Elements prides itself in its ability to strike the best possible balance between evidence-based therapy and hands-on and fun experiential activity for struggling adolescent boys.

Elements provides true wilderness therapy, adventure without distractions and maintains integrity through highly trained Field Mentors.

Elements Wilderness Program is a therapeutic wilderness treatment program that serves males 13-17 years of age who are being challenged by behavioral issues that encompass depression, self-esteem, or management of emotions. In conjunction with the wilderness, a licensed Therapist and highly trained Field Mentors will work with each student to help develop more appropriate coping skills and strategies to make more thoughtful decisions about their life. To promote awareness and growth, Elements Field Mentors use the Seven Challenges as their substance abuse program and Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills. As a result, Field Mentors are the best trained in the industry to work with these adolescents. Students will learn how to take care of themselves, work together as a group, endure hardships, and accept unwanted challenges. As an owner-operated, smaller wilderness therapy program, Elements can focus on quality and provide clinical assessment for families to put their life back together. Field Mentors also benefit from the smaller size of Elements as they work directly with their supervisors to foster their growth and development.

Elements incorporates Adventure Programming to compliment a strong therapeutic foundation. This is done right within their field area to eliminate unnecessary distractions being transported to various sites. The challenge of these activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, canyoneering, and low ropes courses, can provide a host of powerful teaching opportunities. Some positive outcomes include increases in: self confidence, self efficacy, problem solving skills, effective communication, self awareness, trust, and developing healthy coping strategies in the field and at home.

Role of a Field Mentor

While in the outdoors, you will teach outdoor living skills and use problem solving techniques to maneuver through environmental challenges.

Field Mentors
Change happens when one feels safe, inspired, and confident to make one’s life their own. Elements believes it’s their responsibility to create this environment while empowering clients through open and honest dialogue, and concrete resources. Field Mentors will become healthy role models for each student out in the field. You will live, eat and work together as a group, and also help process and guide the students to more appropriate decisions in their life. While in the outdoors, you will teach outdoor living skills (building shelters, preparing food, making fires), lead adventure programming activities (including rock climbing, rappelling, canyoneering, and low ropes courses), use problem solving techniques to maneuver through environmental challenges, and lead daily personal reflective time, journaling, and meditation activities. You will be working closely with the Clinicians to provide the most hands on approach to challenge past beliefs and achieve more appropriate behaviors for the future.

Upcoming Field Mentor Training Schedule
Apply now for the next Field Mentor training opportunity:
March 9th–15th
April 19th–25th
May 18th-24th
August 31st–September 6th
October 12th–18th

The challenge of activities including rock climbing, rappelling, canyoneering, and low ropes courses can provide a host of powerful teaching opportunities.Elements ability to remain small affords them the opportunity to provide constant attention to staff, students and program. Field Mentors will receive a high level of training and on-going personal attention each week. In order to give clients the tools to be successful in life, they need to ensure Field Mentors are equipped with the knowledge to do so!

Utah Field Area

Nature provides an intrinsic opportunity for students to understand the impact their behaviors have on themselves and others.

Elements Wilderness Program's field area is one of the best in Utah. The summer field area is located in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, while winter months are spent in the San Rafael Swell region. With these two awesome locations and Moab and Salt Lake City just two hours away, you'll have plenty of city life and get-lost-in-the-woods life on days off.

Time Commitment

Having fun in the field with a little slacklining.

So that you may develop professionally and truly learn about the wilderness therapy field, a 6-12 month commitment works best. If you cannot commit to this time frame, Elements is open to discussing contract timeframes. You will work an 8-day-on, 6-day-off shift, with staff change each Tuesday.

This provides a great opportunity to travel far and wide, live wherever, and save money!

Perks & Rewards

Elements incorporates Adventure Based Programming (ABP) to compliment a strong therapeutic foundation. The challenge of activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, and canyoneering, can provide a host of powerful teaching opportunities.

Elements employees work through a level system, each level focusing on developing skills relevant to certain areas of the program. Field Mentors will start with an Apprenticeship which lasts 3 rotations. After that, you will move through the levels at your own pace with staff support and direction: Instructor, Assistant Group Lead, Group Lead, and Advanced Lead. Group Leads make $215/day with Advanced Leads at $230/day. It’s possible to achieve the Group Lead position within 6-9 months. In addition, Elements offers bonus-based retention contracts starting at six months of employment to those employees in good standing that commit to certain amounts of time.

Upon successful completion of the initial staff training, your first paycheck will include a $250 training stipend. You will have access to paid time off, full health insurance benefits and a variety of professional gear deals. Elements will also assist in keeping your Wilderness First Responder certification up-to-date by paying for re-certification.

The Essentials

Dedicated, hard working, passionate, caring, and eager to be challenged applicants will thrive in this environment.

Mentors who are dedicated, hard working, passionate, and really want to make a difference rather than working just for a pay check, will thrive in this environment. At minimum, applicants must be at least 20 years of age, a high school graduate, and have current CPR and first aid certification. Wilderness First Responder is preferable.

Your First Move & Connections

Happy Field Mentors.

Elements is searching for passionate, dedicated and experienced outdoor professionals to welcome to their team. Email or mail your completed application, resume, two letters of recommendation and copies of all current certifications to the Elements Recruiter. Phone calls are welcomed!

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Combining the power of wilderness therapy with cutting-edge treatment approaches, Elements Wilderness Program helps young men find their way forward and families heal.

Elements Wilderness Program
P.O. Box 1166
Huntington, UT 84528
(801) 712-3372

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