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Equal Opportunity Employment – Higher Ground Sun Valley Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maintaining the hiring practices and work environment free from discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, veteran/military status, marital status or other status protected by federal or state law, with regard to any term or condition of employment.


Summer Adaptive Sports Instructor

The Summer Adaptive Sports Instructor provides support for all adaptive summer programming. Summer activities include cycling, hiking, camping, golf, bocce ball, fitness, social activities and more!  We provide programming for participants with cognitive, developmental and/or physical disabilities. This position is designed to provide opportunities for individuals interested in Outdoor/Experiential Education, Therapeutic Recreation, and Recreation Management to gain professional experience and knowledge in this growing field. 

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Veteran and First Responder Program Manager

The Veteran and First Responder Program Manager works on an interdisciplinary team responsible for facilitating and supporting all aspects of the Higher Ground Veteran and First Responder Program serving veterans and first responders throughout the United States. The Veteran and First Responder Program Manager will plan and implement 7-9 therapeutic weeklong programs a year, support the community resiliency units operating around the country, as well as support the overall of mission of Higher Ground. The right candidate will be passionate about helping to provide adventure, support and belonging, to our veteran and first responder community as well as the disability community at large.

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What We Offer

Higher Ground offers seasonal internship opportunities across all our programming areas. If interested in therapeutic recreation, group and individual therapeutic methods, working with individuals with disabilities, or the nonprofit sphere, this organization will provide a unique environment to develop your skills.

Recreational Skills

The ideal intern candidate will have experience in some of the following: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, rafting, cycling, fishing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, swimming, and rock climbing.

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Ideal Candidates

We are seeking individuals who are highly motivated, organized, and have exceptional verbal and written communication skills. There are plenty of opportunities to help others within Higher Ground. For those who are pursuing their therapeutic recreation degree, we follow the ATRA standards of practice and NCTRC internship guidelines.

Application Deadllines

Winter/Spring – August 15
Summer – January 15
Fall (occasionally offered) – March 30

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, but must be received by the deadline for the timeframe of interest. Exceptions to the typical internship timeframe will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please be clear about your preferred timeframe in your letter of interest.

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If you are interested in interning with Higher Ground Please fill out an online application and email your letter of interest and resume to Kirstin Emerson, being sure to specify in which program you are most interested.

Additional Information

For additional information about our different types of internships, please review the following fact sheets:

Veteran Internship Fact Sheet

Winter Adaptive Internship Fact Sheet

Summer Adaptive Internship Fact Sheet

Development & Events Internship Fact Sheet

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If You Have Any Questions, Please Reach Out!

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