SJMA Job Opportunities

San Juan Mountains Association is a rewarding place to work filled with people who care deeply about the lands that surround us. Our SJMA team works together with our dedicated volunteers and community to turn our collective passion for Southwest Colorado’s public lands into actions that help protect these beautiful, wild places. Join us!

Full-Time Job Openings

Volunteer Coordinator

San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) has long thrived because of our volunteers, and we are proud to be an organization known for its exemplary volunteer program. The Volunteer Coordinator, under the immediate supervision of the Associate Director, is responsible for managing all tasks related to volunteers, including recruiting, training, scheduling, retaining and honoring volunteers. Since all SJMA divisions (Education, Stewardship, Visitor Information, and Special Events) have volunteer opportunities, the Volunteer Coordinator will work closely with the departmental directors to recruit, train, and mobilize volunteers for an array of diverse projects.

Location: SJMA is housed in the San Juan National Forest Headquarters office at 15 Burnett Ct, Durango, Colorado, but this position will be a combination of remote, on-site, and field.

Hours: This is a full-time, permanent position. While the typical work week is Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00pm, this position often requires evening and weekend work.

Those interested in the position are asked to submit a resume, letter of interest demonstrating their qualifications for the position, and three professional references. Please send resumes and cover letters to jobs@sjma.org. Priority consideration will be given to complete applications received by January 23, 2023.

Rio Grande Visitor Information Coordinator

The San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) is seeking a Rio Grande Visitor Information Coordinator to lead SJMA’s visitor information program throughout the Rio Grande National Forest. The Rio Grande Visitor Information Coordinator will provide visitor information services, sell forest products, promote interpretive product sales, and perform other miscellaneous front desk duties for the U.S. Forest Service on the Divide Ranger District. This person will work closely with SJMA staff and the Rio Grande National Forest to provide public information and answer phone calls from the public in a highly professional and courteous manner. This position is under the immediate supervision of the SJMA Director of Visitor Information Services and will work at the direction of U.S. Forest Service staff on a daily basis. Other duties include management of staffing and inventory at SJMA bookstore outlets throughout the Rio Grande National Forest.

Location: The position will be based out of the Rio Grande National Forest offices in Del Norte.

Hours: This position will be classified as exempt “Regular Full-Time” with a scheduled forty (40) hours per week (8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday) and occasional nights and weekends.

Please send your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references as a single PDF document to riooperations@sjma.org. Priority consideration will be given to complete applications received by January 23, 2023.

Part-Time Job Openings

There are currently no part-time positions available.

Seasonal Job Openings

Summer Camp Counselors

Each summer, SJMA hires several camp counselors for its popular environmental education day camp. Camp counselors will teach curriculum already developed by SJMA’s staff. Successful candidates will join a team of instructors responsible for a group of 26 kids, ages 6-17. Camp counselors will work with the SJMA education team to deliver outdoor education programming at SJMA’s Durango Nature Center and on public lands throughout Southwest Colorado. SJMA’s instructors have a passion for getting youth outdoors, cultivating a deep understanding of natural processes, and encouraging public lands stewardship. For more information on the camp, visit https://sjma.org/summercamps/

Camp Locations: Nature Center and San Juan National Forest
Season: June through August

Check back in early March for our job openings. 

Forest Ambassadors

Each summer, SJMA hires a crew of skilled and passionate Forest Ambassadors to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to educate visitors on forest health, “Leave No Trace” practices, wildfire safety, conduct light trail work, track visitor numbers, and monitor forest conditions throughout the San Juan National Forest. In addition, ambassadors develop interpretive programming and help implement volunteer stewardship projects. This is a unique opportunity for applicants with prior ranger, trail crew, or youth corps experience to help protect some of Colorado’s most iconic locations while taking the next step towards a career in public lands management. Ambassadors often work independently, and with volunteers on a 4-10 shift from Friday to Monday. Desired qualifications include Public engagement/public speaking, map and compass, backcountry travel, Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid.

Field Office: Durango, CO
Project locations: San Juan and Uncompahgre National Forests
Season: Mid-May through early-September

Check back this spring for job openings. Questions? Contact SJMA’s Stewardship Director, Mike Wight, at mwight@sjma.org.

Wilderness Crew

Each summer, SJMA hires wilderness crew members and leaders to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to monitor wilderness characteristics, conduct trail work, clear trails of downed trees with crosscut saws, and educate wilderness visitors on “leave no trace” practices throughout the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests. SJMA’s backcountry crew members will spend the season working 4 day shifts (often over weekends) backpacking in remote wilderness locations, often at high elevations. This is a life-changing experience for the right applicant who will make an immediate impact on the land and build lifelong memories in some of Colorado’s most spectacular wilderness landscapes. Desired qualifications include previous backpacking experience, map and compass, Wilderness First Responder, or First Aid, and public engagement or public speaking.

Field Office: Durango, CO
Project locations: San Juan and Rio Grande National Forest wilderness
Season: Late-May through September

Check back this spring for job openings. Questions? Contact SJMA’s Stewardship Director, Mike Wight, at mwight@sjma.org.

Internships

Education Intern

Join SJMA’s Education team to design and deliver high quality, standards based outdoor environmental education to Southwest Colorado. We work closely with our interns to create an experience which aligns with their post-internship goals, be that curriculum design, in the field teaching, program management, etc. This is a unique opportunity for applicants to help educate and inspire the next generation. The intern will conduct a variety of projects under the supervision of the Education Director and Curriculum Coordinator. To learn more about the education programs visit, sjma.org/learn.

This is a life-changing opportunity for the right applicant who will make an immediate impact on the youth in our community and build lifelong memories in some of Colorado’s most spectacular landscapes. 

To apply please send a resume and letter of interest to astimax@sjma.org. Internships occur in fall, spring, and summer semesters. Applications are due November 1st for spring internships and March 1st for summer and fall internships.