Wilderness Field Instructors
Wilderness Field Instructors assist the lead instructor in carrying out therapeutic outcomes for each student while using primitive survival skills, two-week backpacking expeditions and outdoor experiential education techniques as tools for emotional and spiritual growth for their group. It is not only a wonderful opportunity to help change the lives of teenagers, but also a chance to challenge yourself and grow.
Field Managers require two years of experience working with youth (especially those with behavioral issues). Managers, or lead instructors, provide the framework for the field team to deliver a curriculum of behavior modification, social and life skill development, and mentoring to elicit positive change in each client. WFR/CPR certified. Flexibility, adaptability and strong interpersonal and communication skills are essential. The Field Manager facilitates therapeutic activities and treatment goals and empowering students to take responsibility for their actions and make healthy choices.
Logistics Coordinators must have high level of motivation and organizational skills. Must have a clean and valid driver’s license. Must be flexible regarding work hours and able to multitask. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills and be able to meet deadlines. Must be comfortable with mathematics and familiar with local geography.
The Field Therapist facilitates individual and group therapy for program participants and provides leadership and direction to Field Staff on courses. This role involves working closely with the Rites of Passage leadership team to manage and support program needs and course operations; collaborative problem-solving skills will be used often by the person in this position.
An essential function of the Field Therapist’s job is communicating with students’ parents to provide updates and plan for the student’s transition from the program after they graduate. Collaborating with industry professionals and maintaining working relationships are also important aspects of this position. The Therapist role in the program can be defined as guiding both students and parents through the Rites of Passage program model of change, while utilizing the resources and structure of the program, as well as using individual creativity to enhance client experience. The Field Therapist must have a love of the outdoors and be willing to do a minimum of one overnight per month.
Must be a registered counselor in Washington state and have one of the following licenses:
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Field Instructor Assistant
The Rites of Passage NW Field Instructor assistant is in charge of leading the daily operations of Rites of passage courses. This role is at the center of the program; as a field instructor assistant you will be responsible for supporting an expedition for 14 days with a group of up to 13 students. This position requires a person who can multi-task, is well-organized, and has the ability to work well under pressure. Field Instructor assistants must have communication skills that are efficient and effective. The Field Instructor assistant must work both in the office setting and in the field. It is essential that the Field Instructor assistant have the ability to work well with people, enjoy problem-solving, and have a solid foundation of wilderness expedition skills.