Access Fund Careers

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?

Current Openings

We currently have two open positions.

Development Director

Access Fund is seeking a Development Director to lead a comprehensive fundraising program that advances Access Fund’s long-term vision and mission to protect America’s climbing areas. The Development Director works closely with the Executive Director, Operations Director, Development staff, and the Board of Directors to develop and execute an effective annual $2-$3 million fundraising plan that drives organizational revenue and secures contributions from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations, and special events. The Development Director is a senior-level position reporting to the Executive Director, manages two staff members, and raises funds from a portfolio of major donors. This position is based in Boulder, Colorado.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create, implement, and oversee an annual development plan that meets Access Fund’s goals and objectives for long-term financial stability through major individual giving, corporate support, grant writing, and special events.
  • Directly lead the Events Manager and the Corporate Partnerships Manager, fostering a dynamic, fully engaged team to ensure that fundraising goals are consistently met.
  • Manage a portfolio of major donor prospects. Make direct, face-to-face solicitations and assist and mentor staff with their solicitations, including close support and direction for the Executive Director.
  • Develop strategies and goals to increase major donor fundraising, including: identifying and contacting potential donors; setting up meetings and outings for major donor prospects; organizing specific major donor events with the support of the Events and Outreach Manager; maintaining relationships and correspondence with major donors; increasing gifts and gift frequency; gift acknowledgments, and maintaining confidential records for all donors.
  • Develop a comprehensive annual grant strategy, inclusive of new proposals, renewals, and reporting.
  • Guide and train the Development Team and regional program staff in engaging major donor and grant prospects, building meaningful relationships.
  • Participate in the Board Development Committee, helping to build the board’s capacity and role in fundraising, particularly with major donors.
  • Provide monthly and quarterly status reports including pending and successful solicitation efforts, actual to budget revenue goals, and other reports as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Marketing Team to develop mass marketing and membership campaigns, both digital and print, that compliment 1:1 fundraising efforts.
  • Build and maintain a sophisticated planned giving program and major donor society.
  • Manage budgeting process for all development functions including major gifts, corporate giving, foundation giving, and special event fundraising.
  • Serve as an organizational leader in promoting effective and consistent use of Access Fund’s Salesforce donor management software for tracking, reporting, and task management.
  • Oversee weekly Access Fund revenue team meetings.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Five or more years of demonstrated senior-level fundraising and management experience in a nonprofit, institution, or political organization.
  • A proven track record of raising significant funds for nonprofit organizations.
  • Extensive experience with modern fundraising methodologies and data management, including web-based CRMs, social media, and digital marketing.
  • Demonstrated experience securing large grants and working with foundation staff.
  • Proficiency in Google Apps, Microsoft Office applications, and CRM data systems such as Salesforce/NGO Connect.
  • Knowledge of the national outdoor industry, land trust and/or conservation philanthropic landscape is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred.

Personal Requirements:

  • An active climber. While a high level of climbing ability is not necessary, familiarity with the culture of technical climbing is.
  • Superior listening, data-analysis, writing, and presentation skills.
  • Strong leadership ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and relate to a variety of different people.
  • Demonstrated history of being a goal-oriented self-starter with a positive outlook and the ability to persevere and commit to succeed.


  • Salary commensurate with similar Colorado non-profit organizations.
  • Generous time off, including paid holidays, vacation, and sick time.
  • Medical, dental, and disability Insurance; 403b matching after one 1 year of employment.
  • Participation in industry pro-deals.
  • Membership to local climbing gym.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter with 'Development Director' in the subject line to Anticipated start date February 1st, 2019.

2019 Access Fund - Jeep Conservation Team East

The Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team program continues to meet the growing demand for climbing area stewardship and sustainability, while providing climbing communities and land managers with professionals well equipped to fulfill complex scopes.

Access Fund is currently hiring its Conservation Team East for 2019. This regional team will focus on several key climbing area infrastructure initiatives. The 2019 Conservation Team East is charged with the leadership & implementation of highly technical and long-term initiatives in West Virginia, Tennessee, New Hampshire, alongside a host of events and projects in Alabama, Texas and South Carolina.

Conservation Team East applicants must possess a passion for climbing and travel, proven trail-building skills, conservation and stewardship education expertise, excellent communication skills, volunteer coordination experience and exceptional team compatibility. Only pre-paired teams will be considered; the Access Fund will not place individuals in a team. The Team will be selected for their ability to promote the mission and values of the Access Fund while making dramatic improvements to eastern climbing resources. The 2019 Conservation Team program will begin on Monday, February 4, 2019 and continue through December 7, 2019.

Conservation Team East is dispatched to specific, long-term projects that leverage a host skills and resources in completing large-scale initiatives. Conservation Team East members will be expected to leverage highly technical trail skills, high-line rock hauling systems, rock shaping techniques while completing additional crew management, volunteer oversight and community outreach.

We encourage teams to apply who enjoy technical fieldwork, thrive in a unique lifestyle, love to work with people, and want to help improve climbing areas while educating the climbing community. Teams must make a commitment through December 7, 2019.

Position Responsibilities

  • Perform highly technical trail and infrastructure projects at climbing areas in a variety of environments, landscapes and climates.
  • Safely work in a pair to efficiently complete climbing infrastructure projects to a high standard.
  • Leverage a host of technical field skills, resources and materials to complete complex trail and stewardship projects.
  • Manage on-the-ground field operations and additional crew resources in technical and large-scale project scopes.
  • Maintain timelines and deliverables to fulfill land manager and grantor expectations.
  • Create and submit stories, photos, and videos for the Access Fund website, blog, Vertical Times, social media, and e-news.
  • Represent the Access Fund, the Conservation Team program, the sport of climbing, and program sponsors in a positive, professional manner at all times.


  • Extensive knowledge and experience in trail design, construction, and maintenance practices and techniques, including: stone construction, high-line systems, technical trail structures
  • 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 crews.
  • A sense of adventure and a positive attitude, 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.
  • Computer savvy (proficient with Word & Excel, photo/video editing, internet and email, etc.)


  • Salary with a lifestyle requiring no full time rent, electric, water or heating bills
  • 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 Please write "2019 Conservation Team East" in the e-mail subject. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application within two business days.

No calls or paper submissions please.

Tell Land Managers: Let Climbers Tackle Stewardship

Land managers often lack the funding and expertise to fix growing impacts, and getting through the red tape to put a shovel in the ground is their biggest obstacle. There are several bills and initiatives being drafted now that will streamline approvals for public lands, and we need your help to show land managers a groundswell of support from climbers.
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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 Camber Outdoors CEO Pledge, Next 100 Coalition, and #SafeOutside as we seek to attract a skilled workforce that reflects the demographics of current and future outdoor enthusiasts. As one of Outside Magazine's 100 Best Places to Work we pride ourselves on health and happiness of our staff. Together, we are building an organization and an industry where great ideas, born from a diversity of experiences, thrive.