Short-Term Job Adventures Colorado
Colorado Rocky Mountain High. There's no better place to blend a short-term job with the great outdoors than Colorado. From camps and dude ranches spotted all over the Rockies, conservation crews in the backcountry and winter ski resort jobs in Aspen.
Crew Leaders, Trail Crew Members, Fire Training & Veterans Fire Corps
Durango and Salida (with work throughout the Four Corners region)
Work outdoors in amazing places. Contribute to vital conservation projects on public lands. Camp out in the Southwest. Get paid for your work. Residential Crews with the Southwest Conservation Corps blend team building with vital and meaningful conservation projects in beautiful Southwest locales throughout the year. Projects include technical trail construction and maintenance, wildfire management and mitigation, wildlife habitat and campground improvement, and a special program for Veterans who have served in the U.S. military. If you are positive, motivated, hard working, willing to work and participate as part of a team, don't mind a little dirt under your fingernails, and able to camp in all types of weather conditions, complete an application today.
• Four Corners Regional Office
Teresa DiTore and Ryan Brink
Southwest Conservation Corps
701 Camino del Rio, Suite 101
Durango, CO 81301
• Los Valles Regional Office
Southwest Conservation Corps
701 Rainbow Blvd.
Salida, CO 81201
Field Guides arrange their own housing around the Four Corners region when they are not working in the field. Many live in Durango, where there is excellent climbing, world-renown mountain biking and boating, snow skiing, as well as great live music and restaurants, natural food stores and naturopathic health spas. Durango is also home to Fort Lewis College, a small, liberal arts college with approximately 4,000 students.
As a holistic wilderness therapy program with an emphasis on mindfulness and whole body health, Open Sky inspires people to learn and live in a way that honors values and strengthens relationships. Field Guides provide struggling teens and young adults with compassionate role models who they can look to for support and guidance. As a Guide, you will hike through beautiful landscapes while helping your students find themselves. You will teach students to make healthier choices. Open Sky typically holds four 10-day field guide orientations each year — in January, March, May and September. In addition to full-time work, summer-only employment is available as well. Find out more information, application details and view all employment opportunities.
Wilderness Field Guide Recruiter
Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
P.O. Box 2201
Durango, CO 81302
(970) 382-9494 fax
• Open Sky is the first nationally accredited wilderness therapy program through the Association for Experiential Education and the only mindfulness-based wilderness therapy company.
Summer Multi-Sport Instructors and Activity Specialists
Instructor positions are available at day camps located throughout the Colorado Front Range (Boulder, Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Denver, Golden, Highlands Ranch and Lafayette), and Colorado Mountain Camp, a residential camp in Bailey, Colorado. Positions are also available in the Bay Area, California (Campbell, Mill Valley, Moraga Oakland, Palo Alto, Santa Cruz, Saratoga and Walnut Creek).
This isn't your average job (it’s way, way cooler!). As a member of the Avid4 Adventure team, you’ll spend your days doing the outdoor activities you love—climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, backpacking—all while inspiring a new generation of intrepid adventurers and outdoors enthusiasts. It’s crazy fun, blissfully tiring and endlessly rewarding. Whatever kind of job you’re looking for—day camp, residential camp, focused on one sport exclusively or a new one every day, Avid4 Adventure has the job for you! Positions are available from mid-May to mid-August with varied start/end dates, and an option to extend work through the fall season. Read full job descriptions and apply online.
P.O. Box 287
Boulder, CO 80304
(800) 977-9873 x103
• Get a glimpse into working at Avid4 Adventure
Ski Resort & Hospitality Jobs (Winter, Summer and Year-Round)
Aspen (Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and Snowmass)
Live. Work. Play. Here.
Experience the Power of Four with Aspen Skiing Company. They operate four ski areas: Aspen Mountain, Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk as well as their hospitality properties The Little Nell and The Limelight Hotel. When it comes to a great destination to land a seasonal job—from the great outdoors and incredible skiing to unique cultural activities and exciting nightlife—Aspen Snowmass offers the complete work, live and play experience. Covering 5,500 acres and hosting 1.3 million skiers annually, Aspen Skiing Company employs 3,400+ people every winter. Positions include opportunities in the ski and snowboard school, snowcats, snowmaking, mountain operations, food & beverage, housekeeping, retail and rental, guest service representatives, hospitality staff, lift attendants, childcare and more. Explore current job openings and apply online.
Aspen Skiing Company
P.O. Box 1248
Aspen, CO 81612-1248
Junior Ranger Program Crew Leaders
Boulder's open lands, parks and community
Do you have a passion for for the outdoors, service, youth and learning? Make a difference as a summer OSMP Junior Ranger Program Crew Leader! You'll supervise, teach, mentor and organize crews of 10 teens (ages 14-17) on a variety of important trail maintenance and construction, land restoration and habitat conservation, and parks improvement projects on Boulder's open lands, parks and community. Applicants must have accomplished outdoor leadership skills and experience working with teens (a background in environmental or outdoor education is a plus), minimum age of 21 years, a valid driver's license and good driving record, and CPR/first aid certified. Benefits include $13-$17/hour, including two weeks of paid training. These seasonal, non-residential positions run from May 22–August 16, 2017 (M-F, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.).
2017 Summer Employment Update
• Recruitment has closed for 2017 Summer Crew Leaders. Plan ahead for next summer—OSMP will begin accepting applications in February 2018.
City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks
P.O. Box 791
Boulder, CO 80306
Summer Camp and Ranch Jobs
Located at 8,500 feet just above Boulder and near the historic mining town of Gold Hill, The Ranch offers majestic vistas of the Rocky Mountain Front Range in the day and the twinkling lights of Denver by night.
Are you looking for the summer of a lifetime in the Colorado Rockies? Whether working as a children's activity instructor or group counselor, wrangler, driver, in the kitchen, office or grounds, the high-spirited, multi-talented and skilled Colorado Mountain Ranch staff are instrumental in creating and implementing every aspect of ranch programs and activities, construction projects, food service, facility use and maintenance. The summer 2017 camp season runs from May 30th with a week of orientation, followed by ten weeks of children's programs through August 13th. Applications are available for download online.
The Colorado Mountain Ranch
10063 Gold Hill Rd.
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 417-9114 fax
Program Coordinators, Arts & Crafts Coordinator, Rock Climbing/Ropes Course Coordinator, Expedition Coordinator, Pathfinding Coordinators, Wranglers, Head & Assistant Counselors, Cooks & Prep Cooks, Registered Nurse and a Photographer
Family-owned Colvig Silver Camps is a residential, wilderness-oriented camp that blends traditional summer activities with overnight backcountry adventures in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.
Creative. Tireless, Patient. Flexible. Positive Attitude. Fun-Loving Spirit. Sense of Humor. Responsible. Sound like you? Colvig Silver Camps seeks these key attributes in its summer staff. If you have a passion for working with children in an outdoor setting and a commitment to the development of positive, meaningful relationships, read the staff FAQs, fill out the online application or connect with Tyler Dixon for more information. 2017 positions begin as early as May 15th with staff training from June 2nd-11th, a mid-summer break from July 10th-12th and work through August 12th.
Colvig Silver Camps
9665 Florida Rd.
Durango, CO 81301
(970) 247-2547 fax
Outdoor Education Instructors
Located at 6,800 feet on the historic site of the Freedom School, the 99-acre campus is just minutes from Larkspur, 50 minutes from Denver and 30 minutes from Colorado Springs. Because of their great location, you’ll have quick access to the mountains, Garden of the Gods and tons of outdoor activities.
Stone Canyon has a young and energetic staff who are passionate and enthusiastic about working in the outdoors. Instructors will teach 5th & 6th grade students in a variety of classes within the disciplines of science, outdoor education and leadership development; lead activities for retreat groups, including team building, ropes course and the zip line; and mentor high school students and provide leadership training. Positions are available during the spring (early March to early June) and the fall season (early August to November). Applicants must have at least a Bachelor’s degree, one season outdoor education or camp experience, are at least 21 years of age, easily approachable, able to have fun with kids, and enjoy sharing your passion for the outdoors and personal growth with others. If you are looking to deliver academic content in a memorable fashion, positively lead young people, bring new ideas to continue developing the program, and be a part of a community that fosters growth, apply online.
Program Manager – Outdoor Education
Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures
12163 S Perry Park Rd.
Larkspur, CO 80118
Seasonal Conference, Guest Services & Hospitality Staff
The Estes Park Center is the original site of the YMCA of the Rockies, founded in 1907, and is surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park, with over 800 acres of mountain terrain to enjoy many opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation. Snow Mountain Ranch is located in a more remote area of Colorado, known as the Fraser Valley, near Granby and Winter Park. In the winter, SMR is home to one of the largest Nordic ski areas in the country, with over 100km of trails on the 5,000 acre property.
Are you between jobs, want to take time off from school, looking to gain job experience, or would like to work in one of the most beautiful places on earth? Work, live, and play in the Colorado Rockies? Seasonal job opportunities at the YMCA of the Rockies run from 3 weeks to 8 months, giving employees the opportunity for a quick working adventure or a taste of every season in Colorado. Seasonal staff can gain work experience and skills in eight different departments, including buildings & grounds, chaplain, food service, conference set-up, guest services, housekeeping, human resources and programs. Another working option for those 18-25 years of age is the group-focused Elevate Gap Year Program offered every spring and fall for a nominal fee. If you feel like you would like to experience the Rocky Mountains and serve the YMCA mission, fill out the online application (a cover letter, resume and three reference are also necessary).
YMCA of the Rockies
2515 Tunnel Rd.
Estes Park, CO 80511
(970) 586-3341 x1032
Sky Rangers, Eco Rangers, Office Assistants, Utility Staff & Staff Cooks
The Soaring property is remotely located on 180 private acres surrounded by the San Juan National Forest in Southwest Colorado and is accessible only via the historic Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. Enjoy fishing, hiking, camping, 4-wheeling, water rafting, mountain biking, exploring the beauty of the Colorado mountains or the college town vibe of Durango on your days off. Visit old mining towns like Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride and partake in the many local summer festivals, or explore old abandoned gold mines in the area.
Soaring Tree Top Adventures is the world’s largest zip line course. During the full day of adventure that includes a four-course lunch served in the trees, Sky Rangers lead guests through 27 unique zip lines high up in an old-growth Ponderosa and Alpine forest environment, with ten of the spans crossing over the pristine waters of the Animas River. Throughout the tour, Eco Rangers educate guests on old growth forest ecology, the natural history of the property, and the importance of protecting the environment. Soaring seeks candidates who can either work during the peak season from June to mid-August or a full season through September/early October. A five-day on, two-day off workweek (typically 8:30-5:30) allows staff to enjoy the property or go out exploring during their days off. Office Assistants, Utility Staff and Staff Cooks are also needed seasonally. If you are a friendly, fun, outgoing and professional individual who is seeking adventure and living in a pristine mountain and forest environment, email a resume, 3 professional references and a cover letter highlighting your relevant job experience to SoaringJobs@hotmail.com.
Soaring Tree Top Adventures
964 County Rd 200
Durango, CO 81301
Summer Adventure & Hospitality Staff
Outposts include Granite/Buena Vista (The Arkansas River is literally across the street and the Mountaintop Zipline Course sits on a 44-acre property), Idaho Springs (This 4,000 square foot, state-of-the-art outpost is nestled right between Clear Creek and Chicago Creek, offering whitewater rafting and zipline tours on a 9-acre mountain property), and Kremmling (The Upper Colorado river rafting trips and inflatable kayak trips here show you stunning scenery, rugged ranchland, the steep peaks of the Gore Range Mountains, and an array of Colorado wildlife), with a sales & reservation office in Breckenridge.
If you are looking for an exciting, unique and unforgettable summer experience, AVA is a great match! With whitewater rafting trips on eight rivers across the beautiful state of Colorado and two incredible zip line tour locations, AVA Rafting & Zipline has established itself as a leader in the rafting and adventure outfitter business. Summer job opportunities include Whitewater Raft Guides, Zipline Guides, CDL Drivers, Kitchen Staff, and Guest Service Staff at the three Outposts. Compensation starts at $10/hour, plus 7% bonus on gross earning at end of season if contract is fulfilled. If you are energetic, active, a hard-working team player, and enjoy being outdoors, explore current job openings and apply online or contact Kelly Thrall for more information. Positions run from May through September.
AVA Rafting & Zipline
116 Huron Rd.
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Summer Camp Staff: Adventure Camp Director, Day Camp Coordinator & Program Counselors
The facility is located at the foot of majestic Mt. Meeker in the Colorado Rockies.
Would you enjoy working in the beauty of God’s creation in the heart of the Rocky Mountains? Then Highlands is the perfect place for you to go and grow! All staff will participate in daily Bible Study discussions with small groups and lead activities that may include rock climbing, challenge course, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, archery, and arts & crafts (curriculum and training will be provided). Benefits include a salary ranging from $180–$250 per week, onsite housing, delicious meals, CPR/first aid training, a fun community atmosphere, experiencing the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of campers and guests. Coordinators and Directors must be at least 25 years old; all other staff must be at least 19 years of age. Positions run from May 29th–August 4th. If you are passionate about the outdoors and working with children fill out the online application or contact Steven Bohn for more information.
Summer Camp Director
Highlands Presbyterian Camp and Retreat Center
1306 Business Highway 7
P.O. Box 66
Allenspark, CO 80510
Shadowcliff is an eco-friendly mountain sanctuary nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Grand Lake, Colorado, located 2-3 hours from any big cities with limited bus or train transportation. This is a great place to work if you enjoy the outdoors, love nature, like to hike or enjoy spending quiet time reading a good book or visiting with guests or friends. Staff are encouraged to take advantage of trails that lead directly from Shadowcliff’s doorstep into Rocky Mountain National Park. Fishing, hiking, and canoeing are major free-time activities, as well as bowling, horseback riding, rafting, summer theater, local bands, and more.
Shadowcliff’s Compassionate Kitchen is not a restaurant, but a commercial kitchen where nutritious and delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided for workshop groups and staff members. The Chef will plan menus to make the best use of seasonal and local foods, work with vendors and suppliers in food purchasing, train and direct rotating kitchen assistants, educate staff and guests about the Compassionate Kitchen philosophy, and keep the kitchen in top shape and in accordance with best food practices. Applicants must make a 5-month commitment beginning in early/mid-May through the end of the season (typically around October 1st), have an interest in a multi-year commitment, basic leadership skills, and experience planning, preparing, and serving buffet style food to 15-60 people in a team environment. If you have passion, knowledge, and an understanding of local, organic, seasonal food and how to prepare enticing menus with it, submit a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to Carl Sniffen.
P.O. Box 658
405 Summerland Park Rd.
Grand Lake, CO 80447
Group Travel Leaders
Throughout the U.S. and Canada
Do you love road trips, the outdoors and want to explore North America? Combine your passion for travel with the adventure of a lifetime! Doubling as tour guide and driver, Group Leaders for AmeriCan Adventures take small groups on trips throughout beautiful landscapes of North America that encompass camping in National Parks, exploring big city life, tasting local cuisines, and so much more. If you have the skills to accommodate a diverse group of travelers and the desire to challenge yourself daily, visit AmeriCanAdventures.com to learn more and apply. Positions are available from April to September. Sign up to receive email updates on new job postings, deadlines and info on what it's like to live the life of a Group Leader.