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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.



Youth Education Program Manager - Adventure Courses

Major Events Manager



Trail Stewardship Leader



Youth Education Intern

Marketing and Content Internship

Youth Education Program Manager - Adventure Courses


Job Description and Details
The Youth Education Program (YEP) is seeking a full time program manager to oversee YEP Adventure Courses. YEP works with schools, groups and individual families to deliver year round outdoor programming. Adventure Courses are open enrollment programs for local youth ages 9-18. Winter, spring, summer, and fall - you will find us exploring the Rocky Mountains and surrounding areas through adventure and education!


  • Reports to the Education Director and work within a small team to plan, deliver, and evaluate YEP programming
  • Coordination, administration, and delivery of all YEP Adventure Courses and Teen Ventures programming
  • Marketing and outreach of all YEP Adventure Courses and Teen Ventures programming
  • Implement YEP risk management policy with staff, and in the field
  • Work with Director to coordinate and lead summer staff training
  • Manage part time and seasonal staff in the field on Adventure Courses
  • Lead instructor on YEP courses. 30% field time teaching with students, primarily in the summer.
  • Lead instructor on most overnight multi-day courses. 3-5 trips per year.
  • Oversee and manage equipment logging, tracking and inspection.
  • Manage maintenance, cleaning, and inspection of the YEP Vehicles.


Highly organized and self-motivated with exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. Our ideal candidate will have a connection to our mission and be extremely knowledgeable about many aspects of the outdoor industry while being passionate about recreating in the mountains.  Attention to detail and the ability to prioritize workload, meet deadlines and perform gracefully under pressure is a must. 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 and have fun! 

  • 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 Outdoor Education, Education, Natural  Sciences, Environmental Studies
  • At least 3 years experience in a related field, including work in the outdoor education sector
  • 3-5 years experience working with diverse populations in the outdoors
  • Experience leading youth in back-country and wilderness settings
  • AMGA SPI or equivalent required (Or the sufficient experience to obtain certification)
  • Wilderness First Responder required
  • Able to carry loads up to 45 pounds for up to 5 miles
  • Overnights and travel required
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO.

Desired qualifications and experience

  • AIARE Avalanche level one certification and experience leading groups in winter back-country environments
  • AMGA Rock Guide, Aspirant Rock Guide, or Rock Instructor Certification
  • ACA Canoe Instructor and/or experience in flat water canoeing
  • LNT Master Educator Certification

Salary and Benefits

  • The starting salary range for this position will be based on experience and qualifications
  • 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 amenities
  • Generous paid time off, including vacation & sick leave, 12 paid holiday days off plus week between Christmas and New Year’s
  • Paid volunteer time off program
  • Group health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance
  • Retirement plan with a percentage matched by employer
  • Employee/pro discounts on outdoor gear and CMC technical schools

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and technical log via email to

Major Events Manager

The Colorado Mountain Club serves the greater outdoor community through education, outdoor experiences, conservation, and fostering a sense of belonging and partnership.  Our events bring members together to inspire, educate, and celebrate the outdoor lifestyle.  They are also a critical source of operating income to enable critical programs serving our mission.

This fulltime position deals with a wide range of responsibilities that include:

  • Seeking & securing sponsorships
  • Event theme building
  • Creating event programs
  • Communicating with event attendees
  • Contracting vendors
  • Coordinating event logistics, timelines, and tasks as necessary for event production.

The Major Events Manager must be able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines.

The Major Events Manager should also have a passion for special event management, provide outstanding communication with and between CMC staff, volunteers, vendors and event attendees; be an enthusiastic professional; and be capable of building strong and positive relationships with donors and partners.

The challenge to the individual holding the Major Events Manager position is functioning in an environment characterized by growth and transition. On an ongoing basis, the Major Events Manager must have an ability to thrive in an environment that requires significant self-initiative and the skills to anticipate project needs, manage multiple projects at once, and collaborate among many team members both internal and external to the CMC.  

Along with major event management experience, the ideal candidate will have experience in the Outdoor Industry as well as be engaged in the outdoor lifestyle and community. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Serve as the lead for event planning, revenue generation, management, production and sponsorship

Event Planning and Production Management includes, but is not limited to:

  • Create and manage the timeline, program, and task list for major CMC events.
  • Lead all event planning and production meetings and discussions.
  • Organize and lead collaboration with the Marketing Team on event concept, graphic design/production/printing, and event marketing.
  • Negotiate costs and services with vendors; book event space, arrange food and beverage, order all supplies/decorations, coordinate audiovisual equipment & operation, make travel arrangements.
  • Secure volunteers; manage the staff and volunteers working at the event.
  • Secure guest speakers and entertainment; review speeches, write scripts, coordinate rehearsals.    
  • Work with venue to create/revise room layouts/seating arrangements for each event as necessary.
  • Manage on-site production and clean up for events as necessary.
  • Create event sponsorship packages and lead the solicitation and securing of sponsorships.
  • Organize and manage the invitation, registration, and attendee check-in processes.
  • Manage the follow-up with vendors, sponsors, and staff members following each event.
  • Willingness and ability to work night and weekend as requested and necessary.

Event Revenue Generation

  • Lead the solicitation and securing of sponsorships.
  • Create event sponsorship packages.
  • Exceed revenue goals as set by the Executive Director.

Event Administration includes but is not limited to:

  • Assist with preparing budgets and provide periodic progress reports to staff directors for each event project.
  • Keep track of event finances including check requests, invoicing, and reporting.
  • Research venue options, coordinate appointments and visits to see venue space, and schedule events on the calendar.
  • Prepare and modify event contracts as requested.

Qualifications Required

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited university.
  • 3+ years prior experience coordinating large (500+guests) special events, such as galas and festivals.
  • Experience with office administration.
  • Proven track record of generating revenue from events.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).
  • Superior time management skills, multi-tasking abilities, team playing skills.
  • Budget management and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to accomplish projects independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a high level of professionalism.
  • Fantastic customer service ethic and high expectations for quality.
  • Experience with hiring and managing vendors for event production.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

Keegan Young, Executive Director

No later than March 10, 2019

No phone calls or follow-up inquiries please. 

Salary & Benefits:

This position will be a full time, salary position with benefits with a salary range of up to $40,000 annually, commiserate with experience.

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

  • Offices are located in the great work environment of the American Mountaineering Center with several other prominent outdoor non-profits: American Alpine Club and Big City Mountaineers. It is within walking distance of downtown Golden restaurants, trails, open space, and other amenities
  • Generous paid time off, including vacation & sick leave, 12 paid holidays off plus 11 days between Christmas and New Year’s
  • Paid volunteer time off program
  • Group health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance
  • Retirement plan with a percentage matched by employer
  • Employee/pro discounts on outdoor gear and CMC 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, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, or any other category protected under federal, state, or local law.

Trail Stewadship Leader


Job Description and Details
Colorado Mountain Club is accepting applications for Trail Stewardship Leaders.  Applicants should have a strong desire to actively engage in a field-based, conservation program that will train, challenge and support participants’ growth and development in their pursuit of meaningful careers in the conservation field.  CMC Trail Stewardship Leaders work in small teams to provide support for public land management agencies, non-profits and volunteers on a wide variety of trail and conservation projects throughout Colorado. Program participants will engage in an extensive training period that focuses on enhancing technical trail and project skills, field-based knowledge as well as conservation leadership strategies.

  • Pay: $540-640/week (DOE).
  • Program Duration: *Seasonal*, mid-May through late-October 2019.
  • Project Staging Area: South Central Colorado
  • 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

  • Efficiently complete trail and conservation projects in a variety of environmental conditions, including adverse weather and terrain.
  • Coordinate logistics with CMC staff and land management agency personnel.
  • Recruit and oversee volunteers on conservation-oriented projects and events.
  • Positively interact with all user groups of public lands throughout Colorado.
  • Effectively communicate to CMC staff, project partners and volunteers in a timely manner.
  • Complete paperwork assigned by CMC staff and 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.
  • Extensive trail construction, trail maintenance, and/or trail design experience.
  • Crosscut and/or chainsaw certification.

To Apply for the Trail Stewardship Leader position:
Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to


Youth Education Intern - Summer TBD (posting soon!)

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!  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.



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!


  • 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 2018 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