Backcountry Field Instructor

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy

About the organization

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy, located in Oregon, is a nationally recognized outdoor behavioral healthcare and trauma-informed wilderness therapy program that provides teens and young adults immediate intervention and intensive mental health treatment. The wilderness experience allows students and their families to have the opportunity to heal their relationships and foster personal growth.

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy (OR) sets the standard in outdoor therapeutic programming. All students are empowered to improve their decision-making skills and build healthy and safe relationships. While working with the individual and the family, students at Deschutes are encouraged to focus on their strengths and use them to launch lasting change. Slowly expanding on each student's emotional tolerance, Deschutes does not support a shock approach. We are a relational program focusing on trauma and attachment.


DWT is currently seeking applicants for Full Time, year-round, Field Instructors at our beautiful Bend Oregon location. Field Instructors ensure a safe and therapeutic milieu in a wilderness context for our groups of struggling teens and young adults.

Field Instructors are responsible for groups of students on backpacking outdoor expeditions and will work 8 days straight in the Central Oregon wilderness (8-day on/6-day off schedule).

Field Instructors oversee group structure, supervision, safety, curriculum facilitation, teaching wilderness skills, and will be working hand in hand with DWT Clinicians and Leadership Team as a critical part of the student's therapeutic process.

This position will work in all facets of DWT Programming, Wilderness Immersion, Young Adult, Base Camp, Family Camp, Family Intensives, Student Transports, Canine Therapy, Experiential Activities, Adventure and Academics.


-Must be able to pass a background criminal investigation with Oregon DHS,
-Care for others in a strenuous outdoor environment,
-Sleep on the ground without causing or exacerbating any pre-existing injury,
-Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds for extended durations,
-Be at least 21 years old,
-Minimum of 1 year experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk, youth, or comparable experience,
-BS/BA degree in a related field is preferred,
-Proven and excellent leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills,
-Must possess and maintain current First Aid and CPR certification,
-Wilderness First Responder certification,
-Must hold a valid driver license with an acceptable and clean driving record.



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