Volunteer & Job Opportunities


The Cottonwood Institute has immediate openings for the following positions:

Cottonwood Institute is looking for inspiring and passionate field instructors to lead 1-7 day programs throughout the year. Programs include: Endangered Wolves Project, Fire Ecology Project, Military Kids Project, Flood Restoration Project, and Community Adventure Program. CI partners with local schools and youth organizations to connect students to the outdoors through low impact camping and service-learning projects. Most programs are based in close proximity to roads throughout the Front Range, however several programs venture into more remote backcountry areas throughout Colorado.
Click here for the full Field Instructor Job Description

Cottonwood Institute is looking for an inspired and passionate educator who can learn quickly, teach with integrity and work autonomously. As the CAP Instructor, the individual will teach the Community Adventure Program (CAP) at STRIVE Preparatory Schools’ Westwood campus in Denver, Colorado from February through May 2015. CAP blends service learning, environmental education, and outdoor education. The individual will receive full training in how to successfully implement the CAP curriculum.
Click here for the full Community Adventure Program Instructor Job Description

Cottonwood Institute is looking for a highly motivated marketing and communications intern who is interested in gaining experience in the nonprofit sector, while building an impressive portfolio before entering the job market. We are looking for a candidate who can commit to 10 – 15 hours per week. A majority of the work for this internship may be completed off-site or at our office at the Alliance Center at 1536 Wynkoop Street in downtown Denver.
Click here for the full Marketing and Communications Internship Description


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 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 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.


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.

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