Provide behavioral health skill development services for adolescents who are experiencing persistent, severe emotional disturbances, including anger/aggression, mood disorders, disruptive behaviors, impulsivity, and trauma responses. Effectively co-lead extended wilderness expeditions in the remote Alaska Wilderness as a continuum in a therapeutic health service context. Maintain physical and emotional safety to elicit positive change in clients who come from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds throughout the state of Alaska. This position is in the Alaska Crossings Program, Behavioral Health Division of SEARHC.

This position requires an increased understanding of working with adolescents who are experiencing severe emotional disturbances including basic interventions that are effective in attaining proficiency in social and life skills. This position also requires increased crisis intervention skills, and effective communication skills for leading educational groups with the clients. This position requires a working knowledge of how to respond to a client who is in crisis, in regard to their mental and medical status.

Prolonged, sustained and extreme physical and mental effort: extended expedition hiking, camping and canoeing. Activities include living in tents, rainy and cold weather and extended darkness, while maintaining positive therapeutic interaction with up to 9 clients. While on expedition, staff will have contact with clients 24 hours per day. Expeditions have no facilities or equipment other than what is carried, by the clients/staff or cached along the route.

This position requires frequent work in remote 24-hour wilderness settings as well as in-town work before and after the expedition. Periodically, staff will be asked to help with Expedition Coordinator tasks, Operational Support, travel assists, and other duties as required. It is necessary for staff to model substance free behavior while on duty and at all times in remote locations; use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or any illegal drug is prohibited. The Staff Code of Ethics indicates staff agrees not to use illegal substances and agrees to use legal substances responsibly. This position is a covered position in accordance with the Indian Child Protection Act (ICPA)

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Therapeutic Counselors, Water Skills


Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required

Current Wilderness First Responder certification – Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician preferred
Current CPR certification required
Current TEAMs Crisis Intervention certification required (may be obtained at Annual Alaska Crossings Staff Training)

About SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

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