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Therapeutic Recreational Wilderness Guide
Title:Therapeutic Recreational Wilderness Guide
Department:Alaska Crossings
Job Status:Temporary

Therapeutic Recreational Wilderness Guide


SEARHC was established in 1975 under the provisions of the Indian Self-Determination Act as a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. The intent of this legislation was to have Indian Health Service programs and facilities turned over to tribal management. Our contracting with IHS began in 1976 when we took over management of the Community Health Aides Program. In 1982, we took over operation of the IHS Juneau clinic, now the Ethel Lund Medical Center, and took over operation of Sitka’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in 1986. We are one of the oldest and largest Native-run health organizations in the nation. 


Based out of Wrangell, Alaska, Alaska Crossings is a wilderness-based, non-profit, behavioral health program of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Our expeditions are approximately two months in length and operate April through December in the Tongass National Forest around Wrangell and the surrounding areas. Alaska Crossings clients are 12-18 year-old Alaskan youth-at-risk; they are youth who experience a vast array of significant emotional and behavioral health issues, and come from a variety of cultural and socio economic backgrounds throughout the state of Alaska. Our expeditions utilize the remote Alaska Wilderness as a continuum in a therapeutic behavioral health service context to elicit positive change in our clients.


Expedition components include a majority of ocean/flat water canoeing, one to two 7-day expeditions of off trail hiking, and possibly river canoeing on the Stikine River. TRWGs must have experience in these activities and have the necessary personal equipment and gear. We work in remote rugged environments that are equipment intensive. Guidance in the procurement of proper gear may be provided upon acceptance of an invitation to the Alaska Crossings Annual Staff Training.  

Education Required and/or Preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience required


  • Current Wilderness First Responder certification – Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician preferred
  • Current CPR certification required
  • Current CPI certification required (may be obtained at Annual Alaska Crossings Staff Training)


  • Experience working with youth – experience with youth-at-risk preferred
  • Formal communication and reporting experience – experience in behavioral health, non-profit, and/or educational institution setting preferred
  • Flat water paddling experience – certification and 2+ years experience preferred
  • Moving water paddle experience- certification and 2+ years experience preferred
  • Multi-day backcountry tripping experience – 2+ years experience preferred
  • Alaska Crossings Flat Water Training
  • Alaska Crossings Ocean Canoeing Training

Other Requirements

  • Clear a federal and state background check
  • Current passport
  • Ability to travel into Canada
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • The ability to understand the role of a mentor and be comfortable mentoring our clients

Other Information

At SEARHC, 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.

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