Rock Bottom Ranch Community Programs Coordinator


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies


Basalt, CO



Phebe Meyers

The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) seeks a motivated individual to lead and improve the visitor experience, and grow our community programs and initiatives at Rock Bottom Ranch, a 113-acre working educational ranch and wildlife preserve in Basalt, CO. 

ACES is a nonprofit environmental science education organization. Since 1968, ACES has inspired a lifelong commitment to the Earth by providing innovative and immersive programming for all ages. We have three locations in the Roaring Fork Valley: Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch and Catto Center at Toklat. Our programs reach more than 140,000 individuals every year, and focus on ecological literacy, regenerative agriculture, forest and ecosystem health, land restoration and environmental leadership.  

ACES teaches in schools from Aspen to Rifle, and provides youth camps, field trips, adult classes and guided hikes. ACES works diligently to directly affect environmental and climate change education, awareness and action. We also engage our community by hosting public lectures and events. ACES collaborates with land trusts, public agencies and other nonprofits to achieve our mission.

Ideal candidates are self-starters, take initiative and are eager to collaborate with co-workers and other stakeholders. They have sought out opportunities for developing programs, and have an interest in building community in the Roaring Fork Valley around food systems and regenerative agriculture. Good candidates enjoy engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds, and are quick to adapt communication strategies and programming for a variety of audiences.  

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Visitor Experience and Community Programs Coordination
    • Perform, schedule, and lead on-site visitor center hosting responsibilities. This includes greeting and engaging guests, answering telephone calls, informal visitor education, selling food products and merchandise, and fielding questions.
    • Assist in development and implementation of community programs at RBR, including farm tours, family events, and classes for parents and toddlers. Teach and lead programs regularly.
    • Support spring and summer youth camps at Rock Bottom Ranch.
    • Act as a liaison between the agriculture and education teams for site updates and needs, and upcoming community programs and events.
    • Continue to improve engagement with our Spanish-speaking community through farm tours, daily interactions and special events.
    • Continue to enhance the visitor experience through improvement of the physical interior spaces, outdoor guest areas and customer service aspects of RBR.


  1. Management of the Field Studies Center
    • Maintain a clean and safe visitor environment with enhanced COVID-19 operating procedures.
    • Ensure necessary supplies and office materials are organized and in stock.
    • Maintain all guest contact areas to ensure a clean and orderly visitor center.
    • Document site maintenance needs and communicate with RBR Site Director to ensure that risks are mitigated and managed.


  1. Administrative Duties
    • Execute administrative tasks associated with programming including scheduling, invoicing, obtaining appropriate liability insurance, executing facility rental agreements, fielding questions, staff scheduling, and site preparation.
    • Support ACES Admin team for various projects including marketing, development, events, HR, finance and others.
    • Assist ACES Marketing Director in posting educational content from the agriculture and education teams through ACES RBR social media channels. 


Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist in agricultural operations on the ranch including planting, harvesting, landscaping, deliveries, animal husbandry, mucking animal stalls, and other farm tasks. 
  • Other duties as assigned to further the mission of ACES.



  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience coordinating, leading and/or teaching programs. 
  • Outstanding communication skills. Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including community members, partners, teachers, parents and youth.
  • Experience working with a wide variety of ages in an outdoor setting.
  • Superb customer service skills.
  • Strong administrative and organization skills; demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Friendly, inviting personality and positive attitude.
  • Strong willingness and desire to learn.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred, but not required.


Reporting Relationship

This position reports to the Community Programs Senior Manager. Further support will be provided from the Education Director and Rock Bottom Ranch Director.



This position is located at ACES Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt, Colorado.  


Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm, with occasional evening and weekend programs.  


Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and ranges from $27,000 to $32,000, including housing. If ACES housing is not provided, additional compensation will be offered. ACES’ benefit package includes an IRA, and medical and dental plans. Paid time off is accrued throughout the work year.


Start Date

May 3, 2021 or as negotiated


Application Process

Email your cover letter and resume to ACES’ Community Programs Senior Manager, Phebe Meyers, at Applications will be accepted through April 14, 2021 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 


Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ACES does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, genetic information, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and organizational need.