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BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy


Denver, CO




BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy guides Jewish young adults (18-26) on therapeutic expeditions. BaMidbar's program utilizes the wilderness environment as a vehicle to promote therapeutic growth of students, in a process that is individualized for each student, and is guided and directed by a licensed mental health professional. BaMidbar's clinical intervention and wilderness experience are provided through a Jewish framework. BaMidbar's programming is guided by four core values: kavod, honor, dignity, and respect for ourselves and others; simcha, finding joyful Jewish meaning in every aspect of our lives; tzmicha ishit, accepting the challenges of personal transformation and growth; and kehillah, the power of an inclusive and supportive community. BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy is a program of the non-profit Ramah in the Rockies.


Field Coordinator



Position Type:Seasonal, full-time, shift-based work (shift lengths vary: either 8 or 15 days long)
Compensation: Starts at $227/day
Dates: January 2018 - May 2018, with opportunities to extend contract beyond that timeframe
Location: Deckers, Colorado

Position Purpose:
The role of the Field Coordinator is to oversee logistics of field groups in accordance with BaMidbar's guidelines and strengths-based program philosophy. The Coordinator will supervise field staff and support their personal and professional development, and promote a culture of safety in all aspects of programming.

Major Responsibilities
Logistics Coordination: Oversee tracking and management of food, gear, equipment, facilities, and vehicles, including:
  • Organize and oversee BaMidbar's maintenance and storage systems
  • Maintain accurate inventory of equipment, gear, and food, and facilitate distribution to groups, including weekly food resupply
  • Complete gear and equipment maintenance and purchasing
  • Oversee fleet management for BaMidbar vehicles
  • Create and improve organizational systems for logistics management
  • Assist Ramah in the Rockies ranch manager with facility maintenance, as needed
  • Provide in-field support for groups, including delivery of water and supplies
  • Substitute for field staff as needed
  • While on shift, participate in on-call system to support group emergency needs
  • Provide general risk management oversight and communicate risk management issues with field and program staff
  • Transport students and staff to and from the field as needed
  • Support group itinerary development
  • Personnel Management and Training
  • Directly supervise, coach, and mentor Field Guides, ensuring guides have the support system they need to be effective in their roles
  • Collaborate with program, clinical, spiritual counseling team on development and facilitation of field staff training opportunities geared toward therapeutic modalities and hard skill training
  • Facilitate field staff training and debrief schedule

Qualifications
Education / Experience
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably focused in outdoor education, psychology, sociology, child development, or education. Educational requirements may be substituted with relevant professional experience
  • Current Wilderness First Aid certification required, Wilderness First Responder or EMT certification preferred
  • Experience working with young adults, preferably in a leadership, mentoring, or instructional capacity
  • Significant backcountry trip leading experience, preferably in wilderness therapy
  • Skills / Knowledge
  • Advanced skill level in all or most of the following: wilderness travel, land navigation, primitive living, backcountry camping
  • Excellent mentoring and coaching skills
  • Excellent group facilitation skills
  • Open, inclusive, and team-oriented work style
  • Exemplary organizational skills
  • Understanding of Jewish culture, values and cycles, and if not fully understood, a willingness to learn and an appreciation for the cultural aspects of the program
  • Other Considerations:
  • The essential functions of this position require outdoor work in all weather conditions, including work in sub-zero temperatures
  • Employee will be expected to hike on uneven terrain, while carrying a backpack or other equipment weighing up to 60 pounds
  • A pre-employment background check will be required, including fingerprinting and FBI background check
  • Applicants must have a valid driver's license, with an insurable driving record

Compensation
BaMidbar offers highly competitive field coordinator wages, beginning at $227/day. After successfully completing the spring season, staff will receive a $500 completion bonus. During BaMidbar's 4.5 month spring season, Field Coordinators can expect to work an average of 73 days and make $17,000, including the $500 completion bonus

Work Schedule And Time Commitment
Field Coordinators will work on a shift schedule, detailed below. BaMidbar's pilot program will begin in January, 2018. Field Coordinators will participate in pre-program coordinator training from January 8th to 10th and will help facilitate training for field staff from January 12th to 21st. Programming will run from January 24th through May 16th. While BaMidbar will not run sessions over the summer months, staff may apply to work with Ramah in the Rockies, our partner organization. Programming will begin again in Fall, 2018. Please see a sample staff schedule below.

BaMidbar 2018 Program Schedule:
Field Coordinator Training: January 8-10
Field Staff Training: January 12-21
Programming: January 24-May 16

Shift A Work Schedule:
Training: January 8-10 and 12-21 (13 days)
January 24-January 31 (8 days)
February 14-February 28 (15 days)
March 14-March 28 (15 days)
April 11-April 25 (15 days)
May 9-May 16 (8 days)

Shift B Work Schedule:
Training: January 8-10 and 12-21 (13 days)
January 31-February 14 (15 days)
February 28-March 14 (15 days)
March 28-April 11 (15 days)
April 25-May 9 (15 days)

Location
BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy is based at Ramah in the Rockies, a 360-acre ranch nestled in the pristine Pike and San Isabel National Forests. Ramah in the Rockies is 90 minutes from Denver, at an elevation of 8,000 feet. At BaMidbar, students and staff will spend four days per week on expeditions, exploring the public lands of Colorado. They will spend the remaining three days at our basecamp in the Rocky Mountains, visiting with therapists and spiritual counselors and celebrating Shabbat as a community.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to joryh@ramahoutdoors.org. The subject line of the email should read Field Coordinator Application. Please be prepared to provide three letters of recommendation and copies of all current certifications. Field Coordinator interviews will begin in September 2017.





Assistant and Lead Field Guide



Position Type: Seasonal, full-time, shift based work averaging 15 days on, 13 days off
Compensation: Starts at $198/day during programs; $130/day during training
Dates: January 2018 - May 2018, with opportunities to extend contract beyond that timeframe
Location: Deckers, Colorado

Major Responsibilities
Bamidbar's Field Guides serve as mentors and wilderness guides for young adults struggling with mild to moderate social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. Through applying therapeutic concepts, teaching technical and fundamental skills, integrating Jewish values and traditions, and connecting personally with students, staff serve as a support system for program participants. BaMidbar's supportive, strengths-based approach encourages students to move beyond their comfort zones to experience new, unexpected levels of confidence, personal achievement, and growth.

Assistant and Lead Field Guide responsibilities include:
Support Student Development:
  • Build a compassionate and caring group environment, while providing 24/7 supervision and oversight for students
  • Work as part of treatment team, which includes licensed therapists, spiritual counselors, medical staff, and field team
  • Maintain a healthy group dynamic by promoting inclusivity, communication, and conflict resolution
  • Facilitate formal and informal essential and technical skill building opportunities for students
  • Oversee a highly structured, participatory backcountry camp environment
  • Integrate Jewish values, learning, culture, and traditions into backcountry environment and student learning
  • Risk Management:
  • Manage group's physical and emotional well-being and promote culture of safety in all aspects of field life
  • Respond to safety concerns with appropriate and timely decisions and actions, keeping all BaMidbar staff informed
  • Other Responsibilities:
  • Complete paperwork with accuracy and efficiency
  • Inform treatment team and BaMidbar staff on important group and individual developments during formal and informal meetings and debriefs

Qualifications
Education / Experience
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably focused in outdoor education, psychology, sociology, child development, or education. Educational requirements may be substituted with relevant professional experience
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification required, Wilderness First Responder or EMT certification preferred
  • Experience working with young adults, preferably in a leadership, mentoring, or instructional capacity
  • Significant backcountry trip leading experience, preferably in wilderness therapy
  • Skills / Knowledge
  • Experience building a positive group dynamic and confidence working with diverse and challenging populations
  • Excellent group facilitation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Open, inclusive, and team-oriented work style
  • Understanding of Jewish culture, values and cycles, and if not fully understood, a willingness to learn and an appreciation for the cultural aspects of the program
  • Other Considerations:
  • The essential functions of this position require outdoor work in all weather conditions, including work in sub-zero temperatures
  • Employee will be expected to hike on uneven terrain, while carrying a backpack or other equipment weighing up to 60 pounds
  • A pre-employment background check will be required, including fingerprinting and FBI background check
  • Applicants must have a valid driver's license, with an insurable driving record

Compensation
Bamidbar offers highly competitive field staff wages, beginning at $198/day during programming. Staff will be paid $130/day during BaMidbar's 10 day training. After successfully completing the spring season, staff will receive a $500 completion bonus. During BaMidbar's 4.5 month spring season, guides can expect to make about $13,500, including the completion bonus.

Work Schedule And Time Commitment
Bamidbar Wilderness Therapy runs programs between October to May of each year. BaMidbar's pilot program will begin in January, 2018. Staff training will run from January 12th-21st, and programming will run from January 24th through May 16th. While BaMidbar will not run sessions over the summer months, staff may apply to work with Ramah in the Rockies, our partner organization. Staff shifts are two-weeks on, two-weeks off, running Wednesday to Wednesday. In our 4.5 month spring season, field staff will work an average of 70 days, or four 15-day shifts plus a ten day training.

BaMidbar 2018 Program Schedule:
Field Staff Training: January 12-21
Programming: January 24-May 16

Shift A Work Schedule:
Training: January 12-21 (10 days)
January 24-February 7 (15 days)
February 21-March 7 (15 days)
March 21-April 4(15 days)
April 18-May 2 (15 days)

Shift B Work Schedule:
Training: January 12-21 (10 days)
February 7-February 21 (15 days)
March 7-March 21 (15 days)
April 4-April 18 (15 days)
May 2-May 16 (15 days)

Location
Bamidbar Wilderness Therapy is based at Ramah in the Rockies, a 360-acre ranch nestled in the pristine Pike and San Isabel National Forests. Ramah in the Rockies is 90 minutes from Denver, at an elevation of 8,000 feet. At BaMidbar, students and staff will spend four days per week on expeditions, exploring the public lands of Colorado. They will spend the remaining three days at our basecamp in the Rocky Mountains, visiting with therapists and celebrating Shabbat as a community.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to joryh@ramahoutdoors.org. The subject line of the email should read Field Staff Application. Please be prepared to provide three letters of recommendation and copies of all current certifications. Field Staff interviews will begin in September, 2017.





Field Therapist



Position Type: Seasonal, full-time, shift based work (15 days on 13 days off)
Compensation: Starts at $230/day
Dates: January 2018 - May 2018, with opportunities to extend contract beyond that timeframe
Location: Deckers, Colorado

Position purpose: The role of the Field Therapist is to provide 24/7 support to students and facilitate individual and group therapy sessions in the field. The field therapist works as part of the field team, and collaborate with the primary therapist on student well-being and group functioning.

Major Responsibilities
  • Facilitate individual and group therapy sessions on a daily basis
  • Facilitate formal and informal fundamental and technical skill-building opportunities, psychoeducation, and crisis intervention on an ongoing basis
  • Collaborate with field staff to maintain a healthy group dynamic
  • With field staff, oversee a highly structured, participatory backcountry camp environment
  • Support integration of Jewish values, learning, culture, and traditions into backcountry environment and student learning

Qualifications
Education / Experience
  • Masters level mental health professional working toward licensure in Social Work, Professional Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Must hold or be able to obtain entry level license with the state of Colorado to practice mental health counseling under the guidance of a licensed clinician
  • Experience working with young adults, preferably in a leadership, mentoring, or instructional capacity
  • Significant backcountry trip leading experience, preferably in wilderness therapy
  • Minimum certification of CPR and First Aid; Wilderness First Responder certification preferred
  • Skills / Knowledge
  • Knowledge of conceptual frameworks for adolescent and young adult development and health
  • Knowledge of Family System theories and the Family Preservation model
  • Knowledge of Substance Abuse theories and Relapse Prevention training
  • Knowledge of de-escalation skills, crisis intervention skills, communication skills, behavior management techniques, and life skills
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of sound ethical practice in conjunction with the established and defined ethics of one's training and discipline
  • Advanced skill level in all or most of the following: wilderness travel, land navigation, primitive living, backcountry camping
  • Excellent mentoring and coaching skills
  • Excellent group facilitation skills
  • Open, inclusive, and team-oriented work style
  • Exemplary organizational skills
  • Understanding of Jewish culture, values and cycles, and if not fully understood, a willingness to learn and an appreciation for the cultural aspects of the program
  • Other Considerations:
  • The essential functions of this position require outdoor work in all weather conditions, including work in sub-zero temperatures
  • Employee will be expected to hike on uneven terrain, while carrying a backpack or other equipment weighing up to 60 pounds
  • A pre-employment background check will be required, including fingerprinting and FBI background check
  • Applicants must have a valid driver's license, with an insurable driving record

Compensation
Bamidbar offers highly competitive field therapist wages, beginning at $230/day. During BaMidbar's 4.5 month spring season, field therapists can expect to work 70 days and make about $16,000. BaMidbar offers clinical supervision and the opportunity to work toward licensing hour requirements.

Work Schedule And Time Commitment
Bamidbar Wilderness Therapy runs programs between October to May of each year. BaMidbar's pilot program will begin in January, 2018. Staff training will run from January 12th-21st, and programming will run from January 26th through May 16th. While BaMidbar will not run sessions over the summer months, staff may apply to work with Ramah in the Rockies, our partner organization. Staff shifts are two-weeks on, two-weeks off, running Wednesday to Wednesday. Please see a sample staff schedule below. In our 4.5 month season, field therapists will work an average of 70 days, or four 15-day shifts plus a 10 day staff training.

BaMidbar 2018 Program Schedule:
Staff Training: January 12-21
Programming: January 24-May 16

Shift A Work Schedule:
Training: January 12-21 (10 days)
January 24-February 7 (15 days)
February 21-March 7 (15 days)
March 21-April 4(15 days)
April 18-May 2 (15 days)

Shift B Work Schedule:
Training: January 12-21 (10 days)
February 7-February 21 (15 days)
March 7-March 21 (15 days)
April 4-April 18 (15 days)
May 2-May 16 (15 days)

Location
Bamidbar Wilderness Therapy is based at Ramah in the Rockies, a 360-acre ranch nestled in the pristine Pike and San Isabel National Forests. Ramah in the Rockies is 90 minutes from Denver, at an elevation of 8,000 feet. At BaMidbar, students and staff will spend four days per week on expeditions, exploring the public lands of Colorado. They will spend the remaining three days at our basecamp in the Rocky Mountains, visiting with therapists and celebrating Shabbat as a community.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to joryh@ramahoutdoors.org. The subject line of the email should read Field Therapist Application. Please be prepared to provide three letters of recommendation and copies of all current certifications.





Primary Therapist



Position Type: Seasonal, part-time or full-time positions available
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Dates: January 2018 - May 2018, with opportunities to extend contract beyond that timeframe
Location: Deckers, Colorado
Reports to: Clinical Director

Position Purpose:
The role of the Primary Therapist is to oversee clinical care of BaMidbar students, and provide individual, family, and group therapy. The Primary Therapist is responsible for client intake, case management, individual and group therapy, discharge summaries, and related administrative duties.

Major Responsibilities
  • Oversee client intake and clinical care, and ensure physical and emotional safety of clients
  • Facilitate individual and group therapy sessions on a weekly basis in an outdoor setting
  • Create individualized master treatment plans for clients, and train wilderness field guides in implementation of treatment plans
  • Create a discharge summary of treatment including aftercare recommendations
  • Provide consistent, clear communication to families, Educational Consultants, and Professionals on a weekly basis
  • Facilitate in-service trainings for program staff
  • Perform administrative duties as needed by the program

Qualifications:
Experience/Education:
  • Licensed (or able to obtain license by January 2018) in Colorado as a LCSW, LMFT, LPC, or Clinical Psychologist
  • More than two years working as a licensed therapist leading individual, family, and group therapy sessions
  • Clinical, case management, and group leadership experience
  • Experience working in outdoor behavioral healthcare preferred
  • Experience with crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques, and working with young adults and families in crisis

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
  • Knowledge of conceptual frameworks for adolescent and young adult development and health
  • Knowledge of Family System theories and the Family Preservation model
  • Knowledge of Substance Abuse theories and Relapse Prevention training
  • Knowledge of de-escalation skills, crisis intervention skills, communication skills, behavior management techniques, and life skills
  • Knowledge of a variety of school interventions and continuing care services
  • Knowledge of and understanding of the HIPAA and other federal confidentiality requirements
  • Ability to develop alliances with resistive/special needs young adults and families
  • Ability to provide clinically sound treatment services based on client needs and treatment plans
  • Ability to respond to a range of clients' needs using differential diagnoses and treatment approaches
  • Ability to utilize de-escalation skills in a volatile situation and to provide appropriate crisis intervention services and to reach out for additional support in critical situations
  • Ability to maintain clinical records in timely compliance with agency policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other community agencies on behalf of clients and/or the agency
  • Ability to demonstrate understanding of sound ethical practice in conjunction with the established and defined ethics of one's training and discipline
  • Other Considerations:
  • The essential functions of this position require outdoor work in all weather conditions, including work in sub-zero temperatures
  • Employee will be expected to hike on uneven terrain, while carrying a backpack or other equipment weighing up to 60 pounds
  • A pre-employment background check will be required, including fingerprinting and FBI background check
  • Applicants must have a valid driver's license, with an insurable driving record

Time Commitment And Location
Bamidbar Wilderness Therapy is based at Ramah in the Rockies, a 360-acre ranch nestled in the pristine Pike and San Isabel National Forests. Ramah in the Rockies is 90 minutes from Denver. This position begins in January, 2018 and runs through May, 2018. As a program of Ramah in the Rockies, BaMidbar will run programming seasonally, between October to May of each year (beginning after the Jewish High Holidays, and ending before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot). Part-time and full-time positions are available. Primary therapists will spend 1-2 days per week (Thursday and/or Friday) in the field at the Ramah in the Rockies ranch, providing individual and group therapy. Housing will be provided while at the ranch. Non-field work can take place either remotely or from BaMidbar's Denver-based office.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to joryh@ramahoutdoors.org. The subject line of the email should read Primary Therapist Application.






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