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    Wilderness Field Instructors

    Trails Carolina offers a unique combination of wilderness expedition and base camp programming to help troubled teens reach their full potential.

    Our Wilderness Field Instructors (WFI) play an integral role in this process, leading youth as they engage in a wide variety of activities, including:

    – Group backpacking expeditions in the beautiful wilderness of Western North Carolina

    – Therapeutic work with horses to teach communication skills

    – Yoga and mindfulness practice to foster a holistic sense of wellbeing

    – Classrooms that reignite a love of learning through nature and hands-on fun

    – Primitive wilderness skills work to build confidence and mastery in the outdoors

    Wilderness Field Instructors are trained to support our students by building rapport, maintaining close supervision, and of course, through the power of wilderness adventure!


    Wilderness Field Instructors work a flexible shift rotation of 15 days with students, followed by 13 days off to relax, travel, and adventure. Food and sleeping arrangements provided on shift.

    ***Currently hiring for both year-round and summer employment***


    Wilderness Field Instructors must be 21 years old or above. Clear background and able to pass drug screen. Experience working with youth. CPR/1st Aid Certified. Ability to fulfill physical demands of hiking and backcountry camping in a wilderness setting. Desire to face and overcome the challenges of working with troubled youth.


    Trails Carolina wilderness therapy is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Western North Carolina.

    Staff housing provided on-shift, staff can live several hours away on shift schedule.


    Hourly pay amounting to $2,200 per shift (before taxes).

    Estimated Yearly Income: $30,000 – $34,000

    *Amount varies according to rate of advancement, time off, and shift schedule among other factors.

    Opportunity to increase in responsibility and compensation based on performance.

    Health, Vision, and Dental insurance available after 30 days.

    To Apply

    Please send resume to

    After your initial inquiry, you will be sent a short pre-interview questionnaire so that we can learn more about your experience and interest. If an interview is scheduled, you may be eligible to attend one of our upcoming Hiring Seminars as an opportunity to learn more about Trails.




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