** Now offering $1,000 signing bonus! **

Our next Trainings will be May 13th-19th and July 8th – 14th!

Field Instructors at Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness (BRTW) are central to the growth and success of our students. Our goal is for each student to better understand themselves, their families, and how to connect in meaningful ways. Field Instructors live and work with a group of students for 8 days at a time, in a wilderness environment. The Instructor role requires resilience, a passion for service, and an ability to connect with others. Our Instructors are professionals who develop a wide variety of skills: They are outdoor educators, group facilitators, risk managers, excellent communicators, story-tellers, and teachers. Instructors teach students the skills necessary to thrive — in and out of the woods!

Simply put: Field Instructors are role-models for a healthier way of life.

Field Instructors play an integral role in delivering our curriculum and helping students see the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Our Mission is to teach individuals and families the skills needed to be aware of and act on their values. We strive to help our students to realize their best selves and come to a place in life where they honor their values and their strengths. We also encourage all clients to act with accountability to address their challenges. We believe that if our students can better understand themselves and their choices, they’ll be better equipped to make safer, healthier decisions in the future.

As a Field Instructor, you live with students 24-7 for 8 days at a time, and then have 6 days off. Pay starts at $150/ day and moves upwards with your development to $215/ day. Benefits and pro-deal discounts are available. Your primary duty is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of the group. At Blue Ridge, we believe in using the wilderness not just as the setting for therapy, but as an active part of the process! As a Field Instructor, that means you’re continuously observing, teaching, and assessing all manner of skills: backpacking, bow-drilling, cooking & general outdoor living, in addition to therapeutic concepts and tools as well. Starting with new staff Training, we will provide you the mentorship and support needed so that you can excel in this role. We encourage staff to bring their own unique personalities, knowledge, interests, and passions into this work. Our staff are not cookie-cutter copies of one-another! You being yourself– simply role-modeling what it means to be a healthy adult– may be our most effective tool for creating change! You are the one students trust and look up to. You are the one that helps them through their hardest moments. And you are the one they remember long after they’ve left Blue Ridge!

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Therapeutic Counselors


Minimum of 21 years old
Possess a current 1st Aid & CPR certification (WFR strongly preferred)
Are willing (and excited) about committing to this role for at least one year

Prior to official hire:
Obtain a physical stating you are cleared to do this work (prior to any Training)
Pass a State and Federal criminal background check (BCI) (completed on the last day of Training)
Pass a pre-employment drug screening (completed on the last day of Training)

Preferred Skills:

Beyond these basic requirements, we are also looking for staff who:

Demonstrate a track record of service and care for others, in various forms
Are comfortable and confident being in the woods, even if they are not yet ‘experts’ or have not yet led others (we can teach you!)
Show a willingness to learn and grow
Practice resiliency and align with Blue Ridge’s values and mission

About Blue Ridge Therapeutic Wilderness

Blue Ridge serves youth ages 13-18, young adults ages 18-30, and their families. Families or individuals may seek us out for a variety of reasons: anxiety, depression, substance abuse or other addictions, coping with loss, and many others. Students often enter the wilderness feeling angry, sad, confused, or simply lost. Whatever the circumstances, our approach starts with empathy and relationship.

Application Instructions

Apply directly to our Recruiter: [email protected] To start, send your Resume & Cover Letter (speak to your qualifications and experience for this work) We will also eventually requite: Three letters of reference, Copies of 1st Aid & CPR certifications (or WFA, WFR, W-EMT, etc), and a Copy of your diploma or official transcript from your highest level of education achieved