Utah State University

Peer Mental Health Peer Prevention Specialists

City Blanding Campus
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/16/2021 1:54 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Student Programs & Services
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
up to 25 hours week
USU Blanding
USU Blanding
Advertised Salary
$10.00 - $15.00 per hour


As a Mental Health Peer Prevention Science Specialist, you will help to establish a peer mental health support network to support USU Blanding students. Your role is to help promote health choices for students in distress, students of concern, and those at risk for substance use/abuse or self-harm. Please note that Mental Health Peer Prevention Science Specialists are distinct roles from professional counseling. This is a grant-funded position that ends June 2022.


  • Create, promote and participate in prevention outreach events to increase the awareness of mental health and services for USU Blanding students. Peers work together and create outreach projects based on the perceived needs of the university community
  • Partner with community coalitions, university departments, and other units working on prevention science-related projects.
  • Participate in campus events: occupy tables, welcome students, and answer questions about mental health services; these events may also be virtual.
  • Provide guidance for each student of concern to create and implement a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to help students on their road to recovery (when needed).
  • Provide referrals and crisis response for various concerns, either face-to-face or virtually, or by phone, using the case management approach.
  • Participate in trainings related to prevention science, Mental Health First Aid trainings, suicide prevention, stress and anxiety, or peer support trainings, especially those provided by USU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
  • Create posts or articles for social media and other news outlets to support positive mental health and prevention science resources.
  • Learn to collect and present program data for grant management reporting.


We are looking for students or alumni in Utah State University’s Associate, undergraduate or graduate degree including, social work, sociology, health, nursing, medicine, psychology, criminal justice, education, or related fields. We can also consider students with strong interest or passion in this field regardless of their academic major. No prior experience is required

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

$10.00 - $15.00 per hour


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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