Colorado Canyons Association

Position Description: Full-Time Program Coordinator - Grand Junction, Colorado 


Organizational Background

Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) fosters community stewardship, education and awareness of our National Conservation Lands with a focus on Dominguez-Escalante, Gunnison Gorge, and McInnis Canyons National Conservation Areas (NCAs) in western Colorado.  

CCA brings together diverse, often non-traditional public lands supporters to protect and promote the National Conservation Lands in western Colorado. Our group provides programs on the public lands that bring over 3,500 students, 600 community members, and several hundred volunteers out annually for outdoor education, river restoration, citizen science, and other activities.  

Position Summary    

The primary goals of this position are to lead general external communications, formalize our growing volunteer program, grow and oversee the adult education adventure program and increase our development & membership capacity. The Program Coordinator will report directly to the Development Director and manage several paid interns and other volunteers in the organization. The right candidate will bring a strong skillset in communications, volunteer management, membership recruitment and event planning.  This is a full-time, 40-hour-a-week exempt position and will be based in beautiful Grand Junction, Colorado. The Program Coordinator will act as a community face for CCA and will be vital to accomplishing our mission in the NCAs. 

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties or responsibilities that will be required of the employee.  


35% Volunteer Program- formalize our growing volunteer program through the recruitment, training, placement and retention of volunteers for our education, stewardship, and administrative needs.  Although CCA relies on volunteers to accomplish our mission, we have not had the capacity to develop an effective and formalized program around this area of our work.  This position will build our current base of volunteers to develop and implement an effective and replicable volunteer engagement and management program and will work closely with program-area directors to help place program-specific volunteers into appropriate training paths.

35% Membership- working directly with the Development Director, this position will oversee the implementation of our membership program. From quarterly renewals to exciting seasonal events, this position will be a leader in getting citizens engaged with the membership program.  In addition, this position will oversee the adult education ‘Adventure Series’ programs at CCA.  This program offers unique fee-based outdoor educational opportunities to community members then the proceeds support our student education programs. 

30% Communications- CCA has a robust set of monthly, quarterly and annual communication avenues including email, web and social media. This position will coordinate and implement these recurring communications. 


  • B.A. or B.S. in a related field and 2-4 years of experience in non-profit organizations

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (including strong editing skills and attention to detail) and an ability to convey CCA messages across a range of audiences 

  • Excellent organizational, presentation, and verbal communication skills

  • Strong leadership skills with an ability to connect and communicate with a wide range of communities and individuals 

  • Prior experience with tools used for email list systems, web design, constituent management, and social media

  • Experience running fee-based programs or trips 

  • Experience developing & executing public membership & volunteer events 

  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and assignments simultaneously and meet deadlines

  • Demonstrated ability to manage time, workload, and stress in a fast-paced environment

Additional Information

Special Job Requirements: Periodic travel around Colorado, flexible work hours, including some weekend and evening hours on short notice. A valid driver’s license is required.  

Physical Demands: The Program Coordinator regularly walks long distances, uses a computer/phone, bends, and climbs stairs. Must be able to maneuver, lift and carry event materials, packages and supplies up to 35 pounds. Offices and buildings are totally smoke-free.  

Compensation and Benefits: Salary is $35,000, plus health insurance, retirement match, and paid leave.

To apply, Send a cover letter, resume and list of three references to Please, no phone calls, this position will remain open until Friday, August 2nd.