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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.

 

STAFF POSITIONS

There are no open positions currently for CMC Staff. Check back at the end of the year for opportunities in 2022!

Instructor Support Manager  - This position has filled. Thank you for your interest.

 

PART TIME & SEASONAL POSITIONS

 

Backcountry Snow Ranger

 

Youth Education Program Instructor

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Contact a CMC department director to inquire about internships.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

 

Youth Education Program Volunteer

Please complete the YEP Volunteer Application and along with your resume send to staceyh@cmc.org.

 


 

Position Location: Golden, CO
 
About CMC:

The Colorado Mountain Club’s (CMC) volunteer led trips and instructor led classes are the heart of what makes CMC run. CMC offers more than 3,000 outings annually and has over 250 courses, classes, and schools that cover a wide variety of disciplines and are welcoming no matter your skill level. These are all run and led by hundreds of volunteers across the state and serve over 7,000 members statewide.

CMC Core Values:  Community | Education | Conservation and Stewardship | Adventure 

 

Position Summary

The CMC’s Instructor Support Manager (ISM) is an important part of the long history of education at the CMC. CMC’s dedicated volunteer base is an amazing asset, and they rely on staff support to make their work and play easier and more fulfilling. 

The ISM also has a pivotal role in supporting CMC’s strategic plan that revolves around significantly expanding our program capacity, building leadership, and reaching diverse audiences. The ideal candidate will have administrative, education, and volunteer coordination experience, a good dose of humor and humility, as well as technical mountain skills and an interest in pursuing their own advancement in outdoor skills and leadership.

Reporting to the Chief Education Officer, the ISM is responsible for supporting adult volunteer instructors in administering CMC schools and doing their best work for CMC members in the field. This is a fulltime in-person Golden, CO based position.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with CMC Chief Education Officer and CMC Membership to support adult volunteer instructors.
  • Assist in elevating and modernizing adult education across CMC technical schools.
  • Support instructors in all aspects of teaching courses from utilizing CMC online calendar, online “University”, LMS, to mapping and categorizing trips, to recruiting and enrolling participants from our membership.
  • Correspond with School Directors to answer questions and provide updates on protocol and assistance with administration of courses.
  • Advise on technical schools’ requirements and instructor qualifications
  • Administration of Technical Climbing Schools (TCS) courses will be a priority for the role
  • Sit on Technical Climbing Schools committee as staff representative and take part in the Mountain Education Alliance collaborative alongside the Chief Education Officer.
  • Coordinate with Trip Leader Coordinator to streamline trainings across CMC leaders and instructors.
  • Participate in discussions pertaining to leader (free trips) and instructor (paid CMC schools/classes) committees and questions regarding compliance with State CMC rules and regulations.
  • Assist in creating a more cohesive “ONE CMC” for all members, leaders, and instructors across Colorado.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in an outdoor education and/or volunteer support role.
  • Excellent customer service, proven organizational and administrative skills.
  • Experience leading and managing climbing, hiking, and outdoor education programs.
  • Experience guiding or educating adult volunteers in outdoor settings and/or train-the-trainer models.
  • Personal interest and progression in outdoor sports and technical mountain activity.
  • Must pass background check.

Required Competencies:

  • Volunteer Support and Communication
    • Proven ability to guide instructors and volunteer leaders.
    • Experience respectfully supporting volunteers.
    • Diplomacy skills to guide instructors, leaders, volunteers, and students.
    • Rock solid computer skills including Office 365 and Google suite.
    • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
    • Patience for working with volunteers, and assisting people with all levels of

technological experience while providing online support.

  • Excellent communication within staff and volunteer team required.
  • Administration:
    • Experience skillfully utilizing spreadsheets.
    • Proven ability to create clear shared documents for multiple applications.
    • Organizational skills to build shared online and physical systems for sharing    information, gear, and materials.
  • Resourceful, organized, great problem solver, and results oriented.
  • Passion for Outdoor Pursuits and Education:
  • Strong technical experience and working knowledge of CMC’s core activities: hiking, climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and skiing.
  • AMGA certifications (SPI) or equivalent competency is a plus.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification or willingness to obtain (WFR preferred).
  • Understand, champion, and follow appropriate outdoor education risk management protocols.
  • Experience developing online learning platforms is desired.
  • Experience leading and/or teaching in outdoor settings is strongly preferred.
  • Flexibility
  • Willingness to be flexible with changing conditions and program demands.
  • Desire to work in an office setting that supports outdoor pursuits.
  • Frequent weekend and evening work is required.
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, punctual, and proactive; a manager who is nimble, resourceful, and eager to serve and learn from volunteers!
  • Cultural Awareness:
  • 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.

Preferred Competencies

  • Certifications:
    • Strong preference for AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Certification or willingness to obtain.
    • Wilderness First Responder certification is a plus.
    • Advanced AMGA certifications and training also preferred.
  • Spanish Language Skills
    • Preference for Spanish fluency

Compensation and Benefits:

CMC will offer the successful candidate a competitive compensation and benefits package, comparable to a nonprofit our size. Salary is $45,000/year for full-time 40 hours/week.

CMC also offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Group health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance
  • Generous paid vacation & sick leave, plus 13 paid public holidays off, and paid time off between December 24th and the beginning of the year.
  • Retirement plan with percentage matched by employer.
  • Employee/pro discounts on outdoor gear and CMC technical schools

Application Process:

Cover letter and resume should be sent to madeline@cmc.org. Top candidates will be contacted for a preliminary phone interview. No calls please.

 
The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements. The Colorado Mountain Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), M/F/H/V.

Backcountry Snow Ranger

Job Description and Details

Colorado Mountain Club is accepting applications for a Backcountry Snow Ranger position in the Ouray & Grand Valley Districts of the GMUG National Forest.  The purpose of this position is to support the forest in making public contacts with winter recreationists.  The Snow Rangers will communicate with visitors about avalanche danger, educate users about winter travel management regulations, install and repair signage, monitor visitor use, and provide avalanche awareness information.  Rangers will also collect data using CMC’s Recreation Impact Monitoring System (RIMS) mobile app on visitor use other issues.  The Snow Rangers will perform work duties via snowmobiles and backcountry touring equipment (i.e., touring ski or split board set ups).

Applicants should have a strong desire to actively engage in a conservation-focused program that will train, challenge and support participants’ growth and development in their pursuit of meaningful careers in the conservation field.  The position will also increase capacity of the forest’s recreation program on an as needed basis by undertaking trail maintenance projects as well as gathering data on current infrastructure conditions and maintenance needs.  More about the program at www.cmc.org/SnowRangers

The position will be directly trained and supervised by forest service personnel

  • Pay:  $19-24/hr (DOE).
  • Duration: *Seasonal*, January through April 2022, exact dates TBD
  • Position Staging Area: GMUG-Ouray District (Montrose) & Grand Valley District (Grand Junction)
  • Hours: 40/week (field-based)
  • Work environment: Extensive outdoor, field-based work remote work locations, inclement weather and extensive physical work duties.
  • Status: Position(s) will remain open until filled.

Position Duties

  • Assist in management of the trail head/parking areas
  • Perform winter patrols of motorized and non-motorized recreation management zones utilizing snowmobiles, skis, splitboard, or snow shoes to ensure compliance with winter recreation regulations
  • Promote backcountry education and safety and other duties as assigned.
  • Coordinate logistics with land management agency personnel.
  • Positively interact with all user groups of public lands throughout the region.
  • Communicate with agency personnel, CMC staff, project partners and volunteers in a timely manner.
  • Efficiently complete trail and conservation projects in a variety of environmental conditions, including adverse weather and terrain.
  • Complete paperwork assigned by agency personnel and CMC staff.
  • Utilize and engage in USFS and CMC risk management strategies.
  • Transport crew and gear safely via four-wheel drive vehicles, snowmobiles and human powered backcountry touring equipment.
  • 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.
  • Skiing or snowboarding ability.
  • Experience operating and riding snowmobiles.
  • Extensive experience in traveling via both motorized and non-motorized means in winter conditions.
  • Training and experience with avalanche awareness.
  • 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

  • Professional work experience in winter snowsports.
  • AIARE Avalanche 1 certification (or equivalent)
  • 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.

To Apply:   Please send a cover letter and resume to: juliemach@cmc.org

 

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.

 

*A seasonal worker is defined as a person who works for an employer who conducts business only during a defined period of time. Seasonal workers may also be hired in an occupation that operates only for a defined period of time. The season as defined by this job position is May to November 2017. Seasonal workers cannot collect unemployment benefits based on wages paid for the seasonal employment unless they are out of work during the specified season. Seasonal workers who work outside the season are no longer considered seasonal workers and may be able to collect unemployment benefits based on the seasonal wages.

 

Trail Stewardship Leader

POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED, CHECK BACK FOR OPPORTUNITIES NEXT YEAR

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: $580-680/week (DOE).
  • Program Duration: *Seasonal*, mid-May through late-October 2021.
  • 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

Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to connormaher@cmc.org

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.

*A seasonal worker is defined as a person who works for an employer who conducts business only during a defined period of time. Seasonal workers may also be hired in an occupation that operates only for a defined period of time. The season as defined by this job position is May 2021 through October 2021. Seasonal workers cannot collect unemployment benefits based on wages paid for the seasonal employment unless they are out of work during the specified season. Seasonal workers who work outside the season are no longer considered seasonal workers and may be able to collect unemployment benefits based on the seasonal wages.

 

Youth Education Program Instructor

Position Location: Golden, CO 

CMC Core Values:  Community | Education | Conservation and Stewardship | Adventure 

 

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!

Position Responsibilities

  • Facilitate small groups (less than 20 participants) and provide instruction for participants ages K-12 in the Youth Education Program (YEP). 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 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, language and teaching methods.
  • Prepare activities, materials, and equipment for programs as needed.  Assist with set up and break down of climbing sites and other program areas.
  • Provide feedback and ideas on the curriculum to the YEP program design team.
  • Assist with general office administration tasks for the YEP program.

Position Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years or older (preferred 21 years or older).
  • Interest in the outdoors, particularly science, natural history, and/or recreation.
  • Positive attitude and sense of humor.
  • Self-directed, innovative thinker.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • 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.
  • Submit 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.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Rock climbing experience, demonstrating competency in the fundamental skills including: belaying, back-up belaying, knot tying, equipment, and communication (highly preferred).
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR or higher certification (highly preferred).
  • Experience working with youth.
  • 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. 
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English. 

Time Commitment & Compensation

  • Hours will vary depending on programming needs and could range from 5 hours/month during the school year to 40/hours week during the summer. This position is an on-call and as-needed basis. Scheduling and hours will be agreed upon by you the Youth Education Program Manager and Director.
  • This is currently a contract position at $20/hour for school-year programs and day camps or $200/day for adventure overnight programs.

How to Apply

  • Please send a cover letter and resume to staceyh@cmc.org by October 29, 2021.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements. The Colorado Mountain Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), M/F/H/V.


 

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.