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9 Jun 2022

Trek & Backpack Wilderness Therapy Field Mentor

Elements Wilderness Program – Posted by ewprecruiter Huntington, Utah, United States

Job Description

As a Field Mentor for Elements, you are the foundation of our program. You are a teacher, outdoor educator, parent, 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
Pro Deal Discounts on Gear
Wilderness First Responder course – paid for!
Within the first year of employment, you can earn up to $3750 in incentives

At least 20 years of age
Legally eligible to work in the United States
Basic First Aid and CPR Certification (not necessary to apply)
Ability to hike with ~40lbs on your back

Upcoming Field Mentor Trainings: June 22-29, August 11-18, September 8-15, October 13-20

How to Apply

Apply via our website or Email a resume and cover letter to our Recruiter, Nate Andrew, at

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Trek & Backpack. Job Tags: guides and wilderness therapy.

Job expires in 38 days.

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