Feb 23, 2022

Wilderness Field Instructor

$36,000 - $42,000 yearly
  • First Light Wilderness Therapy
  • Remote (Blue Ridge Mountains, Georgia)
Full-Time Other

Job Description

First Light is currently seeking applicants for Full Time, Part-time and Seasonal Wilderness Field Instructors at our Dahlonega, GA. Our team ensures a safe and therapeutic milieu in a wilderness context for our groups of 12–17-year-old struggling male and female teens. Wilderness Instructors are responsible for co-leading groups of up to ten students on backpacking, canoeing, and other outdoor expeditions and will work an 8-day on/6-day off schedule in the Northern Georgia wilderness. Instructors are in charge of the day-to-day facilitation of programming to include supervision and safety, curriculum facilitation, teaching wilderness skills, risk management and working hand in hand with First Light Therapists.





Security Clearance

NO Security Clearance

Job Requirements

Wilderness Instructor must be at least 21 years old and a BS/BA degree in related field with a minimum of 1 year experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk youth, or comparable experience (preferred)



Must be 21 years old with a High School Diploma or GED and a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk youth, or comparable experience.


Excellent leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Be willing to work 8 days on and 6 days off in the wilderness with teens.

Must possess and maintain current First Aid and CPR certification (WFR preferred).

Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds for extended durations.

Must be able to pass a Background Criminal Investigation.

Must hold a valid Driver's License with clean driving record.

Must pass a post-employment offer medical physical.


Schedule options:


Full Time: Tuesday to Tuesday every other week (two shifts per month)

Part-Time (Weekly): Tuesday to Friday or Friday to Tuesday

Part-Time (Monthly): Tuesday to Tuesday one week (one shift per month)


We offer a $1000 Sign-on bonus, with $500 disbursements at hiring and at the 6th month. We offer retention bonuses of $500 every 6 months of employment. We also offer a $1000 referral bonus with two installments of $500 across a 6-month period.

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