The AP Instructor manages the emotional and physical risks of adventure-based activities in the field while also weaving into the experience thematic metaphor to deepen the student’s therapeutic experience. Rooted in challenge by choice principles, AP instructors provide opportunities for students to step out of their comfort zone and into a zone of growth by guiding outdoor rock climbing TR, rappelling, and team building initiatives. AP Instructors also guide stand-up paddle boarding, fly fishing, canyoneering, leather working skills and mountain biking, but only after receiving the necessary training. AP instructors will occasionally work with the family services department to facilitate a guided adventure day for a visiting family. Shift is 6 days on/8 days off. During a shift, there will be a mix of office days and days of facilitating adventure activities in the field. Facilitations days can be one day (most common) to multiple days long, depending on the activity – thus preparedness for staying overnight in the field is necessary. On office days, actively work on gear shed projects (inventory, cleaning, repairing, etc.) or projects that either expand upon our current curriculum or introduce new activities/curriculum. Can also take office days to go outside the office and scout new areas for curriculum development/other current sites that need ‘cleaning’ and/or risk assessment.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Therapeutic Counselors, Water Skills


AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification or have taken a more advanced AMGA rock course / evaluation
NOTE: If you have taken your course, are planning on taking the test, and can submit your evaluation from your course instructor you can still be considered a candidate for this position.
Wilderness First Responder certification or higher
Be at least 21 years of age

Required Skills:

At least 1 year of experience guiding high angle activities
Backcountry navigation skills
Ability to carry a 40lb pack for at least a couple miles on rough, off-trail terrain
Strong interpersonal & rapport building skills
Detail-oriented, risk management mindset
Openness to providing others with feedback and receiving feedback

Preferred Skills:

Prior experience working in a therapeutic setting
Personal knowledge/professional experience guiding: mountain biking, water sports (SUP, fly fishing), yoga/meditation practices, leather crafts and/or canyoneering
Comfort with driving a 4x4 vehicle on rough roads

About Elements Wilderness Program

Based in Utah’s beautiful San Rafael Swell, Elements Wilderness Program (adolescents boys) and Elements Traverse (co-ed young adults) provide a healthy therapeutic environment for young people struggling with a variety of issues. While with us, our students (and their families) are provided the opportunity to explore their past choices, practice healthy communication/interpersonal conflict resolution, seek to understand themselves on a deeper level and set a new course for their futures. The Adventure Program Department works with both companies to provide a variety of adventure-based programs that enhance and deepen the wilderness therapy experience.

Application Instructions

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and SPI eval and/or certifications to: Madison Brandt - Adventure Program Director [email protected] Include in your resume a section about your climbing/high angle experience in both professional and personal capacities. Timeline: Phone interviews will be done as applications are received. 2-day working interviews starting as early as late June. Goal for positions to be filled as early as August 17th.