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Field Instructor



Operations and Logistics

Why Deschutes Wilderness Therapy:

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy provides an intensive, individualized, and trauma-responsive healing process. Our nationally recognized, individually tailored wilderness challenge program leads the way in relational model wilderness therapy. Our program is designed for struggling adolescents and young adults needing immediate and longer-term treatment and combines a challenging wilderness experience with an intensive clinical immersion. Deschutes' intervention services are designed to be a catalyst for positive change by fostering an encouraging atmosphere emphasizing safety, family involvement, and mastery.

What we do differently:

Deschutes Wilderness Therapy's strengths reside in the intensity of clinical interventions and a true trauma-responsive model. DWT tailors the entire intervention process with the understanding that the field environment is a stressed environment. A focused, advanced neural science-based protocol allows for an effective and safe intervention for adolescents and young adults.

DWT utilizes a proprietary CASA treatment model, a unique relational and experiential approach. Our programs are not based on behavioral modification. Instead, Deschutes Wilderness Therapy offers individualized healing through intensive trauma-responsive care. Our treatment team consists of experienced therapists and field instructors who work together to create a student's goals and treatment plan.

Our field instructors are empowered to be an integral part of a student's treatment plan. Field instructors work with a group of 6-9 students in teams of 3-4. They help students process the challenges that arise in the wilderness setting and foster resilience, increased sense of self-worth, and ability to connect to the self and others.

Living In Bend:

Nestled between the snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the vast high desert plateaus, Bend, Oregon has become an international mecca for outdoor adventurers looking for an active and healthy community to call home. Bend has you covered whether you’re seeking world-class river activities, hiking and biking through scenic mountain forests, or the pristine beauty of trail running on Bend’s cutting-edge Urban Trail System.

Have you ever wanted to surf? Bend has a world class surf wave in town guaranteed to give you the perfect ride year round. Head to the Oregon Coast on the weekends to test out your skills on the ocean. The Oregon coast is known for its miles long sandy beaches.

If there’s snow on the ground, scoop up all the skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and ice skating opportunities your winter-loving heart can handle. When you’re done, we’ll save you a spot by the fire bit at your pick of restaurants or breweries.

For music and art lovers, there is live music on every block and headliner concerts throughout the summer. Check out the lineup of upcoming events here

You can also stick with simple pleasures like a walk around one of 80+ public parks or a stroll through bustling shopping districts in our vibrant, hip, cosmopolitan mountain town.


Surrounding Areas:

If Bend isn’t quite your speed, areas within commute distance to Bend include Redmond (20 min), Terrebonne (30 min), Sun River/Three Rivers (30 min), La Pine (45 min), Prineville, and Madras (1 hour).

Redmond is the closest city of size outside of Bend, a politically purple town with a mix of rock climbers, skiers, and other adventure sports enthusiasts. Redmond is only 15 minutes from Smith Rock State Park and about 40 minutes to Mount Bachelor and Hoodoo Ski Resorts. The school system is robust for people with families. There is good shopping, restaurants, and breweries as well. Redmond is also home to the local airport, making travel very convenient.

Terrebonne is an ultra-small town in the country and is the home to Smith Rock State Park. It offers limited but good dining and shopping options but close access to Redmond for those needs.

Sun River, a resort community about 20 minutes South of Bend, hosts fun activities such as ice skating, bike rentals, and our favorite little book store. Several excellent restaurants and breweries make for a great night out. Sun River is only about 20 minutes from Mount Bachelor Resort.

La Pine, a small town of about 2500 people, is the gateway for many big adventures and close access to trails without the crowds.

Prineville and Madras are mid-size rural towns about an hour away from Bend. While these are more conservative communities, they are equally passionate about horses and boating. The high desert environment offers about 300 days a year of blue skies. The rental market is plentiful rental in both areas.

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Why Choose Deschutes Wilderness Therapy?

  • Endless outdoor activities

    Kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, climbing and more.

  • Canine therapy integrated into treatment

  • Work with adolescents and emerging adult population

  • Extensive learning opportunities for personal and professional growth

  • Team building experiences

  • Professional development

  • Opportunities for advancement in a growing family of programs

  • Opportunity to grow as an expert in the field of healing trauma and attachment

  • Flexible work environment and culture

  • Work as a member of a committed team

  • Collaborate with leading mental health programs and professionals.

  • Relocation/signing bonuses available for experienced candidates

  • Proprietary CASA treatment model

    A unique relational and experiential approach.

  • We are not a behavior modification program

  • Great compensation based on experience

  • Excellent benefits package