Outdoor Recreation Programs Lead


Mountain Recreation


Edwards, CO



Megan Carter


Mountain Recreation Outdoor Programs offer a fun, exciting environment to our participants and staff alike; one that fosters opportunities for expanding our outdoor knowledge, learning new skills, and enjoying the outdoors! Applicants must be enthusiastic and love working outdoors with children, enjoy being part of a team-focused environment, and have strong communication and group management skills.

We're looking for talented individuals to fill a leadership role in our Outdoor Recreation department and it’s various programs including: camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, paddle sports, hiking, fly-fishing, and backpacking for the 2022 summer season. This position will work as a part of the Outdoor Recreation Programs Team to facilitate recreation programs in an assigned area, providing high quality recreation opportunities for the community in partnership with SOS Outreach.

You are welcome at Mountain Rec for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what keeps you active. Recreation is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our organization, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So, bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way we PLAY.

Schedule: Seasonal: Late May – Mid-August; Part-Time Hourly

Salary: $ $18.57-24 /hour; DOE

Benefits include: 3.75% contribution to 401a account, and accrued sick leave according to the HFWA. Every employee receives a membership to all Mountain Recreation facilities. For more information on benefits, check out our website at https://mountainrec.org/benefits-overview/

Location: Eagle County, Colorado

General Statement of Duties: Deliver and supervise programs in assigned area, providing high quality recreation opportunities for the community in partnership with SOS Outreach.

Examples of Duties:

  • Instruct assigned outdoor recreation programs and activities as the lead program instructor.
  • Plan, organize, and implement curriculum based upon program specialty, objectives, and guidelines.
  • Oversee the safety, comfort, and progress of participants in various activities.
  • Communicate with other program staff regarding facility, equipment, and supply needs.
  • Manage the safety of staff and participants while providing experiences in outdoor based sports and activities such as: camping, rock climbing, paddle sports, mountain biking, hiking and backpacking.
  • Provide exemplary customer service to internal and external guests
  • Implement new programs and services that are consistent with District and SOS Outreach mission and goals and meet community needs and interests.
  • Implement risk management practices.
  • Work with other organizations not limited to: Recreation Departments, School Districts, Towns, Counties, Special Districts, Non-Profits, and Sport Associations.
  • Inspect program spaces and equipment as needed to ensure a safe and positive experience for participants and spectators
  • Drives van, transporting participants to various field sites.
  • Sets up, take down, clean-up after programs as required.
  • Responds to accidents and incidents according to procedures.

Other Duties & Functions:

  • Acts as a mandatory reporter and complies with mandatory reporting guidelines.
  • Maintains and cares for program facilities, equipment and supplies.
  • Instructs various recreational classes as needed or directed by Mountain Recreation and in partnership with SOS Outreach.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required
  • Other duties as assigned.


Considerable knowledge of:

  • Child development and age-appropriate activities
  • Leadership experience in group facilitation in a camp/outdoor education setting.
  • Recreation program risk management
  • Facilities and equipment in assigned program area
  • A desire to make a positive difference in the community.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrate strong organizational, leadership, planning and problem-solving skills
  • Effective communication skills
  • Ability to work as a team player
  • Customer service skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment while paying attention to detail.
  • Have a positive attitude and good sense of humor and strong communication skills
  • Experience, comfort, and passion in working with youth outdoors
  • Establish and maintain positive, respectful, and cooperative relationships with all program contacts
  • Lift, restrain, and run after participants
  • Lift equipment and supplies
  • Work cooperatively with others and create positive relationships with other staff and the public

Education and Experience

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR, or the ability to obtain these certifications prior to beginning employment. Preference will be given to candidates with an active WFR certification.
  • Physically fit: Day hiking involves 2-4 miles and 2,000’ elevation gains. Must be able to carry 30lbs. guide pack.
  • Pass federal background check and Motor Vehicle check.
  • Knowledge of Leave No Trace Practices.
  • Prior experience working with youth and youth overnight outdoor adventure programs.
  • Rock climbing, hiking, wilderness travel, and team building experience (Preferably in the Rocky Mountain Region).
  • Spanish and English language proficiency (preferred).