Ok, in answer to the questions about the backpacking jobs: There are a couple places I know of, one where my son used to work, the Anasazi Foundation, whose offices are on Stapeley in Mesa, about a block north of 60. And also the one where he is now going to work, in Kanab, Utah, which is called WinGate. (He tells me there are others as well.)
Both are non-profit organizations which provide "wilderness therapy" to troubled teens. The teens have behavioral problems, drug problems, etc. Both emphasize learning primitive living skills and getting in touch with nature, and trying to promote a change of heart in the teens (as opposed to the boot camp type of "therapy." It does not resemble boot camp therapy at all!!!)
Trailwalker employees at Anasazi, and Wind Walkers at WinGate hike for 8 days and are off 6 days, rotating out with another crew, whereas the clients (teens) are out there for 5 weeks or so. Both companies pay employees by the day--I hear WinGate pays a little better. WinGate walkers stay on roads and trails, whereas Anasazi walkers go almost completely off-trail. WinGate walkers use standard backpacking gear. Anasazi walkers use a sort of bundle, made into a backpack.
In both cases, you also would have the job title of "behavioral health technician" if I am not mistaken. Anasazi seems more concerned about hiring people who espouse a clean living lifestyle (no smoking, drinking, pot, etc.) and a fair number of its employees are LDS. This seems to not be as true of WinGate (even though it's in Utah--go figger.)
Both companies have a harder time finding FEMALE employees! However, that does not mean if you are a male and are really interested that you shouldn't apply! If you look at the websites and it just grabs you, well, I'd say go for it! I'd try it myself if I were young and unmarried.