Quality. Community.  



Staff members at High Trails live and work on the 6000-acre property of the Colorado Outdoor Education Center here in Florissant, CO.  Outdoor Education Instructors are involved in a wide variety of work, from teaching about local geology to orchestrating the setup and cleanup of meals.  Staff members spend a majority of time outside, and lead programs and classes starting before breakfast and ending after post-dinner evening activities. Because of this, we encourage hardworking applicants with college degrees and positive references from former employers, teachers and associates.


High Trails hires instructors for the spring and fall seasons. Fall runs late August - mid November, and spring runs late March to mid - May. 


We are currently hiring on a rolling basis for our fall season, which runs from Aug. 22 - Nov. 9, 2018.

For an inside look at the day-to-day of HTOEC instructors, check out Episode 3 of Seasonal Skin from instructor Claire Jones (and while you're at it, give the whole podcast a listen): 


High Trails Leadership Team 


Sarah Krumholz grew up outside of Boston, MA. She studied history at Kenyon College in Ohio before moving out to Colorado. As an instructor for Overland Summers and the Colorado Outward Bound School, she's explored the mountains of Colorado, Switzerland, Iceland, and Alaska. Though she was respectfully booted from her sixth-grade choir, some students have favorably compared her trail-singing voice to Norah Jones.

Sarah came out to High Trails to work her first season as a field instructor in the fall of 2013. After 7 seasons of trying to find her tree, Sarah is excited to be up here in Florissant year-round as High Trails' Director.


Logan hails originally from Owensboro, KY. During summer breaks in college, he usually found himself making the long drive out west to Colorado to work for our summer camp program. After receiving a degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and a stint of working on trails for the Conservation Corps in Chattanooga, TN, Logan finally came to work for High Trails. Despite our efforts, we haven't been able to get rid of him yet. Logan is very excited to now be our year-round Assistant Director.

Logan spends most of his down time playing with his four legged companion, Tate, climbing on rocks, roller blading, reading philosophy, and trying to play guitar.


Carlotta "Lottie" Avery is part of the bedrock of High Trails. She grew up in Michigan and came out to Colorado just to visit family. Through the years she has helped develop the program into what it is today. She loves working with teachers and staff to develop a community that is focused on educating every child. Lottie is also a naturalist at heart. It is common to see her walking in the woods near High Trails doing some bird watching, nature photography, or cataloging the current wild flowers in bloom. 


Head Field Instructors

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Hi! My name is Nick (on the right). I’m a native Coloradan, originally from Fort Collins. I graduated from University of Colorado - Boulder, then made my way out to the mountains. I love climbing, skiing, ice cream, and dystopian novels. I've spent many seasons instructing at High Trails, and I am so excited to come back and lend a hand for others! 


Hey there! My name is Melody, and I am originally from good 'ole Knoxville, Tennessee, amongst the grandfather Appalachians. I hurriedly moved West to the Rockies after a summer as a camp counselor here at the camp, and I have been exploring Colorado ever since. After a fall season at High Trails, I spent my time ski instructing, working for the Colorado Outward Bound School as a Logistics Coordinator, farming in Buena Vista, and mastering the art of Nordic skiing up on Tennessee Pass in Leadville. In the summer months, I am normally out trail running the beautiful singletrack that the Sawatch mountains offer, and in the winter, you can find me drinking coffee, reading and leaving the house with sticks on my feet to play in the snow! Overjoyed to be back home amongst the beloved 6,000 acres of High Trails.



Our Spring Field Instructors! 


I'm Logan, and I grew up in Valley Center, KS, a small town just north of Wichita. I graduated from Pittsburg State University, in Pittsburg, KS, where I studied communication with a theatre emphasis. For fun I like to read, play games, sing, play tennis or frisbee golf, go bike riding, or just hang out and listen to music. This will be my first season as a field instructor, my first time coming to Colorado even, but I’m excited for new challenges and new adventures.


Hello world! I’m Maria! I first came to High Trails as a sixth grader 18 years ago. They can’t seem to shake me and I keep pleading to come back. I’m a native Coloradan and CSU grad (Go Rams!), equipped with a BS in Forestry and a BS in Natural Resource Management. I’ve spent my professional life measuring, studying, and interpreting the natural world for organizations ranging from the National Park Service to the Cascades Carnivore Project. I love to be outside, but must admit I suffer from couch potato/X-Files binge watching syndrome. Luckily, the hubby and the lab keep me off the marshmallow comforts of my IKEA KIVIK and out enjoying that good ol’ Colorado fresh air. I make a s’mean s’more and highly encourage you track me down to concoct one specially tailored to meet your comfort food needs.


Hi everyone! My name is Rob and I'm excited to return to High Trails this fall! I am a life-long traveller with a passion for the outdoors and discovering new things. I am graduate of Elon University with a degree in International Studies and Political science, and recently moved back to the U.S. after teaching at a school in the Czech Republic for two years. I love playing in the mountains and learning about Western history, and I can't wait to share tons of good times with students this fall. See you on the trail!


Hi there! My name is Caroline, and I am from San Diego, California. I recently graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Animal Science. I love working with kids and sharing my love for science and the outdoors. I’m excited to help make learning fun at camp this season.