ALL SEASONAL POSITIONS: From April 2022 to November 2022
Expedition and Short Course Instructors
Kitchen/Food Services Staff
Starting Daily Rates: $133, $171, $185 (With housing for the duration and board- for the summer)
Up to approximately 135 to 150 per diems between April and November
Many positions are summer only- Approximately 55 per diems
The Wilderness School provides intensive experiential programs to Connecticut youth ages thirteen to twenty-one and to other children and youth with special needs. The program is supported by the State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF).
In the summer, students attend 20-Day, 15-Day, 14-Day, 7-Day and 5-Day Expedition courses in groups of ten with two or three Instructors and with the support of several base camp staff. The Wilderness School also conducts numerous 1-3 day programs and summer camp functions for groups seeking adventure education services.
The Wilderness School is a prevention, intervention and transition program intended to assist our students to develop self-esteem, internal locus of control and interpersonal skills. Designed as journey experiences, our programs are considered therapeutic for the participant. Wilderness School activities are not viewed as an end in themselves, however, but as a tool in the service delivery of community youth agencies. Each student must pass through an Orientation phase of the Wilderness School prior to attending an Expedition course. Students who attend summer expeditions are then eligible to participate in a fall through spring Follow-Up Program. Those attending 1-3 day programs may elect to apply for Expeditions.
Wilderness School long Expeditions may include backpacking, a high ropes course, rock climbing, canoeing, service learning, a solo experience, a “marathon” run, and graduation, as well as small group process and individual counseling. Shorter Expeditions include backpacking or canoeing and one or more selected special activities. 1-3 Day courses feature adventure based activities intended to introduce students to Wilderness School programs and opportunities for continued participation. Students are referred to the Wilderness School by many types of agencies, including DCF facilities, area offices, adolescent programs and prevention services, community youth service bureaus, school systems, child guidance clinics, independent living programs, residential facilities, and juvenile justice programs. Our student population is diverse and representative of varied ethnic and racial backgrounds
A Bachelor’s Degree is preferred. Professional level training and work experience as an Experiential Educator may be considered in lieu of Bachelor’s Degree.
Helpful Certifications (or Pursuing)- Wilderness First Responder (WFA or WAFA Considered) w CPR, American Mountain Guide- Single Pitch or Professional Climbing Instructors Association, American Canoe Association, Lifeguard, Drivers License,
COMPASSION FOR OTHERS, MOTIVATION, RAW TALENT, RECEPTIVITY TO GROWTH, AND ABILITY TO BE A TEAM PLAYER ARE STANDOUT QUALITIES IN LIEU OF DIRECT EXPERIENCE.
About State of CT Wilderness School
The Wilderness School provides intensive experiential programs to Connecticut youth ages thirteen to 21 and to other children and youth with special needs. Additionally, Wilderness School provides leadership, team building, wellness trainings and special interventions for agency staff teams. The program is supported by the State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF). We are currently in our forty-ninth year of operations.