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First Light Wilderness Therapy

  • 889 Wimpy Mill Road, Dahlonega, GA
  • https://www.firstlightwilderness.com/

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Wilderness Field Instructor


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min experience

salary range

$47.5k - $55k / year

Additional Job Details

International Applicants Allowed?
Work Visa Sponsoring Available

Job Overview

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.

Schedule options:

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

Full Time (Weekly): Tuesday to Friday or Friday to Tuesday

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

Special Benefits

We offer a $1000 Sign-on bonus, with $500 disbursements after 2nd shift 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.

Other Benefits:

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short term disability option and 401K

Minimum 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.

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