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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

Director of Publishing

 

PART TIME & SEASONAL POSITIONS

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Assistant Instructor

Youth Education Summer Field Instructor- Male

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Marketing and Content Internship


Director of Publishing

Job Overview

The Director of Publishing leads the acquisition, editorial, production and design, and inventory management of Colorado Mountain Club Press books and oversees publication of Trail & Timberline magazine, published twice a year.  This position reports to the Director of Finance. 

Responsibilities 

Vision and Business Leadership

  • Lead the CMC Press as a profitable department within the CMC, while publishing outstanding publications related to the CMC mission of mountain education, conservation, and recreation
  • Develop and monitor CMC Press business plan and acquisitions plan
  • Develop and manage annual CMC Press budget 
  • Lead the CMC Press Advisory Boardl recruit new members to assist with new title acquisitions
  • Analyze inventory, financials, and prepare reports for Advisory Board, CEO, and Board of Directors

Editorial

  • Propose titles to Advisory Board (also serves as an editorial board); acquire at least six titles a year
  • Manage editorial process from start to finish 
  • Negotiate author contracts and author timelines. Maintain an editorial schedule and manage author deadlines, coaching authors on best practices and responding to author queries
  • Review incoming manuscripts, photos, and maps; ensure proper permissions are secured
  • Assign freelance copyeditors and oversee copy editing process and schedule; work with authors to integrate manuscript corrections 

 

Design, Production, and Manufacturing

  • Hire and assign book designers; transmit edited manuscript, photos, and maps to production; review/approve design concepts; design cover, spine and back cover consistent with CMC Press Brand
  • Draft RFQs to national and international book manufacturers; select printers and manage production processes
  • Oversee revision and correction process, reviewing proofs and resolving queries
  • Assign indexers and review work, as needed
  • Review prepress proofs from printer and approve book for printing; call print runs
  • Revise backlist titles as issues become known, and prepare and manage books through reprint cycles
  • Create electronic archives of native and print files for all Press books
  • Oversee conversion of new titles to ebook

Marketing and Sales

  • Supervise CMC Press sales: Set  goals and work to achieve or exceed goals or adjust expenses to ensure an annual surplus, oversee local sales rep
  • Create advertising and other marketing collateral for CMC Press.  Write, edit catalog copy, and prepare images for CMC Press book catalog, distributor catalogs, CMC website, etc.
  • Manage relationship with distributor’s sales director and publicist 
  • Plan author events and coordinate Colorado book signings as needed

 

Qualifications

  • 5+ years proven track record in publishing (books, magazines, e-books) preferably with an outdoor recreation or travel focus with multiple products published yearly
  •  Demonstrated ability to create and manage publications budgets, as well as manage multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, identify and address problems, meet deadlines, and stay within budget
  • Passion for CMC’s nonprofit mission of mountain education, conservation, and recreation
  • Experience negotiating with and coordinating work of freelance writers, copy editors, indexers, and designers
  • Experience working with a volunteer advisory board, preferred
  • Skill with text, photo, and illustration research and permissions
  • Understanding of page layout applications such as QuarkXPress or InDesign, preferable.
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, and electronic editing programs
  • Strong interpersonal skills; a team player and independent worker
  • Master’s Degree preferred,  preferably in English/journalism or related field
  • Physical abilities: Work is performed in a standard office setting. Ability to operate desktop computers, phones, and other office equipment. Ability to lift and carry up to 40 pounds

Position Status and Benefits

This position is a full-time, exempt position offering a competitive salary. Benefits include, but not limited to:

  • Health, life, and disability insurance
  • paid vacation
  • sick leave

How to Apply

This position will remain open until it is filled. Preference will be given to applications recieved prior to May 31, 2019. 

Send a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Chun Chiang, chunchiang@cmc.org.

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.


Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Assistant Instructor

The CMC is seeking an Assistant Instructor for our Wilderness First Aid program.  Assistants work with a Lead Instructor to teach Wilderness First Aid and CPR classes. Duties include: classroom setup/tear-down, time management, in-class demonstrations, scenario prep and 'patient programming', hands-on instruction during practical application scenarios, and other duties as assigned. Assistants have the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities as they gain experience.

Position Qualifications:

  • Current WFA and CPR certification.
  • Teaching experience.  May be in any context.
  • Passion for mountain recreation. 
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Able to lift and/or carry loads up to 30 pounds

Preferred Qualifications:

  • WFR certification or greater training.
  • Additional medical training or experience.
  • Experience leading others in the outdoors.  May be professional, volunteer, etc.

Expectations

Position is based out of Golden, CO.  Courses are held across Colorado, mostly in the Front Range.  Position is part-time, as needed.  Typically course load is 1-3 weekends per month.  Typical course schedule is:

  • Friday 6PM – 9:30PM
  • Saturday 9AM – 6PM
  • Sunday 9AM – 6PM

Compensation

  • Starting pay is $15 per hour.
  • CMC reimburses mileage and lodging for courses outside of the Denver-metro area.
  • Benefits include discounts on outdoor gear and CMC schools.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  interviews/hiring on a rolling basis until filled.  Submit cover letter, resume and references via email to dougmaiwurm@cmc.org


Youth Education Summer Field Instructor- Male

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!  Summer programming at YEP consists of week-long day and overnight adventures through Colorado for students ages 8-18. Adventures consist of rock climbing, hiking, paddling, backpacking, and more.

We are seeking a male field instructor to pair with a female field instructor that we have already hired.  Having a male and female co-instructor team best suits our co-ed summer programming and overnight courses.

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
  • Current 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
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Able to carry loads up to 45 pounds
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden each day
  • *Current AMGA Single Pitch Instructor or higher level certification strongly desired

Position Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate a safe, positive, cooperative, and fun group environment with youth ages 9-18
  • Meet & greet small group of participants each morning and communicate with parents
  • Lead instructor on day and overnight programs; responsible for group management, safety and well-being of youth participants
  • Understand and follow all YEP risk management and safety procedures
  • Create daily lesson plans as needed and lead activities in the following topics: teambuilding, outdoor discovery, natural/environmental science, and survival skills
  • Instruct and coach students in climbing concepts including belaying, knot tying, rappelling, back-up systems, equipment use and technique
  • Co-lead multi-day wilderness backpacking trips, and/or multi-day camping excursions with teen participants. 
  • 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

Dates of Employment: May 27th – August 9th 2019

Compensation $100-120 a day depending on experience.

* Mileage Reimbursement of $.25/mile

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15, 2019- interviews/hiring on a rolling basis.  Submit cover letter, resume and three references via email to kathynguyen@cmc.org


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 reedfischer@cmc.org.