We are seeking an Adventure Program (AP) Instructor to join our tight-knit Adventure Programming team!! This is a full-time HYBRID position, which means the instructor will spend one shift a month as a Field Mentor and the following shift as an AP Instructor.

AP Instructor Role:
The AP Instructor position is responsible for introducing adventure-based activities to the field to deepen the client’s therapeutic experience. Rooted in challenge by choice principles, AP instructors provide opportunities for clients to step out of their comfort zone and into a zone of growth by guiding outdoor rock climbing TR, rappelling, and team building initiatives. The AP Instructors also guide water activities, canyoneering, leather working skills and mountain biking, but only after receiving the necessary training. This position works with the clients and staff of both programs (Elements Wilderness and Elements Traverse). Occasionally, an AP instructor will work with the family services department and guide a family for a day. The position will require risk management skills, clear communication, creativity, flexibility and previous experience guiding clients in a professional setting.

AP Instructor Schedule:
○ Hybrid AP Instructors at Elements work an 8-days-on, 6-days-off schedule
○ A room and bed is provided for the shift, as well as cooking amenities
○ During the shift, facilitate pre-planned AP days (facilitations can be one day to three days long depending on the activity)
○ Complete a report for each facilitation day and upload photos from that day to our company drive
○ When not guiding, actively work on projects in the office that either expand upon our current curriculum
or introduce new activities and curriculum
○ Help scout new areas for curriculum development/other current sites that need ‘cleaning’
and/or risk assessment

Field Mentor Role:
Field Mentors operate as front-line staff, building relationships with our clients and maintaining their emotional/physical safety throughout the week. Field Mentors spend their shift guiding clients through the immersive backpacking experience that is core to both programs. Field Mentors work closely with the therapist to help implement the treatment plan designed for that week while maintaining the big picture approach for the clients and the group. As such, they are part outdoor professional and part mental-health professional. Successful Mentors are passionate about this work, have a desire to grow & learn, and demonstrate patience & flexibility.

Field Mentor Schedule:
○ Field Mentors at Elements work an 8-days-on, 6-days-off schedule
○ Camp and hike in the field with clients for the full 8 day shift
○ Complete paperwork on client therapeutic growth and physical/mental wellbeing
○ Keep consistent lines of communication open between themselves and the therapists/field department ensuring an emotionally and physically safe environment for clients

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Full Time, Instruction and Guiding, Mountaineering Skills, Teaching/Education, Therapeutic Counselors, Water Skills


● Current 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 of off trail terrain
● Strong interpersonal & rapport building skills
● Detail-oriented, risk management mindset
● Openness to providing others with feedback and receiving feedback
● Flexibility and creativity

Preferred Skills:

● Preference given to those with prior experience working in a therapeutic setting
● Significant personal knowledge/professional experience guiding: mountain biking, water sports (rafting, SUP, fly fishing), yoga/meditation practices and/or canyoneering
● A 4x4 capable vehicle

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

Madison Brandt - Adventure Programming Director [email protected]