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Thank you for your interest in employment with the Colorado Mountain Club!

Organization Overview

The Colorado Mountain Club has been delivering education, conservation and recreational opportunities to the Colorado public since 1912. The CMC acts as a gateway to the mountains for novices and experts alike, offering an array of year-round activities, events and schools centered on outdoor recreation. The Club connects thousands of adventure-loving mountaineers and teaches the skills to safely and respectfully maximize living in an outdoor playground.

The CMC provides equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, age, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or any other basis protected by law.

 

STAFF POSITIONS

 

 

PART TIME & SEASONAL POSITIONS

Youth Education Volunteer Coordinator

Youth Education Program- Field Instructor

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Marketing and Content Internship

Youth Education Program Fall Intern

 


Youth Education Volunteer Coordinator

The Colorado Mountain Club Youth Education Program (YEP) ignites a connection to the outdoors for Colorado youth by providing opportunities for active learning through experiential and adventure education. YEP inspires the next generation of leaders, recreationalists, and environmental stewards.

As a part time volunteer coordinator, you will coordinate YEP’s volunteer programs: recruiting, training, scheduling, and retention.

Essential Functions:

  • Reports to YEP Program Managers and works within a small team to support YEP programming
  • Develop, promote, and maintain a wide range of volunteer opportunities
  • Coordinate with YEP Program Managers to assess needs for volunteer assistance
  • Develop and manage volunteer policies, procedures, and standards of volunteer service
  • Send out bi-monthly emails of upcoming programs at YEP to ensure volunteers are staffed to support the various areas of operations, to include belaying, exhibits and education, special events, and overall staff support while out in the field
  • Organize and implement volunteer orientations and trainings
  • Maintain new and ongoing volunteer paperwork 
  • Organize volunteer appreciation programs and special events
  • Regularly evaluate all aspects of volunteer programs to ensure program effectiveness and promote positive cooperation
  • Maintain accurate records and provide timely statistical and activity reports on volunteer participation
  • Attend/host community outreach opportunities and recruiting events

** Opportunity to assist with field instruction as needed

Qualifications:

  • Must love working with youth!
  • 21 years or older, able to pass a background check and maintain a clean driving background
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience gained through work) – Preferred in Communications, Non-profit management and/or volunteer coordination, Outdoor Education, Education, Natural Sciences, or Environmental Studies
  • Experience with volunteer organizations
  • Ability to motivate and manage individuals and groups
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills – ability to relate to children and adults of all ages
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Some evenings and weekends required
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO

**Outdoor educational skills in core programming areas: hiking, climbing, teambuilding, snow science, and nature/ecology are a plus.

Hours & Compensation:

CMC offers a fun and exciting work atmosphere. We also offer generous employee benefits, including:

  • This is a non-exempt, part-time, hourly position 10-15 hours a week
  • Flexible hours, pay is $13-15 per hour DOE.
  • Paid professional development opportunities
  • Free CMC Membership and discounts on CMC outdoor technical schools
  • Access to Pro-deals
  • Offices in the historic American Mountaineering Center (also home to the American Alpine Club, American Mountaineering Museum, and other outdoor-focused non-profits).  Within walking distance of downtown Golden, Clear Creek, trails, restaurants, and other amenities

How to Apply

Submit a resume with references and cover letter to kathynguyen@cmc.orgApplications open until July 12, 2019

 

 

Youth Education Program Field Instructor

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. YEP uses an experiential approach to connect youth with their local surroundings, making learning relevant and fun by utilizing Colorado’s greatest natural resource: the mountains! School-year programming at YEP consists of day programs for students K-12 throughout the greater Denver area.  Programs take place at the American Mountaineering Center, in schools, and at outdoor field locations.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate a safe, positive, cooperative, and fun group environment with youth ages K-12
  • Create daily lesson plans as needed and lead activities in the following topics: teambuilding, earth science, indoor and outdoor climbing, outdoor discovery, natural/environmental science, and survival skills.
  • Meet & greet small and large groups of students with chaperones.
  • Participate in the safety and well-being of youth participants on multi-day educational courses and classes.
  • Understand and follow all YEP risk management and safety procedures.
  • Instruct and coach students in climbing concepts including belaying, knot tying, rappelling, back-up systems, equipment use and technique.
  • Assist with set up and break down of technical rock climbing systems as needed.
  • Prepare, clean-up and inventory equipment and materials daily as needed.
  • General admin duties as needed.
  • Provide direction to YEP volunteers and interns.

Required Qualifications:

  • Must love working with youth!
  • Experience teaching environmental education and/or adventure education. 
  • Institutional and/or personal rock climbing experience.
  • Strong communication skills-- able to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Sense of humor, ability to relate to children and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Submit a criminal background check.
  • Able to carry loads up to 40 pounds.
  • First Aid and CPR.
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden each day.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Wilderness First Aid / Wilderness First Responder.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in the area of natural science, outdoor recreation/education or related field.
  • Experience leading overnight trips.
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification.

Hours & Expectations:

CMC offers a fun and exciting work atmosphere. We also offer generous employee benefits, including:

  • Position is seasonal, part-time. 5-30 hours per week depending on availability and program need.
  • Typical work day is 6 hours. Classes vary from 4- 8 hours/day.
  • Occasional overnight trips.
  • Pay is $12-$14 per hour DOE.
  • Access to Pro-deals
  • For any new curriculum prep - maximum of 2 hours of training and 1 hour of personal prep will be paid.
  • Offices in the historic American Mountaineering Center (also home to the American Alpine Club, American Mountaineering Museum, and other outdoor-focused non-profits).  Within walking distance of downtown Golden, Clear Creek, trails, restaurants, and other amenities

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to kathynguyen@cmc.org

 

 

Youth Education Program Fall Intern

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. YEP uses an experiential approach to connect youth with their local surroundings, making learning relevant and fun by utilizing Colorado’s greatest natural resource: the mountains!  Fall programming at YEP consists of day programs for students K-12 throughout the greater Denver area.  Programs take place at the American Mountaineering Center, in schools, and at outdoor field locations.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • Ability to relate to school-age children and adults of all backgrounds; including classroom behavior management.
  • Self-directed, innovative thinker.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • One or more of the following:
    • Experience in natural science or related field.
    • Experience working in outdoor hiking and climbing programs.
    • Experience facilitating teambuilding and group games. 
    • Experience teaching youth from diverse backgrounds in environmental education and/or adventure education.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Instruct curriculum for the Youth Education Program (YEP). Activities are indoors/outdoors and are experiential, using models, props, games, and other hands-on teaching methods. Participants are children in grades K-12, and adult chaperones.  Typically instruction will occur in groups of 20 people or less.  
  • Assistant instructor for indoor and outdoor rock climbing and slacklining.
  • Assistant instructor for outdoor ecology and geology hikes.
  • Assistant instructor for science curriculum in the classroom. 
  • Facilitate a positive, fun learning environment through appropriate classroom behavior management, language and teaching methods.
  • Prepare activities, materials, and equipment for programs as needed.  Clean up program areas.
  • Provide curriculum feedback and ideas to the YEP program design team.
  • Assist with general office administration tasks for the YEP program.

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Interest in the outdoors, particularly science, natural history or recreation.
  • Experience working with youth.
  • Rock climbing experience, demonstrating competency in the fundamental skills including: belaying, back-up belaying, knot tying, equipment, and communication (highly preferred).
  • First Aid and CPR desired.
  • Able to carry loads up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO.

Time Commitment & Compensation:

  • 15 hours per week, mid August—early December, dates flexible.
  • This is an unpaid internship with a small travel stipend.
  • Access to pro-deals with hundreds of outdoor brands.
  • Access to free outdoor skills classes with the CMC.

How to Apply

Submit a resume and a cover letter with your goals and why you would be a good fit for the position via email to kathynguyen@cmc.org by August 1, 2019. 

 

 

Marketing and Content Intern 

Reports to: Marketing & Communications Manager

Role: The Marketing Content Intern will create, edit and organize content in support of the external communications goals of the Colorado Mountain Club.  

Overview: This outstanding individual will be a self-motivated and talented communicator with the ability to follow through simultaneously on various projects. The ideal candidate will have a strong attention to detail and superior written and verbal skills. Enjoy a flexible schedule, working in beautiful and historic Golden, and spending time with passionate mountaineers and their equally passionate dogs. After work, take a tour of the Coors brewing facility, tube down Clear Creek, or enjoy some of the nation’s best rock climbing in Clear Creek Canyon—all within walking distance of the office!

Responsibilities:           

  • Write short, engaging digital posts for the CMC blog, The Clubhouse
  • Provide articles for Trail & Timberline, the CMC’s biannual magazine
  • Create, edit and update website content
  • Assist with marketing collateral, such as brochures and sponsorship packets
  • Draft manuals, handbooks and other technical documents
  • Manage social media content  (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Write and distribute press releases
  • Provide copy for digital newsletters, member communications, membership campaigns and other marketing e-mails
  • Represent the CMC at outdoor industry events
  • Gather and/or create graphic images to support marketing e-mails, website content, print materials and social media posts
  • Special projects as assigned 

Education/Work Experience:

  • Minimum of college level Junior classification; at least 1 year of previous work experience
  • Knowledge of and significant interest in journalism, marketing, communications, social media and public relations preferred
  • Some graphic design experience a plus

Recommended Skills:

  • Expert user of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience creating and managing social media content
  • Experience with WordPress or similar online blogging software
  • Familiarity with AP style
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience with websites, content management systems and basic HTML code 

Hours & Compensation:

  • The Marketing Content Intern works between 8-16 hours per week depending on desired hours
  • Preferred start date June 2019 with a flexible end date
  • Occasional evening or weekend work may be requested for special events
  • This is an unpaid internship, offering plenty of perks and valuable experience in the outdoor industry
  • The CMC can coordinate with accredited universities to provide credit for hours completed

How to Apply

Submit a resume and a cover letter with your goals and why you would be a good fit for the position via email to marketing@cmc.org.