Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers seeks Youth Coordinator

May 8, 2013

Application Deadline: May 20, 2013 by 5 PM MST.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is now seeking a youth coordinator to plan and implement programs and youth projects and continue to develop RFOV’s Young Stewards Initiative, a program that aims to develop a life-long sense of stewardship for our public lands in today’s youth.

Position Title: Youth Coordinator
Position Type: Full-time, year-round
Location: Basalt, Colorado - RFOV offices
Salary: $16 - $21/hr depending on experience
Reports To: RFOV Executive Director

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote stewardship of our public lands by engaging the community in volunteer trail and restoration projects.

Position Description:
The Youth Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for managing and continuing to develop RFOV’s Young Stewards Initiative. The Youth Coordinator will work with RFOV staff and a volunteer Youth Committee to plan and implement programs and projects to successfully develop a life-long sense of stewardship for our public lands in today’s youth. Local travel, weekends and some night meetings will be required.

Position Duties:
Coordinate and communicate with RFOV staff and agency land managers to achieve RFOV's Young Stewards Initiative program goals.
Facilitate stewardship projects and programs for youth of various ages with attention to three phases of the activity to ensure success: preparation (orientation and motivation), activity/project, and follow-up (reflection and evaluation).
Continue to develop and implement RFOV’s Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Experience program, a school-year long, valley-wide training program for high school students.
Use feedback and evaluations from RFOV’s Young Stewards Initiative’s first year to review and modify pilot programs as appropriate.
Coordinate outreach to organizations, schools and other youth groups to stimulate interest and awareness, build relationships, and recruit groups to participate in the program. Cultivate existing relationships with schools and youth groups. Assist in identifying ways to support and sustain outreach efforts through marketing, RFOV volunteers and partners, and other community resources.
Facilitate and organize collaboration and/or partnerships with valley organizations.
Continually enhance expertise in outdoor education, trail and restoration techniques, and leadership. Educate self, youth, and volunteers in alpine ecology and Leave No Trace principles.
Fund-raise for the youth program.
Evaluate and report progress and accomplishments of the program.
Other tasks as assigned to contribute to the overall implementation and operations of RFOV’s projects.

Minimum Qualifications:
Must have a strong passion and ability to lead, engage, relate, and work with youth.
Candidate must have experience working with youth and have a developed bag of tricks (games, motivators, ice breakers, techniques, etc.)
Considerable experience in environmental education, adventure education and/or teaching.
Proven experience in program coordination and logistical planning.
Experience in fund-raising.
Must be self-directed, highly motivated, reliable, with a result and solution oriented perspective, organized with an attention to detail, flexible, and have strong time-management skills.
Ability to pro-actively solve problems, work independently, manage multiple tasks, delegate as necessary, and be creative and resourceful.
Excellent verbal and written communication, motivational, and interpersonal skills applicable to a group outdoor setting.
Strong conservation ethic and belief in RFOV’s mission, with solid commitment to and understanding of stewardship and how to cultivate it.
Excellent physical condition with the ability to perform regular and recurring physical exertion. (Work projects may require hiking up to 7 miles per day at altitude, using heavy hand tools, extensive heavy stonework, and working and contributing as part of a team.)
Proficiency in travelling (hiking and navigating) in mountain environments.

Other desireable qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree is preferred; however, applicable work experience may substitute for educational preferences.
Spanish language skills are helpful but not required
Experience working for or with land management agencies
Outdoor work experience such as trail building/maintenance and/or tree planting.

All Applicants Must Have:
Current valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Clean criminal record and must agree to a criminal background check.
Certification in either a) Wilderness First Aid and CPR, or b) Wilderness First Responder --or must obtain one of these soon after the first date of employment.
A personal vehicle to get to project locations.
Adequate personal outdoor and hiking equipment.

Work Schedule: The weekly work schedule will be variable with weekend and occasional evenings required. Travel with a personal vehicle is required.

Wages and Benefits: Compensation is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical training allowance and eligibility for an annual performance-based bonus. Travel with a personal vehicle is reimbursed at the federal rate.

Application Deadline: May 20, 2013 by 5 PM MST.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of all races, ages, sexual orientations, and ethnic and religious backgrounds.

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to David Hamilton, Executive Director, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers  via email to or by mail to PO Box 1341, Basalt, CO 81621. For additional information about RFOV, please visit our website at

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