Associate Family Teacher

Job Type

Full-time and part-time positions including morning, daytime, weekend, and night shifts

The position is located in Erda, Utah. 


Competitive Pay at $18/hr, first raise within 30 days!


Benefits for full-time employees include mental, dental, and vision coverage as well as a generous 401K plan, education reimbursement, and paid time off.

Paid Training is provided, and employees have an opportunity to become a certified practitioner in the Teaching-Family Model, a globally accredited model for behavioral treatment


Our two beautiful rural campuses sit at the base of the mountain in the Tooele Valley. It is a 30 minute drive west of Salt Lake City along the gorgeous scenic route of I-80 along the shore of the Great Salt Lake. Alpine Academy includes two campuses including the Mountain View Campus and Lake View Campus which are located approximately 3 miles from one another along the same road. Among other amenities, each campus includes several homes in which the youth reside, a school, therapeutic center, recreation center, and equine therapy with stables and riding rink.

Job Description

Use an evidence-based model called the Teaching Family Model to provide treatment to youth who are away from their homes and families for various reasons. No longer rely on your gut or your own intuition to know how to help, and no longer just babysit youth to make sure they eat, stay put, and don’t hurt themselves in a residential treatment setting; instead, teach youth the skills they need to change their lives and thrive in their natural homes, families, and communities and do so in a family-style home. Research reports the best place for children and youth to learn is in the home environment in a family setting with adults they trust. If you want to be part of a child’s life who currently can’t be with their own family and want to be one of those trusted adults, come heal and elevate lives through proven family solutions at Utah Youth Village/Alpine Academy. Be the embodiment of the saying from our founder, Lila Bjorklund, “Help one child, help generations to come.”

The Core Job Duties

As an Associate Family Teacher/Behavior Technician, you will:

  1. Work on a team of behavioral specialists including 3-4 other Associates and 1-2 Family Teachers to help run a family-style home for up to 11 youth (including building relationships of trust, participating in family activities, helping children with homework, making appointments and helping children get to school and other appointments, making meals with the family, and all other activities which occur in a natural home setting).
  2. Proactively help youth learn social, academic, independent living, and self-help skills by following a treatment plan and looking for opportunities to teach and practice.
  3. Offer support to Family Teachers and actively engage in the culture of the home by completing delegated assignments, being present, offering relief, and having open communication about the youth and happenings of the home

The Youth

The youth we serve are ages 12-18 who have generally been referred by their parents. They experience a range of behavioral, emotional, and mental health challenges from eating disorders to Oppositional Defiance Disorder. In general, youth have experienced multiple types of treatment or help in the past, but have been referred to Alpine Academy due to a need for increased level of care or as a step down from a higher level. Youth range in their motivation level, but in general, thrive and allow their individual personalities and talents to show as they are given opportunities to develop self-worth, relationships with positive adults, leadership development, self-determination, and to explore their identity and interests in a safe, fun, and supportive setting.