Field Instructor

Job Description

NVW is currently seeking applicants for Full Time and Seasonal Wilderness Instructors at our Medford Wisconsin location.  Instructors provide a safe, therapeutic atmosphere in a wilderness context for our groups of struggling teens. Wilderness Instructors are responsible for groups of up to nine students on backpacking, canoeing, and other outdoor expeditions and will work several days straight in the wilderness (typically an 8-day on/6-day off schedule). Instructors are responsible for group structure, supervision, safety, curriculum facilitation, teaching wilderness skills, and will be working hand in hand with NVW therapists who treat our children. Day to day programming responsibilities include:  risk management, implementation of program philosophy, student supervision, leadership and responsible decision making, communication, and the overall care and welfare of up to 9 students in a wilderness context. 


  • Wilderness Field Guides must be at least 21 years old. BS/BA degree or comparable experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk youth is preferred.
  • Excellent leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Must possess and maintain current 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

To Apply

Please submit an application through our on-line portal.  If you have any issues with the application, please e-mail resume and cover letter to Ben Koch at [email protected].

Application Closing Date: 
August 5,2019
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Job Location: 
Medford WI
Job Salary Range: 
Job Experience: 
1 - 2 years
Job Degree Level: 
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Job Starting Date: 
December 2019

Job Details

Job Details: 
Adventure/Wilderness Therapy
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