2019 Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team

Job Type

Full Time





Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


Access Fund is hiring for two traveling Conservation Team crews, each comprised of two conservation specialists, for the 2019 season beginning February 4, 2019 through December 7, 2019.

The Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team program works to address the growing demand for climbing area stewardship and sustainability by providing climbing communities and land managers with professional trail building and conservation strategy. Three Conservation Team crews work to fulfill this need across the country: a national team, an east coast team, and a west coast team.

Conservation Team crew members must possess a passion for climbing and travel, proven trail-building skills, conservation and stewardship education expertise, excellent communication skills, volunteer coordination experience, and exceptional team compatibility. Only pre-paired teams will be considered; Access Fund will not place individuals in a team. The Team will be selected for their ability to inspire the climbing community and promote the mission and values of Access Fund while improving climbing resources.

Conservation Team members are expected to lead and inspire climbing area stewardship activities throughout the United States. Teams assess climbing area conservation needs and work with local climbing organizations (LCOs), land managers and owners, volunteers, and conservation crews to address those needs. The Conservation Teams provide training on climbing stewardship best practices; host Adopt a Crag events; construct sustainable climbing areas; and connect the climbing community with Access Fund at gyms, festivals, and other events. East and West coast teams are dispatched to specific, long-term initiatives that address compelling large-scale stewardship needs.

Teams must enjoy travel and adventure, thrive in a unique lifestyle, love to work outside, enjoy working with people, and want to improve climbing areas and educate the climbing community. Teams must make a commitment for the entire season, from February through through the 1st week of December 2019.


  • Assess the conservation needs of climbing areas, prepare stewardship projects, and make recommendations for long-term stewardship objectives.
  • Perform highly technical trail and infrastructure projects in a variety of climbing environments, landscapes, and climates.
  • Recruit, lead, and organize regular volunteer trail work projects (Adopt a Crag events) involving LCOs, local climbers, youth teams, other user groups, and land managers/owners.
  • Safely work in a pair to efficiently complete climbing infrastructure projects to a high standard.
  • Manage additional on-the-ground crew resources, offering technical and high quality experiences.
  • Engage in climbing resource management discussions with climbers and land management personnel. Meet with LCOs and land managers to share trail-building expertise, design and construct new trails, as well as maintain and restore existing trails.
  • Represent Access Fund at gyms, festivals, and other events to educate the general public on issues facing the climbing community and promote membership and the work of Access Fund.
  • Create and submit stories, photos, and videos for the Access Fund website, blog, newsletter, and social media.
  • Communicate regularly with local volunteers, LCOs, area partners, and event hosts.
  • Communicate regularly with staff at Access Fund headquarters.
  • Represent Access Fund, the sport of climbing, and program sponsors in a positive, professional manner at all times.


  • Experience in trail design, construction, and maintenance practices and techniques.
  • Passion for people, climbing, education, and stewardship.
  • A very strong relationship with your partner and the ability to spend a great deal of time with each other, in close quarters, and through challenging conditions.
  • Experience working with and motivating volunteers and partners.
  • A sense of adventure and a positive attitude.
  • Extreme flexibility, adaptability, and creativity.
  • Strong skills in problem solving, time and task management, scheduling, and balancing work/life.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Ability to be diplomatic, calm, and thoughtful in contentious situations.
  • Proficient with Word & Excel, photo/video editing, Internet, and email.


  • Hourly pay with a lifestyle requiring no full time rent, electric, water or heating bills
  • Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance
  • Pro-deals with qualifying corporate partners
  • A lifestyle that involves living on the road, climbing, and meaningful work

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Send resume, references, and cover letter specifically addressing your team’s qualifications to employment@accessfund.org by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Please write "2019 Conservation Team" in the e-mail subject. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application within two business days.

No calls or paper submissions please.