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24 Apr 2020

Other Outdoor Field Instructor

New Vision Wilderness – Posted by Clayton, Georgia, United States

Job Description

Wilderness Field Instructor

New Vision Wilderness

Reports to: Field Director

New Vision Wilderness (NVW) is an innovative wilderness therapy program for those who require an immediate intervention and intensive treatment. Our programs specialize in treating struggles associated with adoption, developmental trauma, anxiety and addiction. We serve preteens, teens, young adults and families in three U.S. locations: the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, the majestic Cascade mountain range of Central Oregon, and now opening in the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia.

The core purpose of NVW is to Profoundly Change Lives and Create Joy. Our company core values are Empathy, Service, Trusting Relationships, and Growth. We have a dynamic, fun, and enthusiastic team and the Wilderness Field Instructors are a key driver of our culture. We offer a competitive salary (negotiable) and robust benefits package (health insurance, life insurance, dental and vision insurance, 401k plan paid time off, and more!). NVW believes in providing high quality, innovative treatment within a compassionate environment. Building healthy relationships with our students and their families is a special focus of ours.

Why NVW?

Access to endless outdoor activities including kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, climbing, and more

Work with adolescents and emerging adult population

Extensive learning opportunities for personal and professional growth

Team building experiences

Professional development

Opportunities for advancement in a growing family of programs

Opportunity to become an expert in the field of healing trauma and attachment

Flexible work environment and culture

Work collaboratively as a member of teams for best outcomes

Collaboration opportunities with other leading Mental Health Programs

Relocation/signing bonuses available for experienced candidates

Proprietary CASA treatment model, with a unique relational and experiential approach

We are not a behavior modification program

Great compensation based on experience

Excellent benefits package

Position Overview:

Wilderness Instructors are the frontline staff and responsible for ensuring a safe and therapeutic milieu in a wilderness context for our groups of struggling adolescents, teens and young adults. Wilderness Instructors are responsible for groups of up to nine students on backpacking, canoeing, and other outdoor expeditions and will work several days straight in the wilderness (typically an 8-day on/6-day off schedule). Instructors are in charge of group structure, supervision, safety, curriculum facilitation, teaching wilderness skills, and will be working hand in hand with NVW therapists who treat our children. This position will work in all NVW programs (Adolescent Outdoor, Family, School, and 1:1) and therefore with families and/or young adults too.


Wilderness Field Instructors are responsible for day to day facilitation of programming, including; risk management, implementation of program philosophy, student supervision, leadership and responsible decision making, communication and the overall care and welfare of up to 9 students in a wilderness context.

Responsibilities include direct care and supervision, completion of daily paperwork, weekly planning of group activities, and logistical duties. Any other duties as defined by the Field Director.


Must be at least 21 years old – BS/BA degree in related field is preferred

Minimum of 1 year experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk youth, or comparable experience

Excellent leadership, communication and problem-solving skills

Must possess and maintain current First Aid and CPR certification (WFR preferred)

Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds for extended durations

Must be able to pass a Background Criminal Investigation, including fingerprinting

Must hold a valid Driver’s License with clean driving record

Must pass a post-employment offer medical physical

How to Apply


Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: #outdoor, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, therapy, and wilderness.

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