Field Instructor

First Light Wilderness Therapy

About the organization

At First Light Wilderness Therapy, our goal for every student is to achieve meaningful change by creating an environment of adventure where joy is re-discovered and nurtured, where adventure leads to self-discovery, and where relationships heal and grow. Set in the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northern Georgia, our field area is nestled in the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forest and is sprinkled with miles of clear-running streams and rivers, making it an ideal setting for our evidence-based outdoor behavioral healthcare.

Our therapy combines a nomadic approach to attachment-focused and brain-based modalities to support students in working through their thoughts and actions while exploring the outdoors to create lasting change. We offer various approaches, including Canine Therapy, Brainspotting, HeartMath, and Mastery Projects.


Think Outside. No Box Required.
Do you LOVE the outdoors and seek a job where you can connect with nature?
Are you passionate about helping others and making a difference every day?
Great schedule – 1 week on / 1 week off!
You only work 26 weeks a year –
giving you time to travel, explore, and adventure like never before!
Plus earn $44,000 - $50,000 for Full Time plus
bonus, benefits, PTO, and other perks like discounts on outdoor equipment.

Imagine a role where you contribute to helping a child and family heal!
We specialize in treating struggles associated with adoption, trauma, anxiety, and addiction.
We do this in the in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where nature provides peace and healing.

We are seeking Wilderness Field Instructors that are passionate to help struggling teens by doing life alongside them in the wilderness. Our Field Instructors play a very important role serving as a positive role model for teens 12-17 years old and for assisting in the therapeutic process of healing.

You will co-lead groups of up to 10 students to lead and support to ensure:
o Supervision
o Safety
o Curriculum / assignments
o Wilderness skills
o Risk management
o Working with therapists to carry out activities for healing


To be successful you will:
• Enjoy camping and leading adventures in the outdoors
• Be resourceful and have good judgement
• Have a talent of connecting well with teens
• Be a natural leader with excellent leadership, communication, and problem solving skills
• Be passionate about helping teens learn and heal
• Be able to maintain healthy boundaries to role model healthy communication
• Must be 21 years or older
• Bachelors degree in related field (preferred) with 1+ years experience working with youth
o OR High School diploma / GED and 3+ years experience working with youth (or comparable experience)
• Must be able to work 8 days straight living in the wilderness with the teens (with 6 days off)
• Must possess and maintain current First Aid and CPR certification (WFR preferred) or be willing to become certified
• Must be able to lift and carry 50+ pounds for extended durations
• Must be able to pass a Background Criminal Investigation
• Must possess a valid Drivers License and clean driving record
• Must pass a post-employment offer physical



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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