Raven’s Way

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Hiring: Wilderness Expedition Specialist I, Wilderness Expedition Specialist III


Overview:

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

 Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

Wilderness Expedition Specialist I:

 
 

Job Overview:

Provides adolescent counseling and treatment in a residential program with challenge wilderness components and maintains the safety of all students in the adolescent substance abuse program.  This position is located in the Raven's Way Program, Community Health Services.

 This position requires an increased understanding of working with adolescents in a substance abuse treatment program including basic interventions that are effective in treating this disease. This position also requires increased crisis intervention skills, and effective communication skills for leading educational groups with the clients. This position needs a working knowledge of how to respond to client who is in crisis, in regards to their mental and medical status.

 Prolonged, sustained and extreme physical and mental effort: multiple consecutive days of expedition hiking, camping, kayaking.  Activities include living in tents, rainy and cold weather and extended darkness, while maintaining positive therapeutic interaction with up to 12 clients who have history of substance abuse, behavior problems and co-occurring disorders.  While on expedition, staff will have contact with clients 24 hours per day. Expeditions have no facilities or equipment other than what is carried, by the clients/staff or cached along the route.

 This position requires frequent work in remote 24 hour wilderness settings as well as work in the Residential treatment facility.  Because this is a substance abuse treatment program it is necessary for staff to model substance free behavior while on duty and at all times on remote locations; use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or any illegal drug is prohibited. The Staff Code of Ethics indicates staff agrees not to use illegal substances, and agree to use legal substances responsibly. This position is a covered position in accordance with the Indian Child Protection Act (ICPA)

Responsibilities:

  • Organize and co-lead wilderness expeditions for youth in the Raven's Way Adolescent Treatment Program, maintaining safety as the number one priority. Includes all aspects of organization from selecting safe equipment, to determining what supplies and food are needed, selecting safe routes and arranging transportation. Teach outdoor skills including: safe travel, fire building, shelter construction, weather protection, cooking, kayaking, backpacking and various other outdoor and safety skills while maintaining a treatment focus.

  • Participate in full scope of residential program component responsibilities. Participates and facilitate daily residential program components, including supervising daily living tasks, assisting with treatment objectives, participating in recreational events, leading various treatment activities (step study, talking circles, life histories, challenge course activities, teaching alcohol and drug educational classes, ect), and sharing in therapeutic group processes.

  • Carry out responsibilities of a staff primary including, attending treatment team meetings as required, attending weekly staff/student primary meetings, and being the primary advocate for the youth assigned.

  • Complete daily progress notes and log daily student activities as outlined in the program policies and procedures.

  • Provide Native cultural awareness opportunities for students.

  • Assume other duties and projects as assigned.

Experience:

  • One year work experience with at-risk adolescents with at least 6 months demonstrated group leadership experience.

  • A minimum of 48 days with Raven’s Way expeditions or equivalent experience.

  • Emerging Behavioral Skills: Group Management, Communication Skills, Resource Management, Professionalism, Problem Solving skills. Emerging written documentation/reporting communication skills.

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Wilderness Expedition Specialist III:

 
 

Job Overview:

Provides adolescent counseling and treatment in a challenge wilderness setting and maintains the safety of all students in the adolescent substance abuse program. This position is a lead staff member who mentors others in the field and is responsible for risk management aspects of the program.

 This position requires an increased understanding of working with adolescents in a substance abuse treatment program including basic interventions that are effective in treating this disease. This position also requires increased crisis intervention skills, and effective communication skills for leading educational groups with the clients. This position needs a working knowledge of how to respond to client who is in crisis, in regards to their mental and medical status.

 Prolonged, sustained and extreme physical and mental effort: multiple consecutive days of expedition hiking, camping, kayaking.  Activities include living in tents, rainy and cold weather and extended darkness, while maintaining positive therapeutic interaction with up to 12 clients who have history of substance abuse, behavior problems and co-occurring disorders.  While on expedition, staff will have contact with clients 24 hours per day. Expeditions have no facilities or equipment other than what is carried, by the clients/staff or cached along the route.

 This position requires frequent work in remote 24 hour wilderness settings as well as work in the Residential treatment facility.  Because this is a substance abuse treatment program it is necessary for staff to model substance free behavior while on duty and at all times on remote locations; use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or any illegal drug is prohibited. The Staff Code of Ethics indicates staff agrees not to use illegal substances, and agree to use legal substances responsibly. This position is a covered position in accordance with the Indian Child Protection Act (ICPA)

Responsibilities:

  • Organize and co-lead wilderness expeditions for youth in the Raven's Way Adolescent Treatment Program, maintaining safety as the number one priority. Includes all aspects of organization from selecting safe equipment, to determining what supplies and food are needed, selecting safe routes and arranging transportation. Teach outdoor skills including: safe travel, fire building, shelter construction, weather protection, cooking, kayaking, backpacking and various other outdoor and safety skills while maintaining a treatment focus.

  • Participate in full scope of residential program component responsibilities. Participates and facilitate daily residential program components, including supervising daily living tasks, assisting with treatment objectives, participating in recreational events, leading various treatment activities (step study, talking circles, life histories, challenge course activities, teaching alcohol and drug educational classes, etc), and sharing in therapeutic group processes.

  • Carry out responsibilities of a staff primary including, attending treatment team meetings as required, attending weekly staff/student primary meetings, and being the primary advocate for the youth assigned.

  • Complete daily progress notes and log daily student activities as outlined in the program policies and procedures.

  • Provide Native cultural awareness opportunities for students.

  • Assist with training and administration of wilderness expedition program components including monitoring and training of staff, inventory of supplies reporting, and risk management.

  • Assume other duties and projects as assigned.

Experience:

  • Four year work experience with at-risk youth in a lead position as a wilderness instructor.

  • A minimum of 192 days with Raven’s Way program expeditions to include both kayaking and backpacking days.

  • Two year demonstrated Behavioral Skills: Group Management, Communication Skills, Resource Management, Professionalism, Problem Solving skills. Proficient written documentation and reporting skills.

  • Demonstrated supervisory skills