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Triple Divide Lodge

  • 200 Hubbart Dam Road, Marion, MT
  • https://tripledividelodge.com/

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Wilderness Instructor

Do you want to work in the outdoors and lead adventures?

Do you want to affect the lives of young people who are struggling to overcome addiction?

Triple Divide Lodge is the only program of its kind. In our 90-day program, we combine residential and wilderness therapy treatment for adolescent males 14-19. We help young men struggling with substance use disorders and other related co-occurring issues. We help clients overcome their substance use issues by getting outside of their comfort zones and experiencing the growth the wilderness inspires. Instructors will work a schedule combining full time shifts and duties on campus with trips into the backcountry. On average Wilderness Instructors will be leading an extended backpacking trip every other month, this is subject to the number and therapeutic needs of our clients. This position requires a one year commitment.

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$39k - $43k / year

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Job Overview

Wilderness Instructor

Full Time, Year-Round

Average Yearly Pay Range: $39k – $43k, DOE


Job Overview

Wilderness Instructors are responsible for the operations related to the adventure aspects of the program.  Instructors will work a schedule combining full time shifts and duties on campus with trips into the backcountry. This position requires a one year commitment.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrating and teaching rock climbing, rappelling, challenge course, map and compass use, backcountry safety, and practices for winter and summer environments.
    Planning meals and itineraries for expeditions.
    Assisting with any coordination with Forest Service and Dept of Interior or others for itineraries and/or evacuations.
    Distributing, caring for, and repairing wilderness equipment and clothing.
    Maintaining a relentless safety priority.
    In charge of implementing risk management protocol, evacuation protocol, and all other safety measures while in the field.
    Facilitating inventories, quarterly and weekly orders.
    Working with clinical staff in the implementation of treatment methods.
    Leading adventure outings and trips while adhering the field curriculum.
    Keeping records and evaluations of in field and on-site occurrences.
    Maintaining an image of professionalism.
    Integrate A.A. philosophies and therapy into outdoor adventure aspects of treatment.
    On Campus:
  • Overseeing and participating in activities with clients.
    Facilitate challenge courses, recreational, and physical fitness activities.
    Transportation duties.
    Speak professionally and in a positive manner.
    Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • College degree in wilderness therapy, recreational therapy, similar degree or equivalent experience.
  • Possess or quickly achieve a Wilderness First Responder and CPR level of first aid.
  • Possess or quickly achieve Avalanche level I or equivalent.
  • Winter Camping experience or understanding.
  • Basic Mountaineering and navigational skills
  • Ability to lead and ensure safety for a group.
  • Backcountry sanitation and Leave No Trace skills
  • Knowledge of travel in bear country
  • Rock Climbing and Rappelling skills preferred
  • Challenge Course and Initiative Games skills
  • Additional training and experience in trail work, search and rescue, and/or fly fishing is desirable.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen.
  • If recovering from addiction must have a minimum one year of continuous abstinence.
  • Basic computer skills

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to hike and navigate rough terrain.
  • Lift and carry up to 50 pounds regularly and up to 100 pounds occasionally.
  • Camp and lead outdoor activities in all weather conditions.
  • Able to walk, twist, kneel, move in the course of duties.

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Triple Divide Lodge is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Special Benefits

Six paid holidays a year, and if you work on a holiday, you get holiday pay and an additional day off.

Start earning PTO right away, with the ability to use PTO after four months of employment. It is possible to earn up to 15 days of PTO per year.

401k after six months of full time employment.

Employees are able to enjoy one meal per shift from our amazing Chef.

Minimum Requirements

Valid Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness EMT Certification.

Highly proficient at backpacking and outdoor activities year-round.

Able to teach outdoor skills and safety to clients with no experience.

Ability to build report with clients while also maintain TDL boundaries.

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