Instructors will work a schedule combining full-time shifts and duties on campus with trips into the backcountry. We like to have Wilderness Instructors who will plan on working with us for at least a year — our goal is to have people stay and grow with the company.

Pay: $19 – $21 per hour On Campus (normaly 7-9 hour shifts), $9.20 – $13.80 per hour on Trips (16 hour days) – this position earns overtime for all hours over 40 worked in a Saturday – Sunday weekly period. We estimate that a Wilderness Instructors yearly earnings is betweek $39k – $43k.

As a Full Time postion – Medical, Dental, and Vision plans are offered with TDL paying for 70% of premiums, this is avalible the first of the month following 30 days of employment. After 6 months contributions to a 401k are avalible. We have some discounts on gear avalible thorugh TDL. Start earning PTO right away, on avaerage 15 days or 120 hour of PTO can be earned yearly. 6 paid holidays.

Duties and Responsibilities:

– Facilitating client activities, providing supervision, and fostering a therapeutic environment.
– Building rapport with clients while holding boundaries.
– Demonstrating and teaching rock climbing, rappelling, challenge course, map and compass use, backcountry safety, and practices for winter and summer environments.
– Planning meals and itineraries for expeditions.
– Distributing, caring for and repairing wilderness equipment and clothing.
– Maintaining a relentless safety priority. Implementing risk management protocol, evacuation protocol, and all other safety measures.
– Leading adventure outings and trips.
– Integrate A.A. philosophies and therapy into outdoor adventure aspects of treatment.
– Overseeing and participating in activities with clients.
– Facilitate challenge courses, recreational, and physical fitness activities.
– Working with clinical staff in the implementation of treatment methods.
– Speak professionally and in a positive manner.


– College degree in wilderness therapy, recreational therapy, similar degree OR equivalent outdoor experience.
– Possess or quickly achieve a Wilderness First Responder (or Wilderness-EMT) and CPR level of first aid.
– Possess or quickly achieve Avalanche level I or equivalent.
– Winter Camping experience and proficiency
– Basic Mountaineering and navigational skills.
– Backcountry sanitation and Leave No Trace skills
– Knowledge of how to travel in bear country.
– Preferred – Rock Climbing and Rappelling skills.
– Preferred – Challenge Course and Initiative Games skills.
– Additional training and experience in trail work, search and rescue, and/or fly fishing is desirable.
– Ability to pass a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen. If recovering from addiction must have a minimum one year of continuous abstinence.
– Basic computer skills.
– Must be 21 years or older.

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


Physical Requirements:

- Able to hike and navigate rough terrain.
- Lift and carry up to 50 pounds regularly and up to 100 pounds occasionally.
- Ability to lead and guide multiple day, year-round backpacking trips.
- Camp and lead outdoor activities in all weather conditions.
- Able to walk, twist, kneel, move in the course of duties.

About Triple Divide Lodge

Triple Divide Lodge is the only program of its kind. It is a 90-day Residential Treatment Program for adolescent males 14-19.

We are a residential treatment program founded on 12 Step program that incorporate elements of adventure and wilderness therapy. We help young men struggling with substance use disorders and related co-occurring disorders.

Our clinical model helps clients overcome their substance use issue by getting outside of their comfort zones and experiencing the growth wilderness inspires.

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Triple Divide Lodge is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Instructions

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