Passionate about helping people learn and grow, Guides are primarily responsible for delivering the Open Sky program while overseeing the emotional and physical safety of students in an outdoor treatment setting. Guides nurture the stability and safety of Open Sky students by employing a risk management mindset to all aspects of the job, creating a powerful space for student development. They live outdoors with students and teach a wide range of skills including campcraft, hygiene, meal preparation, mindfulness, emotion regulation, and communication skills, and they embody and model these skills to both students and co-workers. Guides also work with other positions in all departments to serve and support student treatment plans. Key qualities include resilience, patience, flexibility, and the ability to develop and maintain healthy working relationships with students, families, and co-workers. Guides generally work 15-day field shifts, with occasional 8-day shifts available. The position is expected to support other departments such as transport, medical, operations, and administrative when needed and to perform other job duties as assigned. The Guide position has multiple levels, and an employee’s level is based on their background and experience. Position is eligible for Open Sky’s benefits package (medical, dental, vision, 401K) depending on employee classification and hours worked.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Full Time


Professional leadership in outdoor/wilderness setting.

Must have a high school diploma or equivalent; bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.

Professional experience working with adolescents and/or young adults in therapeutic, educational, or outdoor settings.

Previous exposure to yoga, meditation, or other mindfulness practices.

Required Skills:

First Aid and CPR certification (within the last year) strongly preferred.

Obtain de-escalation and therapeutic holds certification.

Obtain medication administration certification.

Be at least 19 years old for Apprentice and Assistant Field Guide positions, 20 years old for Field Guide positions, and 21 years old for Senior Field Guide positions.

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) required at hire.

Have clean driving record and valid driver’s license.

About Open Sky Wilderness

About Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
Open Sky Wilderness Therapy is the premier family-centered wilderness therapy experience for early adolescents (12-14), adolescents (14-17), young adults (18-30) and their families, since 2006. Nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado and the canyon country of southeast Utah, the Open Sky approach transcends traditional wilderness therapy by emphasizing treatment for the whole family. This approach integrates the latest in evidence-based clinical modalities with innovative, research-driven holistic healing practices such as yoga, meditation, and other mindfulness practices. When a family partners with Open Sky, they embark on a rewarding adventure of self-discovery and learn valuable skills that promote lasting success.

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