February 6–11, 2015.

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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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 Field 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 90 days. Outback staff receive 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, enjoy working with teenagers, loves adventure, 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.

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.

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 nine-day training session 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 for the next training session. WildernessWork.com

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Apply now for the next training session beginning on December 11th or January 8th.

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.

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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 Justin Highhouse 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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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 Patrick Devlin.

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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 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 (OR).

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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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Founded in 1969, Eckerd E-Nini-Hassee is the most established and trusted outdoor therapeutic school for girls in the southeastern United States.

Located on 840 acres of tranquil Florida woodlands just one hour from Orlando and Tampa, Eckerd E-Nini-Hassee helps struggling girls (ages 12-18) reach their full potential by increasing their self-awareness and helping them discover the spark that ignites their hopes, dreams and desire for a positive, successful future. The campus consists of a dining hall, classrooms, library, computer lab, chapel, pool, lakefront, recreation fields, community building, therapeutic ropes course, walking trails, camp sites, independent living dorm and more. Now seeking Youth Counselor/Teachers to serve as positive, supportive role models and who will ensure the progress and welfare of each client and the group through therapeutic and educational programs. Key responsibilities include teaching, tutoring, instructing, or lecturing on a variety of subjects, leading groups of youth through a variety of daily activities while providing group and individual counseling, and maintaining a high standard of successful role modeling for youth that reflects enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility and activities that are educational and engaging. You will also be responsible for the overall supervision of clients to ensure the safety and security of all youth and staff. This supervision includes working at minimum a 5-day, 24-hour per day shift. Compensation includes a competitive wage, housing, meals and medical benefits. Learn more and apply online!

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Eckerd E-Nini-Hassee: Personal Growth Through Outdoor Adventures!

Did you know the word E-Nini-Hassee means “Her Sunny Road” in the Seminole Indian language? Through individualized therapy, academics and outdoor adventure activities, Eckerd-E-Nini-Hassee has helped nearly 10,000 troubled girls gain the self-esteem and life skills necessary to navigate the difficult road from adolescence to adulthood.

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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, email your resume and two letters of recommendation to Ted Bost.

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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.

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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Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health.Youth Villages residential treatment programs serve children with emotional and behavioral problems. Residential campuses provide the setting for an intensive treatment program that combine a unique balance of structure and freedom. This enables children and their families to identify, understand and cope with their individual needs and develop the skills necessary to live successfully at home. Full-time Youth Counselors at the Dear Valley Campus in Tennessee will work with a team in providing mental health services and counseling to boys between the ages of 11 and 18. Counselors will work with these small groups on various life skills and training — and will wear many hats throughout the day. You will work a 4-day shift every week, and once or twice a week you’ll spend the night on campus and have additional responsibility for waking residents and directing them with their morning routine. Note that Counselors do not reside on campus and are responsible for securing their own residencies. Perks of the job? Experiencing growth and development through continuous training as well as tuition and licensure reimbursement and job advancement. Benefits include full health, retirement, paid vacation/holiday/sick time, mileage/mobile phone reimbursement and relocation assistance. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree, experience working with youth (at-risk youth a major plus), excellent communication skills, the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously, and be flexible and creative. Learn more and apply now!

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Do more than find a job. Find a way to make a difference with Youth Villages.

If you are looking for a positive career move where you are meeting the challenges of life and striving to make a positive difference, then Youth Villages is the place for you. They are looking for people with a strong sense of purpose and focus to continually build confidence in yourself and the organization.

Youth Villages has been a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health.

Youth Villages is a national leader in the implementation of research-based treatment philosophies in the field of children's mental and behavioral health. When you join the team at Youth Villages, you become part of the force for families. You’ll work hard and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a real difference in the lives of families who desperately need that help. Full-time Youth Counselors at the Nashville campus in middle Tennessee will teach children necessary life skills and provide for their physical daily care, conduct recreation therapy, assist in treatment planning, participate in client transports to various locations, and conduct group and 1-on-1 counseling sessions. Counselors will work three weekdays (M-W or W-F from 2:00 p.m.–10:30 p.m.), plus one weekend day (6:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.). Some Counselors will spend the night once or twice a week on the campus and have additional responsibility for waking the residents and directing them with their morning routine. Benefits include continuous training, tuition and licensure reimbursement, full health, retirement, paid vacation/holiday/sick time, and mileage/mobile phone reimbursement. Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree in a social service discipline, experience working with youth (at-risk youth a major plus), excellent written, verbal and oral skills, and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously as well as maintain a flexible schedule. To apply, email your resume to Christopher Kimbrel or complete the online application.

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Do more than find a job. Find a way to make a difference with Youth Villages.

Youth Villages is a community of people who do whatever it takes to help troubled children and families. Do more than find a job. Find a way to make a difference as a Youth Counselor with Youth Villages!

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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 6 students with an 8-day on, 6-day off work schedule. Compensation starts at $130 per day during the Evaluation Period (28 field days), $135 for Level One, up to $200 per day. Benefits include an IRA with up to a 3% match, health insurance eligibility with $200 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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Hiring Seminar Alert:
True North is now interviewing and inviting people to join their next hiring seminar.

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.

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.

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