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AD Apprentice Program Guide

NOW HIRING   Full-Time
Adolescent Program — Naalehu, Hawai'i


Program Description

Pacific Quest is an outdoor therapeutic program for struggling teens and young adults, located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Pacific Quest offers a clinical, yet holistic approach to treatment, moving beyond traditional wilderness therapy and teaching sustainable life skills.

Pacific Quest's proprietary therapeutic model is a groundbreaking approach that utilizes Horticulture Therapy to create concrete metaphors for its students as they cultivate their own health and happiness.

Pacific Quest cultivates Sustainable Growth in our students, in our families, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Position Summary

All Program Guide positions are responsible for the direct supervision, safety, health and wellbeing of the students while implementing the curriculum of the program. The Apprentice role is an entry level position whose primary purpose is to learn the program and the necessary hard and soft skills while providing support to other members of the Program Guide staff team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supervise and monitor students in designated camps/area in accordance with Program Policy.
  • Effectively communicate with students in a group setting and direct student group toward common goal.
  • Share responsibility for facilitation of the daily activities including meal preparation, exercise, group meals and activities.
  • Observe and identify the needs of individual students and the group to create a physically and emotionally safe and supportive environment.
  • Build and maintain rapport with students while holding boundaries that furthers therapeutic outcomes.
  • Role model for students the rules and behaviors we ask them to follow.
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately to any situation with students, staff, supervisors, and managers.
  • Complete delegated tasks in a timely, thorough, and effective manner.
  • Manage personal needs and energy in order to perform job at highest quality.
  • Maintain client confidentiality and keep appropriate boundaries related to self-disclosure.
  • Maintain professional appearance and attitude in accordance with Program Policy.
  • Demonstrate the desire for competence in gardening skills, utilizing the garden for experiential teaching, and role modeling consistent investment.
  • Provide timely, specific and objective feedback to co-staff.
  • Learn and articulate the Pacific Quest mission, guiding principles, and curriculum.
  • Participate in professional development through weekly in-service trainings on Thursday’s, end of shift debriefs, mandatory and voluntary trainings, and scheduled performance reviews.

Additional Duties Specific to Apprentice Role:

  • Demonstrate openness and humility in the learning role.
  • Demonstrate flexibility with camp placement and student supervision assignments.
  • Follow direction from the Lead Program Guide in camp, as well as supervisors and managers.
  • Complete nightly lock-down of camp.
  • Keep the camp perch clean and organized.
  • Ensure five pictures per student per day are taken, including group photos.
  • Supervise students sleeping in the field as needed.
  • Work to complete Apprentice Growth Book.

Required Skills/Qualifications

  • Ability to be a team player, to form mutually respectful relationship with staff and to grow professionally in meeting the challenges of the position
  • Must be 21 years or older
  • Must provide and maintain current CPR/First Aid certification. CPR certifications must be from a classroom training, and no substitutions for First Aid certs (i.e. Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder) can be accepted.
  • Valid driver’s license with clean record
  • Able to pass background check
  • Able to pass alcohol and drug test
  • Provide annual physical and TB clearance to meet the physical requirements of this position

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferably in Psychology, Farming/Agroecology, or Outdoor Education/Leadership OR a minimum of three years relevant experience.
  • Experience with “at-risk” youth within Wilderness Therapy or Residential Treatment Center setting.

Physical Demands

With or without reasonable accommodation, the physical and mental requirements of this job may include the following: seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly. Occasional reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, frequent sitting, standing and walking, may be required for long periods of time and may involve climbing stairs, walking up inclines and on uneven terrain. Additional physical requirements may include, frequent lifting and or moving up to 50 pounds. Pacific Quest is a non-smoking facility.

How to Apply

Please apply for this job using our online application system. To do so, you'll first need to create a login account and choose a password.


If necessary, you may also submit resume and cover letter along with the application documents to, fax to (855) 317-6304, or mail to Pacific Quest, PO Box 540, Naalehu, HI, 96772