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Challenge Course Facilitator

University of Utah Health is seeking HMHI ROPES Challenge Course Facilitators for our ROPES Challenge Course team at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI)!

We're seeking outgoing individuals with at least one year of paid work experience in facilitating group activities (e.g. coaching, summer camps, ski/winter sport instruction, counselors, wilderness therapy) to join our awesome team.

This position is responsible for planning and implementing community-based challenge course groups, a summer autism camp, and related activities. Facilitators will also gain professional experience in project development, managing technology platforms, and multimedia initiatives. Experience directly in the challenge course industry is not required.

PRN/part-time shifts and hours may vary from week to week, depending on classes and schedules. Facilitators can expect to work up to an average of 15-25 hours per week during the spring/summer/fall. Candidates are expected to complete 40 hours of challenge course facilitator level 1 training between 5/4-12/2022.

A bit more about our program:

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The HMHI ROPES Challenge Course is an incredible resource for HMHI patients, and community groups, teams, programs, and organizations. Our beautiful challenge course is one of the largest courses in the state.

More information on HMHI ROPES is found here: HMHI ROPES Challenge Course | University of Utah Health


More information on our camp is found here: HMHI Autism Adventure Camp


Our clients include but are not limited to the following:

  • Community-based adult and youth agencies, nonprofit organizations, and church groups

  • Therapeutic treatment groups, residential programs, parent weekends, and recovery groups

  • Corporate and work groups seeking team alignment, increased trust, outcome management, and the ultimate staff meeting

  • University and grade school groups, departments, courses, and teams

Corporate Overview: The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our four hospitals and seventeen clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.

It's been a winning 12 years...

University of Utah Health credits its employees for its national ranking as a Top 10 Academic Medical Center for quality and safety for 12 consecutive years!

In addition to its placement on the top 10 list, U of U Health also ranked 2nd in Vizient’s Ambulatory Care Quality and Accountability Awards in 2021. This is the fifth year in a row the U has ranked in the top five in this category.

And according to Becker's Hospital Review, analysis on ranking and award agencies for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction, University of Utah Hospital has been ranked among the top 100 great hospitals in America four years in a row.

In November 2019, the Huntsman Family announced a commitment of $150 million to UNI to establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. The institute is expected to become a nationally-recognized leader in research, care, education and community outreach—and a model for other states to follow.

University of Utah Health was ranked as one of America’s Best Large Employers by Forbes in 2018 and again in 2019 , and is the only health care provider from the state of Utah to receive the designation.

In our 2020 employee engagement survey results:

• 98% of our employees were proud to tell people they work here!

• 98% of our employees would recommend us to family and friends who need care!

• 95% of our employees would recommend this as a good place to work!

These are fantastic statistics on their own, and are more than 30 percentage points higher than the national average. And OUR PEOPLE are the reason for these remarkable figures.

Not surprisingly, health care organizations with higher levels of staff engagement also have higher patient satisfaction scores, better staff retention, and a stronger culture of safety. It’s a great place to work and live, and the nation is taking note!

As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA


  • Facilitates community groups on the challenge course.

  • Ensures overall physical, emotional health and safety of group members while on course.

  • Introduces customers to the community program and ensures necessary health and information forms are complete.

  • Assembles and disassembles challenge course equipment. Inspects and maintains equipment.

  • Plans the sequence of provided programs and facilitates activities to meet group goals.

  • Attends challenge course technical trainings and meetings.

  • Documents, reports and evaluates HMHI ROPE equipment, challenge course use and related incidents.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

  • Ability to make decisions related to the participant's emotional, physical health and safety issues involving equipment and the course.

  • Must possess the skills to handle emergency situations in a calm and competent manner.

  • Must demonstrate understanding of group process, group stages and group facilitation skills.


Qualifications Required

  • One year of previous challenge course facilitator experience or equivalency.

  • Successful completion of theHMHI ROPEStraining requirements.

Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's degree in Social and Behavioral Science, Human Services or related field.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects while providing patient care to those with psychiatric conditions.

We are University of Utah Health.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Walking

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Last Updated: 3/3/22