Inside Access Fund

Photo Courtesy of:
Dan Holz | Trout Creek, OR


We are on a mission to protect America’s outdoor climbing areas. We believe that it’s not enough to just love these incredible landscapes where we climb—we must be willing to stand up and fight for them. Want to join us?

Access Fund is an equal opportunity employer and provides employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability. We are a proud supporter of the OIWC CEO Pledge, and we seek to attract a skilled workforce that reflects the demographics of current and future outdoor enthusiasts. Together, we are building an organization and an industry where great ideas, born from a diversity of experiences, thrive.

Current Openings

We are currently looking to fill two Conservation Team crews for the 2017 season.

Conservation Team Crew (2-Person)

The Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team program continues to grow, and we’ll be adding a third traveling team in 2017 to meet the growing demand for climbing area stewardship. This new three-team model will be comprised of an “East Team”, a “West Team”, and a “National Team”. Access Fund is currently hiring to fill two open Conservation Team crews for the 2017 season. Each crew is comprised of two conservation specialists.

Each Conservation Team crew must possess a passion for climbing and travel, proven trail-building skills, conservation and stewardship education expertise, excellent communication skills, and volunteer coordination experience and team compatibility. Only pre-paired teams will be considered; the Access Fund will not place individuals in a team. Teams will be selected for their ability to inspire the climbing community and promote the mission and values of the Access Fund while improving climbing resources. Conservation Team tours will begin on Monday, January 31, 2017 and will be on the road visiting climbing areas throughout the U.S. through the November 30, 2017.

Conservation Team crews are expected to lead and inspire climbing area stewardship activities throughout the United States. Teams will assess climbing area conservation needs and work with local climbing organizations (LCOs), land managers and owners, and volunteers to address those needs. The Conservation Team crews will provide training on climbing stewardship best practices; host Adopt a Crag events; construct sustainable climbing areas; and connect the climbing community with the Access Fund at gyms, festivals, and other events. Conservation Team crews will be designated for East, West and National regions.

We encourage couples or pairs to apply who enjoy travel and adventure, love to work outside with people, and want to help improve climbing areas while educating the climbing community. Teams must make a commitment through the end November 2017.

Position Responsibilities

  • Perform highly technical trail and infrastructure projects at climbing areas in a variety of environments and landscapes.
  • Safely work in a pair to efficiently complete climbing infrastructure projects to a high standard.
  • Recruit, lead, and organize regular volunteer trail work projects (Adopt a Crag events) involving LCOs, local climbers, youth teams, other user groups, and land managers/owners.
  • Manage on-the-ground expectations and additional crew resources in technical and high quality experiences.
  • Assess the conservation needs of climbing areas, prepare stewardship projects, and make recommendations for long-term stewardship objectives.
  • Engage in climbing resource management discussions with climbers and land management personnel. Meet with LCOs and land managers to share trail-building expertise, design and construct new trails, as well as maintain and restore existing trails.
  • Represent the Access Fund at gyms, festivals, and events to educate the general public on issues facing the climbing community and promote membership and the work of the Access Fund.
  • Create and submit stories, photos, and videos for the Access Fund website, blog, Vertical Times, social media, and e-news.
  • Communicate regularly with local volunteers, LCOs, area partners, and event hosts.
  • Communicate regularly with staff at Access Fund headquarters.
  • Represent the Access Fund, the Conservation Team program, the sport of climbing, and program sponsors in a positive, professional manner at all times.


  • Knowledge and experience in trail design, construction, and maintenance practices and techniques.
  • Passion for people, climbing, education, and stewardship.
  • A very strong relationship with your partner and the ability to spend a great deal of time with each other, in close quarters, and through challenging conditions.
  • Experience working with and motivating volunteers and partners.
  • A sense of adventure and a positive attitude.
  • Extreme flexibility, adaptability, and creativity.
  • Proactive problem solving.
  • Strong skills in time and task management, scheduling, and balancing work/life.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Ability to be diplomatic, calm, and thoughtful in contentious situations.
  • Computer savvy (proficient with Word & Excel, photo/video editing, internet and email, etc.)


  • Salary plus a travel and living expense stipend
  • Comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, disability, and life insurance
  • Pro-deals with qualifying corporate partners
  • A lifestyle that involves living on the road, climbing, and meaningful work

How to Apply:

Send resume, references, and cover letter specifically addressing your team’s qualifications to by Monday, October 31, 2016. Please write "2017 Conservation Team" in the e-mail subject line and indicate your regional preference as “East, West, National”. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application within two business days.

No calls or paper submissions please.