Short-Term Job Adventures Utah
Find a job in Utah and experience incredible mountains, beautiful red rock and high desert terrain. Amazing National Parks are also waiting to be explored: North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Arches, Canyonlands and Mesa Verde (just over the border in Colorado).
Wilderness Field Instructors (Wind Walkers)
The stunning landscape of southern Utah provides a powerful backdrop for a life-changing experience. WinGate is the only wilderness program authorized to operate in the scenic western section of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument situated between Lake Powell and Zion National Park.
Be genuine. Inspire lives. Change hearts. Be part of an incredible adventure with a unique wilderness therapy program in southern Utah's pristine red rock territory. WinGate Wilderness Therapy is actively recruiting Wilderness Field Instructors to become Wind Walkers for at-risk youth and young adults. After in-depth training, you'll use the wilderness and primitive living skills as metaphors to enable change of heart within each student. The best practices of the wilderness are combined with the best clinical techniques in order to take wilderness therapy to a dramatically higher level of integration and results. Preference will be given to those who have been clients in any wilderness therapy program, have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, are certified in Wilderness First Responder and can make a one-year commitment.
Assistant Operations Director
WinGate Wilderness Therapy
P.O. Box 347
Kanab, UT 84741
(800) 560-1599 toll free
(435) 304-3199 fax
Wilderness Therapy Field Guides
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.
Camping. Backpacking. Bow drill fires. Oh yeah, and teenagers. All in southern Utah's spectacular backcountry. With RedCliff Ascent you'll make your living helping troubled teens in the wilderness. You'll get paid for being outside with a whole bunch of people who love the outdoors as much as you do. Hiking, camping, backpacking, beautiful scenery and dynamic interpersonal relationships all come with the job. RedCliff is unlike anything you've ever experienced. It's work without walls, without limits. This job makes you better, stronger—more sure of who you are and what you want. It's an experience you'll never forget.
Upcoming Field Interview Dates
• Apply now for the next Field Interview beginning on March 16th or April 13th. Interview dates are also scheduled every month!
P.O. Box 1027
Enterprise, UT 84725
(435) 878-2860 fax
Entrada is the name of the beautiful red rock sandstone of southern Utah; it also means entrance or gateway. The field area, comprising of the Mojave Desert, the Sonoran Desert and the Great Basin eco-system, form a diverse and beautiful place to work. Amazing National Parks such as Zion, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon are nearby waiting to be explored on your week off. Positions are also available in the Oregon High Desert on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River.
Looking for an office with a view, a meaningful career in the outdoor industry, and being part of a community that cares? The Evoke Field Instructor position will allow you to transform your love of wilderness and community into a meaningful, life-changing career! Instructors act as a guide, teacher, role model and constant support to the teens, young adults, and families with whom they work. Energetic, fun and creative individuals who love the outdoors are encouraged to apply.
Upcoming Entrada Orientation Sessions
Now accepting applications for the next Field Instructor orientation session from April 14th–20th or May 19th–25th. Learn more about the application process »
Assistant Field Director
Evoke at Entrada
2711 Santa Clara Dr., Suite 400
Santa Clara, UT 84765
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).
Working for Outback Therapeutic Expeditions is not just a job, it's a journey. It is an experience that will challenge and reward you in countless ways as you touch the lives of the 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. The Outback staff team are mentors first and foremost, working with groups of 13-17 students to develop a sense of self that leads them into productive and happy lives.
Field Therapist Job Openings
• Are you a Masters level therapist working on your hours for licensure who wants to affect change in young people’s lives while having an incredible adventure at the same time? Come to Outback Therapeutic Expeditions for a life-changing career as a Field Therapist! Immediate positions are available.
Outback Therapeutic Expeditions
50 North 200 East
Lehi, UT 84043
(801) 766-3932 fax
Wilderness Therapy Field Mentors
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.
Join the Elements field team as you create deep bonds with students and create a life-changing, challenging and fun wilderness experience! Elements Wilderness Program works with adolescent males 13-17 years of age with varying degree of issues needing attention such as substance abuse, depression, self-esteem, and management of emotions. Dedicated, hard working and passionate Field Mentors will blend community, well-being, adventure education (rock climbing, rappelling, canyoneering and low ropes courses), and therapy into every wilderness experience. 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. Job opportunities are available year-round and a 6-12 month commitment is preferred.
Upcoming Training Dates @ Elements
• Apply now for the next Field Mentor training opportunity scheduled from March 2nd–9th or April 7th–13th.
Elements Wilderness Program
P.O. Box 1166
Huntington, UT 84528
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. Your schedule allows for ample time off to explore National Parks, climbing sites, and the mountain slopes of Utah and Colorado.
Blending the best of traditional wilderness therapy with integrated adventure therapy components in Utah’s forests, mountains and canyons, Elements Traverse seeks to be the most effective and engaging treatment program for young adults ages 18-25. Now seeking new and experienced staff to serve clients at the highest level. Field Mentors with Traverse will become part of a small, vibrant, owner-operated community, and are called upon to be a parent figure, advisor, teacher, friend, a source of encouragement, and a keen listener. Mentors work 8-days-on, 6-days-off and must commit to at least 1 year in the role. If you share a commitment to Traverse’s core values of passion, empowerment, character, and connection, learn more and take the next steps!
Upcoming 2017 New Staff Training
• Apply now for the next new staff training scheduled from March 2nd–9th or May 4th–11th.
130 North Main St.
Huntington, UT 84528
Wilderness Therapy Field Instructors
Field Instructors backpack with students in the Uinta Mountains during the summer months and in the high desert near Nine Mile Canyon in the winter. The elevations range from 4,500 to 11,000 feet.
Are you flexible, patient and have a desire to help today's youth? With help from the Utah wilderness, Field Instructors for Second Nature provide insight, direction and hope to troubled teens through adventurous programming. Instructors will develop clinical qualities unrivaled in therapeutic wilderness care. Shelter building, backpacking, simple daily chores, teamwork, relationship skills, problem solving and life-changing lesson are taught in the moment. Creativity, affinity for outdoor living, sensitivity, compassion, flexibility and patience along with the desire to help young people lead healthy and productive lives are all prerequisites for the job. A one-year commitment is necessary; prospective Field Instructors must attend a week-long training orientation in the field, which are scheduled throughout the year.
Upcoming Second Nature Training Orientation Dates
Get your application in now for the March 3rd–9th training orientation!
Field Director and Recruiter
P.O. Box 318
382 West Main St.
Duchesne, UT 84021
(435) 738-2046 fax
Adventure Therapy Field Guides
Throughout the countryside of Utah: from downhill skiing at Sundance resort to rock climbing/rappelling expeditions in St. George.
The Aspiro Group has pioneered three dynamic and powerful wilderness adventure therapy programs (Aspiro, Vantage Point and Kairos) for adolescents and young adults. Field Guides will lead and safely teach groups of students in activities that include rock climbing & rappelling, biking, backpacking, canyoneering and downhill skiing. Personal growth experienced in such an intense, challenging environment are on-the-job rewards that Aspiro Guides appreciate. The largest number of Guide job openings is during the summer season beginning in May. A Guide Tryout Weekend is typically held in late March or early April for prospective applicants.
Staff Training & Development Coordinator Career Opening
• Aspiro is now seeking a Staff Training & Development Coordinator to train Guides in the adventure disciplines and skills necessary for guiding.
63 East 11400 South #186
Sandy, UT 84070
Located just north of Salt Lake City and only a few miles from Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake.
If you are interested in helping teens with Autism in a dynamic, positive, challenging and innovative residential and outdoor therapeutic program, then look no further! Seven Stars is a premier therapeutic program for children with neurodevelopmental disorders who are struggling socially, emotionally and academically. Adventure Guides are responsible for overseeing the safety and well being of students while facilitating adventure activities including mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, canyoneering, rappelling and day hiking. Applicants must be willing to make a 6-month to 1-year commitment without many weekends off. If you’re patient and excited to work with adolescents on the Autism Spectrum, at least 21 years of age and thrive in a challenging environment, email a completed application, your resume and cover letter to Tyler Halls.
2650 W 2700 S
Syracuse, UT 84075
With a stunning location in Southern Utah, the STAR Guides field is filled with a rich history of early native history and frontier intrigue.
The first of its kind nationally, STAR Guides Wilderness offers wilderness therapy uniquely designed for adolescent boys and girls struggling with sexual behavior issues. Functioning as a supervisory and therapeutic role in a small group setting, Field Guides are in charge of planning hikes, teaching survival skills and maintaining a safe and therapeutic environment. If you are looking for a fun culture and a proven treatment philosophy that allows plenty of room for your personality and style to shine, fill out the online application.
• Leaving footprints that matter! Working as a Field Instructor at Star Guides is an experience that changes your life forever as you help guide youth toward positive life change. Watch the STAR Guides employment video »
166 N 300 W, Suite 1
St. George, UT 84770
(435) 275-4256 fax
Conservation Corps, Conservation Volunteers, Emerging Professional Internship Corps (EPIC)
The St. George branch offers programs in four out of the five National Parks in Utah. Positions are also available in Arizona, California and North Carolina.
Experience a different way of life. Meet people from around the world. Enjoy spectacular landscapes. Contribute your energy to meaningful and challenging outdoor projects. Take pride in your team's accomplishments. This is American Conservation Experience—providing a range of voluntary service programs for both American and international participants: Conservation Corps, Conservation Volunteer and EPIC Internships. Typical projects include trail construction and maintenance, native plant re-vegetation, non-native species removal, fence construction, erosion control, and wilderness restoration over a period of 8 days to 6 months throughout the year. View current job opportunities and apply online.
American Conservation Experience
• Flagstaff, Arizona National Headquarters
Arizona, Utah & North Carolina applicants
• Santa Cruz, California Regional Office
California & International applicants
Head Crew Leaders and Crew Leader Development Program Members
CCYC’s campus is located in Monticello, the gateway to the Needles district of Canyonland National Park. There are limitless adventures to be had in southeast Utah — from exploring slot canyons to rafting down the Colorado River to hiking peaks in the nearby La Sal Mountains. There are three National Parks, several National Forests, and an immense amount of public lands to explore all within an hours drive.
Here in the rugged terrain of the Four Corners, where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet, local teens and young adults have the opportunity to join Canyon Country Youth Corps (CCYC) for a healthy dose of service, conservation, education, leadership and adventure. CCYC is looking for adventurous and physically fit people with the desire to work hard and make a real and lasting difference. You’ll get your hands dirty, camp outside in some beautiful places and meet lifelong friends. The Four Corners region also boasts the highest concentration of National Parks in the country. Head Crew Leaders will be responsible for training Crew Leader Development Program Members in both leadership skills and the completion of conservation projects in the spring, and successfully leading crews in the summer/fall. Crews have a tentative schedule from February through November and typically work 9 days on, 5 days off, camping in remote locations during time on. To apply for a Crew Leader or Crew Member position, email your resume, cover letter and 3 references to Jason Phillips.
Program Development Coordinator
Canyon Country Youth Corps
P.O. Box 1029
1117 N. Main St.
Monticello, UT 84535
(435) 587-2156 x1008
(435) 587-2193 fax
Conservation Corps Crew Members
The UCC is headquartered at Utah State University's main campus. Based either out of Salt Lake City, Cedar City, Moab or Logan, Crews will be in the field for 1-2 weeks at a time, traveling to and camping near their project sites.
Now hiring Conservation Corps Crew Members—work and live in the great outdoors of Utah! Crew Members live and work outdoors as part of a 4-person crew, completing various conservation projects, such as habitat restoration, invasive week removal, trail building, fence construction, and forest fuels reduction. Crew Members are trained to use chainsaws and a variety of hand tools to complete projects and gain valuable conservation skills and outdoor experience, give back to America’s great outdoors, and become part of America’s conservation legacy. 3-month and 6-month positions are available for the following seasons: summer (May 22nd–August 16th), summer to fall (May 22nd–November 15) and fall (August 16th–November 15th). No conservation experience needed, just a great attitude, love of the outdoors, and willingness to work hard as part of a team. To apply, fill out the online application.
• What's it like in the Utah Conservation Corps? UCC Crews were interviewed all over this gorgeous state. Check out what they had to say in this video!
Utah Conservation Corps
(435) 797-0964 x1