The Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of natural areas through environmental education, volunteer stewardship, and research. RMFI has been completing high quality trail and restoration work throughout Southern Colorado for decades. Volunteer stewardship is at the core of our mission and in addition to completing critical environmental projects, we aim to foster an ethic of public lands stewardship. We believe it is through the physical act of giving back that people are able to connect with the land at a deeper level. Every year, over 1,000 adult and youth volunteers spend time with us in magnificent natural areas reconstructing trails, improving habitat, revitalizing streams and wetlands, rehabilitating sensitive alpine lands, and restoring impacted areas. We also run education programs to connect youth to the land through environmental science lessons. Students study geology, soils, hydrology, geomorphology, and public lands policy. Our research program monitors and assesses the effectiveness of restoration prescriptions and provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate internships for local students. We’re a small organization, but we pack a punch. Every year we run over 150 workdays, spending our time building rock and timber steps and risers, constructing retaining walls, revegetating with seed and transplants, staking erosion control matting, and moving lots and lots of dirt and rocks!
The Project Coordinator (PC), under the direction of the Program Director, aids in the planning, administration and management of RMFI’s trail, restoration, and education field programs. The PC serves as lead field instructor, responsible for on-the-ground management of field programs, supervising and instructing field staff, interns, and volunteers in trail and restoration projects throughout Southern Colorado. Primary duties include planning and managing single to multi-day field projects; instructing field staff, interns, and volunteers in trail and restoration techniques; overseeing tool, equipment, and food logistics; maintaining RMFI’s warehouse and vehicles; and maintaining project work and photo logs. The PC ensures quality work standards, the highest degree of safety, and an enjoyable experience for all RMFI program participants. This fun, outdoor-oriented job is for someone who is dedicated to environmental conservation and education; likes on-the-ground, hands-on projects; enjoys working with a variety of people; and gets giddy at the idea of spending lots of time outside!