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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 described below) for each job title.

Field & Operations Positions

Field Guide

Other Positions

Therapist – Family Services
Clinical Therapist
Assistant Health Director
Medical Coordinator


Field & Operations Positions

We are currently accepting Field Guide applications for fall orientation, which will take place November 8-19, 2021, for full-time, seasonal, and intern positions. To be considered, please submit your completed application no later than Wednesday, October 20.

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.  

 

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 typically begin working in the field within three weeks and receive a $1,000 stipend.

To apply please provide:

Please use “Orientation (Month) Application: (Last Name)” in email subject line and send completed application, including letters of recommendation, to recruiter@openskywilderness.com.

We require Field Guides to complete their Wilderness First Responder (WFR), CPR, and First Aid certifications before their first shift in the field. Initial applications may be submitted without WFR, CPR, and First Aid certifications, but these must be obtained before working in the field.

 

 

Full-Time, Part-Time, and Seasonal Positions

THERAPIST – FAMILY SERVICES

Position Summary: This is a full or part-time position to support our innovative, holistic wilderness therapy program for our Family Services team based in Durango, Colorado. Primary duties include working three days in the field (two overnights) and one 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 degree. Licensed or license-eligible in Utah and Colorado. Prior experience in 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 living in or willing to relocated to Durango, CO. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screening and physical.

Pay/Benefits: Wage commensurate with experience. Health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 401(k) retirement plan; paid time off; sick leave; and employee assistance program.

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

 

CLINICAL THERAPIST

Position Summary: This is a full or part-time position to support our innovative, holistic wilderness therapy program for young adults and adolescents based in Durango, Colorado. 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; and working two days in the field (one overnight) and two days in the office.

Minimum Requirements: Clinical master’s degree, PhD, or PsyD. Focus in family systems preferred. Licensed or able to be licensed in Utah and Colorado. Minimum of three years of clinical work with individual, group, and family therapy. Wilderness therapy experience. Openness to mindfulness aspect of program. Presentation skills. Computer literate with excellent verbal communication and writing skills. Must be living in or willing to relocate to Durango, Colorado. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug screening 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; and sabbatical opportunity.

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

 

ASSISTANT HEALTH DIRECTOR

Position Summary: The Assistant Health Director embraces Open Sky’s mission of inspiring people to learn and live in a way that honors values and strengthens relationships. The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Health Director require close collaboration with the Health Director and treatment team in data management, customer service, and client care. The Assistant Health Director will demonstrate compassion, energy, and dedication to the field of wilderness therapy. As a key member of the Open Sky leadership team, this position is expected to support the organization’s needs, consistently align behaviors with the Culture Pathway, and model leadership behavior in all interactions with team members, clients, and vendors. This is a full-time, year-round position based out of the Durango office with frequent time spent at Open Sky’s base camps in Colorado and Utah. The schedule is generally five days, 40+ hours per week, with additional on-call responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to be self-directed. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Discrete and professional. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and ability to learn additional software and app-based technology. Medical training to include EMT with phlebotomy-IV/IM certification or higher.

Preferred Experience: Bachelor’s degree in wilderness, emergency medicine, or relevant field. Experience as a guide in wilderness therapy. EMT-Paramedic, RN, NP, or PA. Experience supervising other employees and communicating with clients/patients also preferred.

Additional Requirements: Pass pre-employment physical and drug screening. Pass annual physical. Have clean driving record and maintain valid driver’s license. Complete DMV release for annual inquiry and review of driving record. Pass initial Colorado and Utah background checks and annual background checks thereafter. Review and sign annual Utah Provider Code of Conduct. Ability to complete harassment and HIPAA training immediately following hire.

Pay/Benefits: Salary range will be provided during interview process. Actual starting wage commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for the Open Sky benefits package. Open Sky is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply: Provide a current resume and letter of intent to employment@openskywilderness.com. Three signed letters of recommendation required prior to hiring. Position open until filled. Open Sky is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

MEDICAL COORDINATOR

Position Summary: The Medical Coordinator embraces Open Sky’s mission of inspiring people to learn and live in a way that honors values and strengthens relationships. The primary responsibilities of the Medical Coordinator require close collaboration with Open Sky’s Health Director and treatment team in client care and data management. This position requires compassion, energy, and dedication to the field of wilderness therapy. As a key member of the Open Sky team, the Medical Coordinator is expected to support the medical department’s needs, consistently align behaviors with the Culture Pathway, and model teamwork in all interactions with the Open Sky team, clients, and vendors.  This is a full-time, year-round position based in the Open Sky Durango office with frequent time spent at Open Sky’s base camps in Colorado and Utah, including periodic 8- or 15-day field shifts. The Medical Coordinator work schedule is generally five days, 40+ hours per week, with additional on-call responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma. Minimum two years’ experience in wilderness therapy environment and/or experience working with adolescents and young adults struggling with difficult challenges and life circumstances.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to be self-directed; strong organizational skills and detail-oriented; discrete and professional. Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and able to learn additional software and app-based technology.

Preferred Experience: BA/BS degree. Medical training to include WFR and/or EMT with phlebotomy-IV/IM certification or higher. Experience working as a Senior Field Guide in a wilderness therapy environment.

Physical Requirements: Ability to meet the physical requirements of the position, including walking and hiking at high altitudes on uneven terrain and lifting up to 55 pounds regularly. This position is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, including extreme cold and heat and exposure to noise, vibration, hazards, and atmospheric conditions. Required to function in narrow aisles or passageways. May be exposed to infectious diseases. Duties will be performed in a wilderness therapy setting working with youth and young adults with mental health, behavioral health, and substances abuse issues. Periodic shifts living in the field with limited amenities for 8-15 days at a time.

Additional Requirements: Pass pre-employment physical and drug screening. Pass annual physical. Have clean driving record and maintain valid driver’s license. Complete DMV release for annual inquiry and review of driving record. Pass initial Colorado and Utah background checks and annual background checks thereafter. Review and sign annual Utah Provider Code of Conduct. Ability to complete Harassment and HIPAA training immediately following hire.

Pay/Benefits : Salary range $16.00-$19.50 per hour/salary.  Actual starting wage commensurate with experience. This position is eligible for the Open Sky benefits. package.

To Apply: Provide a current resume and letter of intent to employment@openskywilderness.com.  Position open until filled.


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