Upcoming Trainings: December 1-8, January 19-26, March 2-9

As a Field Mentor for Elements, you are the foundation of our program. You are a teacher, outdoor educator, mentor, friend, advocate, and role model. Our primary responsibility is to keep our clients physically and emotionally safe. We provide a space for them to be challenged and grow while learning and practicing new skills through the experience of living with a group of peers and mentors in the wilderness. As a Field Mentor, you will facilitate group therapy sessions, outdoor skills clinics, one-on-one conversations, lead hikes, teach coping skills, and run mindfulness activities (among other things!). You will build meaningful relationships with our clients, and will guide them in all facets of our program. As a Field Mentor, you are part of a collaborative treatment team, working closely each week with a clinical therapist and a team of your peers to facilitate a productive therapeutic experience for each client.


8 days on / 6 days off
-Field Mentors sleep outside for 8 days in a row Tuesday to Tuesday. On your off shift of 6 days, you’re on your own to adventure or scroll TikTok at your leisure.

A typical week consists of:

Backpacking 3-4 times (distances averaging 1 to 5 miles)
Cooking on a fire
Outdoor skills learning, practice, and teaching
Adventure activities (a day of climbing/rappelling/fly-fishing/or something else!)
Therapeutic groups
One-on-one check-ins with clients
Layover days for clients to work on assignments and wilderness skills

Compensation and Benefits

Training/Signing bonus up to $1000
Pay starts at $175/day (first 3 weeks) is $180/day thereafter and can reach $240/day
Paid Time Off – two full shifts a year which translates to two 20-day vacations.
Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance – 75% paid by the company after 30-day waiting period
Retention bonuses
Access to a Professional Development Fund – with a commitment, get money to pursue personal interests which promote your own professional development
Examples include: canyoneering, SPI cert, art therapy, yoga training, primitive skills, mountain biking, etc
Pro Deal Discounts on Gear
Wilderness First Responder course – paid for!
If you’ve already got your WFR, you earn an additional signing bonus
Within the first year of employment, you can earn up to $3750 in incentives (aka extra money).

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


At least 20 years old
Able to pass a Federal Criminal Background Check
Pass a pre-employment and random drug screenings
Have at least a High School diploma or equivalent
Certified in 1st Aid and CPR at a minimum (not required to apply!)

Required Skills:

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Growth mindset
Willing and able to give and receive feedback
Ability to empathize and show compassionate care

Preferred Skills:

Staff are the guardians of physical and emotional safety in the field. Thus, our Mentors: pro-actively manage risk, look after client health concerns, follow Elements policies and procedures, fill out client paperwork, create and follow-through on their own development goals, role-model program tools for clients, and bring their own passion and personality!!

About Elements Wilderness Program

Elements Wilderness Program provides a healthy therapeutic environment for people struggling with a variety of issues. While with us, our clients (and their families) are provided the opportunity to explore past choices and set a new course for their futures. In order to accomplish this, we use wilderness therapy: embracing the outdoors, healthy role modeling, adventure activities, and evidence-based therapeutic methods.

Application Instructions

Please email a resume and cover letter to Nate Andrew at [email protected] OR Visit our website and use our online application!