Elements Traverse is dedicated to serving young adult clients ages 18-25 who are struggling to live healthy independent lives.

Field Mentors with Traverse become part of a small, vibrant, owner-operated community and are called upon to be a parent figure, teacher and friend.

Elements Traverse is dedicated to serving young adult clients ages 18-25 who are struggling to live healthy independent lives. Traverse works with our clients to use the strengths they already possess to identify and shift whatever is underlying their struggles. Field Mentors are critical in helping clients recognize what they do well, and where they have room to grow. Oftentimes, that is simply being present and asking the right questions.

What makes Traverse different?
As an organization, Traverse strives to keep their focus on the client experience. That is why you’ll find them more accessible than many, providing excellent service, priced with integrity. A client entering Traverse will spend their entire stay in the field. They will be able to participate in safe, well-designed adventure therapy activities twice a month that are an integral part of their therapeutic process. Their therapist will come visit them and their group in the field, becoming an active presence. They will be treated as the adults they are: challenged and empowered to be active and involved, not talked down to. They will be taught evidence-based treatment models and tools that they can take with them for the rest of their lives: mindfulness, yoga, Adventure Programming, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the Seven Challenges.

Elements Traverse is the brand-new sister program to Elements Wilderness — a well-established and respected program in its own right. Traverse will be applying many of the same successful approaches Elements Wilderness has used, while modifying pieces for the young adult experience.

Life as a Field Mentor

Find your community. The Traverse team all share the quest to living a full and healthy life.
Find your community. The Traverse team all share the quest to living a full & healthy life.

Traverse Field Mentors are attuned to the needs of their clients. Mentors ensure an environment of physical and emotional safety through outdoor living skills and compassion. Staff role-model healthy relationships, appropriate boundaries, assertive communication, and meaningful confrontation. Traverse looks for those who are confident and passionate about these goals, and bring with them a spirit of flexibility and creativity. Mentors are called upon to be a parent figure, an advisor, a teacher, a friend, a source of encouragement, and a keen listener. Mentors are NOT single-minded authoritarians, enforcers of a system of punishments-and-rewards, nor able to force a client to change.

Mentors oversee and participate in small group living for 8 days at a time. They are primarily responsible for giving clients the tools they need to succeed at living in a challenging environment. Longer term, staff are also encouraged to develop a deeper area of interest and specialty within the work (e.g. primitive skills, substance abuse counseling, etc).

In a typical day or week, a Field Mentor might:
Hike over beautiful, rugged terrain
Take responsibility for client safety (e.g. ensure they are warm, dry and hydrated)
Cook on open flame
Play a game around the fire or in a field
Participate in a rappelling or rock climbing session
Sleep on the ground under the stars
Lead a yoga or meditation session
Teach a lesson on family dynamics
Provide feedback for clients & peers alike
Be challenged to grow as person and as a professional

Traverse provides specialized adventure programming staff who are tasked with over-seeing the technical aspects of all adventure activities. Mentors act as support to those staff for these activities, and play a primary role in the debriefing and meaning that stem from them.

Field Area

You’ll get to experience mountains, canyons, areas that were occupied by Native Americans, and rock expanses visited by outlaws of the Wild West.

In the summer months, Elements Traverse operates in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, northwest of our office in Huntington, UT. During the winter, they transition to the San Rafael Swell area of central Utah. This change in field area provides a variety of settings for staff and clients alike. You’ll get to experience mountains, canyons, areas that were occupied by Native Americans, and rock expanses visited by outlaws of the Wild West. Periodically, Traverse may also explore new areas for adventure programming for paddling, snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing.

Time Commitment

On day’s off, there is ample time off to explore National Parks, climbing sites, and the mountain slopes of Utah and Colorado.

Elements Traverse believes that serving as a Wilderness Therapy Mentor is a professional experience. That means the team is committed to your development, goals, and professional growth. In return, it means you committing to at least 1 year in the role. (Staff often find that it takes at least a year-and-a-half to truly develop a sense of mastery in this work).

Upcoming 2017 New Staff Training:
March 2nd – 9th
May 4th – 11th
September 21st – 28th

For staff with significant previous experience, Traverse is interested in having a conversation with you about your professional needs and desires. They’re open to shorter-term or contract work in these cases, if it suits both parties.

What does the off week look like?
When not in the field, Mentors have 6-days at a time free to rest, explore, play, socialize, and stay connected with friends and family. The schedule allows for ample time off to explore National Parks, climbing sites, and the mountain slopes of Utah and Colorado. Most Mentors find their home in Moab or Salt Lake City. However, staff may live (or roam) wherever they choose, so long as they are ready for work the morning they head into the field. To help ease the transition to and from the field, Traverse provides a room and access to a kitchen at our office for staff the night before or after a shift.

Perks & Rewards

Traverse is committed to the well being of clients and staff alike.
Traverse is committed to the well being of clients and staff alike.

Traverse is committed to the belief that Field Mentors are part outdoor professional, part mental health professional. To support that belief, Field Mentors will earn $165/day as an Apprentice (their first 3 shifts) before moving to $170/ day as an Instructor. Based on development, skill and level, staff will then be able to earn $185 or $215 per day.  A generous medical and dental insurance plan kicks in after only 30 days of employment. 75% of the plan is paid for by Traverse, providing excellent & affordable health-care benefits for employees.

Field staff also have access to discounts through pro-deal agreements and are able to earn periodic bonuses. Required trainings (e.g. yearly CPR, WFR) will be reimbursed by Traverse. Since many staff are constantly on-the-go, a shared room and access to a kitchen is available the night before and after a shift.

New staff coming in with a current WFR certification, degree in outdoor education/adventure education, or an advanced degree in a related field may be eligible for an increased pay rate to begin. For those coming with significant previous wilderness therapy experience, Traverse is open to matching your current pay. Please inquire during the interview process, as these are handled on a case-by-case basis.

The Essentials

Traverse is seeking Mentors who are genuinely excited about working as part of a small team—in and out of the field.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have a current CPR (within the last year) & first aid (WFR strongly preferred), high school diploma (Bachelor’s degree preferred) and be physically fit. Beyond these requirements, Traverse is seeking Mentors who are genuinely excited about working as part of a small team—in and out of the field. Wilderness therapy requires a flexibility of spirit, determination, and commitment (from clients AND from staff).

Your First Move & Connections

The Traverse program and company culture are centered around four core values: Empowerment, Passion, Connection and Character.
The Traverse program and company culture are centered around four core values: Empowerment, Passion, Connection and Character.

If you believe Elements Traverse may be the opportunity you’re looking for, send your resume (including educational background, previous work experience and any certifications you hold), cover letter (speak to what you’d bring to Traverse and their clients), copies of current certifications, and two letters of recommendation to Nate Oglesbee (please include all documents together).

Learn more about the Field Mentor position »

Nate Oglesbee
Field Director
Elements Traverse
130 North Main St.
Huntington, UT 84528
(651) 216-3355
nateo@elementstraverse.com
ElementsTraverse.com

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