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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

Public Lands Associate

The Access Fund is hiring a Public Lands Associate to assist with public land planning and decision making processes. The Public Lands Associate will play a crucial role in the development and implementation of public land plans and management alternatives as it relates to climbing. The Public Lands Associate will support local climbing communities through grassroots advocacy that promotes the mission of the Access Fund to protect climbing access and conserve the climbing environment. The individual will be selected for their technical competency as well as their ability to lead and inspire the climbing community. This is a full time, benefits eligible position. The application deadline is August 14, 2015.

We encourage individuals to apply who are interested in improving America’s climbing, as well as enjoy technical writing and research, developing creative solutions to complex problems, traveling frequently, and working with diverse people.

Position Responsibilities

  • Research, analyze, and develop NEPA and other land planning documents alongside the Access Fund Policy Director and Stewardship Director.
  • Write comment letters regarding NEPA and other land planning processes.
  • Organize grassroots climbing advocacy efforts.
  • Help develop tools for inventory and assessment of climbing areas.
  • Attend public land agency meetings.
  • Travel to climbing areas to meet with land managers, conduct site assessments, and interface with local climbing organizations.
  • Represent the Access Fund and the climbing community in a positive, professional manner.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor or advanced degree in a scientific or technical discipline related, but not limited to, environmental assessment, compliance review principles, biological sciences, resource management, geography, ecology/environmental studies, natural resource management, public policy and administration, and/or environmental law.
  • Demonstrated experience evaluating, researching, investigating, and/or developing public land management documents (NEPA or other planning processes).
  • Familiarity with climbing practices, policy issues, and management.
  • Ability to work independently with proven time and task management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) including public speaking.
  • Ability to be diplomatic, calm, and thoughtful in contentious situations.
  • Willingness to travel to project locations around the US and the ability to physically negotiate rough, uneven, undeveloped terrain typical of climbing areas and approaches to climbing areas.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with local political campaigns, grassroots advocacy, and/or lobbying.

  • Volunteer management skills.
  • Proficiency using ArcGIS, GPS, and other mapping applications.
  • Extensive climbing experience.
  • Knowledge of recreation management fundamentals.


  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, medical, dental, disability, and life insurance
  • Pro-deals with qualifying outdoor industry corporate partners


The Public Lands Associate will work from one of the following locations: Boulder, CO; Tucson, AZ; or Washington D.C. Some degree of flexibility may be afforded the right candidate.

How to Apply:

Send resume (including a section on climbing experience), writing sample, references, and cover letter specifically addressing your qualifications as related to the position, to by August 14, 2015. Please write "Public Lands Associate" in the e-mail subject. You should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application within two business days. No calls or paper submissions please.

The Access Fund is an equal opportunity employer, compliant with all federal and applicable state laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. The Access Fund provides employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability.

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