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FDRD 2021 Seasonal Job Announcement

Title: Youth Programs Coordinator
Status: Full-Time/Seasonal (late May – end of September; 35-40 hours/week)
Rate: $14-$16 per hour dependent on experience
Start Date: Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
Location: Summit County, Colorado
Reports to: Education & Youth Programs Manager/Programs Manager

FDRD Mission and History:

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is a nonprofit organization that promotes stewardship of the White River National Forest in Summit County, Colorado through partnerships, volunteer service, education and support.

Job Description:

FDRD is searching for a new Youth Programs Coordinator to join our team. This staff member will facilitate 20 to 30 outdoor youth stewardship projects and educational programs in Summit County, Colorado. In addition, they will assist FDRD staff on adult stewardship projects throughout the season. Project work includes trail maintenance, trail construction and realignment, watershed restoration, timber stand health, etc. Volunteer ages may vary from 5 to 80+ years old, so interpersonal skills with people of all ages is a must.

The Youth Programs 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 Education and Youth Programs Manager to outline work and coordinate pre-project logistics for volunteers. This staff member will also work with the US Forest Service to find valuable locations for future forest stewardship projects. In addition, this staff member will also assist with other season-long programs that FDRD runs.

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District only has six employees in the summer, everyone works collaboratively 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 in order to carry out the FDRD mission of working with the public to keep the White River National Forest pristine for years to come.

Minimum 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 youth and youth groups.

  • Must be able to perform physically demanding work at high elevations. Many times we will be outside, in the elements, for 7 hours a day.

  • Project management skills

  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills

  • Computer proficiency, including Microsoft Office

  • Must be certified in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder and have current CPR certification by start date. FDRD will cover the fee for training.

  • Finalists for the position 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.

  • Must be available for the full term of the position (late May – end of September).

  • Willingness and desire to follow COVID-19 and other safety protocols.

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in trail maintenance and forest stewardship.

  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude at all times.

  • Passionate about FDRD’s mission and committed to inspiring that passion in others through effective leadership and communication.

  • Ability to create an environmental educational program for youth and improve on current programming.

  • Comfortable working in outdoor settings with a diverse group of volunteers ranging in age from 5 to 80+ years old.

  • Ability to work independently; self-starter.

  • Bring a strong passion for the outdoors to the staff.

  • Experience or familiarity with other natural resource work including riparian restoration, community weed pulls, etc.

  • Good organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally.

  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences ranging from FDRD staff and volunteers to community partners and the general public.

  • Ability to work on a variety of tasks; help out all staff members with jobs.

  • Experience with Instagram & Facebook social media platforms.


The weekly work schedule will be variable (averaging 35-40 hours/week) depending on project scheduling, with weekend work and occasional evenings required. Some 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. The majority of FDRD projects do not require overnight stays or extended camping in the backcountry, and staff usually reside in one of the surrounding communities. Housing is not provided.


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