Access Fund - Jeep Conservation Team Special Projects

Credit Photo Courtesy of:
Greg Epperson | Joshua Tree, CA


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. CT Special Projects will require team members to be proficient in a breadth of trail and recreation infrastructure construction techniques and equipment. (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 technical trail-building skills, ability to manage varied field resources, excellent communication skills, volunteer 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 improvements to climbing resources across the U.S. The 2022 Conservation Team program runs from February 14, 2022 through December 2, 2022.

Job Responsibilities

  • Complete technical trail and infrastructure projects at climbing areas in a variety of environments, landscapes, and climates while following proper safety protocol.

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

  • Leverage a host of technical field skills, resources, and materials to complete complex trail and stewardship projects.

  • Manage on-the-ground field operations, volunteers, and additional crew resources in technical and large project scopes.

  • 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.

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


  • Proven knowledge and experience in trail design, construction, and maintenance practices and techniques, including stone construction, high-line systems, and technical trail structures

  • 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

  • Ability to lift heavy objects and use tools properly.

  • Experience overseeing and motivating volunteers and field crews

  • 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” in the email subject line. Position open until filled.

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.