Group Leader - Camp Counselor - Wilderness Instructor

Timber Ridge Treatment Center

About the organization

Timber Ridge Treatment Center provides an exceptional program to rehabilitate troubled males from 12 to 17 years of age.

Located near the Uwharrie Forest in North Carolina, our program takes an ecologically-oriented, positive peer group approach to treatment. Our adventure activities include hiking, backpacking, and canoeing, all supervised by certified facilitators.

The average youth stays at Timber Ridge for 6 to 8 months.


We currently have openings for our counselor/group leader positions. As a group leader you would live with a group of 8 teen aged boys in a wilderness setting for the duration of your shift. You will help the group make their time goals, guide them in problem solving, and lead them in activities and work projects designed to improve confidence and cooperation. These boys are all here to receive help for whatever emotional or behavioral problems they've had in their lives. They receive treatment primarily through the group living process, but also meet monthly with licensed counselors who help them resolve their familial issues.

What's the schedule?

Group leaders work a rotating schedule consisting of three days on and three days off. Thus, your days off move back by one day every week. You will live here, onsite, for your three day shift, and then leave to go home for three days. Ideally, your group will will take a 3-day canoeing or backpacking trip in the Southeast each year.

What is the benefit package?

The annual average pay starts at $33,000 per year. Timber Ridge offers many benefits as well, including:

- 10 vacation days per year (which do rollover from year to year, and may be cashed in if you don't want to use them)
- 12 sick days per year (which also accrue, but cannot be resold)
- health insurance and dental insurance starting after 60 days
- 5% annual raises
- room for growth and leadership; a promotional cycle based on experience and ability


We prefer our candidates to possess either a four year degree, preferably in a human services field, or some other experience that would help you in the field (military service, Boy Scout training, etc). The nature of the position requires a level of emotional maturity, but we do not require any previous experience in counseling, social work, or child care. Above all, working at Timber Ridge requires the willingness to help others, the patience to deal with emotionally and behaviorally challenged teenage boys, and the ability to succeed in an outdoor environment. Position requires you to live on site for 3 days and have an offsite residence for your 3 days off. Counselors write daily progress notes, so proficiency in documentation helps.


33k/yr, 10 vac/12 sick per year, 100 health ins,

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