Blending the best of ancient cultural systems with a wilderness therapy program, Outback Therapeutic Expeditions provides a powerful setting for real change in troubled teens.

Working for Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is not just a job, it's a journey. It’s an experience that will challenge & reward you in countless ways.

Blending the best of ancient cultural systems with a wilderness therapy program, Outback Therapeutic Expeditions provides a powerful setting for real change in troubled teens. The elements of a wilderness experience, individualized treatment, family counseling, and peer interaction combine to help students turn negative habits and behaviors into positive change. Outback is the ONLY wilderness program that has Therapists in the field with the students 24/7 doing in-the-moment therapy every day of the week rather than debrief-style therapy once a week.

The Outback staff team are mentors first and foremost, working with groups of students ages to 13-17 to develop a sense of self that leads them into productive and happy lives.

Field Therapist Position

Are you looking to affect change in young people’s lives while having an incredible adventure at the same time?

Field Therapists
The Field Therapist collaborates with the Primary Therapist on how to empower adolescents, maintain a healthy and functioning group culture, and take therapeutic gains to the next level. The Field Therapist does this by:

Camping with a group of teens in the wilderness for an 8 day/night shift and get 6 days/nights off
Participating in the staffing milieu to ensure the highest safety standards are maintained at all times
Providing group and individual therapy sessions every day of your on-shift
Doing co-therapy with the primary therapist during their time in the field
Helping students each day by providing skill building techniques, psycho-education, crisis-intervention, assessment, and continuity of care by being with the students before, during and after the primary therapists meet with them each week

Applicants must be a minimum of a Master Level graduate working towards their licensure in Clinical Mental Health, Marriage and Family Therapy or Social Work. The starting salary ranges from $35,000 to $45,000 annually, health benefits kick in after 30 days, and a generous paid time off package is provided. To apply, email you resume and cover letter to Aries McGinnis. View the complete Field Therapist job descriptionimmediate positions are available.

Wilderness Guide Jobs

Would you like this to be your new office? Are you looking to effect change in young people’s lives while developing your own leadership and outdoor resume?

Would you like this to be your new office? Are you looking to affect change in young people’s lives while developing your own leadership and outdoor resume?

Wilderness Guides
Come to Outback Therapeutic Expeditions for a truly life-changing career in wilderness therapy! Outback is looking for passionate and dynamic people from all walks of life to inspire their students. Wilderness Guides empower adolescents by focusing on their self-esteem, team building and positive decision-making skills. They act as mentors in building relationships of trust as well as teachers of primitive and survival skills.

As a field staff member, you will draw metaphor and life lessons from the natural world to help students learn about themselves.

The Ultimate Experience in Outdoor Jobs!
As a Field Staff member, you will draw metaphor and life lessons from the natural world to help students learn about themselves. The desert can be a powerful teacher if only we listen to it. Outback staff receives training in primitive skills such as drum making, leather working, friction bow drill fires, shelter building and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. As a company, Outback believes that by investing in their staff they are creating a space where we can all live and grow together.

Working for Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is an experience that will challenge and reward you in countless ways as you touch the lives of students in your care. It is emotionally, physically and mentally challenging—and will probably become the most memorable and most fulfilling job you'll ever have.

Location

10-day expeditions are led in the Sheeprock and Simpson mountain ranges.

Outback operates through four mountain ranges within a 900 square mile course area. The field location is a high altitude desert setting located in Northern Utah and their area of operation is conveniently close to Salt Lake City. Most staff team members live in Salt Lake City enjoying the Wasatch Mountain Range on their time off (skiing, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing). The proximity to Salt Lake City provides an easy commute to Outback's headquarters (30 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City).

Typical Day

A typical day at Outback can include hiking, therapy assignments, primitive skills, games, campsite maintenance, evening gatherings, group initiatives and personal time.

A typical day at Outback can include hiking, therapy assignments, primitive skills, games, campsite maintenance, evening gatherings, group initiatives and personal time.

Therapy days include individual therapy and group therapy. Field Staff team members collaborate with the Therapist throughout the work shift to provide a consistent, safe and effective therapeutic environment throughout the entire week.

Basecamp days include wall tents heated with wood-burning stoves to recharge.Basecamp days include wall tents heated with wood-burning stoves to recharge: a sleeping tent, shower tent and an eating & meeting tent where students enjoy family-style meals cooked in Dutch ovens, and participate in activities such as meditation, art projects and movement exercises.

Fun and exciting 10-day expeditions in the Sheeprock and Simpson mountain ranges focus on mountain summit challenges, bow and arrow making, fire building, service work and travel by pioneer cart.

Work Schedule & Rewards

Outback staff receive training in primitive skills such as drum making, leather working, friction bow drill fires, shelter building and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.

Work schedules consist of an eight-day shift, lasting from Wednesday to Wednesday, with the following six days off. Outback offers a competitive pay starting at $127-$131/day ($27,300 annually) and up to $170/day ($35,480 annually) within the first year and a half of employment.

Employees are eligible for full insurance (health/dental/vision) coverage within 30 days of hire and a variety of personal/professional growth opportunities including WFR certification/re-certification, participating in Primitive Skills Gatherings (Winter Count/Rabbit Stick), Clinical First Responder training and weekly clinical in-service trainings are provided by Outback therapists. Employees are also eligible for free mental health services, paid time off after 6 months and pro deals on gear!

The Essentials

The sounds of wilderness with Outback!

Outback is hiring both seasonal and full-time staff with the following qualifications:

Age 21+
Standard CPR/first aid certified (not necessary to apply, but is a requirement for hire)
WFR/WEMT (preferred but not required)
High School diploma (or equivalent) or college degree in related field (preferred)
Previous work with adolescents or in wilderness guiding (preferred)

If you are an individual who can establish relationships fast, enjoy working with teenagers, loves adventure, outgoing, active, and can work well in a team environment, check out Outback!

Your First Move & Connections

A Happy Wilderness Guide.

To apply, please email your resume to the Field Recruiter and include three work-related references. If you have specific wilderness guiding experience and/or work or volunteer experience with youth ages 13–17 please make that explicitly clear in your resume and include estimated number of hours worked.

Field Recruiter
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions
50 North 200 East
Lehi, UT 84043
(801) 766-3933
(801) 766-3932 fax
recruiter@outbacktreatment.com
OutbackTreatment.com

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