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Program Coordinator

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Status: Full Time Seasonal

Compensation: $22-25 an hour dependent on experience

Start Date: May 13, 2024 (Flexible)

End Date: October 4th, 2024 (Flexible)

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is looking for a new Program Coordinator to join our team. The Program Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the coordination and implementation of FDRD’s field-based stewardship projects and volunteer programs. Project work includes trail maintenance, trail construction, watershed restoration and forest health.

Job Description: The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring all projects meet expectations for worksite safety/risk management as well as a quality volunteer experience. This staff member will work with the Program Manager to outline work and coordinate project logistics for volunteers. In addition, this staff member will also assist with other season-long programs that FDRD runs. Our organization only has six employees in the summer, so everyone works together to complete all tasks in the field. It is very important that this staff member can work effectively with all staff members and volunteers to carry out the FDRD mission of working with the public to keep the White River National Forest pristine for years to come. If you love the outdoors and working hard, this is the job for you!
General breakdown of role:
• Project coordinating and implementation (60%)
• Other programming logistics and volunteer coordination (30%)
• FDRD events support and administrative tasks (10%)

Program Coordinator Responsiblities:

• Assist with coordination and implementation of all FDRD’s forest stewardship field-based projects and programs.
• Help organize (pre, during, and post) project logistics and volunteer coordination.
• Provide leadership and act as a technical supervisor at trail projects.
• Build positive relationships with the Forest Service, project partners, volunteers, and members.
• Help manage FDRD tools, equipment, and vehicle fleet.
• Ensure all projects meet expectations for worksite safety/risk management.
• Reporting project accomplishments, including before/after photos.

Qualifications: A degree from four-year college or university in natural resource management, non- profit management, environmental studies, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience working with volunteers of all ages is required.
• Must be comfortable with physically demanding work outdoors. Many times, we will be outside, in the elements, for 8 hours a day.
• Project management/leadership skills and experience.
• A strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Ability to maintain a positive attitude.
• Professional verbal and electronic communication.
• General Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office (word and excel).
• Must be certified in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder and have current CPR certification by start date. FDRD will cover WFA certification.
• Ability to lift and/or move up to 50lbs.
• Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
• Current valid driver’s license and good driving record.
• Must have a personal vehicle to get to work rendezvous points.
• Available for the full term of this position (late May-end of September).

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in trail maintenance and land stewardship projects
    • Passionate about FDRD’s mission and committed to inspiring that passion in others through effective leadership and communication.
    • Comfortable working in outdoor settings with a diverse group of volunteers.
    • Capability to work independently and as a self-starter.
    • Bring a strong passion for the outdoors to the staff.
    • Experience with other natural resource work including riparian restoration, weed pulls, etc.
    • Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles.
    • Experience with Instagram & Facebook social media platforms.

Compensation: Hourly compensation will be between $22-25 an hour based on relevant work experience. The position is eligible for holiday paid time off. Position is also eligible for a season end bonus by completing full term of employment. Other benefits include gear stipend/discounts, cell phone stipend, and eligible for 401K retirement plan.

Work Schedule:The weekly work schedule will be variable (averaging 35-40 hours/ week) depending on project scheduling, with weekend work and occasional evenings required. Travel within Summit County, occasionally with a personal vehicle, is required. The work is physically demanding and is performed at high altitude up to several miles hiking distance from trailheads. Housing is not provided.

About FDRD: Friends of the Dillon Ranger District is a nonprofit organization that promotes stewardship of the White River National Forest in Summit County. We coordinate volunteer service projects along with educational and outreach programs that support our local National Forest. Our Organization was built upon teamwork, diversity, and equal opportunity. FDRD is firmly committed to the principles of equal opportunity employment. FDRD follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
Application Process: Please email your resume, cover letter and contact information for (2) professional references to Lizzie Morrison, Program Manager at Please put “Program Coordinator” in the subject line. Application period closes February 29th 2024.

Application period has closed.