Start date: May 1, 2018
Reports to: Clinical Director
Location: Huntsville, Algonquin Park

Pine River Institute is an innovative co-ed residential treatment program for teens struggling with addictive behaviours. We are a family-centred program comprised of 4 phases: Wilderness (Outdoor Leadership Experience), Residential, Transition, and Aftercare. Every student, upon entering the program, spends 8 or more weeks in Huntsville before moving to the residence. Day-to-day activities in wilderness include canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, group initiatives, group and individual therapy, and journaling. Youths live and work in nature in groups of up to eight, with three staff.

Our campus is situated on 200 acres of spectacular Niagara Escarpment land near Shelburne, Ontario. The program here includes outdoor education, individual, group, and family therapy, expressive arts, athletics, and life skills, as well as the more traditional academic offerings.

We are currently seeking an experienced Wilderness Program Manager to help us deliver this unique program, primarily in Algonquin Park and Huntsville.

Key Responsibilities:
Supervise and effectively manage the Outdoor Leadership Experience portion of Pine River Institute's treatment program, in conjunction with the Wilderness Therapist. Reports directly to the Clinical Director. Serves as a member of the PRI Clinical Team.

Deliverables include:

  • Responsible for operational and logistical program implementation of Pine River Institute's Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE)
  • Manage all risk in relation to the OLE program in conjunction with Wilderness Therapist. Responsible for the safety and security of students, staff, and camp, and develop policies as needed to ensure safety.
  • Direct behaviour crisis management with the Wilderness Therapist.  Offer support and guidance to the OLE field staff, debriefing incidents, and ensure best practices are followed.
  • Supervise Wilderness Program Coordinator who is responsible for group field gear (clothing, tents, canoes), food, laundry, route planning, drives, etc.
  • Able to create a supportive team culture, develop a system in which all staff are trained and developing in their roles.
  • Work closely with the Clinical Director and Wilderness Therapist to ensure that the PRI therapeutic model is integrated throughout.  Actively involved with and supports the therapeutic needs of the students.
  • Provide ongoing evaluations of the program through observations and through participation in the field. Participate/observe areas of the program where students are having challenges, trouble shoots with staff, and offer feedback and guidance when needed.
  • Ensure development of structured, intentional and creative therapeutic programming.
  • Must be prepared to be part of a team to be on-call to address emergencies in the field
  • Work closely with the Admission Director to ensure smooth transitions to and from the school.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with local organizations, e.g. police, park rangers, medical and health resources.
  •   Ensure that a full staff team is “ in the woods” each shift.  Schedule field staff, arrange coverage for sick days and time off, and manage staff changes proactively.
  • Coordinate and oversee training for OLE staff including PMAB, CPR & new employee orientation
  • Responsibilities/duties may be assigned or amended

HR & Payroll

  • Coordinate with HR for recruiting, hiring.  Responsible for orientation, training/development, and staffing of the OLE program.
  • Review resumes, conduct interviews, check references and recommend hiring of Outdoor Leadership Experience staff.
  • Coordinate with HR the hiring of all OLE staff- including preliminary HR paperwork, interviews, checking references and supporting the orientation of new staff.
  • Build the staff schedule and ensure adequate coverage for the woods at all times
  • Coordinate and oversee training for OLE staff including PMAB, CPR& new employee Orientation.
  • Approve timecards for all OLE Staff, OLE Relief Staff, OLE Support Staff every two weeks.
  • Manage the leave requests for all OLE field staff.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated ability to implement a wilderness therapeutic program.  Is capable of providing vision, sound judgment, leadership, integrity, patience, commitment, and a sense of humour.
  • Masters level in relevant discipline is preferred. Experience in all aspects of a Wilderness Program required.
  • Experience with, and training in, child and youth care practices in a mental health or youth addiction program preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to be creative, flexible, self-motivated and professional with a commitment to personal growth and development.
  • WEMT certified preferred.  WFR required. 
  • Valid certification in current requirements in meeting industry standards for seasonal outdoor activities such as Bronze Cross or NLS for water-based activities
  • Maintain current certification in Prevention & Management of Aggressive Behaviour (PMAB) and acquires the credentials to become a trainer.
  • Maintain valid F Class Driver’s Licence, or must obtain F Class at employee’s expense within 6 months post hire date.

We offer competitive compensation, and the opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative program. To learn more about Pine River please follow this link to our website -www.pineriverinstitute.com

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Gayle Dennison, Human Resources Manager hr@pineriverinstitute.com or fax to 519-925-9220 by April 7, 2018.

We thank all candidates who apply. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Pine River Institute strives to ensure that all recruiting processes are non-discriminatory and barrier-free. If you require an accommodation, please advise in advance of attending an interview.