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!

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Seasonal Job Openings

SJMA Summer Camp Counselor

The San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) is hiring a lead instructor for its very popular environmental education day camp. This position will teach curriculum already developed by SJMA’s staff. They will be one of 4 instructors responsible for a group of 26 kids, ages 6-17. This position will work with the SJMA education team to deliver outdoor education programming at SJMA’s Durango Nature Center and on public lands throughout the region. There is a specific theme for each camp and different campers each week. SJMA’s instructors have a passion for getting youth outdoors, cultivating a deep understanding of natural processes, and encouraging public lands stewardship.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter and references to SJMA’s Education Director, Adriana Stimax, at astimax@sjma.org.

Alpine Ambassador

The San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) is hiring two public lands ambassadors to work in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management educating Alpine Loop OHV visitors to stay on trail, utilize “leave no trace” practices, track user numbers, and monitor tundra conditions throughout the alpine wonderland of the Alpine Loop outside Silverton, CO.

Field Office: Silverton, CO
Project Locations: Alpine Loop BLM land between Silverton and Lake City, CO
Season: Early-June through Labor Day, extension into September possible.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter and references to SJMA’s Conservation Director, David Taft, at dtaft@sjma.org.

San Juan Public Lands Ambassador

The San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) is seeking to hire a team of two to three seasonal San Juan Public Lands Ambassadors to educate and inform public lands visitors how to responsibly visit the spectacular public lands in San Juan County, Colorado. The San Juan Public Lands Ambassadors will work with SJMA staff and volunteers to provide visitor information services, promote responsible use and Leave No Trace practices, sell and promote interpretive product sales and perform other miscellaneous duties at satellite locations throughout San Juan County.

Location: Silverton Visitor Center, Ice Lakes Trailhead, and possibly a Molas Pass location with a possibility of hours at other SJMA locations, including in and around Durango.
Hours: 6 hour shifts, 6 days per week;  Weekends will be required.
Season: June through September

To apply, email a resume, cover letter to SJMA’s Director of Visitor Information Services, Priscilla Sherman, at psherman@sjma.org.

San Juan Wilderness Stewardship Crew

The San Juan Mountains Association (SJMA) is seeking crew members to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to educate wilderness visitors on “leave no trace” practices, conduct trail work, and monitor wilderness characteristics throughout the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests. This is a unique opportunity for applicants with prior wilderness ranger, trail crew or youth corps experience to help protect some of Colorado’s  iconic wilderness locations while taking the next step towards a career in public lands management.

Field Office: Durango, CO
Project Locations: San Juan and Rio Grande National Forest wilderness
Season: Mid-May through End of August, extension into September likely

To apply, email a resume, cover letter and references to SJMA’s Conservation Director, David Taft at dtaft@sjma.org.

Full-Time Job Openings

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 at the Del Norte offices with the location dependent on the candidate. 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 individual will provide top-notch visitor information services, promote SJMA bookstore sales, manage bookstore inventory, and oversee collections of bookstore revenue throughout the Rio Grande National Forest.

Field Office: The position will be based out of the Rio Grande National Forest offices in Del Norte.
Hours: “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.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter and references to Operations@sjma.org.

Part-Time Job Openings

Currently, there are no part-time job openings available.