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Permits, Wilderness Medicine, and Scholarships Coordinator

Colorado Mountain Club

Full Time
Posted July 20, 2021

Position Location: Golden, CO

About CMC:

The Colorado Mountain Club’s (CMC) volunteer led trips, instructor led classes and courses, and Youth Education Programs are the heart of what makes CMC run. CMC offers more than 3,000 outings annually and has over 250 courses, classes, and schools that cover a wide variety of disciplines and are welcoming no matter your skill level. Youth Education serves over 7,000 Denver area k-12 students including climbing and hiking trips on public lands. These trips run across the state of Colorado and the Colorado Mountain Club operates under a Special Use Permit with multiple USFS ranger districts in Pike & San Isabel National Forests, Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests, and the White River National Forest.

CMC Core Values:     Community | Education | Conservation and Stewardship | Adventure

Position Summary

The CMC’s Permits, Wilderness Medicine, and Scholarships Coordinator is an important part of the long history of education at the CMC.

The Permits, Wilderness Medicine, and Scholarships Coordinator has a pivotal role in supporting CMC’s Schools and Course offering. This role is also integral to achieving the strategic plan that revolves around significantly expanding our program capacity, building leadership, and reaching diverse audiences. The ideal candidate will be organized, have administrative and volunteer coordination experience, outstanding spreadsheet skills, a good dose of humor and humility, as well as an interest in pursuing their own advancement in outdoor skills.

Reporting to the Chief Education Officer, the Permits, Wilderness Medicine, and Scholarships Coordinator is responsible for organizing permit requests and permit acquisition for all CMC courses and classes, administrating the smooth certification of all CMC run Wilderness Medicine classes in coordination with Backcountry Pulse, and assisting adult volunteer leaders and instructors in accessing scholarships and doing their best work for CMC members. This is a fulltime in-person Golden, CO based position.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with CMC Chief Education Officer and CMC Membership to support adult volunteer leaders and instructors as well as Youth Education team in gaining permits for land use.
  • Point person for administration of wilderness medicine courses run in collaboration with Backcountry Pulse and offered through CMC.
  • Review, organize, and respond to scholarship applicants from CMC leaders.
  • Build strong relationships with land managers to gain access to special use permits.
  • Support leaders and instructors in planning for and requesting permits.
  • Support leaders and leaders-in-training to complete their WFA certification requirements.
  • Field questions and help track down answers for leaders/instructors/schools committees etc.
  • Assist in creating a more cohesive “ONE CMC” for all members, leaders, and instructors across Colorado.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in office administration and/or volunteer support role.
  • Excellent customer service.
  • Proven organizational and administrative skills.
  • Interest in outdoor mountain recreation.
  • Must pass background check.


Required Competencies:

  • Administration:
    • Experience skillfully utilizing spreadsheets (aka spreadsheet wizard!).
    • Proven ability to create clear shared documents for multiple applications.
    • Organizational skills to build shared online and physical systems for sharing information and materials.
  • Resourceful, organized, great problem solver, and results oriented.
  • Volunteer Management and Communication
    • Experience supporting adult volunteers.
    • Diplomacy skills to guide instructors, leaders, volunteers, and students.
    • Rock solid computer skills including spreadsheets, Office 365, and Google suite.
    • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
    • Patience for working with volunteers, and assisting people with all levels of technological experience while providing online support.
  • Excellent communication within staff team required.
  • Flexibility
    • Willingness to be flexible with changing conditions and program demands.
    • Desire to work in office setting.
    • Occasional weekend and evening work is required.
    • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a coordinator who can process information and provide timely solutions for volunteers in the field.
  • Cultural Awareness:
    • Experience working respectfully with colleagues and volunteers from a variety of cultural, age, and economic backgrounds.
    • Understanding and application of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and interest in furthering this work personally and within the organization.
    • Commitment to expanding access, relevance, and belonging for traditionally underrepresented groups in the outdoors.


Preferred Competencies

  • Passion for Outdoor Pursuits and Education:
    • Strong technical experience and working knowledge of CMC’s core activities: hiking, climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering, and skiing.
    • Wilderness First Aid certification or willingness to obtain (WFA preferred).
    • Understand, champion, and follow appropriate outdoor education risk management protocols.
    • Experience developing online learning platforms
  • Spanish Language Skills
    • Preference for Spanish fluency


Compensation and Benefits:

CMC will offer the successful candidate a competitive compensation and benefits package, comparable to a nonprofit our size. Salary is $35,000/year for full-time 40 hours/week. CMC also offers a generous benefits package including:

  • Group health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance
  • Generous paid vacation & sick leave, plus 13 paid public holidays off, and paid time off between December 24thand the beginning of the year.
  • Retirement plan with percentage matched by employer.
  • Employee/pro discounts on outdoor gear and CMC technical schools


Application Process:

Cover letter and resume should be sent to madeline@cmc.org. Top candidates will be contacted for a preliminary phone interview. No calls please.

Preference given to applications received by August 1, 2021.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements. The Colorado Mountain Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE), M/F/H/V.

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