Careers at True North

Helping families chart the course

Currently Hiring:

Wilderness Therapy Guide

True North is actively hiring for Wilderness Therapy Guide positions. Are you motivated and energized? Do you have a desire to mentor youth and young adults? Minimal outdoor experience necessary.  We are looking for individuals who are empathic and caring, and natural leaders and strong communicators.  The Guide role is perfect for someone who is eager to learn and enhance their therapeutic skill set.  Guides are a full-time, year-round position. Guides work an 3 1/2 day on / 3 1/2  day off schedule. See below for more information.


The clinical department is currently hiring a Course Leader/Therapist. This full-time position is responsible for managing a caseload of up to 7 adolescent or young adult students. True North therapists are comfortable in the outdoor setting and love working with adolescents and their families. They must be confident and composed in challenging situations. Course Leaders demonstrate superior communication, leadership, and therapeutic skills and work collaboratively with a team. For more information, see below.

Program Manager

True North is seeking a Program Manager to help facilitate daily programming for the students, coordinate and execute schedules, supervise and train guides (line staff), and support the therapeutic goals for students.  The ideal candidate is an adaptable team player, with a positive attitude and leadership skills.  See below for more information. 

Operations Support

The Operations Department is seeking a full-time, year-round Operations Support person. The ideal candidate is an adaptable team player with a positive attitude who is willing to work both indoors and outdoors performing a variety of tasks associated with the logistics of running our program.  For more information, see below.

A Closer Look

True North Guides

The Role:

The Guide is essential to the outdoor therapeutic model, and plays a pivotal role in the life-changing experience for students at True North.  Guides work in teams of two to provide 24-hour supervision for a group of up to 7 students, ages 14-17 or 18-25.  Guides run the day to day – they facilitate team building activities, lead adventures, teach outdoor and other life skills, and help students achieve treatment goals.  Integral to the treatment team, Guides work closely with Therapists and Program Managers to develop treatment plans and support students in their therapeutic journey.

Daily Activities:

A variety of activities abound at True North.  Guides need not be proficient in all of these things- just have a willingness to learn and engage the students in challenging themselves appropriately.   

  • Adventure: hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and rock climbing.
  • Outdoor living skills: camping, fire-building, outdoor cooking, and map and compass navigation
  • Additional activities: games, art, yoga, cooking classes, disc golf, field and community service projects, and winter movie nights
Experience and Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 21 years of age
  • A four-year college degree is preferred
  • Comfortable in outdoor setting and be physically capable of backpacking with a 50-pound pack over rugged terrain during summer months
  • Guides must pass a physical exam, pre-employment urine drug test, state and federal background checks
  • Inquire to learn more about average pay
  • Benefits include; health insurance, SIMPLE IRA, opportunity to earn up to $450/year towards qualified health and wellness activities, and the opportunity to earn up to $600/year of student loan payment reimbursement.

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A Closer Look

True North Therapist

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Responsibilities Include:
  • Twice weekly individual therapy sessions with up to 7 adolescent and/or young adult students
  • Weekly update phone session with parents of up to 7 students
  • Collaboration with educational consultants and/or other professionals
  • Facilitation of group therapy with students
  • Support for families in letter writing/communication with the student
  • Participation in weekly clinical and treatment team meetings, and ongoing collaboration/consultation with other members of student’s treatment team, including parent therapist, psychiatrist, program managers, and guides
  • Facilitation of regular guide trainings
  • Participation in on-call rotation for urgent situations
  • Assistance with student enrollments
  • Participation in student graduation ceremonies
  • Attendance at conferences, marketing events, and professional development opportunities
Experience & Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or higher in mental health field, such as Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy
  • License preferred, will consider those working toward licensure
  • Experience in wilderness or residential program as a guide, direct care staff, or therapist preferred
  • Experience working with adolescents and/or young adults in a mental health setting (other NATSAP program) preferred
  • Ability to work as a positive team member through ongoing collaboration with True North staff as well as outside professionals
  • Ability to drive to the field/campus and hike to groups for sessions
  • Must be able to pass a physical exam, pre-employment urine drug test, state and federal background checks
  • Competitive salary depends on experience
  • Benefits include a Simple IRA with an employer match, health, dental, and vision insurance eligibility, extensive pro deals, paid time off, and a flexible schedule.

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True North Operations Support

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Responsibilities Include:
  • Food packing and rationing
  • Gear outfitting
  • Transportation and facilities maintenance
Experience & Qualifications:
  • A clean and valid driver’s license is required.
  • Candidates must be willing to work weekends and occasional evenings.
  • Ability to work as a positive team member with True North staff
  • Must be able to pass a physical exam, pre-employment urine drug test, state and federal background checks
  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive Benefits include health, dental, vision and accident insurance, an employee assistance program, a Wellness Fund, student loan repayment reimbursement and a SIMPLE IRA

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Program Manager

Responsibilities Include:
  • Coordinate, plan, and execute weekly program activities based on expertise and training
  • Coordinate, plan, and facilitate the weekly schedule for the program, including collaboration with staff from all other departments
  • Collaborate with other staff to ensure smooth facilitation of meals, showers, and other shared spaces/activities
  • Support and manage guides while on shift and provide additional training as needed
  • Facilitate and support additional needs such as enrollments, graduations, doctor’s appointments, etc.
Experience & Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Competency and leadership skills in adventure or other activities 
  • A clean and valid driver’s license is required.
  • Must be able to pass a physical exam, pre-employment urine drug test, state and federal background checks
  • Prior experience in wilderness or residential treatment programs
  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive Benefits include health, dental, vision, accident insurance, retirement savings plan, wellness fund, and education assistance program.

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