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Now Hiring our next Youth & Education Program Manager!

Jill Bryant has sadly moved on from our organization to pursue a career with Breckenridge Ski Resort as the Health and Safety Specialist. The FDRD team is now currently searching for our next rockstar team player, to fill the gap. If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter to info@fdrd.org


Job Title:      Youth and Education Programs Manager

Employer:    Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Job Status:  Full-time, non-exempt

Salary:         $15 - $17 per hour DOE- 40 hours/week (M-F 9:00-5:00)

Benefits: Eligible for FDRD health insurance and other benefits

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 Youth and Education Programs Manager is responsible for overall management and operation of the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) youth and public education programs.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Oversee year-round youth programs and education/interpretive activities, with a focus on a diversity of programs and projects.
  • Devise and manage public educational/interpretive activities throughout the Summit County community during the fall/winter/spring seasons.
  • Devise and manage youth directed educational activities in the Summit County schools during the fall/winter/spring seasons.
  • Manage existing FDRD Thrive Educational Hikes, Forestry in the Field Hikes, and other developed public educational programs during the summer season.
  • Devise and develop additional youth and public educational/interpretive activities during the summer season.
  • Oversee youth projects during the summer season, including setting project scope and dates with youth partners.
  • Coordinate, and train if needed, seasonal field staff and serve as their primary supervisor for needed youth summer projects.
  • Coordinate with all youth and educational partners.
  • Manage the FDRD summer Youth Corps, including facilitating this program with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and with various Summit county partners.
  • Ensure accurate posting of project schedules, aspects of the organization’s Facebook page and website including posting educational activities, youth project schedules, updating content etc.
  • Document the accomplishments of each FDRD program project for submission to the USFS.
  • Assist FDRD Programs Manager and seasonal staff member with trail projects and Forest Health projects on an as-needed and agreed-upon basis. 
  • Assist Executive Director with grant writing and reporting in support of these programs.
  • Assist FDRD Executive Director and staff with fall/winter/spring outreach and fundraising events.
  • Work with the Executive Director, other FDRD staff, and FDRD Board to continually evaluate and identify youth and education programmatic needs.
  • Assist other FDRD staff with office administration operations and assisting the Executive Director when needed.

Job Interrelationships:

  • FDRD Staff
  • Board of Directors
  • Program Volunteers
  • Forest Service
  • General Public
  • Funders
  • Vendors
  • Educational Partners
  • Trail Partners

Desired Outcomes


  • Continued development, growth, and implementation of effective and meaningful youth and public education programs that follow the mission of FDRD
  • Increase awareness of the importance of forest stewardship among Summit County youth
  • Effective communication as the liaison between FDRD and program sponsors, and members of the public.
  • Develop, and coordinate, new sources of possible youth and/or educational program sponsorships.
  • Investigate new sources of grants and other funding in support of these programs.
  • Assist overall marketing and outreach efforts to promote the organization's programs and events through social media outlets.
  • Maintain a positive presence in the community


  • FDRD to increase positive public visibility that will help increase CO Gives, Membership and Volunteer turnout
  • Existing FDRD grant sources to provide funding for FDRD youth and public education programs
  • FDRD to cultivate new sources of grant funding for youth and public education programs
  • School educator and children contacts made in the program will carry over to increased volunteer participation during the summer season
  • FDRD will continue to provide more diverse programming throughout Summit County