The position is designed to support ongoing Outdoor Education (OE) programs and facility upgrades funded by Utah Outdoor Recreation infrastructure grants. The Site Steward is based at Professor Valley Field Camp, a rustic facility on private land located 20 miles from Moab, UT. The camp is surrounded by open space, world class views, and spectacular night skies.

The Site Steward works individually and with large groups, and is responsible for various field camp facility upkeep, such as: grounds and trails maintenance, permaculture and drip irrigation improvements, as well as equipment servicing. When outdoor education programming is in season, the Site Steward will also be assisting in-field staff with meals, driving shuttles and aid program activity needs. The position will also support operations upon occasion at the CFI warehouse in town. Supervision will be by CFI’s Operations Director and program managers.

Desired Term of Service: March 1st – June 30th, 2023 (Spring Term) and/or August 1st – November 15th, 2023 (Fall Term)

Hours: Term is 675 hours / Hours 40-50 week, mainly weekdays though some weekend work will be scheduled with alternate days off.

Benefits: Living stipend of $6552.00 paid out in equal installments. An AmeriCorps Education Award for completion of service: $2474.27. Yurt or small on-site RV housing provided, as well as meals provided during CFI programs. Onboarding and training will be provided in plant ID, area history, permaculture principles, irrigation, risk management and camp cooking.

Tagged as: Support Staff


Outdoor experience – We seek experience in outdoor/natural spaces, either in outdoor education, trail work, outfitting, or through personal trips.

Grounds Maintenance Equipment – We seek experience with basic hand tools, electric power driver/drill, and weed string trimmer.

Teamwork – We look for energetic, thoughtful employees who work well with a small team. The ability to give and receive feedback and navigate interpersonal relationships as well as conflict management as a means of achievin

Required Skills:

Applicants must be 21 years or older to qualify for CFI vehicle insurance, have a valid driver license and a good driving record for three years.
AmeriCorps requires that applicants be a U.S Citizen or lawful permanent resident alien; have a high school diploma or GED and complete a fingerprint background check once an offer is made prior to start date.
Proof of Covid-19 vaccine; reasonable accommodations for candidate who can't be vaccinated due to valid medical or religious reasons will be considered.

Preferred Skills:

Certifications – We seek applicants that have a minimum of Basic First Aid, CPR and Food Handler (any state) certifications. Online certificates are acceptable and should be submitted with application package. We also recognize certifications as a barrier to many outdoor education positions and will provide the right applicant with these certifications if need be.

About Canyonlands Field Institute

Canyonlands Field Institute (CFI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Moab, Utah. For over 38 years we have been
rooted in our mission to provide quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau, to inspire care of wild places,
and renew the human spirit. We believe in nurturing students of all ages and backgrounds, connection to self,
community, and natural spaces. Through meaningful outdoor educational programming, CFI seeks to build
immersive learning experiences by combining place-based science, an environment unplugged from technology,
play, exploration, artistic expression, and Social Emotional Learning curriculum. By joining our educational
community, you can help us grow the next generation of caring leaders and environmental stewards, who can
affect positive change in our world while simultaneously building a robust set of technical and “soft” skills in some
of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Application Instructions

To apply, send a pertinent resume, a short cover letter stating desired season of interest, copies of first aid/CPR certifications (if acquired), and three references with email and telephone contacts to Founding Director, Karla VanderZanden at [email protected] The position is open until filled.