Horticultural Therapy - Program Guide, Pacific Quest, Hawaii

Contact Info
Emily Nguyen
B.S. Degree


Pacific Quest offers a unique approach to wilderness therapy by replacing hiking and survival skills with work on our organic farm and sustainable life skills. Our approach is based on structure, support and choice as opposed to coercion or punitive consequences; it allows for students to grow individually, at their own pace, with their own motivations.

The mission of Pacific Quest is to provide individualized, sustainable, personal development within a safe, structured, experiential and natural environment in a culture of unconditional support and personal responsibility.


Pacific Quest facilitates an environment for teens and young adults to recognize a desire for change. In addition to working with a counseling and treatment team to achieve weekly outcomes, a typical day consists of working the land, role modeling, teaching and helping facilitate learning about permaculture, sustainability, basic living skills and Hawaiian life. The students go on day-outings once a week. The staff team consists of 3 Program Guides: 1-2 Leads, a Wellness Guide, a Support Instructor and/or an Apprentice. Each staff member will work eight-days on (with every-night off) and six-days off from Thursday to Thursday. Compensation includes a competitive hourly wage, medical benefits, discounted gym membership, as well as room and board while working in Nalu and Kuleana phases in Ka'u (Accommodations are not provided if working a shift with Young Adults in the Ohana phase at our Hilo facility).We desire individuals with degrees in Psychology, farming or outdoor education. If you can make a one-year commitment and have experience and enthusiasm for working with teens in an outdoor therapeutic setting, apply with us!

Interested in Summer only? let us know, we are now accepting applications for Summer 2014!


§  Direct experience working with youth.

§  Desire to garden, farm, and use experiential education as a tool for growth.

§  21 years or older

§  Valid CPR/First Aid certification

§  Valid Driver’s license with clean record -Able to pass Background Check

§  Able to pass Drug Test upon arrival


§  Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Psychology, Farming/Agroecology or Outdoor Education/Leadership, or a minimum of 3 years relevant experience.

§  Specific experience with “at-risk” youth or within wilderness therapy

§  Experience working extended hours in an outdoor setting