Now hiring Volunteer & Monitoring Coordinator

This position is now full.

Position Details

Friends of Cedar Mesa is seeking a full-time Volunteer & Monitoring Coordinator to organize and expand volunteer projects and cultural site monitoring on public lands in San Juan County, including the new Bears Ears National Monument. S/he will spend about 30% of their time organizing volunteer & service projects, another 30% developing and expanding cultural site monitoring programs, 20% on communications and 20% of their time on administrative tasks.

**Please note that part-time candidates will also be considered. 

FCM works closely with land management agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service, Park Service and Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Administration. In particular, FCM  has entered into a partnership through an Assistance Agreement with the BLM’s Monticello Field Office. A portion of the Coordinators work will help carry out the goals of the Assistance Agreement to increase education and stewardship in the Cedar Mesa region and will help Friends of Cedar Mesa match BLM funds with volunteer hours.



The Coordinator will be based out of Bluff or a nearby community and will report to the Assistant Director.  Primary responsibilities include:

  • Grow the number of volunteer service projects on BLM-managed and other public lands in San Juan County, including single and multi-day events during all four seasons.
  • Coordinate closely with land management agency representatives on specific on-the-ground service project needs with a specific focus on Cedar Mesa, the Comb Ridge and other areas of the Bears Ears National Monument.
  • Recruit new and maintain existing relationships with FCM volunteers.
  • Build/continue partnerships with the BLM, Forest Service (USFS), National Park Service (NPS) and Utah State Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) to advance volunteer & monitoring opportunities in San Juan County.
  • Develop and expand cultural site monitoring programs and trainings with the USFS, NPS and SITLA in San Juan County.
  • Coordinate with and assist Utah Statewide Site Steward Coordinator in developing training materials and programs for use in San Juan County.
  • Coordinate periodically with the Visit with Respect Program Manager and assist her/him with volunteer management.
  • Work with staff to develop and publish FCM electronic communications via social media, the FCM website, email and other media.
  • Manage and maintain volunteer database.


Additional Responsibilities

  • Work with staff to organize annual Celebrate Cedar Mesa event every spring.
  • Assist other staff members in organizing program events.
  • Oversee data management of volunteers and monitors.
  • Help with administrative tasks as needed.


Required Qualifications

The Coordinator will be thoroughly committed to FCM’s mission and her/his professional development. All candidates should have proven conservation, stewardship, and organizing experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management or applicable field and experience working with diverse groups in an outdoor setting.

Strong verbal communication experience, especially in public speaking, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures; strong awareness and cultural sensitivity regarding Native American connections to cultural resources.

Refined written communication skills including ability to sensitively communicate organizational mission, needs, and updates.

An action-oriented work ethic; the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with diverse groups of people is essential.

Must have ability to wear “multiple hats” working in a small non-profit and pitch in where needed.

Must have valid U.S. drivers’ license.

Must live or being willing to relocate to within 45 minutes of Bluff, UT, a tiny town in the middle of nowhere with limited amenities and the best backyard in the world.


Preferred qualifications

2 or more years of experience in a volunteer coordination or conservation field; knowledge of Four Corners archaeology, track record of effectively developing volunteer programming and organizing volunteer events; knowledge in program budget management; experience working with or for government land management agencies is a plus.

Preference is given to candidates with experience using social media platforms including Facebook, Mailchimp, WordPress, Twitter, and others. A high level of competency in Microsoft Office products with knowledge of the Adobe Cloud Suite a plus, an aptitude for learning computer database systems.

Competent hiking skills and the ability to be outdoors in all seasons; skills or willingness to learn 4-wheel driving.



$30-33K/year plus basic health care insurance.

***Please note that part-time candidates will also be considered. 


To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Amanda.

Position open until filled.


About FCM

Friends of Cedar Mesa (FCM) is a conservation organization in Bluff, Utah. FCM envisions a future where the public lands in San Juan County – with all their natural, cultural and recreational values – are protected and respected. To achieve this goal, we work to educate visitors about respectful recreation, monitor cultural sites, effect change through research and service projects, improve land management policies, and engage citizens in advocacy.



Author: Amanda Podmore

Amanda Podmore is the Assistant Director of Friends of Cedar Mesa.

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