Trails Carolina is a leading innovator in wilderness therapy; we empower students and families to make lasting change through a unique combination of residential and wilderness-based therapies. We are currently seeking highly qualified and motivated individuals to join our team!

Available Positions:

Wilderness Field Instructor:

Our WFIs are at the heart of the work we do at Trails.  Not only would you be responsible for the wellbeing and supervision of our students at all times, but also serve as a mentor and guide to students as they navigate through their own ‘hero’s journey’ of growth and change. WFIs work 15 day shifts, with 13 days off in between, including an option to work half shifts (8 on/6 off). A typical shift can include anything from guiding hikes among the peaks and waterfalls of WNC, to leading meaningful transition ceremonies, and supporting students in classroom, yoga, and equine programing. The WFI role has often been called “the hardest job you’ll ever love”; it requires a firm commitment to compassion, a desire to effect positive change in the lives of young people, and the ability to be a resilient problem solver.

A qualified candidate will meet the following requirements;

-Above the age of 21

  • Holds a current certification in CPR and First Aid
  • Ability to pass a drug screen and background check
  • Ability to identify, assess, and manage risk in a backcountry setting
  • Demonstrates resilience, grit, and adaptive problem solving.
  • Experience working with youth, including setting and holding behavioral limits.
  • Ability to form healthy relationships with strong boundaries.
    To Apply
    Please send resume and cover letter to
    **No phone calls or walk-ins please

Trails Carolina will extend equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals regardless of their race, color, age, sex, gender, religion, disability, national origin, ethnic background, military service and/or citizenship, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

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Changing lives at Trails Carolina in western North Carolina

We are always looking for qualified staff members here at Trails Carolina. If you love the wilderness as much as helping people achieve their goals, give us a call. Even if a position is not currently available, we’d like to hear from you.

To learn more about Trails, contact us at :

Phone : 828-885-5935 |

To apply for a position at Trails send an email to that includes the following information:

  • Subject of email: “Jobs- Your Name” (i.e. Jobs- Jane Smith)
  • Cover letter expressing the position you are interested in
  • Resume saved as “Your Name_Resume” (i.e. John Smith_Resume)




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