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Current Openings


Development Coordinator

Youth Education Summer Field Intructor

Youth Education Intern - Summer 2017

Conservation - Stewardship Crew Member (May - October 2017)

Development Coordinator 


About the Colorado Mountain Club

The Colorado Mountain Club is the state’s leading organization dedicated to adventure, recreation, conservation and education. Founded in 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. To ensure the continued enjoyment of Colorado’s pristine places, the CMC also leads efforts to protect wild and public lands with its conservation and stewardship programs. CMC’s award-winning Youth Education Program “brings the mountains” to nearly 7,000 young people each year in the classroom and on the trail. No other organization in the Intermountain West employs such a broad approach to connecting people with the Rocky Mountain landscape.


Essential Functions:

CMC is seeking an energetic, full-time Development Coordinator to join our team in Golden, Colorado. Reporting to the Development Director, the Development Coordinator will provide critical support for all of CMC’s fundraising activities. This position will assist with donor relations, grant writing, event management and community relationships and will play a key role in meeting the Development Department’s revenue and strategic goals. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing, research, and an understanding of core fundraising principals.

  1. Assist with the creation and implementation of the Development Plan: annual appeals, major donors, grants, corporate and individual appeals, social media and special events.
  2. Assist with the planning and execution of CMC’s fundraising events
  3. Prospect research and tracking
  4. Administrative Support
  5. Complete special projects to support CMC’s Development goals as assigned



Highly organized and self-motivated with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. Attention to detail and the ability to prioritize workload, meet deadlines and perform gracefully under pressure is a must. Professional attitude with the ability to effectively convey the organization’s mission to supporters. Team player able to work independently with minimal supervision and be personally accountable for decisions. Able to collaborate with individuals and departments across the organization.

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years experience in Development-related fields, including work in the non-profit sector, or equivalent experience
  • Experience securing grant funding from private and corporate foundations
  • Experience with CRM/donor databases (The Raiser’s Edge and/or Salesforce highly preferred)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Proven track record of success in meeting revenue goals for events and sponsorships
  • Professional experience in the outdoor recreation industry preferred
  • Experience with workplace giving programs and online fundraising campaigns a plus
  • A passion for the mountains and outdoor recreation, such as climbing, skiing, mountain biking or other activities


Salary & Benefits

The salary range for this position is $32,000 - $35,000 depending on experience and qualifications. In addition to an exciting work atmosphere, the Colorado Mountain Club offers generous employee benefits, including:

  • Offices in the historic American Mountaineering Center, within walking distance of downtown Golden restaurants and amenities
  • Generous paid time off, including vacation, sick leave and 12 paid holidays plus the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • Paid volunteer time off
  • Group health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance
  • Retirement plan with a percentage matched by employer
  • Employee discounts on outdoor gear, climbing gym pass and CMC outdoor technical schools

The Colorado Mountain Club is committed to equal employment opportunity for all persons, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, disability, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local law.


To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter and a short writing sample to with “Development Coordinator” in the subject line.  Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017. No phone calls, please.


Summer Field Instructor

Organization: Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program located in Golden, CO

The Youth Education Program provides summer adventures for youth ages 9-18.  Adventures consist of rock climbing, hiking, nature discovery, and teambuilding.  We offer one-day classes for younger students and multi-day courses for older students.  Classes and courses typically run from 8:30am-3:30pm on weekdays.  Some overnight supervision possible. 

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the area of natural science, outdoor recreation/education or related field.
  • Experience instructing rock climbing and teaching environmental education and/or adventure education. 
  • 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.
  • Wilderness First Responder Certification
  • Current driver’s license. Must be able to pass drivers test and have no moving violations within the past year.
  • Submit a criminal background check.
  • Able to carry loads up to 30 pounds
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden each day.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Facilitate a safe, positive, cooperative, and fun group environment with youth ages 9-18.
  2. Meet & greet small group of participants each morning and communicate with parents.
  3. Lead education team with group management, safety and well-being of youth participants on multi-day educational courses and classes.
  4. Understand and follow all YEP risk management and safety procedures.
  5. Assess and monitor all YEP risk management practices and make recommendations for any changes to supervisor.
  6. Create daily lesson plans as needed and lead activities in the following topics: teambuilding, outdoor discovery, natural/environmental science, and survival skills.
  7. Instruct and coach students in climbing concepts including belaying, knot tying, rappelling, back-up systems, equipment use and technique.
  8. Possibly co-lead one multi-day wilderness backpacking trip, and 2 multi-day camping excursions with teen participants. 
  9. Assist with set up and break down of technical rock climbing systems as needed.
  10. Prepare, clean-up and inventory equipment and materials daily as needed.
  11. Provide feedback and ideas to the CMC Youth Education Department.
  12. This position takes on the added responsibility of assuming a supervisory role in absence of direct supervisor.

Dates of Employment: May 30st – August 4th2017

Remuneration: $12 -$14 per hour depending on experience. Flat Day rate for overnight trips.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 15th, 2017  Submit cover letter, resume and two references via email only to

For more information about the Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program, visit our website at

Youth Education Intern - Summer 2017



  • To support the Youth Education Program Department with implementation of climbing and environmental education courses and classes.
  • Facilitate a safe, positive, cooperative, and fun group environment with youth ages 9-17.
  • Assist education team with group management, safety and well-being of youth participants on multi-day educational courses and one-day classes.
  • Assist with leading youth in games and activities. Topics may include: teambuilding, outdoor discovery, natural/environmental science, and survival skills.
  • Coach students in climbing concepts and technique.
  • Assist with knot tying, belaying and back-up belaying
  • 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.
  • Provide feedback and ideas to the CMC Youth Education Department.


Commitment and benefits

  • Four-day, training: May 30- June 2nd
  • Weekly camps June 5 - August 4th
  • Typical work day is 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Monthly stipend. Amount dependent on experience.
  • Pro-deals and a fun atmosphere and outdoor work.



  • 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.
  • Sense of humor, friendly and honest—ability to relate to children and adults of all ages and backgrounds and work in a team environment.
  • First Aid and CPR desired.
  • Able to carry loads up to 30 pounds
  • Ability to provide daily personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO.

Submit a resume and a cover letter with your goals and expectations of the position via email to

Stewardship Crew Member

Job Description and Details

Colorado Mountain Club is accepting applications for its Stewardship Crew (SC).  Applicants should have a strong desire to actively engage in a conservation-focused program that will train, challenge and support participants’ growth and development in their pursuit of meaningful careers in the conservation field.

The SC will receive opportunities to work with public land management agencies, non-profits and volunteers on a wide variety of conservation projects including trail maintenance, habitat restoration, sign installation, resource monitoring, and more. Program participants will engage in an extensive training period that focuses on enhancing technical project skills, field-based knowledge as well as conservation leadership strategies.

  • Pay:  $440-520/week (DOE).
  • Program Duration: *Seasonal*, mid-May through mid-November 2017.
  • Project Locations: Field-based, throughout Colorado.
  • Hours: 40/week (field-based)
  • Work environment: Extensive outdoor, field-based work with exposure to remote work and camp locations, inclement weather and extensive physical work duties.
  • Status: Position(s) will remain open until filled.


Position Duties

  • Recruit and oversee volunteers on conservation-oriented projects and events.
  • Coordinate logistics with CMC staff and land management agency personnel.
  • Positively interact with all user groups of public lands throughout Colorado.
  • Efficiently complete conservation projects in a variety of environmental conditions, including adverse weather and terrain.
  • Effectively communicate to CMC staff, project partners and volunteers in a timely manner.
  • Complete paperwork as assigned by CMC staff and land management agency personnel.
  • Assist in management of crew budget and expenses.
  • Support and participate in CMC activities and tasks.
  • Utilize and engage in CMC risk management strategies.
  • Transport crew and gear safely in vehicles.
  • Position duties are subject to be altered based on changing program and project priorities.


Required Qualifications

  • Physically fit and able to work long days in adverse conditions.
  • Demonstrated experience with conservation work such as trail work, restoration work, etc.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.
  • Capacity to professionally communicate in complex situations.
  • Ability to adapt and adjust to changing work conditions and/or priorities.
  • Good driving record and must hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Frequently required to walk, sit, talk and listen.
  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.
  • Must be able to speak, understand, read and write English. 
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Leadership experience in the conservation field.
  • Experience teaching, facilitating and team-building with diverse groups of people.
  • Participation in outdoor activities, work, lifestyle and/or pursuits.
  • Knowledge of land management agencies operations and expectations.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or college coursework with a focus on natural resources.


To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to