Wilderness Therapy Guide

True North Wilderness Program

About the organization

True North is a small, privately owned, mental health residential treatment program that was established in 2005 by Ty Maves, LCSW, and Mod Barefoot, LCSW who still own and operate the program. Located in Waitsfield, Vermont, and licensed by the state’s Department of Child and Family Services, True North serves adolescents (14-17) and young adults (18-25) and their families with a wide range of mental health, behavioral, and relational issues. True North provides assessment, intervention, and transitional planning during the 10-12 week average stay and operates outdoors year-round, with heated indoor sleeping spaces in the winter.


Are you motivated and energized? Do you have a desire to mentor youth and young adults?. True North is actively hiring for Wilderness Therapy Guide positions and is looking for individuals who are empathic and caring, and natural leaders and strong communicators. The Guide role is perfect for someone who is eager to learn and enhance their therapeutic skill set. Guides are a full-time, year-round position.

Guides work in teams of two to provide supervision for a group of up to 7 students, ages 14-17 or 18-25. A day in the field can include: facilitating/participating in daily activities (hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, games, art, yoga, disc golf, movie nights), teaching outdoor skills (camping, fire-building, outdoor cooking, map and compass navigation), and helping students achieve therapeutic goals. Guides work an 8 day on / 6 day off schedule.


-Applicants must be 21 or older
-Minimal outdoor experience required, but must be physically able to participate in the daily outdoor activities
-Applicants must submit to state and federal background checks
-Bachelors degree in any field preferred

True North is committed to enriching the experience of our students, families, and team by celebrating an inclusive work environment. We seek to recruit a broadly diverse staff who will contribute a variety of viewpoints and experiences to ongoing program development and superior support of our clients. We encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups including professionals of color and diverse gender identities.


Starting annual salary is up to $49,608 and can range up to $64,766 with advancement.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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