Youth Programs Coordinator

The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program provides active learning through outdoor and adventure education. We use an experiential approach to connect youth with their local surroundings, making learning relevant and fun by utilizing Colorado’s greatest natural resource: the mountains!

Position Responsibilities

  • Coordinate scheduling and logistics for various in-school programs, after school classes/events, family and community events, and summer camps and courses.
  • Work with Youth Education Program Director and Youth Programs Manager to increase program participation and access.
  • Prepare activities, materials, and equipment for programs as needed. 
  • Maintain gear inventory and upkeep.
  • Assist with set up and break down of climbing sites and other program areas.
  • Assist in the development of curriculum.
  • Facilitate and provide instruction for participants ages K-12 in the Youth Education Program. Lessons are taught both indoors and outdoors and are experiential, using models, props, and games. Topics may include teambuilding, environmental science, survival skills, snowshoeing, rock climbing, slacklining, and more.
  • Lead youth on day and overnight programs (hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, paddling) in backcountry settings.
  • Belay and provide climbing instruction outdoors and at the indoor wall at the American Mountaineering Center. Coach students in climbing concepts such as knot tying, belaying, back-up belaying, and climbing technique.
  • Facilitate a positive, fun learning environment through appropriate classroom behavior management, communication, and teaching methods.
  • Act as a liaison between Colorado Mountain Club, schools, families, the community and outside community organizations and businesses.
  • Provide professional and excellent customer service to parents and community partners.
  • Assist in training instructors and act as manager on duty when the Director and Youth Education Manager are unavailable.
  • Assist in hiring and training volunteers.
  • Coordinate volunteer schedule.

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in adventure education, outdoor education, recreation, wilderness leadership, non profit administration, or related degree or 3 years of relevant work experience.
  • Minimum of Basic First Aid and CPR prior to start date.
  • Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification, or willingness to obtain.
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination as defined by the CDC.
  • Submit and pass a criminal background check.
  • Able to carry loads up to 45 pounds.
  • Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO and to Colorado Springs, CO.

Position Competencies

  • Passion for working with youth.
  • Interest in the outdoors, particularly science, natural history, and/or recreation.
  • Experience working in wilderness programs, outdoor education, summer camps, or related field.
  • Experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds in environmental education and/or adventure education. 
  • Rock climbing experience, demonstrating competency in the fundamental skills including: belaying, back-up belaying, knot tying, equipment, and communication (highly preferred).
  • Self-directed, innovative thinker.
  • Passionate about building relationships in the community.
  • Passionate about Colorado Mountain Club’s mission and vision and able to speak passionately about it to individuals and community partners.
  • Demonstrated computer/IT skills such as Canva, Google Suite, Microsoft 365, Salesforce.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to provide a high level of customer service.
  • Demonstration of cultural awareness and responsiveness.
    • Experience working respectfully with colleagues and students from a variety of ages, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
    • Understanding and application of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and interest in furthering this work personally and within the organization.
    • Commitment to expanding access, relevance, and belonging for traditionally underrepresented groups in the outdoors.
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience working in schools or in a community organization in partnership with schools.
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) or equivalent certification.
  • Current Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness EMT certification.
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English. 
  • Social Media and marketing experience.
  • Salesforce or similar database software experience.

Time Commitment & Compensation

  • As a full-time employee, scheduling and hours will be agreed upon by you and your supervisor. Hours will vary depending on programming needs and average 40 hours/week with occasional overnight and weekend programs. Workdays may be flexed and working remotely is allowed periodically as mutually agreed to between you and the Youth Program Director or Manager. Hours in excess of the normal working hours will be required as necessary. A mandatory training will be held on May 29-June 2, 2023.
  • Compensation is $35,000-40,000/year.
  • Benefits include: a Colorado Mountain Club membership, free CMC classes, pro-deals with some outdoor gear manufactures and retailers, paid vacation and sick leave, and health insurance benefits.

How to Apply

  • Submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your experience and interest in the position, along with your goals and expectations via email to by March 1, 2023.

 For more information about the Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program, visit our website at 

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.