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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.

 

Current Openings

 

STAFF POSITIONS

 

SEASONAL POSITIONS

Youth Education Instructor

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Event Coordinator Internship

Safety and Education Internship

Youth Education Intern - Fall

Marketing and Content Internship


Youth Education 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!

Reports to: YEP Program Managers

Duties and 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:

  • 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 30 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 backpacking trips.
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification.

Hours and expectations:

  • Position is seasonal, part-time. 5-25 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.

How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to dougmaiwurm@cmc.org with "Youth Education Instructor" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Event Coordinator Internship

Reports to: Membership and Events Manager

Internship period: SUMMER/FALL 2018 (flexible)

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Event Coordinator Intern will: support the Development Department by assisting with events associated with the current season, with the largest events being the 25th Annual Backcountry Bash, Cidergrass Festival and Radical Reels Film Festival. Intern will assist with all stages of event planning and management from research and cultivation through event execution. 


Education/Work Experience:
Undergraduate or graduate level and/or at least one year of related work experience


Recommended Skills and Attributes:
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)

Ability to work independently, be creative and solve problems

Self-motivated, eager to learn and energetic

Evaluation:
The Event Coordinator Intern will be evaluated as required by the student’s academic program.  The intern is also evaluated on a less formal, on-going basis during the internship period, with feedback given as needed. 

Time Commitment & Compensation:
3 months with 15 hours/week during school year. May include occasional evenings or weekends, depending on availability of candidate and specific event schedules. Start and end dates are flexible.  CMC can coordinate with accredited universities to provide credit for hours completed.  This is an unpaid internship offering valuable experience in the non-profit sector.


How to Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to loganc@cmc.org with "Event Coordinator Intern" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.


Safety and Education Internship

Reports to: Director of Safety and Operations

Internship period: January 1 2018 – December 15 2018 (flexible)

Duties and Responsibilities

The Safety and Education Intern will support the Director of Safety and Operations by assisting with acquiring permits from federal, state and local land management agencies, reviewing credentials of international travel providers, working with CMC School directors to manage current certifications of leaders and instructors, and other educational and safety projects. Intern will assist with all stages of the above mentioned activities from research through implementation. 

Education/Work Experience

Undergraduate or graduate level and/or at least some outdoor related leadership experience.

Recommended Skills and Attributes

  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Ability to work independently, be creative and solve problems
  • Self-motivated, eager to learn and energetic

Evaluation

The Safety and Education Intern will be evaluated as required by the student’s academic program.  The intern is also evaluated on a less formal, on-going basis during the internship period, with feedback given as needed. 

Time Commitment & Compensation

3 - 4 months with 15 hours/week during school year. May include some field time and travel around the State of Colorado. Start and end dates are flexible. CMC can coordinate with accredited universities to provide credit for hours completed. This is an unpaid internship offering valuable experience in the non-profit sector.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to philipswiny@cmc.org with "Safety and Education Intern" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

 


Youth Education Intern - Fall 2018 (Late August—Early December, flexible)

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.

Reports to: YEP Program Managers

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, late 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, 2018. 


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 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 reedfischer@cmc.org.