Wilderness 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.

Tagged as: Camp Staff, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Therapeutic Counselors


Wilderness Instructor must be at least 21 years old and a 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.
Clean License

Required Skills:

Standing for long periods of time, lifting and carrying objects (50 lbs), stooping, squatting, bending or reaching? Comfortable backpacking 3 days a week

Preferred Skills:

Our work requires that staff support young people who tend to lack appropriate coping mechanisms when faced with a challenge. You may find yourself confronting a spectrum of behaviors.

About Deschutes Wilderness Therapy

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy, located in Oregon, is a nationally recognized outdoor behavioral healthcare and trauma-informed wilderness therapy program that provides teens and young adults immediate intervention and intensive mental health treatment. The wilderness experience allows students and their families to have the opportunity to heal their relationships and foster personal growth.

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy (OR) sets the standard in outdoor therapeutic programming. All students are empowered to improve their decision-making skills and build healthy and safe relationships. While working with the individual and the family, students at Deschutes are encouraged to focus on their strengths and use them to launch lasting change. Slowly expanding on each student's emotional tolerance, Deschutes does not support a shock approach. We are a relational program focusing on trauma and attachment.

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