Access Fund - Jeep Conservation Team Community Connections

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Greg Epperson | Joshua Tree, CA

Access Fund - Jeep Conservation Team Community Connections


The Access Fund – Jeep Conservation Team (CT) is Access Fund’s premier stewardship program offering. Since 2011, the program has met the growing demand for climbing area stewardship and sustainability. The CT Community Connections (CTCC) seeks two climbers who are passionate about connecting with our growing and diverse climbing community, particularly those from underrepresented communities, through stewardship and education. The CTCC will work to further the mission of Access Fund by participating in and facilitating events and projects that foster the role of stewardship and education in the sustainability of our climbing areas. (Only pre-paired teams will be considered; Access Fund will not place individuals in a team.)

Teams must possess a passion for climbing and travel, proven education and outreach skills, ability to connect with groups of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and identities, excellent communication skills, volunteer and partner coordination experience, and exceptional team compatibility. The Team will be selected for its ability to promote the mission and values of Access Fund while making critical impacts within climbing communities and resources across the U.S. The 2022 Conservation Team program runs from February 14 through December 2, 2022.

Job Responsibilities

  • Represent the Access Fund Jeep Conservation Team at climbing events, festivals, and climbing gyms, with an increased focus on urban and metropolitan climbing areas and communities. Team members will connect with and educate climbers regarding stewardship, LNT, and best practices for climbing outside.

  • Collaborate with partners, affinity groups, and volunteers to participate in and help facilitate key climbing area and community service projects. Projects will vary based on the site and location, and may include community outreach and education, graffiti removal, trash pickup, signage installation, basic trail maintenance, and technical climbing area infrastructure.

  • Leverage education and outreach skills, resources, and materials to promote responsible use and visitation of outdoor climbing areas.

  • Maintain timelines and deliverables to fulfill land manager, community, and sponsor expectations.

  • Support the creation of stories, photos, and videos for the Access Fund website, blog, Vertical Times, social media, and e-news.

  • Represent Access Fund, the Conservation Team program, the sport of climbing, and program sponsors in a positive, professional manner at all times.

  • Safely work in a pair to efficiently complete service projects to a high standard, while protecting fellow field members and adhering to all Access Fund and local COVID-19 protocols and policies.

  • Be committed to the practice of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the workplace and within the climbing community.


  • Proven knowledge and experience in educating and working with communities to promote responsible recreation and Leave No Trace principles

  • Passion for people, climbing, education, and stewardship

  • A very strong relationship with your partner and the ability to spend extended time with each other, in close quarters, and through challenging conditions

  • Experience overseeing and motivating volunteers

  • Experience working with people from a wide variety of socioeconomic, geographic, and cultural backgrounds, in particular, partnering with affinity groups to promote inclusive community spaces, preferably in outdoor recreation

  • A sense of adventure and a positive attitude, flexibility, adaptability, and creativity.

  • Proactive problem solving and an ability to be self-sufficient

  • 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, internet, email, etc.)

Compensation & Benefits

  • Salary: $15.25/hr

  • Benefits:

  • Generous time off, including paid holidays and vacation, as well as sick and personal time

  • Comprehensive benefits: medical, dental, disability, 403b retirement participation (after one year of employment) and life insurance

  • First Aid and Leave No Trace training and certifications

  • Pro-deals with qualifying corporate partners

  • A lifestyle that involves living on the road—no full-time rent, electric, water or heating bills—new experiences, and serving as a critical partner in the field to fulfill meaningful work

How to Apply:

Send resume, references, and cover letter specifically addressing your team’s qualifications to [email protected]. Please write “2022 Conservation Team Community Connections” in the email subject. Position open until filled.

All climbers are encouraged to apply regardless of whether you meet all of the posted qualifications.

No calls or paper submissions, please.

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