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Youth Program Assistant
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Deadline to Apply:
Friday, May 12, 2017, 11:45pm
Youth Program Assistant:
Mission of RFOV’s Young Stewards Initiative: To develop a life-long sense of stewardship for our public lands in today’s youth
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and well-organized Youth Program Assistant for the summer and fall of 2017. This position works closely with RFOV’s Youth Coordinator and Field Coordinator to facilitate outdoor service projects from Parachute to Aspen that include trail maintenance (primarily), trail building, working on local sustainable farms, ecological restoration, etc. Key duties include: managing and engaging groups of youth outdoors, instructing and leading trail work, preparing materials and logistics for projects, and conducting a variety of outdoor work activities alongside participants. The Youth Program Assistant may help the Youth Coordinator deliver SOL classes at local schools as well. There may also be opportunities for assisting with program development and marketing, understanding the workings of a non-profit, etc. Occasionally, the Youth Program Assistant may be asked to drive our 12 person passenger van.
Most workdays begin by meeting at RFOV’s Basalt office. The Youth Program Assistant is responsible for having appropriate outdoor clothing and gear for this position including: closed-toe hiking boots or hiking shoes, a backpack, rain jacket, rain pants, etc.
The position will involve a part-time schedule of between 16 and 25 hours a week for the summer starting in June, 2017, with the potential for more full-time employment in August and September, ending in mid-October depending on weather and demand.
The RFOV office is located in Basalt. Most work days will begin at the office and require some amount of travel in the region between Parachute and Aspen, CO.
Attributes of the ideal candidate:
The ideal candidate for this position will have a true passion for working with youth in the outdoors– past leadership experience is preferred, but we are willing to train the right individual. We are seeking someone who is enthusiastic, an outstanding team player, and can handle logistics. This position entails heavy lifting and hiking with trail building tools (up to 40 lbs and up to 5 miles/day) often while wearing a backpack. Thus a high level of fitness is essential. Individuals with experience or interest in trail work, outdoor/environmental/sustainability education, natural resource management, forestry, ecology, and botany are encouraged to apply.
Candidates will need a driver’s license and to clear a criminal background check. They will also need to have current basic CPR and first aid certification – RFOV will cover the cost of this training if need be.
The Youth Program Assistant position is an excellent opportunity to gain new knowledge and skills in outdoor leadership, group management, education, non-profit management, sustainability, and natural resource management. RFOV will provide the Youth Program Assistant with crew leader training covering basic trail building and maintenance concepts and techniques. RFOV will also provide training in group management, outdoor leadership, and sustainability education.
Primary supervisor and contact person for this position:
The primary supervisor for this position is RFOV’s Youth Coordinator, Lizz Bailey.
Office Phone: 970-927-8241
How to Apply:
To apply, please email the Youth Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) a cover letter and resume by 5pm on Friday, May 12th. In your cover letter, kindly highlight pertinent qualities and experiences that qualify you for the position. Include two non-family references; professional references are preferred. In your cover letter, please indicate what timeframe you are available to work with us in 2017.
Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you!