Elements Wilderness Program, a locally-owned and operated wilderness therapy program specializing in therapeutic expeditions for teen and adult clients struggling with difficult challenges and life circumstances, is looking for an outdoorsy people-person to take on the role of Field Mentor. We operate in the scenic San Rafael Swell (fall, winter, and spring seasons) as well as along the Wasatch Plateau (summer months). This position will work closely with the Field Directors, Primary Therapists, Medical Coordinator, and Logistics Manager. This is a perfect position for someone looking to pursue a career in mental or physical wellness. Field Mentors begin as Apprentices and assist with expedition logistics, mentoring clients, outdoor activities, and medical treatment in order to create a meaningful and valuable experience for our clients.

Elements offers a supportive and nurturing work environment with the opportunity to develop and grow from Apprentice to Instructor to Assistant Group Lead to Group Lead and beyond. We value our employees and provide the training and resources they need to succeed in their present (and future) career. Our workplace culture values assertive communication and giving (and receiving) feedback. This is a workplace rich with learning and you will grow both professionally as well as personally. Our goal is to be one of the best employers you ever work for.

This is a unique schedule where Field Mentors work 8 days straight for 15 hours a day followed by 6 days off. The position provides direct care in a backcountry setting to clients with acute mental, emotional, and behavioral healthcare needs. We provide an 8 day intensive training where we teach you our therapeutic modalities, outdoor living skills, group management techniques, expedition logistics, and much more. Furthermore, your first 24 days of employment will be an on-the-job apprenticeship to provide continued training and experience to prepare you for the position.

Roles & Responsibilities
Assist and provide support in welcoming, orienting, and mentoring clients throughout their experience with Elements.
Perform all tasks related to ensuring clients are participating in, and receiving the maximum benefit from, their therapeutic activities, assignments, and group work.
Assist and participate in all tasks related to teaching outdoor activities and low-impact camping in order to provide a positive experience for clients and team members.
Perform a variety of first aid and medical tasks to ensure the physical health and wellness of clients.
Coordinate and/or perform all tasks related to expedition logistics including client self-care, meals, coordinating supplies, and managing equipment.
Perform all administrative tasks related to guiding expeditions, client wellness

Compensation and Benefits:
$36,400-$49,920 a year (+$500 training stipend and other bonuses)
Medical, dental, and vision & access to prodeals
16 days of PTO yearly & First Aid/CPR or WFR covered

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


1+ years of teaching, coaching and/or mentoring kids or young adults, preferred
1+ years of camping/outdoor experience, preferred
1+ years in the hospitality, restaurant or customer service professions, preferred
Ability to lift and carry 55+ lbs
Ability to walk up to 10 miles/day
Ability to drive to Huntington, UT in all types of weather
At least 20 years old
High School Diploma/GED
Pass Utah and FBI background checks
Pass pre-employment physical and drug screening

Required Skills:

Outstanding at building rapport and relationships
Excellent verbal communication skills
Ability to provide and accept feedback
Ability to think clearly under pressure
Ability to be aware of surroundings 24/7
Ability to administer medical monitoring and treatment

Preferred Skills:

The Ideal Candidate will have the following characteristics:
Grit/mental fortitude
Empathetic and compassionate
Strong desire to learn and grow
Positive attitude
Confidential & Trustworthy

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

Upcoming Trainings: April 6-13, May 11-18, June 15-22 Please email a resume and cover letter to Jennie Wainer at [email protected] OR Visit our website and use our online application!