08 Aug
Year Round Camp Counselor - Youth Worker - Wilderness Instructor (Gold Hill, NC)
South Carolina, Columbia

Even in these uncertain times, we are still hiring for new staff. Being outdoors all day in our enclosed, secure environment does have advantages.

Do you enjoy camping, hiking, canoeing, and helping others?

If so, working as a counselor at Timber Ridge Treatment Center might be the right fit for you.

What is Timber Ridge?

Timber Ridge is a wilderness treatment center, designed to provide a 9-12 month program that rehabilitates at-risk boys between the ages of 12 and 17. We are located near the Uwharrie National Forest about 15 miles south of Salisbury, North Carolina. We are about two and a half hours north of Columbia, but with the 3 on 3 off rotation you only drive up and back once every 3 days.

What is a Group Leader?

We currently have openings for our counselor/group leader positions. As a group leader you would live with a group of eight to ten teen aged boys in a wilderness setting for the duration of your shift. You will help the group make their time goals, guide them in problem solving, and lead them in activities and work projects designed to improve confidence and cooperation. These boys are all here to receive help for whatever emotional or behavioral problems they've had in their lives. They receive treatment primarily through the group living process, but also meet monthly with licensed counselors who help them resolve their familial issues.

What's the schedule?

Group leaders work a rotating schedule consisting of three days on and three days off. Thus, your days off move back by one day every week. You will live here, onsite, for your three day shift, and then leave to go home for three days. Ideally your group will take a 3-day canoeing or backpacking trip in the Southeast every year.

What is the benefit package?

The Group Leader earn an average annual pay of over $30,000/yr. Timber Ridge offers many benefits as well, including:

- 10 vacation days per year (which do rollover from year to year, and may be cashed in if you don't want to use them)

- 12 sick days per year (which also accrue, but cannot be resold)

- health insurance for $100/month (we cover the other $350); dental insurance for $32/mo

- access to our 401(k) plan after a year of employment

- meals and lodging are also provided when you're on shift

- 5% raise annually

- opportunities for advancement based on performance and experience

What is the website?

If you would like further information, please visit our website www.trtc.net


We prefer our candidates to possess either a four year degree, preferably in a human services field, or some other experience that would help you in the field (military service, Boy Scout training, etc). The nature of the position requires a level of emotional maturity, but we do not require any previous experience in counseling, social work, or child care. A minimum education level of HS Diploma/GED is mandatory

Above all, working at Timber Ridge requires the willingness to help others, the patience to deal with emotionally and behaviorally challenged teenage boys, and the ability to succeed in an outdoor environment.

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