Lead a group of 8-12 cancer survivors and caregivers in a conditioning program based on a 10-week series of weekly hikes. Volunteer support provided (2-3 volunteers/hike). Hikes get harder each week, and culminate in climbing Grays Peak (for the advanced group); hiking to Blue Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness (intermediate group), or completing a 3-mile hike with moderate elevation gain (beginner group).
Hike leaders must conduct reconnaissance hikes weekly for the upcoming hike. Hikes begin in Jefferson/Boulder County foothills, then move up into higher Front Range locations. Some hikes for advanced group are in Summit County.
Job duties: Lead hikes. Ensure participant safety. Provide first aid as needed. Monitor participants for signs of physical/emotional distress. Determine whether to cancel/abort hike due to inclement weather, etc. Maintain records of hikes (attendance, time to complete, note incidents, etc.) Educate participants on leave no trace principles, hiking etiquette and safety. Support group camaraderie.
Hours will vary from week to week, increasing as length/difficulty of hikes increases. Overall, position is roughly 15 hours/week. Reconnaissance hikes may be done any time during week; most scheduled hikes occur on Saturdays with Sunday rain dates. (Certain hikes to busy destinations, such as Grays Peak, will be on weekdays.) Hikes begin weekend of May 21 and end weekend of July 23.
PAY: $18-21/hr., depending on experience and qualifications.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Instruction and Guiding


Requirements: current WFR certification or greater; valid driver's license and proof of insurance. 3+ years experience outdoor guide preferred. Must comply with all Covid-19 public health orders and good practices. Must be fully vaccinated & boosted for Covid.

Required Skills:

Demonstrated sound outdoor skills, including GPS, route finding, safe mountain travel.

Preferred Skills:

Successful candidates will, in addition, demonstrate patience, compassion and empathy, willingness to support and encourage participants to achieve their goals.

About Live By Living

Live By Living is a Colorado non-profit. Since 2009, we’ve helped cancer survivors and their caregivers face the physical and emotional challenges cancer poses through outdoor activities in natural settings: everything from walks in the park to climbing 14'ers. Our healthy lifestyle programs -- walks in the park, hikes, weekend retreats and hiking-based conditioning program -- connect survivors and caregivers with nature and one another. www.livebyliving.org.

Application Instructions

Applicants should send cover letter and resume to Dan Miller at [email protected] Questions? Call Dan at 303-808-2339.