Mountain Recreation Outdoor Programs offer a fun, exciting environment to our participants and staff alike; one that fosters opportunities for expanding our outdoor knowledge, learning new skills, and enjoying the outdoors! Applicants must be enthusiastic and love working outdoors with children, enjoy being part of a team-focused environment, and have strong communication and group management skills.

We are looking for qualified individuals interested in introducing youth to outdoor leadership skills, natural science education, and outdoor recreation in outdoor settings during our overnight youth programs that take place in the Colorado National Monument and on the White River National Forest.

Overnight Guides must be passionate about working with youth of varied ages and from diverse backgrounds. As a role model for positive growth, instructors will provide the support, safety, and guidance needed for youth to foster an appreciation for nature, learn the skills necessary to participate in overnight outdoor experiences, and become part of a group learning atmosphere.

You are welcome at Mountain Rec for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what keeps you active. Recreation is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our organization, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So, bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way we play.


Part-Time; Summer Seasonal:

Option 1 – Late April – Early June; Part-Time Hourly (Monument Trips only)
Option 2 – Late April – Mid-August; Part-Time Hourly (Monument Trips and Summer Camp)
Option 3 – Early June – Mid-August; Part-Time Hourly (Summer only)
Salary: $165/day

Benefits include: 3.75% contribution to 401a account and accrued sick leave according to the HFWA. Every employee receives a membership to all Mountain Recreation facilities. For more information on benefits, check out our website at https://mountainrec.org/benefits-overview/

Location: Eagle County, Colorado

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education


Be 21 years of age or older
Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR, or the ability to obtain these certifications prior to beginning employment.
Pass Federal background check and Motor Vehicle check.
Prior experience working with youth and youth overnight outdoor programs.

Required Skills:

Demonstrate strong organizational, leadership, planning and problem-solving skills
Effective communication skills
Ability to work as a team player
Customer service skills
Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment while paying attention to detail.
Have a positive attitude and good sense of humor and strong communication skills
Experience, comfort, and passion in working with youth outdoors
Establish and maintain positive, respectful, and cooperative relationships with all program contacts

Preferred Skills:

Rock climbing, hiking, wilderness travel, and team building experience.
Spanish language proficiency and cultural literacy (preferred).
Child development and age-appropriate activities
Leadership experience in group facilitation in an outdoor setting.
Recreation program risk management
A desire to make a positive difference in the community.
Knowledge of Leave No Trace principles and practices.

About Mountain Recreation

Mountain Recreation is an Eagle County, Colorado metro recreation district that primarily serves area residents. Founded in 1980, the Mountain Rec district has grown significantly over its history to include three large indoor facilities, athletic fields, outdoor activity areas, plus a variety of recreational programs and services. We create experiences that make our community better than yesterday, where lifelong goals are achieved, and dreams are born. We don’t settle for anything less than excellence in every area of our organization. We have the courage to be honest and adapt to change. Regardless of role, those values are embedded into our organization making us a true leader in recreation. We believe everybody deserves to be healthy and happy.

Application Instructions

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and application at the following link: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/1436496/Mountain-Recreation-Metropolitan-District/Outdoor-Recreation---Overnight-Programs-Guide