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The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD) is now hiring a Seasonal Youth Programs Coordinator in Summit County, Colorado!

Youth Programs Coordinator Position

Full-Time/Seasonal (late May – end of September; 35-40 hours/week)

$14-$16 per hour dependent on experience

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. Summit County’s National Forest lands are visited by over 4 million people each year, and volunteer stewardship is a critical component of ensuring that our extensive network of recreational trails and open spaces remain sustainable. FDRD is one of the most active local place-based outdoor stewardship organizations in the country, leveraging over 7,000 volunteer hours a year maintaining trails and improving the health of our local National Forest lands with volunteer service projects and educational programs. We offer beautiful views, fun coworkers and volunteers, and meaningful project work.

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:

Under the direction of FDRD’s Education & Youth Programs Manager and FDRD’s Programs Manager, the Youth Programs Coordinator is the primary lead for 10 to 20 outdoor youth volunteer stewardship projects and educational programs on National Forest lands in Summit County, Colorado. The Youth Programs Coordinator is also responsible for assisting FDRD staff on all-ages projects throughout the season. Project work includes trail maintenance, trail construction, and realignment, watershed restoration, invasive weed pulls, etc. Volunteer ages may vary from 6 to 60+ years old.

Principle Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with other FDRD staff, responsible for planning and implementing youth and all-ages volunteer projects.
  • Facilitate outdoor youth-focused programs and projects approximately twice a week (June-Aug only).
  • Responsible for coordinating a diverse range of community members on trail maintenance, trail construction, ecological restoration, watershed health, and youth-focused volunteer projects.
  • Ensuring all projects meet expectations for worksite safety, a quality volunteer experience, and completion of work according to technical standards.
  • Recruit, train, manage, and evaluate key leadership volunteer roles in accordance with Forest Service (FS) and FDRD policy.
  • Primary technical advisor for assigned projects.
  • Outline work and coordinate pre-project logistics for volunteers.
  • Provide Marketing & Events Manager with relevant pre- and post-project information to be entered into the website and database.
  • Photograph worksites before, during and after work is performed to document on-the-ground work accomplishments as well as images of volunteers in action.
  • Works with the FDRD staff, committees, and volunteers to continually evaluate and identify programmatic needs for FDRD’s Programs.
  • Purchase pre-approved supplies and equipment; compile receipts and provide paperwork to designated FDRD administrative staff as required.
  • Works with other FDRD and Forest Service Staff to implement risk management policies and make recommendations for refinement of existing policies.
  • Scouts potential projects and makes recommendations for upcoming project season.
  • Responsible for ongoing maintenance and care of FDRD tools, equipment, and facilities.
  • Report to Marketing & Events Manager and Executive Director for in-office tasks.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Continued development, growth, and implementation of effective and meaningful youth and community programs that follow the mission of FDRD.
  • Effective volunteer trail maintenance and service projects for all ages that result in quality results on the ground as well as a quality experience for FDRD volunteers and partners.
  • Maintain a positive presence in the community.
  • Increase awareness of the importance of forest stewardship and recruit more members/volunteers to get involved at their comfort level.
  • Accurate reporting of volunteer hours and other quantifiable results.

Job Interrelationships:

  • FDRD Staff and Interns
  • Board of Directors
  • Program Volunteers
  • Forest Service
  • General Public
  • Funders
  • Vendors

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience with working with youth, under 18 years of age, on outdoor stewardship projects and/or environmental education programs, or trail experience with other demonstrated experience working with youth in outdoor settings.
  • Experience or interest in trail building/maintenance and forest stewardship techniques.
  • Comfortable working in outdoor settings with a diverse group of volunteers ranging in age from 60+ years young to 6 years old.
  • Experience or familiarity with other natural resource work including riparian restoration, community weed pulls, jackleg fence construction, etc. desired.
  • 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.
  • Capable of working as a member of a team and independently.
  • Trail design and ecological restoration skills.
  • Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people.
  • Desired computer skills include Microsoft Office software.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish (preferred but not required).

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 committed to inspiring that passion in others through effective leadership and communication.
  • Must love turnpikes, working with youth in the outdoors, pick mattocks, and hard hats, but not necessarily in that order.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A degree from four-year college or university in natural resource management, non-profit management, or related field of study; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be certified in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder and have current CPR certification by start date. FDRD will provide 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.
  • A personal vehicle to get to work rendezvous points.
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding work at high elevations.
  • Must be available for the full term of the position (late May – end of September) 

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. 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.

WAGES AND BENEFITS

This is a temporary, full-time, non-exempt position. Compensation is $14-16 per hour, dependent on experience.

To Apply:

Deadline March 22, 2019. Submit resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three (3) references to devyn@fdrd.org. Please put “Youth Programs Coordinator” in the subject line. Please, no phone inquiries.

For More Information About FDRD and Our Work, Visit fdrd.org.

FDRD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.