• THERAPEUTIC RECREATIONAL WILDERNESS GUIDE I

    Job Locations US-AK-Wrangell
    Job ID
    2019-1639
    Category
    BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
    Type
    Temporary Full-Time
  • About Us:

    SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

     

    Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

    Job Overview:

    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:

    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:

    • Participate in all aspects of the Alaska Crossings program. This includes: attending all required staff training events and/or workshops, pre-trip planning and meetings, food preparation, potential travel-escorting duties with clients, equipment preparation and maintenance, program implementation, delivery of curriculum, report writing and all post program wrap-up duties.
    • The Therapeutic Recreational Wilderness Guides (TRWGs) must participate and contribute in all team activities and meetings. This will ensure program continuity and the overall safety of other TRWGs and program clients under our care.
    • Be responsible for the delivery of all skills instruction.
    • Provide required daily documentation on 2 to 5 clients: TRWGs will develop strategies to work with the clients, and implement the treatment plans as outlined by the clinician. They must complete all required documentation.
    • Communicate clear, objective information with efficiency and attention to detail – both orally and in writing
    • Adhere to the program values and implement the program mission
    • Work within organizational policies and parameters
    • Inform their Expedition Coordinator (EC) of any concerns regarding their ability to safely and competently execute these duties.

    Qualifications:

    Education: 

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required

    Certification/License

    • Current Wilderness First Responder certification – Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician preferred
    • Current CPR certification required
    • Current CPI certification required (may be obtained at Annual Alaska Crossings Staff Training)

    Experience/Training:

    • Experience working with youth – experience with youth-at-risk preferred
    • Formal communication and reporting experience – experience in behavioral health, non-profit, and/or educational institution setting preferred
    • Flat water paddling experience – certification and 2+ years experience preferred
    • Moving water paddle experience- certification and 2+ years experience preferred
    • Multi-day backcountry tripping experience – 2+ years experience preferred
    • Alaska Crossings Flat Water Training
    • Alaska Crossings Ocean Canoeing Training

    Other Requirements

    • Clear a federal and state background check
    • Current passport
    • Ability to travel into Canada
    • Must be at least 21 years of age
    • The ability to understand the role of a mentor and be comfortable mentoring our clients

    Other Skills, Abilities and Knowledge

    • Possess the characteristics of maturity, honesty, accountability, and flexibility
    • Able to work as a contributing member of a team with management and co-recreational therapists
    • Be proficient at leading and motivating groups on extended expeditions in challenging environments

     

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