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. Positions run from April through November, with varied start/end dates.
• 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.
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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.
Upcoming 2017-18 Winter Season Job Fairs
• Now seeking energetic and fun people! Come meet the Aspen Snowmass team at an upcoming Job Fair for winter season employment. Job Fair Dates: October 19th & November 8th.
Aspen Skiing Company
P.O. Box 1248
Aspen, CO 81612-1248
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.
Looking for a winter season job?
• AVA Rafting & Zipline also runs Peak 1 Express and has these winter season job openings in Breckenridge and Avon: Guest Service Drivers, Dispatch, In-Town Shuttle Drivers, Sales Agents and Management positions.
AVA Rafting & Zipline
116 Huron Rd.
Breckenridge, CO 80424
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 2018 camp season runs from May 29th with a week of orientation, followed by ten weeks of children's programs through August 12th. 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 Instructors, 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. 2018 positions begin as early as May 15th with staff training from June 1st-10th, a mid-summer break from July 9th-11th and work through August 11th.
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.
|Spring Season Employment Alert
• Stone Canyon is seeking Instructors for the spring season (early March to early June).
Program Manager – Outdoor Education
Stone Canyon Outdoor EdVentures
12163 S Perry Park Rd.
Larkspur, CO 80118
BaMidbar is based at Ramah in the Rockies, a 360-acre ranch nestled in the pristine Pike and San Isabel National Forests, just 90 minutes from Denver at an elevation of 8,000 feet. Students and staff will spend four days per week on expeditions, exploring the public lands of Colorado. The remaining three days will be spent at basecamp in the Rocky Mountains, visiting with therapists and celebrating Shabbat as a community.
BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy guides Jewish young adults (18-26) struggling with mild to moderate social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges on 54-day therapeutic expeditions. Serving as mentors, wilderness guides and support system, Field Guides will apply therapeutic concepts, teach technical and fundamental skills, integrate Jewish values and traditions, and connect personally with program participants, encouraging each student to move beyond their comfort zones to experience new, unexpected levels of confidence, personal achievement, and growth. BaMidbar's pilot program will begin in January 2018, with staff training from January 12th-21st and spring season programming from January 24th-May 16th (staff will work four, 15-day shifts). Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have a Bachelor's degree (preferably in outdoor education, psychology, sociology, child development, or education), experience working with young adults (preferably in a leadership, mentoring, or instructional capacity), significant backcountry trip leading experience, WFR/EMT certification (preferred), and an understanding of Jewish culture, values and cycles. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Jory Hanselman.
BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy
300 S. Dahlia St., Suite 205
Denver, CO 80246
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. With one of the best training programs in the industry, and on-the-road support that is unparalleled, you’ll gain a diverse set of skills to handle the challenges of the road. Pay is competitive including a guaranteed weekly wage throughout the entire season, tips, commissions, and all accommodation included. If you have the ability to live a nomadic lifestyle, the skills necessary 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.
|2018 Employment Alert
AmeriCan Adventures will begin accepting applications for the 2018 season beginning on November 1st. Sign up to receive updates on new job postings, deadlines and info on what it's like to live the life of a Group Leader.
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