Upcoming Trainings: September 8-16 , September 22-29, October 27 – November 4
Elements Wilderness Program provides a safe and healthy therapeutic environment for struggling young men (13-17). While with us, our students (and their families) will be provided the opportunity to explore past choices and set a new course for their futures. In order to accomplish this goal, we’ve chosen to use wilderness therapy: embracing the outdoors, healthy role-modeling, adventure activities, and evidence-based therapeutic methods.
Field Mentors are the foundation of our program and a core part of each student’s experience. Mentors create a physically and emotionally safe environment for our students in order for growth to occur. Mentors operate as direct-care staff, building relationships with our students while living alongside them in the outdoors for a week at a time. Students often point to the relationships they built with their Mentors as the most powerful part of their process! We believe our staff are part outdoor education professionals and part mental-health professionals.
Real-world Skills – Our approach is focused on real-world skill-building and decision-making. We utilize Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and The 7 Challenges model. Of note, we are not a 12-Step nor abstinence-based program. Instead, we challenge students to identify what role certain choices/ substances were playing in their lives, and to explore new ways of operating instead.
Tight-Knit Community & Treatment Team – Elements is an intimate and owner-operated program. This allows us to maintain our primary focus on the students. As a Mentor, you will work alongside founders and owners out in the field. Mentors work closely with therapists to help implement the treatment plan designed for each student, while maintaining the big picture for the whole group. Successful Mentors are passionate about this work, have a desire to grow, and demonstrate resilience & flexibility.
Field Mentors at Elements work an 8-days-on, 6-days-off schedule. The work week runs Tuesday-to-Tuesday, with two shifts alternating in the field. This schedule provides ample time to get to know the students while working, and also provides plenty of time off to relax, explore, and connect with your friends and family. Elements operates 365 days a year. Field Mentors alternate working major holidays. Mentors accrue two paid shifts off per year and are encouraged to take time off to practice their own self-care.
Most staff live in the Salt Lake City area when not working. SLC offers the advantage of a big city along with nearby outdoor attractions, such as renowned skiing in the winter and hiking/ biking trails in the summer. Some staff also choose to live in Moab, Utah or Grand Junction, Colorado. All three cities offer ample trails, cliffs, and water-ways to explore! Staff can live wherever they want, as long as they arrive to work on Tuesday at 9am well rested and ready to go.
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 (Bachelor’s preferred)
Certified in 1st Aid and CPR at a minimum (WFR strongly preferred)
A strong love of the wilderness and camping
Patience, resilience, flexibility, and a sense of humor!
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 student paperwork, create and follow-through on their own development goals, role-model program tools for students, and bring their own passion and personality!!
About Elements Wilderness Program
Elements Wilderness Program (adolescents boys) provides 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 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.