We Hire the Best People to Run the Best Program

girls residential program for asperger'sIf 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 always seeking motivated, compassionate people who want to make a difference.  Our outdoor expedition leaders and campus staff have tremendous impact on the lives of our students and their families.  As provider of direct therapeutic supervision and care, you will have the chance to mentor and coach teens that are hungry for success.  Our students consistently attribute their success to the examples and the help given by our amazing staff.

Founded on proven methods from cognitive theory, neuroplasticity, behavioral re-patterning, positive psychology, self-determination, self-efficacy and a focus on strengths, Seven Stars is a premier therapeutic program for teenage boys and girls with neurodevelopmental disorders.  Seven Stars’ students come from all over the U.S.; usually because they are struggling with the challenges of adolescence.  Many struggle socially, behaviorally, emotionally and academically because they have fallen behind their peers in life skills.  We believe our students want success.  What they need to achieve that success is to be taught the skills most of their peers learn naturally.  Everything we do is designed with therapeutic intent to build self-efficacy and specific coping skills.  Our students graduate with a new sense of confidence, with improved life skills and with improved ability to communicate and advocate for themselves.

Seven Stars’ treatment model takes a revolutionary shift from normal therapy methods.  By combining initial stabilization with multidisciplinary residential treatment and outdoor adventure therapy, our therapeutic program understands, assesses and builds the confidence and skills of students struggling with neurodevelopmental disorders.

We put it all together into one comprehensive program driven by experienced experts on how best to assess and help our special students.  Seven Stars’ success can be attributed to the caliber of our team.  Seven Stars needs employees that can use their skills to not only provide a safe, awesome experience for the students, but also provide a therapeutic experience that will help the student learn critical life skills.

Qualifications to apply for these exciting, direct-care residential and outdoor experiential learning positions:

·         Desire personal progression

·         Desire to support and encourage other people as they progress

·         Are comfortable and enthusiastic about teaching and modeling mature and responsible behaviors

·         Believe in our cause and can fully endorse the Seven Stars model

·         Can commit to a minimum of 12 months to Seven Stars

·         Are at least 21 years of age

·         Can pass a drug screen as well as a criminal background check (mandatory)

·         Solid communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment

Preferred qualifications:

·         Current First-Aid and CPR certifications

·         Current safety certifications (WFR, EMT, etc.)

·         Related college degree

·         Previous experience working with adolescence

·         Professional outdoor experience with rafting, canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing, canyoneering, backpacking, snowshoeing, skiing, etc.

Interview and tryout process

Seven Stars typically conducts a group interview / tryout near the middle of each month.  This is typically a 3 to 4 hour experience where we get to know you and you get to know us.  The day usually starts around noon with a light lunch or a snack and a chance to meet with current direct care and professional staff.  We then sit down as a group and give an overview of the history and mission of Seven Stars and give prospective staff a chance to ask questions about the program.  This portion is usually facilitated by one of our professional staff.  Next, our residential and community managers will discuss questions about pay, work schedules and benefits.  After this, our managers will lead some fun get to know you activities.  Come prepared to engage and have fun!  Because of the somewhat active nature of the day, casual clothing is fine.

Work Shifts

Initially staff is hired on an as-needed basis (PRN).  However, we don’t hire a lot of extra staff so if you are offered a position, it is very likely you will have at least half time if not full time hours right away.  Once through the training process, you will typically move to full time quickly.  Residential staff is typically scheduled for daytime shifts (7:00 AM to 3:00 PM) and evening shifts (3:00 PM to 11:00 PM).  These shifts are staffed seven days a week.  Outdoor staff is typically scheduled for four days in a row with the next three days off.  These outdoor shifts are staffed seven days a week.

Compensation & Benefits

Seven Stars seeks individuals at all levels of skill and experience.  Residential staff pay typically starts around 12.00 per hour with the possibility of an increase by 50 cents after the first 30 days of successful employment and another 50 cent increase after successful completion of 90 days of employment.  Outdoor staff base pay typically starts around 145 dollars per day, with the possibility of an increase by 5 dollars per day after successful completion of the first 30 days of employment and another 5 dollars per day increase after successful completion of 90 days of employment.  Subsequent raises are considered every year thereafter.  Well qualified applicants may be eligible for higher pay.

Gear Requirements

Outdoor staff provides their own personal gear for their expeditions with students and should be prepared for camping in all Utah climate and topography.  Seven Stars operates year round and runs itineraries from 4,000 ft. to 13,000 ft. in elevation.  As a result it is important to have the right gear.   We will talk about gear requirements during the interview.


What is an Outdoor Adventure Therapy Guide and what do they do?  An Adventure Therapy Guide is a professional in outdoor recreation and using those outdoor activities in a therapeutic experience. He/She is highly experienced, or will become highly experienced in activities such as: rock climbing, biking, canoeing, rafting, backpacking, canyoneering, skiing, etc., and safely teaches these activities to students as a tool for therapy.

What if I’m not yet a professional in all of the activities Seven Stars facilitates? Can I still work at Seven Stars?  Of course! Don’t worry if you currently don’t have the skills to be a guide.  Staff training at Seven Stars is hands on and constant.  You may not feel like a professional now, but through training and experience, you will develop the skills required to be a professional guide.  Once hired, staff that are not as experienced are paired with experienced staff that can train you in all aspects of outdoor recreation.

How does learning outdoor skills help the students with their problems?  Each skill taught at Seven Stars can be compared to real life skills that will help our students succeed.  For example, rock climbing and bouldering are great ways to teach about overcoming “problems” in life.  After each activity, Field Guides sit down with their group and process the activity.  This provides students with an opportunity to see personal achievement, how they can improve as well as transferring the lessons they learn to their lives in the bigger world outside of Seven Stars.

What is a typical work week?  Outdoor staff work a 4 days on, 3 days off schedule.  Typically the 4our days are spent running the itinerary (e.g. mountain biking in the Wasatch, backpacking in the Uintas, Rock Climbing in Southern Utah, Skiing at Powder Mountain Resort, etc).

What’s next?  If you have carefully read all of the above information and are still interested in applying to Seven Stars, please follow these steps:

1 – Carefully and completely fill out the application packet, Click Here>>, which includes: application for employment, disclosure and authority to release information, “Background Checks” information sheet, drug and alcohol testing acknowledgement, availability worksheet, Background Screening Application (must be filled out in blue ink), FBI NGI privacy statement, and the last declarations page.

2 – Contact Seven Stars at employment@discoversevenstars.com to email, snail mail, or drop off the application packet at the address below:

Elevations RTC – Administration Building

2650 West 2700 South

Syracuse, UT  84075

Attn: Seven Stars Human Resources

3 – If selected as a candidate, Seven Stars will initiate the background check process.

4 – Once the initial background check is passed, Seven Stars will invite the candidate to an individual or group interview / tryout.  These are typically held near the middle of each month.  They typically run from noon until 3:00 or 4:00 PM.  At the conclusion of that interview, applicants will be informed if they are eligible for the next step, which is to get fingerprints and drug testing complete.  This is required for the final stages of the background checks.

5 – After turning in the fingerprints and the drug screen, successful applicants will typically be offered a position in about one week.

6 – After receiving an offer of employment, the employee will be scheduled to attend the initial training week.  This is typically held the first week of each month.  The training runs from 9 AM until 5 PM Monday through Friday.  This week long training involves filling out initial Human Resources paperwork and training on facility and student safety, crisis management, documentation, etc.

7 – after the first week of training, employees spend a week in a “shadow” experience.  During this time, the new staff is assigned to “shadow” an experienced staff in order to receive more practical training.