Wilderness Instructor
Full Time , Shift: Varies
Average Yearly Pay Range: $39k – $43k, DOE

Job Overview
The position of Wilderness Instructor is considered a professional position. Wilderness Instructors are responsible for the operations related to the adventure aspects of the program. Instructors will work a schedule combining full time shifts and duties on campus with trips into the backcountry. This position requires a one year commitment.

Duties and Responsibilities:
– 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.
– Assisting with any coordination with Forest Service and Dept of Interior or others for itineraries and/or evacuations.
– Distributing, caring for, and repairing wilderness equipment and clothing.
– Maintaining a relentless safety priority.
– In charge of implementing risk management protocol, evacuation protocol, and all other safety measures while in the field.
– Facilitating inventories, quarterly and weekly orders.
– Working with clinical staff in the implementation of treatment methods.
– Leading adventure outings and trips while adhering the field curriculum.
– Keeping records and evaluations of in field and on-site occurrences.
– Complying with all personnel and program manuals.
– Maintaining an image of professionalism.
– Integrate A.A. philosophies and therapy into outdoor adventure aspects of treatment.
– Overseeing and participating in activities with clients.
– Facilitate challenge courses and recreational activities.
– Implementing and overseeing physical fitness activities.
– Transportation duties.
– Speak professionally and in a positive manner.
– Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

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


- College degree in wilderness therapy, recreational therapy, similar degree or equivalent experience.
- Winter Camping experience or understanding.
- Basic Mountaineering and navigational skills
- Leadership & Judgment skills
- Backcountry sanitation and Leave No Trace Skills
- Knowledge of travel in bear country

Required Skills:

- Possess or quickly achieve a Wilderness First Responder and CPR level of first aid.
- Possess or quickly achieve Avalanche level I or equivalent.
- Able to hike and navigate rough terrain.
- Lift and carry up to 50 pounds regularly and up to 100 pounds occasionally.
- Camp and lead outdoor activities in all weather conditions.
- Able to walk, twist, kneel, move in the course of duties.
- Possessed excellent written, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Skills:

- Rock Climbing and Rappelling skills
- Challenge Course and Initiative Games skills
- Additional training and experience in trail work, search and rescue, and/or fly fishing is desirable.

About Triple Divide Lodge

Do you want your job to make a difference?

Do you want to affect the lives of young people who are struggling to overcome addiction?

At Triple Divide Lodge, Elevating Body, Mind, and Spirit is our mission. We are a dynamic residential treatment program assisting adolescent males engage in substance use recovery. Triple Divide Lodge is a treatment center located on an historic cattle ranch in Northwestern Montana.

Our program brings together the best of residential and adventure programming. We recognize the interconnected nature of people and the need to have that same support and collaboration in our team.

Application Instructions

Please email us your Resume and Cover Letter at: [email protected] OR visit the below link and apply on Indeed: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=triple+divide+lodge&l=Montana *****We are currently staffed for this position, but accepting Resumes and Cover Letters for upcoming positions.*****