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Open Sky Wilderness
Durango, Mancos, United States
27 days ago
Open Sky Wilderness
Durango, Mancos, United States
27 days ago


Field Guide

Durango, CO • Field Guiding


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 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.




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


Professional leadership in outdoor/wilderness setting.

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

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

Special Skills, Licenses or Certifications

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.

Complete DMV release for inquiry and review of driving record.

Pass pre-employment physical and drug screening.

Pass Colorado, Utah, and FBI background checks.

Review and sign Utah Provider Code of Conduct.

Provide certified college transcripts, if applicable.

Physical Demands

Must be able to hear and talk with other people in person and using phone and radio. Must be able to use office technology including a computer and related equipment. 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 altitude (above 5000 feet). Employee must be able to perform these activities despite severe temperatures and adverse weather conditions. Must be able to run at a fast pace for short to extended periods in pursuit of another and must be able to apply therapeutic holds.

Work Environment

Work involves providing direct care in a wilderness setting to clients who have acute mental, emotional, and behavioral healthcare needs. Employee will live with a group of program participants and co-workers in the wilderness, leading activities such as backpacking, hiking, camping, daily living, cooking, and sharing meals together. Employee will sleep outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, with regular exposure to natural sounds such as wind and rain, and human sounds such as snoring, sleep talking, and restlessness. Employee will drive and ride in Open Sky vehicles in support of program activities. Employee may be exposed to environmental conditions such as extreme weather, noise, and vibration, and employee may be exposed to infectious diseases. Work involves functioning in narrow aisles or passageways.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 63034028
  • Location:
    Durango, Mancos, United States
    10 Miles From Dove Creek CO During Winter, United States
  • Position Title: Field Guide
  • Company Name For Job: Open Sky Wilderness
  • Job Function: Other
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: H.S. Diploma/Equivalent
  • Min Experience: None
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $34,152.00 - $50,023.00 (Yearly Salary)

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