Mental Health Clinician, Vernon BC (19 month contract) - Take a Hike Foundation

Mar 08, 2024
Vernon, British Columbia

Take a Hike Foundation is seeking a Mental Health Clinician (a Registered Clinical Counsellor - RCC or CCC) with expertise in mental health, and a passion for the land, education and supporting vulnerable youth and families, to become part of our Programs Team. We are looking for potential interest and encourage you to send over your application!

Take a Hike Foundation is on a mission to empower vulnerable youth to unlock their full potential and achieve personal success. We move towards this mission by engaging vulnerable youth in a full-time program of intentional and continuous psychotherapy, learning on and from the land, adventure, academics, and community. We have set an ambitious goal of partnering with every school district in BC with the need, capacity, and commitment to equip vulnerable youth with the skills required to graduate high school, build healthy relationships, and navigate their own path to success.


Each Take a Hike program has one full-time Mental Health Clinician to support vulnerable youth in changing their lives. The Mental Health Clinician will work regular classroom hours on designated Take a Hike school days, typically 5 days a week, and will accompany the team on all the program field trips (once a week). This role requires full participation in weekly field trips learning from the land as well as multi-day wilderness trips; typically, two multi-day trips per year ranging in length from 2 to 5 days. We are seeking a Mental Health Clinician who is an adventurer at heart and truly values the positive impact of spending time in nature; someone who recognizes that impactful therapeutic breakthroughs can happen outside of an office setting, perhaps in a canoe or on a trail.


  • Individual psychotherapy with youth during school hours
  • Family therapy sessions to support parents / guardians of youth
  • Group psychotherapy sessions addressing relevant youth issues
  • Participate in all parts of the program including multi-day camping trips, volunteering, and events
  • Liaise with the entire staff team, and external agencies that can provide additional support to youth
  • Build relationships with school district and community partners to ensure Take a Hike’s success within the community
  • Facilitating youth assessments for metric and data collection

Education and Experience:
  • Master’s in Counselling Psychology, Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy or Master’s in Social Work with a clinical focus.
  • Registered member of B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors or a Certified member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Experience with youth and people in crisis and confident with group facilitation processes
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is an asset Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Ability to apply psychotherapy practices outside of a traditional office
  • Physically able (must be able to support and lead youth in outdoor activities)
  • Knowledge of or experience with couples and family therapy
  • Collaborative team player, able to establish and maintain positive working relationships
  • Must be comfortable in the outdoors, able to care for self and others regardless of the weather and conditions
  • Willingness to grow in their skills and comfort through weekly out trips hiking, paddling, and regular time in nature
  • Ability and skills to camp overnight on self-propelled outdoor experiences
  • Above all, a passion for supporting vulnerable youth

This is a 19 month contract full time position (maternity leave coverage) in Vernon, BC with an ideal start date of April, 2024. We offer a salary of $75,000-$85,000, commensurate with experience, based on a 37.5-hour work week with generous benefits that include:
  • 100% employer paid benefits including extended health and dental
  • Disability and Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Retirement Savings Plan with employer matching
  • Health Spending Account
  • Generous vacation time
  • Professional development budget and training opportunities
This position is located in Vernon, BC.


If this position is of interest to you, please submit your cover letter and resume to Applications will be evaluated, and interviews conducted, on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply early.

Take a Hike values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Diversity at Take a Hike means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways 3 that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. Individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, Indigenous, black or other racialized Canadians, or candidates with lived experience in mental health are encouraged to consider this opportunity. Our commitment to reconciliation can be found on our website.
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