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10 Mar 2021

Other Outdoor Wilderness Instructor

Northwoods Wilderness Therapy – Posted by Medford, Wisconsin, United States

Job Description

Embark Behavioral Health is a unique organization comprised of extraordinary programs dedicated to bringing the all-time high rates of adolescent anxiety, depression, and suicide to all-time lows while becoming the most recognizable, respected, and valuable behavioral health organization in the world.

Northwoods Wilderness Therapy

Northwoods is an effective and exciting alternative for struggling teens, young adults, and their families, and is the premiere wilderness therapy intervention. We are consistently challenging the national therapy frontier. Northwoods is the home of cutting-edge trauma-informed care & wilderness intervention.

Field Instructor

Northwoods is hiring Seasonal Wilderness Field Instructors for the 2021 summer season. Nestled away in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is an opportunity for you to serve as a role model to students aged 11-17 to provide time away from the normal distractions of life while helping adolescents learn about themselves, develop healthy relationships, and support the healing process of childhood developmental trauma.

Wilderness Field Instructors form the cornerstone of NVW’s dedicated treatment team, providing a committed and empathetic atmosphere to students who have experienced trauma and are in desperate need of support. An individualized attuned relational approach to highlight student strengths is used; while providing year-round novel experiences such as canoeing, cross country skiing, fishing and canine therapy; to engage students while building self-esteem and providing opportunities for growth.

As a nomadic program, groups are backpacking through the Chequamegon National Forest, moving camp every few days. During the expedition, Wilderness Field Instructors build strong, trusting relationships with our students, showing acceptance and providing opportunities for growth each day. Wilderness Field Instructors walk alongside students teaching them technical skills, relational skills, and work on the four pillars of programing: individual and group therapy, canine therapy, education, and mastery. They work closely with the clinical team and field leadership team to provide the best treatment possible for our students.

Wilderness Field Instructors work an 8 day on/6 day off schedule with the potential to work in all areas of programming (Adolescent, Preteen, Family, Academy, 2:1).

Wilderness Field instructors work with one to two co-instructors to maintain a safe environment, with consistent structure and high-level supervision for up to 9 students in a wilderness setting. Responsibilities include direct care and supervision, risk management, implementation of program philosophy, leadership and responsible decision making, professional communication, completion of daily paperwork, weekly planning of group activities, and any other duties as defined by the Field Director.

NNorthwoods is looking to invest in dedicated, passionate, and caring individuals who want to join our mission to Create Joy and Heal Generations! Come explore the beauty of the Northwoods for a once in a lifetime experience!


Wilderness Instructor must be at least 21 years old. BS/ BA degree or comparable experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk youth is preferred.
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.
Must hold a valid Driver’s License with clean driving record.
Must pass a post-employment offer medical physical

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Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Other Outdoor. Job Tags: #outdoor, canoe, guide, hike, instructor, therapy, and wilderness.

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