New Vision Wilderness
  • Bend, OR, USA
  • 12-20
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

401(k), 401(k) matching, Dental insurance, Disability insurance, Employee assistance program, Employee discount, Flexible schedule, Flexible spending account, Health insurance, Health savings account, Life insurance, Paid time off, Parental leave, Professional development assistance, Referral program, Relocation assistance, Retirement plan, Tuition reimbursement, Vision insurance, Bonus pay, Signing bonus

Field Instructor

Reports to: Field Director


Deschutes Wilderness Therapy (DWT) is an effective and exciting alternative for struggling teens, young adults, and their families, and is the premier wilderness therapy intervention. We are consistently challenging the national therapy frontier. DWT is the home of cutting-edge trauma-informed care & wilderness intervention.

DWT is currently seeking applicants for Full Time, year-round, Field Instructors at our beautiful Bend Oregon location. Field Instructors ensure a safe and therapeutic milieu in a wilderness context for our groups of struggling teens and young adults.

Field Instructors are responsible for groups of students on backpacking outdoor expeditions and will work 8 days straight in the Central Oregon wilderness (8-day on/6-day off schedule).

Field Instructors oversee group structure, supervision, safety, curriculum facilitation, teaching wilderness skills, and will be working hand in hand with DWT Clinicians and Leadership Team as a critical part of the student's therapeutic process.

This position will work in all facets of DWT Programming, Wilderness Immersion, Young Adult, Base Camp, Family Camp, Family Intensives, Student Transports, Canine Therapy, Experiential Activities, Adventure and Academics.


  • be mentally stable and fit to mentor students during their therapeutic process,
  • day-to-day facilitation of programming,
  • quick and responsible decision-making regarding risk management,
  • implementation of program philosophy and clinical model,
  • student supervision,
  • leadership and responsible decision making in regard to caregiver role in student relationship,
  • daily communication of student process and physical and emotional safety pertaining to students.
  • daily communication of logistical needs and environmental safety concerns,
  • overall care and welfare of students in a wilderness context,
  • direct care responsibilities,
  • crisis response,
  • completion of daily paperwork,
  • weekly planning of group activities and facilitation,
  • logistical duties,
  • drive a company vehicle and transport staff and students safely,
  • any other duties as defined by the Leadership.


  • Must be able to pass a background criminal investigation with Oregon DHS,
  • Care for others in a strenuous outdoor environment,
  • Sleep on the ground without causing or exacerbating any pre-existing injury,
  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds for extended durations,
  • Be at least 21 years old,
  • Minimum of 1 year experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk, youth, or comparable experience,
  • BS/BA degree in a related field is preferred,
  • Proven and excellent leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills,
  • Must possess and maintain current First Aid and CPR certification,
  • Wilderness First Responder certification,
  • Must hold a valid driver license with an acceptable and clean driving record.

Compensation & Benefits:

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy provides full time employees with a competitive salary commensurate with experience and access to:

  • pro-deals,
  • paid vacation,
  • group health, vision, and dental insurance options (available on the first day of the month after 30 days of employment),
  • employee assistance plan,
  • company paid long term disability and life insurance,
  • annual training stipend,
  • performance-based wage incentive,
  • continued in service training,
  • opportunities for advancement and a friendly and challenging work environment.


Cultural Competencies:

1. Empathy: Uses empathy to connect with others, listens and tunes in accurately to opinions and
feelings of people, seeks to understand before being understood.
2. Service: Has a servant heart, does not ask the team to do things s/he would not personally do, finds
a connection to the work beyond "employment."
3. Trusting Relationships: Has integrity, is approachable, and is an authentic person. Reliable and
dependable. Earns (instead of expects) the trust of co-workers. Emotionally intelligent.
4. Growth-minded: Curious and inquisitive, seeks out learning opportunities, well-read, hungry for

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