DYF Wilderness Guides facilitate backcountry trips and adventure based outdoor programs for youth living with type 1 diabetes. Our Wilderness Guides work hard to ensure our programs are meaningful, supportive, educational and fun while providing superior T1D care with the help of qualified Health Care Professionals.
Guides work collaboratively within their team to manage all aspects of the trip. This includes pre-trip packing and preparing food and gear, teaching outdoor living skills and diabetes management in the backcountry environment. Guides are also responsible for interpretive information, risk management, and managing the everyday tasks of survival in the backcountry; food, water, shelter, blood sugars etc.
Compensation: $125-150 per day

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Climbing Skills, Instruction and Guiding, Medical, Mountaineering Skills


• Experience with youth management
• Experience with extended backcountry travel
• Working knowledge of or ability to learn diabetes management

Required Skills:

• Guide youth in extended backcountry travel on various terrain for long hours while carrying up to 40-70 lb backpacks.
• Teach necessary outdoor skills to set students up for success in the wilderness setting.
• Manage risk in a way that is suitable to being in the wilderness with a group of youth with type 1 diabetes.
• Be active in participant diabetes management including on trail and in the middle of the night.
• Create an emotionally safe space for participants to be comfortable sharing about their s

Preferred Skills:

• 21+
• Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder
• One year / full season experience as a wilderness guide
• Ability to independently manage glucose/insulin on trail and overnight
• Have a basic understanding of the different diabetes management systems
• Understand basic troubleshooting for the different systems

About Diabetes Youth Families (DYF)

DYF is a mission-driven organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, teens, and families affected by type-1 diabetes. Founded in 1938, the organization is a leader in helping children and their families gain confidence and mastery in managing diabetes through high adventure backcountry expeditions, weekend and week-long camps and educational programs that serve more than 1,500 individuals annually. DYF believes that every child with T1D, and their family members, should have the benefit of our lifesaving and transformative programs.

Application Instructions

Please submit cover letter and resume to Whitney Wright, Program Director at [email protected]