Program Guide

Pacific Quest

About the organization

Located on the eastern slope of Hawaii's Big Island, Pacific Quest incorporates the best of wilderness therapy with the structure and clinical resources found in quality intermediate and residential care settings. Founded in 2004 by a team of professionals with experience in traditional nomadic wilderness therapy, Pacific Quest teaches Adolescents (ages 13-17) and Young Adults (ages 18-24) life skills that translate into the everyday world.

Program Guides work side-by-side residents, helping them to understand and engage in PQ's therapeutic model of horticulture therapy, rites of passage ceremony, and integrative wellness. Guides and residents exercise together, maintain the gardens and grow their own food, engage in a variety of therapeutic curriculum and objectives, explore the island's natural wonders, and participate in community service projects. Guides teach residents how to be the best versions of themselves by role modeling healthy communication and holding boundaries.


- Ability to be a team player and form mutually respectful relationships with all employees
- Ability to maintain physical alertness and activity over the course of designated work hours
- Must provide and maintain current CPR/First Aid certification. CPR certifications must be from a
classroom training, and no substitutions for First Aid certs (i.e. Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness
First Responder) can be accepted
- Maintain a current NVCI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training) certification provided by
Pacific Quest
- Ability to treat all residents, families, and coworkers with dignity and respect
- Able to pass a thorough background check and drug screen
- Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner
- Maintain current physical and TB clearance


- Bachelor’s degree preferable, specifically in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work,
Farming/Agroecology, or Outdoor Education/Leadership OR a minimum of two years relevant

- Experience is preferred in Rites of Passage, Education, Horticultural Therapy, Health and
Wellness, 12 Step Recovery, Gardening, and/or experience in Therapeutic Settings such as
Wilderness Therapy or Residential Treatment Centers

- Valid driver’s license with a clean record

- Preferred age 25 years or older

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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