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