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Employment Inquiries

Listed below are our employment opportunities at Open Sky, including current open positions that we are actively seeking for our administrative and/or field teams. We regularly hire for our Field Guide positions throughout the year in the winter, spring, summer, and fall. For application information and deadlines, see details below.

Finally, Open Sky hires some positions on a seasonal, part-time, or as-needed basis. As our needs frequently evolve, we are interested in receiving applications from qualified candidates for the roles listed below under “Seasonal Positions”.  Please follow specific application instructions (as outlined below) for each job title.

 

Business & Administration Positions

Health Director
Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse/APRN
Food Coordinator 
Transporter 

Field Positions

Field Guide

Other Positions

Family Services Therapist
Clinical Therapist
Assistant Therapist


 

Business & Administration Positions

Health Director

The Health Director is responsible for overseeing the health and wellness of students in the field utilizing individual medical field expertise and employing effective supervision of Field Medics, Pharmacy Coordinator, Psychiatric Assistant, and Field Staff; ability to cover all Medical department positions is required.  The Director will regularly communicate with parents about the student’s healthcare needs. Duties also include creating and maintaining up to date field protocols for staff to reference in the field and tracking data coming from the field to improve practices and create applicable in services for Field Staff. The Health Director is also responsible for approving Medical Intakes for incoming students to ensure they are physically capable of participating in the program.  The Health Director is part on an inter-disciplinary team acting as the liaison between the Medical department and other Open Sky departments.

This position is a full-time year-round position based out of Open Sky’s main office in Durango, CO. The schedule is a minimum of forty hours a week during regular business hours, Monday through Friday with after hours and weekend coverage expected, and on-call responsibilities. Weekly Mancos ranch and basecamp field visits utilizing a personal vehicle are required.  Other duties as assigned.  As a key member of the Open Sky leadership team, the Health Director will demonstrate consistent support of the organization’s needs, consistently aligning behavior with the Open Sky Culture Pathway, and modeling leadership behavior in all interactions with team-members, clients, and vendors.

Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in relevant course of study and EMT,  W-EMT, or RN required; wilderness medicine experience preferred.  Also, acceptable and preferred MD, ND, NP/Advanced NP.  Minimum two years’ experience in medical field, preferably with emphasis on adolescent and young adult care, as well as emergency response.  Ability to maintain poise and professionalism in crisis situations, acting as a calming influence. Strong time management and organization skills required. Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to speak with compassion.  Able to effectively supervise other medical team members.   Must be highly responsive with the ability to effectively prioritize.

Physical Requirements

Lifting a minimum of 20 pounds may be required; adequate hearing is required to hear/talk in person and on the telephone; work requires the use of computers with exposure to monitors, keyboards, mouse; position requires long periods of standing, bending, walking, and frequent use of stairs. On occasion, the position is subject to strenuous physical activity which may include but is not limited to:

  • walking on uneven terrain
  • hiking 5-15 miles per day
  • carrying 55+ lb. backpacks
  • high altitude hiking (above 5000 ft.)
  • seasonal weather conditions, including temperature fluctuations

Pay/Benefits

Wage commensurate with experience; Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance; Sick Leave; Paid Time Off; 401(k) Retirement Plan; Employee Assistance Program.

To Apply:

Provide a current resume and a cover letter or email to employment@openskywilderness.com.

 

Psychiatrist or Psychiatric Nurse/APRN

Seeking passionate medical providers to be part of Open Sky’s holistic and integrative treatment team. Open Sky’s wilderness-based, experiential treatment program amplifies change in ways that are unparalleled in other treatment environments, helping clients achieve remarkable and lasting success.

The position provides psychiatric treatment and medication management for adolescent and young adult clients; communicates with family members regarding clients’ treatment progress and relevant medication changes; and collaborates with a multidisciplinary treatment team of Medical, Clinical, Field, and Program staff. This position is 20 to 40 hours per week, year-round position based out of Open Sky’s main office in Durango, CO, with regular weekly visits to the field.  Other duties may be assigned.

Open Sky is fortunate to call Durango and southwest Colorado home. It’s impossible to list everything Durango and the surrounding area has to offer, but one thing’s certain, you’ll never be bored here. Our outdoor adventures are second to none and cultural environment rivals that of a big city.

Min. requirements

APRN, MD, DO, or equivalent and currently licensed(or able to be licensed) in the states of UT and CO.  Experience with child, adolescent and young adult psychiatry.  Passion for working collaboratively with holistic, integrative treatment team. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Highly organized and driven to provide excellent customer service, both internally and externally

Pay/Benefits

Wage commensurate with experience; Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance; Sick Leave; Paid Time Off; 401(k) Retirement Plan; Employee Assistance Program.

To Apply:

Provide a current resume and a cover letter or email to employment@openskywilderness.com.

 

Food Coordinator

Job Description: Open Sky Wilderness is seeking a full-time year-round Food Coordinator to join our innovative, holistic wilderness therapy program for young adults & adolescents based out of our Operations facility in Mancos, CO.  Responsibilities include: Coordinating all aspects of our natural food menu; collaborating with the Medical team to meet nutritional goals and with the Field Department to ensure that guides and students are enjoying diverse, exciting and inspiring meals; determining group portions and packing food weekly for field teams, Family Quests, Student Quests, and Graduations; accommodating special dietary needs/food allergies for specific students; providing lunch for outgoing staff on Staff Exchange Day each Wednesday; managing food inventory and storage; ordering nutritional food and receiving food product; meeting budget goals; developing and maintaining positive relationships with vendors; coordinating the utilization of farm produce with the Farm Manager; providing nutritional instruction and educational opportunities for Field staff. Supervising support staff who aid in the weekly food packout. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:  Min. Requirements: High school diploma or GED; knowledge of and passion for natural foods, nutrition and outdoor food preparation; current CPR and First Aid certification; thrives in a fast paced and dynamic environment; excellent communication and leadership skills; collaborative; creative; enthusiastic; self-directed; organized; detail-oriented; computer literate; professional and mature demeanor with the ability to navigate conflict; the ability to frequently lift 50 pounds from the ground and work outside beyond an eight hour day when needed. Pay / Benefits: Wage commensurate with experience; Health, Dental, Vision and Short-Term Disability Insurance; Sick Leave; Paid Time Off; 401(k) Retirement Plan; Employee Assistance Program.

To Apply: Provide a current resume and a letter or email of interest to employment@openskywilderness.com.

 

Transporter

Job Description: Are you looking for meaningful work positively impacting the lives of young people? Driving across the beautiful Four Corners area in Colorado and Utah? Are you looking for a Summer job that provides you 40 hrs/week?

Open Sky is looking for compassionate, professional, and responsible drivers to meet, greet, assist and transport the new students arriving into our program. Applicants will align with our core values, including contributing in a positive manner, demonstrating respect, and performing with excellence. This is a great opportunity to build skills in a medical and mental health environment. Work is full-time with shifts lasting 8-14 hrs. Auto Insurance requirements stipulate that all drivers must be 21 years of age or older.

Open Sky is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. EOE/M/F/V/D. Apply now and find out if you are the next smiling face that will meet our new students.

To Apply: Provide a current resume and a letter or email of interest to employment@openskywilderness.com.

 

Field Positions

We are currently accepting applications for our August orientation, which will be held August 31- September 11, 2020. To be considered, please submit your application no later than August 12th. We will be interviewing full-time, intern, and seasonal candidates.

Open Sky continues to operate as an essential healthcare business during the COVID-19 pandemic. By combining CDC recommended strategies with rigorous risk-mitigation health and hygiene standards, we are proud to serve our students, families, and employees with care and professionalism.  

Due to a temporary lack of available Wilderness First Responder courses globally, we are allowing candidates to submit an application without a WFR certification at this time. Upon future availability of courses, we will collaborate accordingly in order for applicants to obtain certification.

Field Guide

If you are interested in joining the Open Sky team in this unique and vital role, please visit the following link for specific application requirements and additional information:  Open Sky Field Guide

Candidates who are offered employment after successful completion of the orientation generally begin working in the field within 3 weeks.

To Apply:  Provide a cover letter, current resume, completed Application Form, three letters of recommendation, copy of Wilderness First Responder or higher (W-EMT) medical certification, and copy of current CPR certification.  Please use “Orientation (Month) Application: (Last Name)” in email subject line and send completed application, including letters of recommendation, to recruiter@openskywilderness.com

 

Seasonal, Full-Time and Part-Time Positions

The following positions may become open seasonally and based on our staffing needs. While we may not immediately be hiring, we always accept talented and qualified individuals for these positions. If interested, please follow the specific instructions under each job title.

Family Services Therapist

Job Description: This is a full or part-time position to support our innovative, holistic wilderness therapy program for our Family Services team based in Durango, CO. Primary duties include working 3 days in the field (2 overnights) and 1 day in the office. Primary responsibilities include facilitating Family Quests and Wellness Weekends, offering weekly phone sessions with parents, and participating as a member of an integrated treatment team. Position reports directly to the Clinical and Family Services Director.

Minimum Requirements: PhD/Master’s therapist; licensed or license-eligible in UT and CO. Prior experience: clinical work with adolescents, young adults, and families. Strong preference for clinician with Family Systems background and prior wilderness experience. Must be open to research-based mindfulness aspect of program, computer literate, have excellent communication and writing skills, and have a passion for adolescent and family treatment. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and physical.

Pay: Wage commensurate with experience; Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability and Supplemental insurance; 401(k) Retirement Plan; Paid Time Off; Sick Leave; Employee Assistance Program.

To Apply: Provide a current resume and letter of intent with salary requirements to employment@openskywilderness.com.

 

Clinical Therapist

Job Description: This is a full or part-time position to support our innovative, holistic wilderness therapy program for young adults and adolescents based in Durango, CO. Responsibilities include: carrying a caseload; providing individual and group therapy; facilitating weekly phone calls with parents and referral sources; delivering clinical training to field guides; marketing, including attending national conferences; working 2 days in the field (1 overnight) and 2 days in the office.

Minimum Requirements: Clinical Master’s, Ph.D., or Psy.D. (Focus in family systems preferred); licensed, or able to be licensed, in UT and CO; minimum of 3 years’ clinical work with individual, group, and family therapy with young adults; wilderness therapy experience; openness to mindfulness aspect of program; presentation skills; computer literate; excellent verbal communication and writing skills. Must be living in or willing to relocate to Durango, CO. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screen and physical.

Pay/Benefits: Competitive wages; Health, Dental, Vision and Life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan; Flexible Paid Time Off (PTO) Policy with Sick Leave; Employee Assistance Program; sabbatical opportunity.

To Apply: Please email current resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to employment@openskywilderness.com

 

Assistant Therapist

Job Description: The Assistant Clinical Therapist supports the treatment team to deliver a powerful and transformative experience for students and their families, embracing the belief that all people have the capacity to thrive. The Assistant Clinical Therapist participates in student sessions with Primary Clinical Therapists; reviews IGP assignments with students; communicates with Primary Clinical Therapists regarding the status of therapy assignments; attends staff exchange; communicates with field guides regarding student treatment, goals, and clinical issues; reviews therapeutic letter writing assignments; communicates logistics with families; participates on student and parent calls; coordinates psychological testing and logistics; generates and emails letters and transcripts; supports or leads group calls with parents; and schedules calls and sends confirmations for lead therapists. As assigned, the Assistant Clinical Therapist supports other duties such as Family Quests, Wellness Weekends, educational events, and vacation coverage. Additional duties may be assigned.  As an integral part of the Open Sky Clinical Department, the Assistant Therapist will demonstrate support of the organization’s needs, consistently aligning behaviors with the Open Sky Culture Pathway, and model professional and healthy behaviors in all interactions with team-members, clients, and vendors.

Qualifications and Experience: Bachelor’s degree. Completed, enrolled or accepted in an accredited educational program that has resulted or will result in the achievement of master’s degree in counselling, social work, or marriage and family therapy and state licensure. Minimum of one year of experience in wilderness therapy field or equivalent required. Preferred experience. Open Sky field or therapeutic experience, demonstrated success in all key areas including supporting treatment process for individuals with mental health issues,  success working with parents and families engaged in a therapeutic program,  ability to communicate effectively with referral sources and families,  success in leading therapeutic groups and building relationships with and managing internal key stakeholders,  advanced skills in mindfulness, meditation and yoga practices, and consistent alignment with the Open Sky Culture Pathway.  Strong presentation skills, computer literate, and excellent verbal communication and writing skills.

Physical Requirements:Lifting a minimum of 20 pounds may be required; adequate hearing is required to hear/talk in person and on the telephone; work requires the use of computers with exposure to monitors, keyboards, mouse; position requires long periods of standing, bending, walking, and frequent use of stairs. On occasion, the position is subject to strenuous physical activity which may include but is not limited to:

  • walking on uneven terrain
  • hiking 5-15 miles per day
  • carrying 55+ lb. backpacks
  • high altitude hiking (above 5000 ft.)
  • seasonal weather conditions, including temperature fluctuations

Work Environment: Work is performed in office and outdoor settings with frequent interaction with co-workers and external partners. On occasion, work conditions encompass inside and outside environmental conditions; extreme cold and heat; noise, vibration, hazards, and atmospheric conditions. Required to function in narrow aisles or passageways. Potentially exposed to infectious diseases. Required to work with mental health patients.

Pay/Benefits: Wage commensurate with education and experience; Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance; Sick Leave; Paid Time Off; 401(k) Retirement Plan; Employee Assistance Program.

 To Apply: Provide a current resume and a cover letter or email to employment@openskywilderness.com.

 

 


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