Working for the Great Outdoors
Is your teen interested in working in the great outdoors? There is no better time to start them on a path that may lead to a rewarding career in natural resources. Here are some ideas...
City Recreation Districts
Grand Junction, Hotchkiss, Palisade, Fruita, Montrose, Delta- all hire high school students as assistant counselors for summer camps, swim aides , and after school programs.
The Montrose Recreation District will be hiring high school students to be assistant counselors with the summer adventure program and also help with the after-school program for elementary students. Check job postings in March 2023.
Grand Junction Recreation Department:
Summer camp recreation leader I (16+ years), II (18 + years) and supervisor (18 + years). These jobs entail the following: Leading enriching, engaging and fun activities for camp participants; mentoring campers.
Riverside Education Center- hires former students as recreation camp counselors, and tutors. Tudors work during the school year and counselors work with youth outside during the summer camps. Check their employment webpage for details
EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
The museum welcomes volunteers from 5th grade to adults. Our student volunteers help clean and maintain exhibits, socialize animals and help younger students in the museum. More information and our application are on our website: https://eurekasciencemuseum.org/volunteer/
Student volunteers are also welcome to help the Monument Stewards, a volunteer restoration group that meets weekly at the Lunch Loops, Spring-Fall. Work includes: maintaining transplants of native plants, pulling weeds and more. Monument Stewards is facilitated by Colorado West Land Trust and EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum. For more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in mentoring young Mountain Bike riders?
Little Bellas success is powered by talented and inspiring mentors from across the country. This is an incredible network of outdoor-oriented, fun women who are truly the heart and soul of Little Bellas! Junior mentors (high school students ages 14-17) and mentors (women ages 18+) are needed to help encourage young girls wanting to learn how to ride mountain bikes. This is a Grand Junction based organization.
The Nature Connection - Get experience - Get outside!
Student internships -TNC offers educational paid internships and summer job opportunities, allowing high school students the chance to learn organizational and management skills in outdoor recreation and a foundation on which to build their resume for future employment. Summer camp counselors are needed for programs in Hotchkiss, Delta and Cedaredge, Colorado.
Be a part of the High Schools Youth Outdoor Network provides networking opportunities between students and professionals in the natural resource sector and provides exciting outdoor field trips that incorporate hands-on learning experiences.
Southwest Conservation Corps - Find your next adventure!
Empowering individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities and the environment, Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) operates conservation service programs across Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico that engage youth, young adults and veterans on public lands.
Position: Youth Conservation Crew Member (Day Crew and Camping Crew member positions available- nearest counties for applicants are: Alamosa, Chaffee and Saguache - Salida area)
Who: High School students ages 14-18 who are interested in working outdoors serving their communities and want to gain more skills!
When: Choose between two (4-5 week) sessions (late May to June or mid-July to mid-August). Location: Your local county!
Pay: $12.56 per hour, 32-40 hours per week
Benefits: Food provided when in the field, uniform shirts, personal protective equipment, structured educational lessons from trained staff, mental health consultant on staff.
Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado- Find your place!
VOC has been motivating and enabling people to be active stewards of Colorado's Natural Resources. Considering volunteering with your family on one of their many stewardship projects. Find out more....
Get inside the great outdoors with a career in wildland fire.
For a career in wildland fire, get the basic training and certifications you need close to home. The Collbran Job Corps Center and the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest will be hosting a basic wildlife fire certification course (S-130/190) in spring 2023 (Ages 18-37). If you would like more information email: Carrie.Powell@usda.gov.
The Wildland Fire Training Center in McClellan, California also offers a Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program (ages 18-37). This program develops the knowledge and basic skills necessary to work as a wildland firefighter. Selected applicants will attend a 3,000 hour on-the-job learning program, which includes a two month-long residential firefighting academy.
Duties: Wildland firefighter apprentices are involved with wildland fire suppression, management and control. They may be away from home for weeks at a time, often work long hours outdoors and may fly in helicopters, hike into mountainous areas or patrol on roads to access wildfires. They may also speak to the public about fire prevention. Other duties may include working in a dispatch or fire prevention capacity.
The Learning Council in Paonia offers internships to high school students mostly from the North Fork Valley High School. Internships help with a variety of civic community projects.
For those teens passionate about horses, the Grand Valley Equine Assisted Learning Center has volunteer opportunities for those interested in a variety of roles such as side-walk during therapy sessions, leading horses, help set-up and organize fundraising events, and more. Contacts them via GVEALC@gmail.com for more information