Policy Director

CMC is seeking a passionate advocate for public lands and recreation to lead the Club's Conservation Department and provide policy expertise on local, state and national issues.

The Colorado Mountain Club Policy Director will lead the legislative and administrative advocacy work of the club on projects that impact human-powered recreation, protect public land and enhance sustainable recreation access. The position will focus on expanding the advocacy work of the club on both legislative and administrative campaigns, as well as supervising conservation staff and support existing stewardship programs. Projects will include leading public lands and Wilderness designation campaigns, engaging in Forest Planning and Winter Travel Management Planning, supporting implementation of the CMC RIMS Mobile App data collection program and more. The Policy Director will also engage in senior leadership of the club, department budget management and grant writing and fundraising to support the long-term success of the conservation program.

Primary Activities

  • Monitor and engage in local, state and national recreation policy campaigns including new Wilderness designations, congressional appropriations, Forest Planning, state and federal rule making and much more.
  • Lead the Backcountry Snowsports Initiative (BSI) and winter travel planning efforts across Colorado
  • Write and submit technical comments for travel planning and forest planning projects as well as localized NEPA projects
  • Engage in grant writing and reporting for policy and stewardship projects
  • Represent CMC on a myriad of coalitions including Outdoor Alliance, the Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance, the Colorado Outdoor Partnership and others.
  • Develop and coordinate a board-level Conservation Committee
  • Manage the Conservation Department budget and participate in the Senior Leadership Team
  • Supervise the Conservation Manager and Stewardship Manager positions

Secondary Activities

  • Host events including an annual BSI hut trip, the Backcountry Film Festival and Colorado Wilderness Conference
  • Support implementation and expansion of the RIMS mobile app program
  • Support overall conservation programming including summer trail crews, access projects, member volunteers and more.


  • 5 years of management experience including supervision of staff and budgets
  • 2 years of policy work including legislative campaigns and grassroots organizing
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a variety of groups and stakeholders
  • Passion for outdoor recreation and mission of the CMC
  • Experience with public lands planning work, NEPA and administrative rulemaking preferred
  • Experience in public lands stewardship work (trail maintenance, monitoring) and/or environmental education preferred

Location & Travel

The Conservation Department is remotely based with current staff in Salida or Fairplay. CMC’s headquarters are based in Golden, CO. The position location is negotiable, though Front Range or Central Mountains is preferred. Travel 20-40% of the time is required for the position and will be dependent on location.


The CMC will offer the successful candidate a competitive compensation and benefits package, comparable to a nonprofit our size. $60,000 starting salary.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to juliemach@cmc.org. We are hoping to hire this position in December 2022. Top candidates will be contacted as quickly as possible for a preliminary phone interview. No calls please.


Colorado Mountain Club firmly supports the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity of all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category, pursuant to applicable federal state or local law.