RedCliff Ascent Wilderness Treatment Program

Make a living helping troubled teens in the wilderness — a job with RedCliff Ascent is unlike anything you will ever experience.

For over two decades now, RedCliff Ascent's wilderness therapy program has helped thousands of teenagers (age 13 to 17), young adults (ages 18 to 25), and their families find a new beginning. Teens are exposed to an environment where drugs, violence, sex, money and peer pressure are an ever-present force that affects both their behavior and perception of life. RedCliff programs help put life in perspective while dealing with the issues and problems that currently govern their existence.

What You'll Be Doing

Few roles are more fulfilling in life than the role of mentor, and few jobs offer the wide range of opportunities, which RedCliff offers to its field staff.

Employment with RedCliff Ascent is more than a job — it's a lifestyle!

If you prefer a hike in the backcountry to a walk in the park, or waking to the wind in the trees over the sound of an alarm, then this career might be for you.Working with therapy teams and program administrators, Field Guides are responsible for ensuring student physical and emotional safety (not necessarily comfort) without interfering with the natural consequences provided by the wilderness. A big part of the job is becoming a good mentor—helping participants discover their limits while having fun and holding them accountable to their obligations. The group environment is a wonderful tool to help accomplish this. Whether helping with the daily routine or teaching survival skills, RedCliff staff learn to function as a team, both with each other and with the youth they are mentoring to reach new heights of achievement.

Few roles are more fulfilling in life than the role of mentor, and few jobs offer the wide range of opportunities, which RedCliff offers to its field staff. Hiking, camping, backpacking, beautiful scenery, wildlife, and dynamic interpersonal relationships all come with the job.

Need more staff details? Explore the RedCliff employment page and FAQs.

RedCliff Ascent Field staff explain what they love most about working with troubled teens in the Utah wilderness or learn more about staff training.

Location

You'll love the beautiful Red Rock region of Utah!

RedCliff is located in the beautiful red rock and high desert terrain of southwest Utah and covers an area of 500 square miles. Many parts of the field are heavily forested with Pinion and Juniper trees with Ponderosa Pine, Scrub Oak and Mountain Mahogany in the higher elevations. Field elevations range from 5,000 to 9,500 feet. The weather is very unpredictable. Summer temperatures can reach as high as 100 degrees with nights in the upper 40's. Occasionally, winter nights can fall below zero with days in the teens. Normally deep winter days hang around freezing. The dry desert climate lends itself well to hiking and camping.

Time Commitment

Field Guides will be taught wilderness survival skills, such as bow drill fires, camp set up and tear down, hiking and backpacking as well as therapeutic and communication skills.

Field Guides work an eight-day-on, six-day-off shift. The eight days are spent backpacking in the wilderness with the youth. Prospective Guides are invited to attend a 9-Day Field Interview. During this time frame, you will be taught wilderness survival skills, such as bow drill fires, camp set up and tear down, hiking and backpacking as well as therapeutic and communication skills.

Upcoming 2017 Field Interview Dates:
April 13th
May 25th
June 22nd
July TBD
August TBD
September 14th
October 12th
November 9th
December 7th

Perks & Rewards

Employment with RedCliff is more than a job — it's a lifestyle!

Field Guides start at $175/day; after 6 months of field experience, compensation will increase to $190/day; Professional Guides will earn $205/day (with 1 year experience and WFR certification). Benefits include dental, vision, and health Insurance offered after only 6 weeks of employment (RedCliff pays a significant portion of premiums), contract bonuses, pro-deals, company paid WFR and continuing education courses.

Although housing is not provided during time off, many Field Guides end up living together.

The Essentials

If you prefer a hike in the backcountry to a walk in the park, or waking to the wind in the trees over the sound of an alarm, then this career might be for you.

If you prefer a hike in the backcountry to a walk in the park, or waking to the wind in the trees over the sound of an alarm, then this career might be for you.

Field Guides must be at least 21 years of age, have a high school degree or equivalent, have current CPR and first aid certification and love the outdoors. Applicants must also be able to pass an annual physical examination, pre-employment and random drug screening tests and a Federal Criminal Background Check.

Successful applicants must be self-motivated, resourceful, mature, willing to learn and able to handle stressful situations with a sense of humor. Wilderness experience is helpful; however, RedCliff will teach the necessary skills.

Your First Move & Connections

Team up with RedCliff Ascent!

In addition to filling out the online application, be prepared to send three letters of professional recommendation, a resume with a cover letter and copies of all current certifications.

Information for applicants who reside outside the U.S.

Leslie Bishop
Recruiter
RedCliff Ascent
P.O. Box 1027
Enterprise, UT 84725

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