Leadville Ranger District - Leadville, Colorado

Youth Engagement Coordinator

The Youth Engagement Coordinator will contribute to the Leadville Ranger District outreach by directly increasing capacity, bolstering relationships, and increasing opportunities for engagement with the Spanish speaking population and youth in Leadville, CO. For this effort, the coordinator will define pathways and avenues for youth (specifically Latino youth) in the community to participate in USFS programs, outdoor events, volunteer stewardship projects, and internships developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. Additionally, the fellow will serve as a conduit for connecting youth with conservation education through the following potential deliverables: 

  • Create a toolbox of activities and material that can be utilized at various conservation and education programs with the USFS
  • Outreach and support the Junior Ranger summer program by leading bilingual activities for youth and their families.
  • Serve as a Bilingual Naturalist with boy scouts, girl scouts, local family camping programs, volunteer projects, Spanish-led programs, and national events. Lead outreach events, booths, and participate in related festivals.
  • Support Earth Day, National Public Lands Day, Get Outdoors Day, and other local or nationwide conservation education events by providing relevant programs on these dates.
  • Lead youth conservation education activities through the “Ski with a Ranger” program in the winter.
  • Engage with local community partners to support efforts with the schools and students to learn about the public lands, mountains, forests, and river in their backyard.
  • Support stewardship projects and programming focused on teaching leave-no-trace ethics, and outreach volunteer opportunities with partners. Build on existing partnerships and establish a curriculum that can be replicated at other districts.

Qualifications:

  • Spoken and written English and Spanish fluency is a must.
  • Have excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  • The fellow will ideally have experience leading groups and engaging with youth.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a background in environmental education, youth leadership, video production/social media, journalism, community development, and volunteer engagement.
  • Experience skiing or snowboarding for the “Ski with a Ranger” program is a plus.
  • Candidates with knowledge of local plants and wildlife, geology, land management, and physical science – nomenclature in Spanish and English – are preferred.
  • Driver’s license will be required to operate government vehicles.

Housing:

Government housing will be provided at no cost.

Transportation:

A driver’s license is required for work duties.