Field Mentor with New Vision Wilderness

New Vision Wilderness (NVW), located in Medford, Wisconsin, is the premiere wilderness therapy intervention for struggling teens, pre-teens, and their families. With our relational approach and unique programming, NVW is the home of cutting-edge trauma-informed care & wilderness intervention. Located in the beautiful Midwest, staff who work in the Northwoods will love experiencing all four seasons in the natural setting of the pristine outdoors while also having access to trending cities like Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN and Madison, WI. 

Why NVW?

  • Opportunity to become an expert in the field of healing trauma and attachment
  • strong culture of empathy, service, trusting relationships, growth, and results
  • Canine therapy is integrated into treatment
  • Extensive learning opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Work with adolescent and pre-teen population
  • Live and work in a scenic area that experiences all four seasons
  • Access to endless outdoor activities including kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, climbing, and more
  • Opportunities for advancement in a growing family of programs
  • Collaboration opportunities with other leading Mental Health Programs
  • We are not a behavior modification program
  • Great compensation based on experience
  • Excellent benefits package
  • This is a unique out-of-doors location in Medford, Wisconsin, where the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin’s Northwoods. For many, our location is a vacation destination, but you will LIVE here!
  • Our program serves pre-teens and adolescents.
  • We specialize in treating mental health struggles associated with developmental trauma, attachment, depression, anxiety, and addiction.

New Vision Wilderness Therapy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to enriching the therapeutic and healing experience through the diversity of its employees and community. New Vision Wilderness Therapy seeks to recruit and support a broadly diverse staff who will contribute to the organization’s excellence, diversity of viewpoints and experiences, and relevance in a global society. 

At New Vision, we are deeply committed to the safety of our staff and students, which is why we seek out 3rd party oversight and accreditation to hold our program accountable to giving trauma responsive care. We are accredited by: the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, The Joint Commission, Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council, and Cognia. We also engage in regular safety review assessments to ensure we are providing safe, quality treatment for the students in our care. Our standard of care subscribes to a “build up the student” method, providing for their needs, developing trusting relationships, and healing the family unit.

Field Mentor Starting Salary: $54,000


The Field Mentor reports directly to the Field Director of New Vision Wilderness, Wisconsin Program. The mission of the Field Mentor is to work in collaboration with the Field Director to provide training, support, and mentorship to Field Instructors. The Field Mentor will help to train new instructors in policy and procedures and group management practices, will mentor instructor teams in the use of therapeutic and educational groups, wilderness connective experience, and Mastery programming to build healthy relationships with students, and will provide intervention and as-needed support for struggling individuals or groups. The Field Mentor will work closely with the Field Director, Clinicians, Field Specialists, and Instructors to support consistency and continual growth of students and instructors. The Field Mentor will work on a 8-day on/6-day off schedule.


The Field Mentor is someone who can effectively engage with students and staff, foster a positive community within staff, ensure physical and emotional safety for students in the field, teach and mentor other instructors, and communicate effectively with peers. The position requires flexibility and adaptability to daily needs of groups, stability and poise in stressful situations, and a team builder mentality for fostering CALO culture.

  1. The Field Mentor must be at least 21 years old and possess a BS/BA degree in related field.
  2. Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in the adventure or outdoor field with at-risk youth, or comparable experience.
  3. Must possess and maintain current Wilderness First Responder and CPR certification and must have completed company provided non-violent crisis intervention training.
  4. Excellent leadership, communication and problem-solving skills.
  5. Ability to lift and carry 50+ pounds for extended durations
  6. Must be able to pass a Background Criminal Investigation.
  7. Must hold a valid Driver’s License with clean driving record.

Required Capabilities

  • Oral Expression – ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning – ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension – ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity – ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension – ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Requirements to be completed within the 90-Day Integration Period

  • 90-Day Evaluation
  • New Hire paperwork completed and submitted to HR
  • Attend pertinent Staff Meetings/Trainings/Alignment Calls 

Physical Requirements

  • Sitting – employee is required at times to sit for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area
  • Standing – the employee is required at times to remain on his or her feet in an upright position for continuous periods of time without being able to leave the work area
  • Walking – the employee is required at times to walk moderate distances in the field areas during the course of his or her work
  • Carrying – the employee is required at times to carry objects in his or her arms and must have full mobility of arms to perform job
  • Stooping and Crouching- the employee is required to bend forward by bending at the waist or by bending legs and spine in order to perform job.


  • Competitive salary
  • Benefits Program that includes medical insurance with a generous company contribution towards a high deductible plan, dental insurance, vision insurance, voluntary life and AD&D insurance, long-term disability, 401K with company matching, and paid maternity leave.
  • Company Paid Time Off, Holiday Bonus, Referral Bonus Program.
  • Bonus Pay for Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid certified.
  • Join a team of nationally recognized industry leaders who provide you with a framework of training, support, and long-term advancement opportunities.
  • Access to endless outdoor activities including kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, fishing, climbing, and more!
  • Staff housing available

Contact: Lauren Lingenfelter, Field Director; 

Or direct apply at: Field Mentor posting