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're looking for a pre-paired team of two to join our traveling Conservation Team!

Conservation Team West

The Access Fund-Jeep Conservation Team program continues to meet the growing demand for climbing area stewardship and sustainability, while providing climbing communities with professionals well-equipped to fulfill complex needs. Access Fund’s three-team model; CT National, CT East & CT West will continue into 2018, servicing communities across the US. Access Fund is currently hiring to fill its Conservation Team West crew for the 2018 season. Each crew is comprised of two conservation specialists.

Conservation Team crew members 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. The Team 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. The 2018 Conservation Team program will begin on Thursday, February 1, 2018 and will be on the road visiting climbing areas throughout the U.S. through December 2, 2018.

Conservation Team crews are expected to lead and inspire climbing area stewardship activities throughout the United States. Teams 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 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 West will be dispatched to specific projects in the Western US.

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 2018.

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.

Skills & Qualifications

  • 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 with a lifestyle requiring no 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

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and references with ‘2018 Conservation Team West’ in the subject line to by Tuesday, October 31, 2017. No phone calls please.

The Access Fund is a casual and professional office environment. 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.