Mountain Rec is currently seeking qualified individuals interested in introducing youth to outdoor leadership skills and outdoor recreation in wilderness settings during our summer programs in the White River National Forest. Wilderness Guides must be passionate about working with youth of varied ages and from diverse backgrounds. As a 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 outdoor experiences, and become part of a group learning atmosphere.

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


Effective communication skills
Ability to work as a team player
Customer service skills
General knowledge of child development and age-appropriate activities
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 disadvantaged youth and low-income families
Leadership experience in group facilitation in a backcountry setting.

Required Skills:

Be 21 years of age or older
Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or WEMT and CPR, or the ability to obtain these certifications prior to beginning employment. Preference will be given to candidates with an active WFR certification.
Physically fit: Must be physically fit to sustain themselves on backpacking trips averaging 5 – 8 miles per day at altitudes between 8,200’ – 13,000’ in varied weather. Must be able to carry a 70lbs backpacking pack in various terrain/conditions.

About Mountain Recreation/SOS Outreach

This is a shared position between the mountain Recreation Department and SOS Outreach.

SOS Outreach, founded and headquartered in Colorado’s Vail Valley, is a national youth development nonprofit utilizing outdoor experiential learning to inspire positive decision
making in youth for healthy and successful lives. Working with youth aged 8 to 18, every SOS program
incorporates the SOS core values of courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion and humility.

Application Instructions

Please apply through https://mountainrec.org/careers/ selecting "Outdoor Recreation Guide" Additional opportunities are posted here as well