We’re looking for someone to help co-lead citizen science, restoration, and stewardship volunteer trips this summer. Do you want to explore and help conserve some of the remote and beautiful corners of the Colorado Plateau? This is the position for you!

The Grand Canyon Trust runs about 16-18 projects throughout the field season, usually April through September. We’re looking for a passionate, positive, and detail-oriented individual to help support our volunteers and manage risk out on these trips. Volunteer projects range from two to five days, on weekdays and weekends. This job requires spending long hours in the field, camping for up to one week at a time, and maintaining a positive presence among our volunteers. You will always co-lead the trips with one other Volunteer Program or Rising Leaders Program staff member and will typically be joined by another Grand Canyon Trust staff member or federal agency partner.

What does this position entail?
Help in all aspects of trip implementation: buy food, pack gear, evaluate risk management, engage with volunteers, prepare meals, and share knowledge.
Participate in data collection or restoration projects and serve as a role model of excellent work ethic and inclusivity.
Demonstrate outstanding people skills and read social cues to support positive group dynamics.
Keep a level head throughout inclement weather, difficult situations, and interactions with challenging volunteers.
Be in good physical shape, including the ability to walk on uneven, off-trail terrain, carry 20-30lb loads, and hike long distances (up to 10 miles a day).

What might you learn along the way?
This is a fun and supportive job. You will learn about local ecology, research, and policies relevant to our work at the Grand Canyon Trust. You’ll gain skills in data collection and restoration techniques and be an integral part of a regional nonprofit focused on environmental advocacy.

Flagstaff, Arizona, with travel throughout the Colorado Plateau.

What’s the salary?
$22 per hour. The field technician will likely work long hours in the field one week, balanced with no hours the next week. Expect to work some weekends and holidays. Housing and benefits are not provided.

What’s the employment term?
This is a five-to-six-month position beginning around April 2022 and ending in September 2022 (start and end dates are not definitive yet). The field technician will work only during projects, with a day on each end to rig and de-rig gear. Almost all the work will be done in a backcountry, remote environment. After mid-February, the complete schedule of trips can be found here ›

What supplies do I need?
Clothing appropriate for field settings. Camping and hiking gear. The Trust can provide some camping gear if requested.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Cooks and Food Service, Support Staff, Teaching/Education


Current wilderness first responder certification.
Experience managing risk for groups in wilderness settings.
Experience leading groups with varying backgrounds and skill levels.
Excellent customer service and communication skills.
Ability to navigate competently using maps, GPS, compass, etc. in off-trail environments.
Desire to learn about environmental issues on the Colorado Plateau.
Ability to maintain and fix gear.
Ability to anticipate, troubleshoot, and solve challenging problems, if and

About Grand Canyon Trust

Mission: To safeguard the wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau, while supporting the rights of its Native peoples.
Confession time: We’re biased. We think the Southwest is the greatest place in the world, and we aim to keep it that way.
The Grand Canyon Trust has been a leading voice in regional conservation for more than 30 years. From improving air quality around the Grand Canyon to helping win national monument protections in southern Utah, the Trust works tirelessly to protect the Colorado Plateau’s remarkable landscapes.
We are a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to making sure the region’s natural wonders, communities, and cultures thrive. We’re in it for the long haul, and we hope you are too.

Application Instructions

Please send a resume and a statement of interest that conveys your passion and qualifications to Audrey Kruse at [email protected] References will be requested of finalists. The application deadline is March 4, 2022, at 5 p.m. No phone calls, please.