Program Guides work side-by-side with residents, helping them to understand and engage in PQ’s therapeutic model of horticulture therapy, rites of passage ceremony, and integrative wellness. Guides and residents exercise together, maintain the gardens, and engage in a variety of therapeutic curriculum and objectives, explore the island’s natural wonders, and participate in community service projects. Guides teach residents how to be the best versions of themselves by role modeling healthy communication, holding boundaries, and making sure each resident is safe at all times. Guides operate on a 4-days on, 3-days off schedule—equating to 45-55 hours/week.

Tagged as: Development, Full Time, Support Staff, Teaching/Education, Therapeutic Counselors


Required Skills/QualificationsMust provide and maintain current CPR/First Aid certification. CPR certifications must be from a classroom training. Wilderness First Aid & Wilderness First Responder are acceptable. Able to pass thorough background checks. Able to pass onboarding and drug screen. Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner.
Maintain current physical and TB clearance.
COVID-19 vaccination required.

Preferred Skills:

Experience in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Farming/Agroecology, or Outdoor Education/Leadership OR a minimum of two years relevant experience
Experience is preferred in Rites of Passage, Education, Horticultural Therapy, Health and Wellness, 12 Step Recovery, Gardening, and/or experience in Therapeutic Settings such as Wilderness Therapy or Residential Treatment Centers Valid driver's license with a clean record.
Minimum preferred age is 21

About Pacific Quest

Located on the eastern slope of Hawaii's Big Island, Pacific Quest offers a unique experience for struggling Adolescents (13-17) and Young Adults (18-24). Many residents come to Pacific Quest because traditional therapy methods have not been successful. They are often distressed and overwhelmed by the demands of everyday life. In our sensory-rich and dynamic environment, interventions are tailored to meet residents where they are able to help them achieve optimal growth

Application Instructions

Please visit our Career Page, review our complete job description and complete our online application at https://pacificquest.org/careers/