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Based out of Wrangell, Alaska, Alaska Crossings is a wilderness-based, non-profit, behavioral health program of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Our expeditions are approximately two months in length and operate April through December in the Tongass National Forest around Wrangell and the surrounding areas. Alaska Crossings clients are 12-18 year-old Alaskan youth-at-risk; they are youth who experience a vast array of significant emotional and behavioral health issues, and come from a variety of cultural and socio economic backgrounds throughout the state of Alaska. Our expeditions utilize the remote Alaska Wilderness as a continuum in a therapeutic behavioral health service context to elicit positive change in our clients.
TRWGs must be proficient in a variety of hard skills and have experience working with youth-at-risk. They must have a high level of awareness for client needs and have the ability to instruct and mentor children with varying learning abilities as well as varying emotional and behavioral health issues. There is no time off during expeditions so staff must be comfortable in and prepared to be in the wilderness for extended periods of time. TRWGs work 16 hours days when with clients; on shifts that are 30-55 days in length with the majority of those days in a continuous wilderness setting. In addition to "field days" TRWGs work an additional 4-5 8 hour days without clients per shift in town on administrative tasks, maintenance tasks, and preparation and debrief for/from their shift. Alaska Crossings works with a staff: client ratio of 1:3 and group size is generally 3 staff to 9 clients. They are a behavioral health rehabilitative service provider. Guides are expected to commit to a minimum of two shifts, with at least one of those occurring during the height of the season (May through July). Alaska Crossings strives to create balanced, strength-based guide teams for their expeditions; therefore, placement within the final shift schedule is contingent upon availability and successful evaluation of performance at the annual staff training held in March.
Responsibilities include all things inherent in mentoring youth and providing them with a safe and enjoyable experience in a challenging and remote wilderness setting. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
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