Wilderness Field GuideAt BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy

Posted Dec 3, 2021 Job Length Summer


Working in BaMidbar’s Wilderness Therapy program, Assistant and Lead Field Guides serve as mentors and wilderness guides for young adults struggling with mild to moderate social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. Through applying therapeutic concepts, teaching technical and fundamental skills, integrating Jewish values and traditions, and connecting personally with students, staff serve as a support system for program participants. Using BaMidbar’s supportive, strengths-based approach, Field Guides encourage students to move beyond their comfort zones to experience new, unexpected levels of confidence, personal achievement, and growth.

Position Type: Seasonal, full-time
Location: Colorado – this position requires residence at Ramah in the Rockies during the program season
Reports To: Program & Operations Coordinator
Compensation: $5,600 (Assistant Guides) or $6,000 (Lead Guides)
Dates: June 7-August 11, 2022
June 7th – June 29th: Training
June 30th – August 8th: Programming
August 9th – August 11th: Debrief & Wrap


Support Student Development:
Build a compassionate and caring group environment, and maintain a healthy group dynamic by promoting inclusivity, communication, and conflict resolution
Work as part of the treatment team, which includes licensed therapists, Jewish educators, medical staff, and field specialists
Facilitate formal and informal essential and technical skill building opportunities for students
Oversee a highly structured, participatory backcountry camp environment
Integrate Jewish values, learning, culture, and traditions into backcountry environment and student learning

Risk Management:
Collaborate effectively with co-guides to ensure 24/7 safety, structure, and supervision of all members of the group
Manage group’s physical and emotional well-being and promote a culture of safety in all aspects of field life
Proactively identify and mitigate potential risks, and respond to safety concerns with appropriate and timely decisions and actions
Maintain clear and regular communication between the field and basecamp, keeping all BaMidbar staff informed on the current state of the group and individual students

Other Responsibilities:
Complete paperwork with accuracy and efficiency
Inform treatment team and BaMidbar staff on important group and individual developments during formal and informal meetings and debriefs




Passionate about BaMidbar’s mission and vision
A candid and intentional communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
Someone who thrives in a position with a high level of autonomy and responsibility
A hands on team player who brings enthusiasm, a sense of humor, openness, and a strong work ethic
At least 21 years of age or older

Wilderness First Responder certification
Significant backcountry trip leading experience, preferably in a wilderness therapy setting
Experience building a positive group dynamic and confidence working with diverse and challenging populations
Excellent mentoring and coaching skills
Excellent group facilitation skills
Open, inclusive, and team-oriented work style

Experience working with young adults, preferably in a leadership, mentoring, or instructional capacity
Understanding of Jewish culture, values and cycles, and if not fully understood, a willingness to learn and an appreciation for the cultural aspects of the program
Bachelor’s degree, preferably focused in outdoor education, psychology, sociology, child development, or education

The essential functions of this position require outdoor work in all weather conditions. Employee will be expected to hike on uneven terrain, while carrying a backpack or other equipment weighing up to 60 pounds
A pre-employment background check will be required, including fingerprinting and FBI background check
Applicants must have a valid driver’s license with an insurable driving record
All staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
In efforts to keep our community healthy, staff will be expected to adhere to all COVID policies and procedures as laid out by Ramah in the Rockies and BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy. These expectations may change over time and may limit staff’s ability to socialize with people from outside the “BaMidbar bubble” or leave property, even during designated time off

How to Apply

Please use this form to submit a cover letter, resume, and three references: https://forms.gle/pvu71FtzDra74Wdj6

Contact Information

Camp Name

BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy

Job Title

Wilderness Field Guide

Camp Address

300 S. Dahlia St. Suite 205, Denver, CO, 80246, United States