At Open Sky, the Field Guide is part of an integrated team that delivers powerful and transformative therapeutic experiences for students and their families, embracing the belief that all people have the capacity to thrive. 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 in 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 camp craft, 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 developing and maintaining healthy working relationships with students, families, and co-workers. Guides generally work 15-day field shifts, with occasional 8-day shifts available. The Guide position has multiple levels, and an employee’s level is based on their background and experience. The 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, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Therapeutic Counselors


• Must have a high school diploma or equivalent; bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
• Guides must 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.
• Have a clean driving record and valid driver’s license.
• Pass pre-employment physical and drug screening.
• Pass Colorado, Utah, and FBI background checks.

Required Skills:

Must be able to hear and talk with other people in person and using phone and radio. This position frequently requires strenuous physical activity, including, but not limited to, walking on uneven terrain, hiking up to 15 miles per day, carrying a 55+ pound backpack, and hiking at high altitudes (above 5000 feet). Guides must be able to perform these activities despite severe temperatures and adverse weather conditions.

Preferred Skills:

• Professional leadership in outdoor/backcountry settings.
• Professional experience working with adolescents and/or young adults in therapeutic, educational, or outdoor settings.
• Previous exposure to yoga, meditation, or other mindfulness practices.

About Open Sky Wilderness Therapy

Open Sky assists early adolescents, adolescents, and young adults struggling with difficult challenges and life circumstances. 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. We provide a life-changing opportunity to discover and create a healthy life that is an intelligent and authentic expression of one’s true nature.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application with resume and cover letter through our careers page: careers.openskywilderness.com