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BlueFire Wilderness Therapy
Gooding, ID


BlueFire Wilderness Therapy is a premier wilderness therapy program for troubled teens and teens struggling with emotional, social and behavioral challenges. We utilize a comprehensive approach to teen treatment based on research and decades of experience. Teens ages 11 17 receive a leading and comprehensive adventure experience that can help them and help the entire family.





Assistant Instructor


Summary:Reports to Field Director and therapists; assists higher level field instructors and therapists to ensure field safety and client supervision; assists in providing direct care and teaching primitive living and outdoor skills to clients.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Assists with supervision, provides safety guidance, and determines whereabouts of clients.
  • May be responsible for monitoring day-to-day health and safety concerns such as physical health, hygiene, and food intake.
  • May utilize and teach approved curriculum.
  • Participates in delivering valuable experiences for growth and development for clients.
  • May monitor and record client growth and development on a daily basis.
  • Assists with demonstrating and teaching primitive living skills, use of field equipment, gear, and supplies necessary for successful participation in the program.
  • May report efforts in weekly meetings with supervisors, clinicians, and other applicable staff.
  • Communicates client progress with members of treatment team.

Level of Supervision:
Given: Does not direct or supervise other employees.

Received: Works under immediate supervision and from detailed verbal and written instructions.

Business Contacts:
Internal: Clinicians, Field Director, and other program personnel.

External May interact with parents and referral sources occasionally on routine matters.

Educational/Licensing Requirements:
Education or Equivalent: Must be at least 21 years of age; high school diploma or GED required; experience in adventure/wilderness programs helpful.

Certificates/Licenses:First aid and CPR required; EMT, WEMT, or WFR certification preferred; must have Crisis Prevention Institute's NVCI or equivalent training in the last 12 months.

Knowledge, Skills, & Experience:
Familiarity with relevant regulations; must be patient, innovative, a team player, detail oriented, able to handle multiple tasks, and be calm and competent in stressful/crisis situations; must maintain appropriate example to clients in all areas of personal conduct and appearance.

Physical Requirements:
Carrying up to 60 pounds, reaching, bending, and climbing; mastery of primitive living skills and hiking great distances.

Decision-Making Responsibilities:
Exercises best judgment regarding the immediate physical health, safety, and welfare of participants; needs ability to judge when situations require immediate attention from a more senior-level staff member.

This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Other functions may be assigned, and management retains the right to add to or change the duties and responsibilities at any time.





Adventure Director


Summary: Reports to Executive Director; responsible to plan, organize, and lead outdoor education programs, day trips, and multi-day trips and assigned activities relating to the BlueFire program. This position is an integral part of the treatment milieu and is incorporated into the process including assessment, documentation, and appropriate curriculum development and evaluation.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities
  • Plans, organizes, and conducts recreation programming including outdoor education, overnight camping trips, physical education, leisure education, community service activities, experiential education activities, and day trips.
  • Completes required documentation in a timely, effective manner.
  • Aids in inventory, organization, care, and repair of equipment.
  • Responsible for assuring the safety and proper maintenance of any equipment as it is used for activities.
  • Develops, coordinates, instructs, and implements outdoor education, including the writing of lesson plans and reviewing best practices.
  • Completes and follows risk management plans for all outdoor activities and files those plans with appropriate parties.
  • Attends regular meetings, participates in ongoing trainings, assists or facilitates program trainings and works regularly scheduled maintenance days.
  • Assists in maintaining a safe, therapeutic environment for staff and clients.
  • Establishes liaison and good relationships with all community agencies.
  • Serves as a positive role model to all clients and staff.
  • Assists with professional relations activities as assigned.
  • Assists in HR activities as assigned.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by supervisory or administrative personnel.

Level of Supervision
Given: Supervises the work of field staff as related to outdoor education programs, with oversight of activity-specific training, and recommends personnel actions as appropriate; supervises and carries out outdoor education activities for clients.

Received: Works under minimal supervision and relies on experience, knowledge, and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned goals; consults with higher levels of management on the more difficult and complex phases of work.

Business Contacts:
Internal: Human Resources, Office Manager, Clinical Department, department managers, Executive Director.

External: Land management officials, clients, and parents.

Educational/Licensing Requirements:
Education or Equivalent: Bachelor's degree in appropriate field preferred; appropriate certification in areas of speciality and eligibility for additional training in other areas as deemed necessary.

Certificates/Licenses: Certified as an Emergency Medical Technician, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, or Wilderness First Responder; must have had Crisis Prevention Institute's NVCI or equivalent training in the past 12 months; valid driver's license also required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Experience:
Minimum of one year experience working with children or adolescents in a recreational/activity setting; background, knowledge, and skills in a variety of outdoor recreation activities; prior experience with an adolescent treatment facility and/or teaching highly desirable.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, stand, walk, push, pull, and lift up to 60 pounds. Able to perceive detailed information through oral communication and to make fine discriminations in sound. Must be able to hike long distances and at times run for short distances over rough terrain. Work requires a minimum standard of visual acuity, with or without correction, that will enable him/her to complete administrative and clerical tasks and visually observe clients in outdoor activities. It is understood that activities take place in a wide variety of conditions, often inclement, and require the ability to function effectively in such an environment.

Decision-Making Responsibilities:
Includes best judgment regarding the immediate physical health, safety, and welfare of participants; supervises employees; schedules and monitors activities; coordinates outside care as needed; plans own time in carrying out assigned duties; needs to make sound decisions quickly during emergency situations. Must possess the ability to plan and carry out outdoor education activities for adolescents; to instruct, direct, and participate in these activities; to initiate and modify activities according to client participation and/or disability; to write, learn, and follow new and established protocols for activities; and to instruct staff in techniques and procedures. Must be able to follow oral and written communication. Must possess knowledge of outdoor industry standards, best practices, and safety management protocols. Knowledge and experience in experiential education philosophy and practice a plus. Must possess basic knowledge of rules, procedures, and equipment for a variety of physical, prosocial, and diversionary activities.

This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Other functions may be assigned, and management retains the right to add to or change the duties and responsibilities at any time.





Licensed Therapist


Summary: Reports to Executive Director and/or Clinical Director; ensures that mental health treatment services are provided in a way that maximizes client independence and family empowerment; provides individual and group counseling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, and educational development and adjustment.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Provides individual, group, and family therapy.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary treatment planning.
  • Evaluates data to identify causes of problems of individuals and to determine advisability of counseling or may refer to other specialist or institutions.
  • Conducts counseling or therapeutic interviews to assist individuals to gain insight into personal problems, define goals, and plan action reflecting interests, abilities, and needs.
  • Provides occupational, educational, and other information to enable individuals to formulate realistic educational and vocational plans.
  • Follows up results of counseling to determine reliability and validity of treatment used.
  • Documents in medical record according to requirements of company and regulatory agencies.
  • Provides crisis intervention consultation.
  • May be required to provide a minimum number of hours weekly, as specified by superior or director.
  • May teach various educational classes (parenting, domestic violence, anger management, etc.) and provide on-site therapy.
  • Participates in program development and staff in-services.
  • Performs administrative functions consistent with the needs of the program.
  • Participates in scheduled meetings and trainings as required.
  • Provides crisis intervention consultation.
  • Supervises client care and ensures physical and emotional safety of each.
  • Ensures the appropriate utilization and teaching of course curriculum.
  • Conducts assigned therapeutic training of instructors.
  • Conducts and directs program-specific experiential group activities as assigned.
  • Participates in program evaluation, planning, and development.
  • Provides appropriate communication with parents, educational consultants, and related professionals.

Level of Supervision:
Given: Supervises the work of field staff; may provide input for consideration in professional development and training; participates in evaluations of field instructor performance related to the clinical component of the program to assist in determining salary increases and promotions.

Received: Works under minimal supervision and relies on experience, knowledge, and judgment to plan and accomplish assigned goals; consults with higher levels of management on the more difficult and complex phases of work.

Business Contacts:
Internal: Human Resources, office and peer staff, Field Instructors, logistics, department managers, and Executive Director.

External: Educational consultants, therapists/counselors, referral sources, schools, parents, teachers.

Educational/Licensing Requirements:
Education or Equivalent:Master's degree from accredited school in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field.

Certificates/Licenses: Licensed LCSW or MFT (Milieu therapist work under a licensed therapist); first aid and CPR; must have Crisis Prevention Institute's NVCI or equivalent training in the past 12 months; valid driver's license also required.

Knowledge, Skills, & Experience:
Minimum of two years of experience with inpatient, outpatient, and/or mental health care; must have direct clinical and case management experience, group leadership experience, and knowledge regarding rehabilitation philosophy; strong clinical land interpersonal skills, ability to lead and direct work of others, and excellent written and verbal communication skills; intermediate level PC skills.

Physical Requirements:
Carrying up to 60 pounds, reaching, bending, and climbing; physically capable with ATV's, snowmobiles, and 4-wheel drive vehicles; walking and hiking great distances likely.

Decision-Making Responsibilities:
Includes best judgment regarding the immediate physical health, safety, and welfare of participants; coordinates outside care as needed; plans own time in carrying out assigned duties; conducts appropriate student assessments and follow-up recommendations; responsible for deciding treatment plans for clients, reacting decisively in emergency situations and crisis intervention.

This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Other functions may be assigned, and management retains the right to add to or change the duties and responsibilities at any time.



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