Volunteer & Job Opportunities


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The Cottonwood Institute is a small grassroots organization and we depend on volunteers to help pull just about everything off. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ford Church at 303.447.1076 or via Email. Below are a few ways you can volunteer:

ADVISORY COMMITTEE:

Advisory Committee Members are active volunteers that have core competencies in strategic planning, finance, fund raising, marketing, programming, or technology and advise the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Advisory Committee Members are not considered Board Members and do not have voting power. For more information about Advisory Committee Member expectations and how to join our team, Click Here or feel free to contact Ford Church at 303.447.1076 or via Email.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Board Members are active, voting members that, with the help of Cottonwood Institute employees, advisory committee members, interns, and contract instructors, govern the business of the Cottonwood Institute and contribute to the success, long-term viability, and sustainability of the Cottonwood Institute. For more information about Board Member expectations and how to join our team, Click Here or feel free to contact Ford Church at 303.447.1076 or via Email.

BASE CAMP BASH COMMITTEE:

We are also looking for volunteers to help plan our annual Base Camp Bash fund raising event held each spring. In terms of a commitment, we are looking for dedicated people that can attend 4 planning meetings to create goals, come up with a game plan, figure out what logistics we need to complete, and put the plan into action. We need everyone help contacting local environmentally friendly businesses to get outdoor gear, art, wine, restaurant gift certificates, vacation packages, and eco-friendly products and services donated for the silent auction or straight up cash donations. Finally, we need people to help coordinate the event logistics based on your core-competency/interest, such as designing marketing materials, attendance/ticket sales, media releases, securing a space, food, beverages, entertainment, etc. If you are interested in joining the Base Camp Bash committee, please contact Ford Church at 303.447.1076 or via Email.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The Cottonwood Institute has immediate openings for the following positions:

INTERNSHIP: The Cottonwood Institute is looking for highly motivated individuals who are interested in gaining experience in the nonprofit and environmental education sectors, while building an impressive portfolio before entering the job market. We are looking for a candidate that can commit to 10 – 15 hours per week. A majority of the work for this internship may be completed off-site if the candidate has access to a computer with Internet access.

  • Start date: Open.
  • Time Commitment: 10 – 15 hours per week (flexible).
  • Compensation: Unfortunately this is an unpaid internship, but you will receive lots of good Karma! Interns will have an opportunity to come on Cottonwood Institute Staff Trainings and Courses. Interns will also be able to observe our high school program-Community Adventure Program-in action if desired.
  • Apply: Please Email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Ford Church, Founder & Executive Director. *Due to the volume of applicants, please do not call. If your qualifications meet our criteria, we will contact you for an interview.

INTERNSHIP DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Intern will assist with the following tasks:

  • Attend Cottonwood Institute Staff Training
  • Represent the Cottonwood Institute at events and festivals
  • Maintain social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter
  • Post course photos to website and social media sites
  • Write blog posts about courses and upcoming events
  • Help complete pre and post course logistics to support our instructors in the field
  • Input student paperwork and mailing list contacts into our database

INTERNSHIP QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Is a superstar
  • Is passionate the mission and vision of the Cottonwood Institute
  • Is responsible, dependable, and mature with a high level of integrity
  • Follows through with commitments and deliverables
  • Is an undergraduate Junior, Senior, or Graduate student
  • Has excellent verbal and written communication skills and fun writing style
  • Enjoys working independently
  • Is a multi-tasker
  • Has a sharp attention to detail
  • Has an outgoing personality
  • Has reliable transportation to attend meetings and events
  • Has a laptop with wireless capabilities

INSTRUCTORS: We are always looking for qualified instructors to join our Instructor network to facilitate our Courses. Our unique courses provide students with the opportunity to practice essential camping and wilderness survival skills, explore future careers, learn about specific environmental issues, complete meaningful service projects in the backcountry to tackle those particular environmental issues, and learn how to reduce their environmental footprint. We are interested in creating a network of professional instructors that can teach our courses on a contract basis and unfortunately do not have full-time employment at this time.

  • Courses: Please check our Course Offerings and let us know what courses you are passionate about teaching.
  • Time Commitment: 7-day courses + 1/2 day to complete pre and post-course logistics.
  • Preferred and Required Instructor Qualifications: See below.
  • Compensation: $100 – $150 per day for Head Instructors based on experience, $75 – $100 per day for Assistant Instructors based on experience, Pro-Deals for outdoor gear and equipment, and lots of good Karma.
  • Apply: Please Email a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Ford Church, Founder and Executive Director. *Due to the volume of applicants, please do not call about this position. If your qualifications meet our criteria, we will ask you to complete our Staff Application and will send you an employment survey to complete and we will contact you for an interview.

INSTRUCTOR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Superstar.
  • Passionate about teaching high school students, inspiring the youth of America, environmental awareness and education, outdoor skills, civic engagement, and teaching students how to reduce their environmental footprint.
  • Background practicing or teaching essential camping and wilderness survival skills, including: 4-season camping, minimum impact camping, bow-drill fires, natural shelters, natural cordage, etc.
  • Experience implementing a service-learning curriculum is preferred, but not required.
  • Experience coordinating event or trip logistics.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Personal transportation to transport students and gear on field trips and overnight camping trips.
  • Valid teaching license preferred, but not required.

INSTRUCTOR REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must attend Cottonwood Institute Staff Training or complete equivalent training.
  • Appropriate teaching experience with high school students in a traditional or non-traditional school or program setting.
  • Appropriate experience leading multi-day adventure/outdoor education programs.
  • Minimum of Wilderness First Aid medical certification from a nationally recognized organization, Wilderness First Responder preferred.
  • Minimum of Adult CPR certification from a nationally recognized organization.
  • Pass a criminal background check, including criminal, sex-related and child-abuse offenses.
  • Driving record must be free from Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated violations, or any pattern of moving violations.
  • Must have a valid drivers license and an approved Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) on file.
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