Wilderness Field Instructors

Employer: blueFire Wilderness Therapy
Employer URL: https://bluefirewilderness.com/careers/
Category: Other
Location: Gooding, ID
Compensation: 2550 per month
Type: Full-time Jobs
Job Schedule: 2 weeks on; 2 weeks off. Varies daily from 6:00 AM to 10:00PM
Apply before: June 01, 2024

Job Description and Requirements

Job Description

Full time, part time, and seasonal positions available.

****Job Location: Southern Idaho****

***Please see the application instructions at the bottom of this posting. Interested applicants need to apply on our website. The online application link is at the bottom of this post.***

Make a difference in the life of struggling teen or young adult. Be a part of change...

blueFire wilderness is an innovative adventure therapy program helping teens and young adults to find meaning while doing exciting adventure activities in beautiful southern Idaho. Rock climbing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, mountain biking, and hiking are just a few of the adventures that we utilize to reach our clients.

blueFire’s field staff are some of the best across therapeutic programs because we take our time finding the right fit and we put a great deal into training and developing our instructors.

Company Culture

All blueFire employees support the work in the field in important ways. Our field instructors are responsible for caring for the clients in the program, upholding risk-management and safety policies, and facilitating many of the activities that clients experience while in the program.

We have a strong culture of feedback and we hope that our instructors grow and learn from their experiences. We put a great deal of effort into training and collaborating with instructors. Instructors develop life-long bonds with each other while working in the field. The work at blueFire is transformative for both clients and staff alike, and helps set everyone up for success in whatever comes next for them.

Schedule and Wages

Our instructors work a schedule that involves 2 weeks in the field working and 2 weeks off. This schedule allows for travel, adventure and fun on your off time. Instructors wages begin between $2550-$3900 per 2 week shift depending upon experience. We recognize previous Wilderness Therapy experience and use it to help experienced staff advance more quickly. There are many opportunities for advancement of candidates that are new to this work as well.

Your Role as a Field Instructor

Our field instructors essentially run the day-to-day activities in each of our groups. They camp, hike, eat, adventure, and participate with clients while out in the field.

Field instructors are integrally connected to the success of our clients. They collaborate with field directors, primary and milieu therapists, and each other to make decisions that directly affect clients and their work in the field. Our instructors are empowered to create initiatives, structure daily activities, plan and execute backpacking trips, run groups, and teach lessons. Instructors run many things related to our program.

As a new field instructor, your job responsibilities will be relatively straightforward and simple: learn and uphold program standards, build rapport with clients and staff, support your head instructor, and learn to manage yourself and the group effectively. As you develop your skills and demonstrate effectiveness and confidence in those responsibilities, you will have many opportunities to grow and advance in the company.


Competitive Wages


Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Program

Health, Vision and Dental Insurance

Seminar Stipend

Gear Stipend

***To apply, please fill out our online application at https://bluefirewilderness.com/application/ ***

For more detailed information on upcoming training seminars, visit https://bluefirewilderness.com/careers/ or call 208-934-4444.

Location: Southern Idaho (Gooding)

Salary: $2,550.00-$3900 per two-week shift

About BlueFire Wilderness Therapy:
Located in the high plains desert in South-Central Idaho, BlueFire team members have decades of experience working with teens and their families in clinical treatment settings. We believe that our combination of wilderness, adventure, equine, mindfulness, education, and team-building activities provides the ideal environment for our clients to grow and thrive.

We are always looking for people who are passionate about helping youth and their families live healthier and more fulfilling lives. We work diligently to develop our employees through training and feedback. Everyone at blueFire ultimately supports the work we do with our clients, and we want our staff to be confident and capable in their respective roles.

If you have a passion for working with youth, a growth mindset, and a penchant for adventure and intrigue, we would love to talk to you! While it's difficult to explain in detail just how powerful this work can be, it is decidedly life-changing for nearly everyone involved.


Must be 21 years of age or older
Ability to clear an enhanced background check
Clean driving record
Ability to pass a sports physical and drug screen
Must be comfortable in all seasons. Experience in the outdoors is preferred.
Ability to hike and carry a big pack
Preferred experience with climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snow shoeing (not required)


401 K
Life Insurance
EAP Benefits
Pro Deals
Various local discounts
PTO (restrictions apply)
Training Reimbursement

Next Steps

To apply please visit our online application which is at this link.


Once submitted our Field Director will reach out to you within 48-72 hours to schedule an interview.