Field Guide Position

Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Primary responsibility of the Field Guide is to teach back country skills, solidify course logistics, ensure group safety and serve as a positive role model for the course participants.
  • Assist in course preparation, which includes creating a course itinerary, meal planning, gear pack out, assisting with client treatment plans, participation in staff meetings and participation in staff development.
  • Behavior and language should communicate effective leadership and positive personal growth.
  • Assist in creating a safe therapeutic environment for the course participants to explore their own emotional growth.
  • Work closely with the Field Therapist in carrying out established therapeutic goals and objectives for each participant on course.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • A distinct combination of education, training, and personal experience is required to carry out responsibilities of this position.
  • Teaching level proficiency in at least three modes of wilderness travel (canoeing backpacking and rock climbing).
  • WFR or higher medical certification.
  • B.A. or B.S. in related field preferred; NOLS, OB, or similar training; or experience working with at-risk youth and young adults in a wilderness setting.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Able to pass a State of Virginia Criminal Background Check.
  • Valid driver’s license.

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