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FDRD 2022 Job Announcements

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Trail Maintenance Specialist *Application Period Closed*

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Status: Full Time Seasonal

Compensation: $17 an hour + $250/month housing stipend. Housing is provided through Keystone Resort at a reduced rate.

Start Date: May 24, 2022

End Date: October 22, 2022

Benefits:    Training and certifications provided- may include first aid, chainsaws, crosscut saws. All field gear is provided including a day pack, work gloves, first aid supplies, personal protective equipment, and uniform.

Program Overview: This position will be in support of the U.S. Forest Service, Dillon Ranger District’s fast-paced deferred trail maintenance program.  Selected candidates will work with a 12-person team to provide leadership, support, and technical expertise to a multitude of partners and 10-person trail crews across 300,000 acres of national forest system lands in Summit County Colorado.  For the 2022 field season projects will include mechanized trail construction, technical trail structure replacement/maintenance/new construction, trail maintenance and Wilderness trail clearing with primitive hand-tools and crosscut saws.

General Qualifications:   Ability to successfully work and positively contribute as a member of a small team in backcountry field settings in all weather conditions.  Skill in maintaining a positive mental attitude while working long hours in a variety of outdoor setting is a must.  Strong physical fitness and endurance are required.  Prior experience interacting constructively with national forest visitors and collaborating with a host of volunteers is a plus.  Interest in community building and recreation management on federal lands is highly encouraged as well as a good foundation/experience in trail maintenance.


  • High School Diploma or Higher
  • Valid driver license and clean driving record
  • S. Citizenship or permission to work in the United States

Application Process: Please email your resume and contact information for (3) professional references to FDRD Executive Director, Michael Connolly at Please put “Trail Maintenance Specialist” in the subject line.

Marketing & Events Manager *Application Period Closed*

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Status: Full Time, Non-exempt

Compensation: $50,000 – $55,000 annually, based on experience. Full benefits package including health insurance, vision, dental, 401k + matching contributions

Start Date: April 18, 2022

Reports To: Executive Director

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 through partnerships, volunteer service, education and support.  FDRD believes in engaging volunteers from all user groups ranging from wilderness advocates to motorized enthusiasts in order to encourage stewardship among all those who value our public lands and the opportunities they provide. Founded in 2005, FDRD coordinates over 70 volunteer service days and multiple education and outreach programs each year.

Expectations for All Employees:

Support the FDRD mission and exhibit a commitment to:

  • Working collaboratively, with integrity and respect for fellow employees, associates, and our communities,
  • Embracing personal responsibility and accountability for your job.

Job Purpose:

The Marketing & Events Manager oversees Friends of the Dillon Ranger District advertising, communications, and overall fundraising efforts by: managing volunteer registration processes and communications, membership and donor communications and solicitations, event planning and oversight, managing the organization’s social media presence, monthly newsletter creation, website updates, blog creation, phone, email & website inquiries, handling office logistics and supply needs, monthly staff expenses oversight, FDRD Retail Store operations, and Salesforce database management.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Assist Programs Manager, Education and Youth Programs Manager, and summer Project Coordinators with program support, including marketing and media relations, registration, data entry, and other office administrative duties in support of FDRD’s volunteer programs.
  • Plan and implement office systems and procurement of office equipment.
  • Work to ensure that the FDRD volunteer registration process and donor/volunteer database is running smoothly.
  • Troubleshoot all technological difficulties with FDRD software systems including Salesforce, Click and Pledge, Revel Systems, Microsoft office, Adobe systems, Google suite email
  • Manage office needs including checking PO box, ordering of supplies, answering phone, responding to all e-mail and website inquiries, and in-person Dillon Ranger District Visitor Center inquiries.
  • Assist in keeping office organized and cleaned.
  • Gather and organize monthly expenses of the organization, assign to specific expense accounts and grants, file to match bank statements, and send to bookkeeper
  • Manage organization’s website: update pages when needed, create new pages, update homepage “sliders” with upcoming events/programs, serve as main contact for website host Digital 970 and WebEZ. Manage and make sure organization’s SEO is up to par.
  • Create and write timely and content appropriate blog posts.
  • Create content, edit, and distribute FDRD monthly newsletter to subscriber list
  • Write press releases, advertisement copy, and other newspaper entries for SDN Community Notes and calendar entries for promotion of events and projects. Create both online and print ads for SDN to advertise programs, events, projects, etc… Be the primary contact with SDN for these marketing efforts.
  • Manage organization’s social media updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
  • Manage radio advertising contract through Krystal media: work with Krystal rep to determine annual ad schedules and remote broadcasting. Write and record all radio ads.
  • Create promotional flyers when necessary for programs, volunteer projects, and educational and fundraising events.
  • Manage the creation and distribution of annual Dillon Ranger District Recreation Guide newspaper. Use Adobe InDesign to edit the file with any information that has changed, and add new intriguing, location specific information. Help distribute and keep stocked at local stores, restaurants, hotels, visitor centers.
  • Create, order, and distribute an informational brochure for the organization. Create business cards for employees and other branded informational cards/handouts for Ranger Patrollers, Ski Rangers, etc…
  • Manage fundraising duties of annual memberships and individual donations: manually enter donor information into Salesforce when needed, keep database accurate and up to date, pull fundraising reports when necessary, make sure Click and Pledge is properly connecting and transferring donation/donor information to Salesforce
  • Generate timely acknowledgements and “thank-you’s” to donors, members, volunteers, and business supporters.
  • Coordinate and oversee all aspects of FDRD events including: Annual Casino Night Fundraiser, Annual Membership drives, Annual Season Kickoff, Farmers Markets (15 markets June – September), Keystone’s Bacon & Bourbon Festival, Summer Concert Volunteers, Frisco’s Fall Fest, Volunteer Celebration, and other various fundraising events.
  • Create and manage an engaging events setup including tablecloths, tent, stickers and other giveaways, educational and promotional materials, and schedule attendance at various community events in order to promote the organization and our mission
  • Solicit in-kind donations for silent auctions and giveaways, food, booze, and volunteer recognition items from businesses as needed for service projects and all other events. Keep track of all donations in annual In-Kind spreadsheet.
  • Manage and coordinate all fundraising auctions
  • Solicit and manage volunteer solicitations for Casino Night business sponsorships. Manage payments, invoices, receipts, and all communications with event sponsors
  • Create and oversee advertising campaign and strategy for end of year, Colorado Gives Day individual donations
  • Serve as FDRD’s Retail Manager: Responsible for keeping track of inventory, purchasing new inventory, ordering and fulfilling snowmobile/OHV registrations, creating and buying FDRD branded items, ordering and maintaining Point of Sale software and hardware, creating monthly financial reports, depositing cash/check drops, and troubleshooting discrepancies
  • Maintain an active presence on designated FDRD board committees.
  • Maintain an organized shed shared with ESWA

Desired Outcomes:

  • Efficient operation of FDRD volunteer registration and administration with outstanding service provided to our volunteer community.
  • Improved efficiency of FDRD programs and communication with FDRD volunteers and the public by providing a consistent and engaging office presence throughout the year.
  • Maintain a clean and organized office with functioning equipment, efficient administrative processes, and ample supplies.
  • Maintenance of an engaging and up to date Newsletter and Web site.

Job Interrelationships:

  • FDRD and DRD Staff
  • Volunteers
  • Youth
  • Software consultants
  • Vendors
  • Members and Supporters
  • General Public
  • Local Events Managers we Partner With
  • Business Sponsors and Partners

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent 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 Board and volunteers to community partners and parents and children.
  • Capable of working as a member of a team and independently
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Digital marketing: experience with organic social media marketing as well as Facebook ads, direct email marketing through Constant Contact and Salesforce
  • Print marketing: experience creating flyers & promotional materials for events and other programming, newspaper print ads
  • Proficient with MS Office (Word & Excel) and comfortable learning new technologies.
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suites programs, most importantly Photoshop and InDesign
  • Experience with Salesforce or other relevant database platforms, or willingness to learn
  • Experience with front end web development, WordPress website experience preferred
  • Retail management experience including inventory management, monthly financial reports, Point of Sale systems, and creation of branded items

Desired Behavioral Traits and Attitudes:

  • Team player, fun, outgoing, passionate, organized, creative, resourceful, critical thinker, results-oriented, and self-motivated. Passionate about FDRD’s mission and environmentally concerned and aware. Local Summit County trail and recreation knowledge is a plus.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing or communications
  • 2-3 years of experience as a marketing manager
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have at least 1 year of full-time or equivalent part-time verifiable experience in an office setting.
  • Finalists must be able to pass criminal background check.

Special Requirements:

  • Additional time may be required including occasional weekend work. Eligible for overtime.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs and endure physically demanding tasks


This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary range is based on experience. Benefits include paid time off, cell phone stipend, mileage reimbursement, and participation in FDRD’s health benefits plans and retirement plan.

Application Process:

Please submit your resume and cover letter along with at least three professional references to FDRD Executive Director, Mike Connolly:

Youth Programs Coordinator (*Application period closed*)

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Status: Full Time Seasonal

Compensation: $17 to $19 an hour dependent on experience

Start Date: May 24, 2022

End Date: September 30, 2022 (flexible)

Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is looking for a new Youth Programs Coordinator to join our team. This staff member will facilitate youth stewardship projects and educational programs in Summit County, Colorado. These programs range from leading environmental education programs to helping facilitate and plan trail projects for youth participants. 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 and timber stand health.

Job Description: 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 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 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.

General breakdown of role:

  • Youth program planning and instruction (60%)
  • Adult trail project and education program logistics (30%)
  • FDRD events support and administrative tasks (10%)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A degree from four-year college or university in natural resource management, nonprofit management, environmental studies, or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with youth and youth groups.
  • Must be comfortable with physically demanding work outdoors. 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.
  • 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 this 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 land stewardship projects
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude.
  • 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 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 and 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.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences ranging from FDRD staff and volunteers to community partners and the general public.
  • Ability to be flexible and help out all staff members with jobs.
  • Experience with Instagram & Facebook social media platforms.

Compensation: Hourly compensation will be between $17-19 an hour based on relevant work experience. The position is eligible for holiday paid time off.

Work Schedule: The weekly work schedule will be variable (averaging 35-40 hours/ week) depending on project scheduling, with some 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: FDRD is a nonprofit organization that promotes the stewardship of the White River National Forest in Summit County, Colorado through partnerships, volunteer service, education and support. Equal Opportunity Employment Statement: 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 Olivia Andreozzi, Education and Youth Programs Manager at Please put “Youth Programs Coordinator” in the subject line.

Application period closes March 15, 2022

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