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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.



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Trail Stewardship Leader

Youth Education Summer Field Instructor- Male



Youth Education Intern- Summer

Marketing and Content Internship


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 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


Youth Education Intern - Summer

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 using 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.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • Ability to relate to school-age children and adults of all backgrounds.
  • 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 teaching youth from diverse backgrounds in environmental education and/or adventure education. 

Position Responsibilities

  • Work with YEP Field Instructor as an assistant instructor on climbing, hiking, and overnight programs.
  • Assist instructor in risk management for all group activities.  
  • Facilitate a positive, fun learning environment and group culture.
  • Lead youth in games and activities.  Topics may include teambuilding, outdoor discovery, natural/environmental science, and survival skills.
  • Coach students in climbing concepts such as knot tying, belaying, back-up belaying, and climbing technique.
  • Assist with set up and break down of climbing sites as needed.
  • Prepare activities, materials, and equipment for programs as needed.  Clean up program areas.
  • Provide program feedback and ideas to the YEP.


  • 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 45 pounds.
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO.
  • Ability to work 1-3 weeks of overnight programming.

Time Commitment & Compensation

  • June 3rd – August 9th, 2019
  • 5 day training prior to summer programs
  • 30-40+ hours per week, depending on programming.
  • Typical work day is 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday unless on an overnight program.
  • Interns are paid a monthly stipend, depending on experience.
  • Free CMC membership to gain pro-deals with hundreds of outdoor brands and 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 by March 28, 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!


  • 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