Field Coordinator

The Field Coordinator will directly implement and lead all on-the-ground volunteer trail work projects and trail maintenance trainings for Field Programs. The Field Coordinator will supervise and provide training to CDTC’s seasonal Crew Leader on project leadership, trail work concepts and techniques, and risk management. These efforts ensure the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) is completed, maintained, and protected by grassroots efforts and strong community connections.


Job Location

Golden, CO, Helena, MT

Job Description

CDTC Field Coordinator will participate in direct coordination with: volunteers, the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, nonprofit organizations, outdoor retailers, and organizations paving the way for inclusivity in the outdoors.


Managing and implementing Field-Based Projects and Programs

  • ● Provide strong and positive leadership, maintain the highest level of program quality and ensure program objectives are met in a safe, productive manner.
  • ● Ensure all program and project documentation is organized, accurate, up to date and on file.
  • ● Ensure program goals, objectives, and results meet CDTC, partner, and land manager standards.
  • ● Prepare work and travel plans, Project Specs, Emergency Response Plans, and maps of project locations for use in final reports, volunteer coordination, project planning, and field staff coordination.
  • ● Coordinate work progress, material needs, and supplies with land managers, partners, and field staff.
  • ● Uphold and follow all CDTC policies and procedures.
  • ● Ensure seasonal staff properly maintain, repair, and store all tools, PPE, and project, basecamp, and training gear and materials.
  • ● Maintains positive, non-extractive, capacity-building relationships with volunteers, corporate and organizational partners, and agency staff.
  • ● Facilitates mutually beneficial expectations, responsibilities, and logistics between project and training partners, land managers, and CDTC.
  • ● Leads or instructs volunteer projects or trainings in the field.
  • ● With little oversight, serve as lead field staff supervising frontcountry and backcountry volunteer trail crews in trail maintenance, construction, and large-scale trail feature construction along the CDT (projects will be in Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana).
  • ● Frequent travel, including weekends, may last from 1-3 weeks in duration. Largely variable work schedule depending on project location, duration, and drive time. The weekly work schedule will be variable (averaging 40-50 hours/week), with projects lasting 1-6 days in length, not accounting for travel days to and from the worksite. Occasional evenings required. A vehicle will be provided for all fieldwork and travel.
  • ● Ability to respectfully work with volunteers of varying ages (18 -80+ years old) and skills in a positive, engaging, open, and motivating experience while still accomplishing project goals. Excellent interpersonal skills, a sense of humor, and a positive, professional attitude are a must.
  • ● Assist in the management of program safety by following CDTC safety and check-in protocols and ensure that Job Hazard Analysis or Risk Assessments are followed at all times.

CDTC Adopter Program Management

  • ● Assists CDTC Adopters in identifying work priorities and facilitates positive, working relationships between individuals, organizations, communities, and land managers to drive the grassroots involvement and support of the Program.
  • ● Keeps an open line of communication with CDTC Adopters and addresses any maintenance concerns or accomplishments in a timely manner.
  • ● Updates the Master CDTC Adopter Database, CDTC Adopter Interactive Map, and CDTC Adopter ArcMap database on an ongoing basis to accurately show available, adopted, and closed sections of the CDT.
  • ● Designs, distributes, reviews, and manages CDTC Adopter reports and tracks accomplishments on an ongoing basis.
  • ● Identifies, acquires and maintains up-to-date materials, equipment and resources for CDTC Adopter Trainings and program needs.
  • ● Identifies areas of improvement within the program and works with Field Operations Manager to create unique solutions.
  • ● Manages CDTC Adopter Tool Cache locations including accessibility, tool and PPE allocation, and determines optimal locations along the Divide based on volunteer and partner needs.
  • ● Identifies potential or current partner organizations and facilitates productive partnerships with regards to the CDTC Adopter Program within and outside CDTC purview.


  • Self-starter who demonstrates the ability to take initiative, set goals and priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress, and achieve goals both independently and cooperatively as a team member.
  • At least ONE field season of professional trail work experience in a leadership role implementing trail maintenance and construction projects
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of land managers to meet or exceed their expectations within organizational parameters.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant professional experience or five years of comparable experience and/or education in natural resource or environmental management, outdoor recreation management, planning, grassroots/community organizing, public administration, environmental studies, geography, landscape architecture, environmental education or related fields will be viewed positively.
  • Advanced study in these areas or training in specific areas through agency or professional training programs is welcomed.
  • Proficiency in traveling (hiking, backpacking) and living in front-country and backcountry environments.
  • Ability to participate in vigorous physical activity for extended periods at altitude and lift 40lbs.
  • Hold or have interest in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • Ability to present your ideas clearly and effectively through oral and written communication
  • Organized, motivated team player who demonstrates the ability to take the initiative, ask questions, accept feedback graciously, integrate it, set goals, and achieve them
  • A demonstrated understanding of the importance of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the outdoor space and the ability to effectively work on diver teams or with a diverse range of people.


  • Experience working for or with public land managers (USFS, BLM, or NPS)
  • Experience in trail tool and equipment maintenance (sharpening, sanding, oiling, re-handling)
  • Comfortable driving on 4WD roads in remote areas with limited cell service
  • Experience in meal planning, prep, and cooking in front-country and backcountry setting
  • Comfortable with pack stock and being around horses
  • Familiarity with Leave No Trace principles and camping in bear country
  • Environmental education experience or experience teaching or training volunteers or staff on conservation topics.
  • Proficiency with the Google suite
  • Strong conservation ethic and basic understanding of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the outdoors.


The Field Coordinator works under the direct supervision of the Field Operations Manager.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to do physical labor in outdoor and backcountry environments. Work is performed both indoors, in a busy, collaborative office space, and outdoors at elevations ranging from 5,000 ft to 12,000 ft where environmental elements prevail. Manual dexterity is needed to type, write, use computers, satellite phones, and iPads. The ability to talk and hear via the telephone and through face-to-face communication is needed. Upper body strength is a requisite to lift and move up to 40lbs unassisted and 100lbs with assistance. Work will include travel in a personal vehicle (travel reimbursement included), rental vehicles, and CDTC vehicle so the individual must have a valid driver’s license. This position requires frequent travel, including weekends, that may last from 1-3 weeks in duration and spanning New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. CDTC is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


$20/hr with non-taxable cell phone stipend ($35/mo) and a $200 health insurance stipend.


CDTC also provides paid holidays, training stipends and a generous time off policy.


CDTC recognizes that not all applicants will meet all required or desired skills, CDTC encourages all those

with an interest in this position to apply.


Interested individuals should send a cover letter, resume and three references to

[email protected] with subject line “CDT Field Coordinator.” The application deadline is December 2, 2022.

EOE Statement:

CDTC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetics, or other protected status. For information about CDTC, please visit our website at

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