Second Nature provides insight, direction and hope to teens and their families. Blending the healing power of nature, mindfulness, nutrition and wellness with licensed therapists and experienced staff, adolescents from the ages of 13-17 embark on a journey of health, choice and secure relationships. uses an itinerate backpacking approach in its wilderness therapy model.
Students engage in low impact hiking (1-6 miles per day or more) 3-5 days per week. Layover days include individual and group therapy, medical visits, and the delivery of fresh food and laundry. A typical day will include a combination of wilderness skills, hiking, group therapy, chores and responsibilities, fun and play, teamwork initiatives, therapeutic reading and assignments, academic homework, and downtime.
In addition to the $750 signing bonus, Second Nature has a level system for Field Instructor pay. Each level has increased responsibility and increased pay. Field Instructors begin earning $170-$185 per day (depending on previous experience working with adolescents) for their first three shifts. Instructors continue to work on personal and professional development working through the levels earning up to $265 a day. All levels with benefits that include full health and dental insurance, performance bonuses and sign on bonus up to $3000k, participation in a 401k plan, scholarships for professional development, training courses for level advancement (such as Wilderness First Responder), and a variety of professional gear deals.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Therapeutic Counselors


Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and current CPR/first aid certification (CPR and first aid is provided during the field interview free of charge). It is helpful, but not necessary, to have backpacking experience. Experience working with youth, counseling or teaching is helpful as well. Second Nature also offers in-house training from which Field Instructors can learn communication skills, emergent strategies, non-violent de-escalation.

Required Skills:

Creativity, an affinity for outdoor living, sensitivity, compassion, flexibility and patience along with the desire to help young people lead healthy and productive lives and participating in a community of growth are all prerequisites for the Field Instructor position.

About Second Nature Wilderness Family Therapy

Hone your skills living in the wilderness working one week on and having one week off. Learn to make friction fires, navigate give feedback and lead a space of mindfulness. Improve teamwork, interpersonal skills, and problem solving working with adolescent students. Second Nature field staff work with a licensed therapist teaching healthy emotional and behavioral habits to students during a nomadic, therapeutic journey in the wilderness.

Located in Northeastern Utah, approximately two hours from Salt Lake City in the rugged high desert terrain of the Uinta basin and the alpine forests of the remote Uinta Mountain range, home to Utah's highest peaks.

Application Instructions

Upcoming field interviews are feb 23-28, March 11-17 and April 8th-14. May soon to be posted! Apply https://www.second-nature.com/about/careers or email: [email protected]