December 28, 2017

Program Manager

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers
Program Manager
Position Description
Position Title:                        Program Manager
Position Type:                        Full-time, exempt
Location:                                Basalt, Colorado – RFOV offices
Compensation                       Annual Salary $42,000 to $45,000 commensurate with experience.
Benefits include paid time off, mileage reimbursement and health insurance.

Reports To:                            RFOV Executive Director

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote stewardship of our public lands by engaging the regional community of Aspen to Parachute in volunteer trail and restoration projects.


Position Description

The Program Manager will report directly to the Executive Director and will oversee RFOV’s field based volunteer trail and restoration projects as well as outreach to project partners and project related fundraising.  This position requires excellent managerial, planning, and leadership skills; independence and accountability in decision-making; organizational skills in logistics and time management; developing and adhering to project budgets; developing and maintaining relationships with project partners; some fund raising; and a proven ability to instruct, lead, and motivate people in backcountry settings.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with land managers, organizations, and interest groups to identify projects, recruit groups, and implement RFOV’s project goals. Build positive, lasting relationships with all stakeholders to ensure RFOV’s continued growth.
  • Determine human resources and equipment/materials needed to accomplish projects and oversee project logistics (travel planning, tool preparation; lining out project work sections).
  • Assist with the hiring, training and supervision of field staff.
  • Evaluate and identify project challenges, pro-actively prescribe solutions and take independent action to correct items within the scope of approved plans.
  • Ensure project safety and effective risk management strategies.
  • Foster a positive, open, engaging, and motivating experience for volunteers.
  • Serve as an expert on technical trail construction or restoration/re-vegetation work and ensure that project work is being constructed to established quality standards and timelines.
  • Continually enhance expertise in trail and restoration techniques, crew management, and leadership.  Educate self and volunteers in alpine ecology and Leave No Trace principles.
  • Report on progress and accomplishments of projects during the field season.
  • Ensure tools, project equipment and supplies are clean and in good working order.  Manage the schedule of RFOV’s vehicles effectively and ensure vehicles are running well at all times.
  • Manage the implementation of the annual field training program for staff and volunteers including: working with volunteer instructors, partner organizations, land managers and others to schedule and implement trainings; recruit prospective volunteer crew leaders, ambassadors and instructors; and manage the leadership development process to ensure RFOV has leaders in key positions to implement our full range of projects.
  • Assist with marketing, communication, and outreach efforts for field programs.
  • Assist with meeting field program fund raising goals.
  • Other duties as assigned – perform related duties as required for supporting and strengthening the mission and purpose of RFOV.


Desired Qualifications


  • A degree from a four-year college or university in natural resource management, non-profit management, or related field of study, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 3+ years trail building/maintenance experience with at least one year in a supervisory role, or trail building/maintenance experience with other relevant leadership experience.
  • Practical knowledge of methods and techniques to design, layout and construct/reconstruct natural surface trails.
  • The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion.  The work projects may require hiking up to 7 miles per day at altitude, using heavy hand tools, extensive heavy stonework, and working and contributing as part of a team.
  • Strong rock work experience (stairs, retaining walls, check dams, etc) as pertaining to trails.
  • Computer skills include Microsoft Office software and experience with social media and on-line technology.


  • Exceptional capacity for managing and leading people.  A team builder who has experience in growing organizational capacity along with the ability to ensure staff accountability.
  • Outdoor leadership experience (or other leadership background).
  • Experience working with youth outdoors or in other educational settings.
  • A strong passion for leading a diverse range of volunteers.
  • Self-directed, highly motivated, reliable, with a result and solution oriented perspective, organized with an attention to detail, flexible with strong time-management skills.
  • Excellent communication, motivational, and interpersonal skills applicable to a group outdoor setting.
  • Strong conservation ethic and belief in RFOV’s mission.


  • Experience working for or with land management agencies.
  • Environmental education experience.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, and logistical skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and delegate as necessary.
  • Ability to pro-actively solve problems, work independently, and be creative and resourceful.
  • Professional written and verbal communication skills including a professional appearance and positive demeanor.

All Applicants Must Have:

  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Current valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Certification in either a) Wilderness First Aid and CPR, or b) Wilderness First Responder (or can achieve certification upon hire).
  • A personal vehicle to get to project locations.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Adequate personal outdoor and hiking equipment.


Work Schedule

The weekly work schedule will be variable with weekend and occasional evenings required.  Travel with a personal vehicle is required.


Wages and Benefits:

Compensation is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include medical training allowance and eligibility for an annual performance-based bonus. Travel with a personal vehicle is reimbursed at the federal rate.


Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of all races, ages, sexual orientations, and ethnic and religious backgrounds.


Application Deadline:  January 15, 2018 by 4:30PM MST.


How to Apply:

Send a resume, cover letter, three professional references, and three examples of your writing to:

David Hamilton
Executive Director
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers
PO Box 1341
Basalt, CO  81621

Or you can email your resume, cover letter, three professional references, and writing samples to Phone and email inquiries acceptable.

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