Field Leadership Team
Open Sky's field guides and field management team are a collection of exceptionally trained and mature people that are extraordinary role models for adolescents and young adults searching for a better way in life. Day in and day out, field guides will work with each student to follow through on specific assignments and interventions designed by the treatment team. Field guides run daily group sessions, teach curriculum, and oversee the varied program activities throughout the week. Field guides are really the heart and soul of the Open Sky program, taking advantage of the host of teachable moments that present themselves each day. For example, if a student becomes frustrated at not easily succeeding at a given task, the guides are there to coach them through to a successful experience. Seven of Open Sky's nine owners were field guides prior to starting Open Sky. If you are interested in becoming an Open Sky field guide, check out our employment page.
You can also watch the webinar about how we select, train and track field guides.
*Statistics in this webinar are from 2008 and may no longer be accurate.
I work in wilderness therapy because it is the most rewarding job that I can imagine at this point in my life. The work is challenging and provides a lot of opportunity for personal growth. It also feels good to know that this line of work has a positive impact on people and the larger world. I love being outside and sharing the magic of the wilderness with other people.
Assistant Field Director
I’ve always approached life with a genuine curiosity to know the reasons behind a thought, feeling, or action. Through studying cultural anthropology and outdoor education, I’ve been fortunate enough to gain new skills and knowledge to enhance that curiosity along the way.
Patience, and a great understanding of the therapeutic benefits of outdoor and experiential education. I also have solid (12+ years) experience and hard and soft skills working with adjudicated youth in a wilderness setting.
I am patient, empathetic, and good at problem solving. I am generally happy and enthusiastic, which tend to rub off. I am a good listener and I know that everyone is essentially good, despite what actions their life experience may have led them to perform. I've been told that I bring out the best in people. I think that I can help bring out the essential good and happiness in others.
Robin has been involved in wilderness guiding and education since 2003 and specifically in wilderness therapy, supporting students and families in crisis since 2008. He brings a diverse experience to Open Sky having worked in a variety of professional outdoor venues such as NOLS, Wilderness Awareness School, Kroka Expeditions and leading graduating rites of passage for Marin Academy in San Rafael, CA.