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New Vision Wilderness Therapy Northwoods

  • 133 State Street, Medford, WI
  • limitedcompany

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Adventure Wilderness Therapy Instructor

New Vision Wilderness Therapy operates year-round and accepts students through a rolling admissions process.  The Chaquamegon National Forest provides a beautiful and diverse landscape for our field area.  With specialized programming for each season, students may find themselves hiking, canoeing, climbing, ice fishing, and dogsledding among other peak Adventure Experiences.  Our program is positioned for “back country” immersion in a field area that is simultaneously located close to town.  This allows staff and supplies to move quickly to our student groups.  In the event a student requires medical evaluation or care they are only a short distance from hospital and medical services.  High accessibility to our cabins, close proximity to our leadership team, and strategic operations have all contributed to New Vision Wilderness Therapy setting an industry leading record in safety.

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salary range

$35.1k - $40.5k / year

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International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

Looking for work where you can make a difference? 

New Vision Wilderness is looking to invest in dedicated, passionate and caring individuals who want to join our mission to Create Joy and Heal Generations! Come explore the beauty of the Northwoods for a once in a lifetime experience! 

Wilderness Field Guide, New Vision Wilderness Therapy 

  • New Vision Wilderness Therapy-Northwoods is hiring Fulltime, and Seasonal Wilderness Field Guides. Nestled away in the Northwoods of Wisconsin is an opportunity for you to serve as a role model to 10–17-year-old students to provide time away from the normal distractions of life while helping adolescents learn about themselves, develop healthy relationships and support the healing process of childhood developmental trauma. Wilderness Field Guides form the cornerstone of NVW’s dedicated treatment team, providing a committed and empathetic atmosphere to students who have experienced trauma and are in desperate need of support. An individualized, attuned relational approach to highlight student strengths is used, while providing year-round novel experiences, like canoeing, cross country skiing, fishing and canine therapy, to engage students while building self-esteem and providing opportunities for growth. 
  • New Vision Wilderness is striving to bring adolescent depression, anxiety, and suicide to all-time lows by 2028. 
  • As a Wilderness Field Guide, you will be supported by an experienced Executive Director, Program Director, Clinical Director, Field Director, Administrative Team, and Logistical Staff focused on the mission to facilitate lasting positive change for young people and their families. 

What does New Vision Wilderness Therapy offer you? 

As a Wilderness Field Guide, you will enjoy the following benefits: 

  • Sign-on Bonus
  • Access to professional growth using our leading-edge strategies and training with our exceptional leaders 
  • Competitive salary, starting salary at $35,100 with potential of up to $45,240 in the first year 
  • Comprehensive Benefit Program that includes medical insurance with a generous company contribution towards a high deductible plan, dental insurance, vision insurance, voluntary life and AD&D insurance, long-term disability, 401K with company matching, and paid maternal leave. 
  • Company Paid Time Off 
  • Holiday Bonuses 
  • Tenure Bonuses 
  • Employee Referral bonuses 
  • Annual training stipend of $500 
  • Increased pay rate for Wilderness First Responder certification 
  • Free staff housing  
  • Qualify for Pro Deals as an outdoor professional with many outdoor brands 
  • Opportunity to foster relationships with adolescents and their families, create joy in their lives, and heal generations. 
  • New Vision Wilderness Therapy and team members embrace the core values of empathy, trusting relationships, service, growth, and results. 
  • While on shift, meals are included unless dietary restrictions (meals that are coordinated with the students) 
  • New Vision Wilderness Therapy offers an amazing atmosphere of acceptance and support in a wonderful environment! With our unique and out-of-doors style location in Medford, Wisconsin, where the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, offering Access to endless outdoor activities including kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, climbing, and more 

What do you bring to this position? 

  • Qualified applicants will have either a bachelor’s degree or have at least 1 year of work experience with youth in an outdoor or mental health setting 
  • Must possess a current first aid and CPR certification; Certified Wilderness First Responder preferred 
  • Ability to plan, implement, and adjust a course of treatment as required. 
  • Ability to pass a state background check. 
  • Able to commit to an 8-day on/6-day off schedule 
  • Ability to commit to working some holidays throughout the year 

What are a Guide’s responsibilities? 

Day-to-day facilitation of programming, including;  

  • Direct care of clients as part of a 2-3 member staff team managing the Safety, Structure, and Supervision of a group of about 8-9 students 
  • Risk management 
  • Implementation of program philosophy and clinical model 
  • Maintaining a high level of student supervision  
  • Leadership and responsible decision making 
  • Daily communication of student process and logistical needs 
  • Overall care and welfare of a group of students in wilderness context  
  • Weekly planning of group activities and facilitation 
  • Crisis response 
  • Completion of daily paperwork 
  • Logistical duties 
  • Drive a company vehicle and transport staff and students safely 
  • Be mentally stable and fit to mentor students during their therapeutic process 
  • Any other duties as defined by the Field Director 


New Vision Wilderness Therapy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. New Vision Wilderness Therapy is committed to enriching the therapeutic and healing experience it offers through the diversity of its employees and community. New Vision Wilderness Therapy seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse staff who will contribute to the organization’s excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. 

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