Wilderness Therapist

  • New Vision Wilderness Therapy
  • Medford, WI, USA
  • Feb 12, 2018
Communication - Public Outreach EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description

New Vision Wilderness Therapy Programs combine canoeing, backpacking expeditions, and more with psychotherapy in order to assess and intervene with 13-17 year old struggling teens. While allowing structured wilderness excursions to physically challenge clients, master's level clinicians intensively challenge patients in one-to-one and group therapy sessions. This mixture of wilderness excursions and therapeutic contact helps promote the personal growth of each client.

NVW's Northwoods program in Medford, Wisconsin is currently seeking applicants for Full-Time Wilderness Therapist. The Wilderness Therapist is the primary therapist responsible for overseeing clinical care of NVW clients and may work up to 4-days a week, including overnights, in the Northern Wisconsin wilderness while on backpacking, canoeing, and other outdoor expeditions. This position may work in all NVW programs (Wilderness Immersion, 21-Day Expedition, Family, School, and 1:1.) This is an exciting and unique opportunity to work in alternative therapeutic intervention with a growing agency.


Wilderness Therapists are responsible for clinical intake, case management, individual and group therapy, post-trip clinical summaries and all related paperwork. Wilderness Therapists may carry a caseload of up to 5 clients during extended expeditions.

Responsibilities also include direct care and supervision of clients, completion of daily paperwork, and weekly planning of group activities.


  •  Master degree required. State License preferred.

  • 21+ years old.

  • Minimum of one year experience working in the field with at-risk youth, or comparable experience.

  •  Current First and CPR certification (prior to employment start) Certified Wilderness First Responder preferred.

  • Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds for extended durations.

  • Excellent leadership skills, strong communication skills and creative with excellent problem solving skills.  

  • Must be able to pass a Background Criminal Investigation. Must hold a valid driver's license with clean driving record.


Competitive wages based on experience. Health insurance available on 1st day of the month after 60 days of employment. Paid vacation, pro-deal availability, training stipends, performance-based bonuses, opportunities for advancement, and of course paddling lakes and rivers, hiking, fishing, and more, all while healing children.

Wilderness therapists will work a flexible schedule based on programming needs.  NVW provides training in several cutting-edge intervention models and offers a friendly and challenging work environment. 

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