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Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Nonprofit - Social Services, Education, Health Care
Education High School
Experience None
Manages Others Not Specified
Relocation No
Industry Other Great Industries
Required Travel None

Job Description

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 12-18 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. The large cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Charlotte are all within a 45-minute drive as well. 

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 four days on and two days off. Thus, your two days off move back by one day every week.  You will live here, onsite, for your four day shift, and then leave to go home for two days.  Twice a year, your group will take a 5-day canoeing or backpacking trip in the Southeast. 

What is the benefit package?
This position is salaried, starting at $23,660 per year. 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)
  • - BCBS health insurance and dental insurance for $80/month
  • - a $25,000 life insurance policy
  • - access to our 401(k) plan after a year of employment
  • - meals and lodging are also provided when you're on shift

What is the website?
If you would like further information, please visit our website

Job Requirements

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. 

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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