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Do you love working outside? This is an exciting opportunity to join the RMFI team as a Field Instructor and an Environmental Leadership Intern for the 2021 season! This position will work in some of the Pikes Peak Region’s most outstanding natural areas, as well as leading community volunteers, youth corps crews, and students in completing ecological protection and restoration projects.

Field Instructor

The Field Instructor (FI) works under the supervision of RMFI Program Managers and in close coordination with RMFI Field Coordinators. The FI aids in the planning and implementation of RMFI’s trail, restoration, and education field programs. The FI assists program staff in the on-the-ground management of field programs and completion of trail and restoration projects. Primary duties include completing objectives for single and multi-day field projects; instructing volunteers (including school-age children) in trail and restoration techniques; assisting with the oversight of tool, equipment, and food logistics in the field; and assisting with the maintenance of project work logs, equipment and registration logs, and photo documentation. The FI works with fellow Field Instructors, Field Coordinators, and other RMFI program staff to ensure quality work standards, the highest degree of safety, and an enjoyable experience for all RMFI program participants.

The wage for this position is consistent with industry standards and will be determined based on experience, certifications and qualifications. This anticipated hourly wage ranges between $13 and $16/hour depending on experience and qualifications.


1. Complete the RMFI Employment Application by visiting this webpage.

2. Please email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to [email protected] with “RMFI Field Instructor_YourName” in the subject line.

3. The successful candidate will be required to complete and pass a pre-employment background check. RMFI will notify you of the steps involved in this process after an official hiring offer has been made.

Environmental Leadership Internship (ELI)

The Environmental Leadership Intern (ELI) works under the direction of the Program Managers and Field Coordinators as part of the RMFI field staff and will help coordinate RMFI’s community volunteer projects. Community volunteer projects take place primarily on weekends and select weekdays, from early April to mid-November. Project sites may include, but are not limited to, Garden of the Gods and other City of Colorado Springs parks, Barr Trail, or Bear Creek Canyon. Intern responsibilities include engaging volunteers in project tasks, assisting with the maintenance and care of tools and gear, and overseeing safety and project goals. Interns may progress in responsibilities toward planning and running portions of a field workday. This position will consist mostly of weekend fieldwork. It is a great introduction to nonprofit operations and offers a chance to gain experience in the environmental stewardship and education sectors as well as in volunteer supervision.

Interns work primarily on weekends, from approximately 7 am to 4 pm. Opportunities for field and office work are available during weekdays from approximately 9 am to 5 pm. Scheduling is flexible, but interns are asked to commit to working a minimum of 7 hours/week on average. The ELI program is an unpaid internship.


Please send a resume and brief cover letter to Lindsay Williams, RMFI Program Manager, at [email protected] with courtesy copy to [email protected] with the subject line: “Environmental Leadership Internship_YourName.”


The Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) provides equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or any other protected status as established by law.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws, RMFI is committed to providing equal opportunity to qualified individuals with disabilities who, despite such disabilities, can perform their jobs with or without reasonable accommodation. RMFI will attempt to provide reasonable accommodation to employees and job applicants with known disabilities, to permit them to perform their jobs safely and efficiently.