Volunteer Coordinator

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to kaitlin@gsenm.org. The position is open until filled.

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Our Mission:

Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science, conservation, and education.

For more information about our organization visit gsenm.org. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.


About Grand Staircase Escalante Partners

Introduction:  Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with offices located in Kanab and Escalante, Utah. Our mission is to honor the past and safeguard the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science, conservation, and education. Our organization provides volunteers and other resources (staff, funding, etc.) for scientific research, education programs and conservation projects for GSENM, and advocates for a conservation priority in Monument management decisions.

GSEP is committed to prohibiting and eliminating discrimination in employment on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation or physical ability. GSEP prohibits and will not tolerate any such discrimination or harassment. GSEP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at GSEP are based upon one’s qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Project and Position Description: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM), established in 1996, is a 1.9 million acre National Monument located in south-central Utah. GSENM contains, within its geological rock layers, one of the only preserved records of the earth’s history in the world; and paleontologists continue to make new discoveries that shape our understanding of early life forms. The Monument is also home for 85% of the state’s biodiversity, including 660 species of bees. It is a remote and rugged landscape that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and lacks many of the visitor resources and infrastructure that can be found in nearby national parks and recreation areas. Grand Staircase, with its slot canyons and sweeping vistas, has become a destination place for people around the world in search of a unique wilderness experience. As a result, the Monument and surrounding communities have seen a dramatic increase in visitation. In 2021, the BLM estimated that Grand Staircase received around 1.37 million visitors, over double the number recorded in 2000. This visitation has led to an increase in damage on the ground, including graffiti, discarded trash, human waste left on trails, vehicle trespass, and dispersed camping impacts. This has resulted in wildlife disturbance, soil compaction and erosion, and the spread of invasive species.

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) is the nonprofit organization dedicated to safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science, conservation, and education. In partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service, Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) will remediate, mitigate, and prevent visitor-caused impacts in and around GSENM through our Stewardship and Sustainable Visitation program. This program uses three strategies: hands-on stewardship volunteer projects to remediate visitor-impacted sites, on-the-ground visitor education to encourage sustainable visitation practices, and educational outreach through social media and other online platforms. With these partners and strategies, we can help sustain the health of the GSENM landscape and its natural and cultural resources, the wellbeing of resident communities, and the economic benefits to Garfield County. 

The Volunteer Coordinator reports to the Stewardship Programs Manager and will be the primary field leader for stewardship-based volunteer projects and for the Trail Ambassador Program for Grand Staircase Escalante Partners and will assist with other projects as needed. Please read the primary duties and qualifications stated below. 

People with diverse social, racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without preference given to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, social background, or disability status.

Compensation: $21 per hour.

Dates:  Approximately March 1st to October 31st (seasonal). This is a seasonal position, and rehire status for subsequent seasons is offered pending favorable performance reviews.

Work Hours:  Full-time, 40 hours per week, 10 hour shifts. Primarily an 8 days on, 6 days off schedule. 

Benefits: This position is eligible for paid holiday time off, paid vacation time and sick leave. Also eligible for group health insurance and 401k benefits. Food will be provided during multi-day volunteer projects.

Primary Duties:

  • Lead various single-day and multi-day stewardship-based volunteer projects in the front country and backcountry of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. These responsibilities include:
    • Setting up front country and backcountry camps for volunteers that adhere to Leave No Trace Guidelines.
    • Cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner for up to 10 people for up to 6 consecutive days.
    • Managing volunteer groups including project instruction and safety.
    • Working and collaborating with project partners. 
    • Purchasing, maintaining, and packing food, tools, and supplies for volunteer projects. 
  • Lead the Trail Ambassador Program that focuses on educating visitors about Leave No Trace education. These responsibilities include:
    • Becoming proficient with Leave No Trace, Visit With Respect, and Monument topics.
    • Hiking along trails and attending trailhead stations independently and with other volunteer Trail Ambassadors to teach visitors about Leave No Trace and Visit With Respect principles. 
    • Backpacking into remote and popular backcountry routes independently to hand out supplies to backpackers and inform them on GSENM regulations. 
    • Training new volunteer Trail Ambassadors.
    • Coordinating with and organizing volunteer Trail Ambassador schedules. 
  • Assist with conservation related activities including: 
    • Conducting retreatment of non-native species on public and private lands.
    • Overseeing and guiding conservation corps crews in nonnative tree treatment, herbicide application, and techniques for safe backcountry living and working.
    • Assisting the Field Supervisor in conducting Rapid Monitoring assessments including native and nonnative plant assessments, photo point documentation, and evaluation of restoration goals as outlined in the ERWP Monitoring & Maintenance Plan.
  • Keep project equipment and supply storage sheds organized and clean while also ensuring supplies are stocked and available for use.
  •  Assist the Stewardship Programs Manager with keeping project databases up-to-date and accurate, and ensure mapping and data entry are complete.
  • Adhere to GSEP Vehicle Policies, drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle over rough and variable terrain, provide vehicle logs & monthly maintenance checks, service vehicles as needed, and respond to vehicle issues in a timely manner.
  • Communicate with the Stewardship Programs Manager and other GSEP staff about difficulties and accomplishments.
  • Help foster a positive, helpful, open environment in the workplace including both office and backcountry settings.


  • Willingness to work cooperatively in a mission-driven environment.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience backpacking, hiking, and navigating in remote wilderness areas.
  • Experience in managing groups in a supervisory or guide role.
  • Ability to lift over 50 lbs. and carry a heavy pack over rough terrain for up to 10 miles.
  • Have Utah State Herbicide Commercial Applicators License or ability to obtain this certification (provided by GSEP if needed).
  • Medical training with a minimum of Wilderness First Responder certification or the willingness to attain this certification (provided by GSEP if needed).
  • Willingness to apply, prepare, and mix herbicide and handle herbicide applicator equipment.
  • Proficient in the use of computers with Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Available to work a flexible schedule.
  • Ability to drive a 4-wheel drive vehicle over rough terrain.
  • Preference given to applicants with regional knowledge of the region, especially Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
  • Possess a valid state driver’s license.
  • Willingness to camp in the backcountry for up to eight days at a time.

Location of Work: Work is based out of the GSEP headquarters office in Escalante, UT, but occasional travel to Kanab/southern end of the Monument will be required. Work will primarily be conducted on public and private lands, mainly Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Dixie National Forest, and private lands within the towns of Escalante and Boulder. The Volunteer Coordinator must work cooperatively in a team setting. Work will take place in both front and backcountry and, to a lesser extent, in an office. 

Fieldwork: Transportation to job sites will be in a GSEP vehicle driven by a GSEP employee who is insured under the GSEP vehicle insurance policy. Camping and backpacking will be required.

To Apply: Email resume to kaitlin@gsenm.org. For more information about our organization visit gsenm.org.  Open until filled.  





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