Location for Outdoor Recreation Leadership Programs at CMC
The Outdoor Recreation Leadership (AGS) is offered at:
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About Colorado Mountain College
Imagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students, faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of their backgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. An institution that is also integrally connected to, appreciated by, and supported by those same communities.
Envision yourself at a dynamic, innovative, forward-leaning college that has a highly entrepreneurial spirit and deep commitment to every learner – from first-generation college students and new-traditional and adult learners to academically motivated students seeking a more traditional liberal arts education – all within a robust and highly personalized learning environment.
Visualize applying your energy and skills for an organization that respects and cares about its employees enough to offer competitive compensation and benefits while encouraging every team member to renew and recharge in places of inspiration, reflection, and world-class outdoor recreation.
Welcome to Colorado Mountain College and its eleven campus locations sprinkled across a spectacular region of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains.
Colorado Mountain College aspires to be the most inclusive and innovative student-centered college in the nation, elevating the economic, social, cultural, and environmental vitality of its beautiful Rocky Mountain communities.
CMC is a comprehensive, public, open-access dual-mission institution offering 136 academic programs ranging from specialized certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees, a wide range of online, non-credit and lifelong learning courses, as well as extensive concurrent enrollment opportunities in close partnership with neighboring school districts.
Over 15,000 students attend CMC annually, and 40% of degree-seeking students earn a certificate or degree every year. The college’s Latinx enrollment has doubled in six years to 27%, making CMC eligible for federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status. CMC courses are highly personal and many are highly experiential by design, each with a maximum registration of 25 students.
Colorado Mountain College campuses are located in Aspen, Carbondale, Breckenridge, Dillon, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, Leadville, Rifle, the Vail Valley, and Salida. Of these locations, three are residential—Spring Valley, Leadville, and Steamboat Springs — and students in Breckenridge have access to college-owned off-campus housing. CMC campuses are close-knit communities, on average serving between 1,000 – 2,000 students.
The majority of the college’s financial support comes from local property taxes, not tuition or state revenues. Consequently, CMC is uniquely positioned to be entrepreneurial, nimble, mission-focused, and responsive to community and workforce needs. The college’s Central Services administrative office, which provides administrative support to all campus locations, is located in historic downtown Glenwood Springs, the town from which CMC originally launched in 1965.
Colorado Mountain College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and authorized by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. For general information about CMC, its programs, locations, students, faculty, and offerings, go to: www.coloradomtn.edu.
Our commitment to an environment where everyone belongs
Our college and beloved mountain communities are enriched by a variety of voices and experiences.
At Colorado Mountain College, we continually work to improve learning and working environments that welcome everyone. We are deeply committed to promoting a free and open exchange of ideas, improving critical thinking, deepening mutual empathy and respect, and ensuring that every learner and team member has equal opportunities for personal and professional success.
The college prioritizes the recruitment, hiring and retaining of a highly engaged workforce that reflects and supports the backgrounds, characteristics and aspirations of the students enrolled at the college. CMC therefore values applicants who demonstrate prior accomplishments, training, and a commitment to the concepts of inclusive and equitable practices, as well as an understanding of historic and current social issues that impact groups of different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
CMC employees enjoy regular opportunities to raise their awareness about pressing societal issues, develop individual critical thinking skills, and expand their understanding of and empathy toward others regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or other factors. Our goal is to deliver highly personalized teaching methods and effective student support services that enable students to achieve their goals, regardless of academic or financial barriers.
Applicants to Colorado Mountain College must demonstrate a commitment and competence to work effectively with students, employees, and community members of all backgrounds.
For more information about CMC, go to: www.coloradomtn.edu.
The Program Director is responsible for the administration and leadership of the Physical Education (PED), Outdoor Education (OUT), Outdoor Recreational Leadership (ORL), Ski Area Operations (SAO), Avalanche Science (Avi Sci), and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) programs. This Program Director will also advise on coursework supporting the Outdoor Recreational Management (ORM) minor and Wilderness aspects intersecting with other programs, such as, Wilderness EMS and Wilderness Medicine.
The program provides instructional and administrative leadership and support to the assigned program areas college-wide. This position recruits, supervises, contracts, orients and evaluates full-time instructors; schedules courses; teaches classes; manages all aspects of the program budgets to comply with CMC standards; attends program advisory committee meetings for the disciplines, engages in outreach, marketing, & recruiting activities, and coordinates program and discipline assessment. The program director also serves as a liaison with relevant external agencies in the CMC service area to ensure compliance with regulatory matters and ensures the programs meet the needs of the communities served.
This position reports to the Dean of Nursing, Health Sciences, Public Safety, Wellness, and Outdoor Studies and works collaboratively with campus academic and student affairs leaders.
This program director is a year round administrative, non-faculty, staff position with teaching responsibilities. The incumbent must be qualified to be credentialed to teach in the assigned areas, however, is not assigned a faculty rank.
View/download job description including hiring salary range: Program Director, Wellness, Outdoor Studies, and Wilderness
Pre-requisites for Position (Qualifications Standards)
Qualified candidates must be credentialed to teach, or eligible to be credentialed to teach, in one or more of the programs overseen (PED, OUT, ORL, SAO, Avi Sci). Examples of ideal qualifications may include a wide variety of specialized certifications and proficiencies in these areas, such as professional experience in the disciplines, Wilderness First or other emergency response certifications, experience with permitting processes, outdoor education gear and risk management.
A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Education or related field, or a Master’s Degree with a minimum of 18 graduate credits in Outdoor Recreation or related field is required. Minimum of one-year full time teaching experience required, or equivalent as adjunct. At least 100 documented field days leading adventure education experience in a variety of terrain and conditions. Wilderness First Responder & CPR certified.
Ability to be credentialed to teach course including but not limited to: OUT Orientation Courses, OUT 221 – Top rope climbing with a single pitch instructor certification, OUT 210 Kayak Touring Leadership, OUT 244 – Wilderness First Responder, OUT 135 – Risk Management for Outdoor Professionals, PHI – 218 Environmental Ethics (preferred).
Higher education teaching experience is preferred. A candidate with full time higher education teaching experience is preferred.
Specific skills and experience must match College credentialing requirements for one or more of the programs overseen, as determined by Academic Affairs. Experience in program administration, staff and budget management, permitting, and risk management essential.
Welcoming. Innovative. Focused on Student Success. These principles reflect the soul of CMC. They guide us in building our teams, cultivating leaders, and expanding our approaches and mindset. They guide us to be an institution of higher education that’s the right fit for every faculty member, staff, student, and community member in its trust. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with students, employees, and community members of all backgrounds.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) or conversational language abilities preferred.
Please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three professional references. CMC is an EOE committed to diversifying its workforce.
To Apply: Please submit the required letter of interest, resume, and list of three professional references. CMC is an EOE committed to diversifying its workforce.
External Applicants: Apply Online
Internal Applicants: Please proceed to the HR page of Basecamp or by searching in Learning Hub for instructions on applying for a full-time position as an internal applicant.
Review of application material will begin June 24, 2021.
Guide heli-ski trips in Alaska. Build an Olympic ski course. Design snowboards for professional athletes. Colorado Mountain College outdoor graduates activate their skills in recreation-based positions around the world.
Live, learn, work and play in the mountains while gaining hands-on training and building industry connections that will lay the groundwork for a successful outdoor career.
Eleven campuses cover 12,000 square miles, three national forests, six wilderness areas and most of Colorado's renowned ski resorts. There's a lot to explore.
Jump in the front seat of the action sports industry. Learn essential retail, marketing, media and sales strategies. Discover what it takes to build a successful career behind the products that make outdoor adventures possible. Earn an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Action Sports Industry or upgrade your skills with a certificate in Action Sports Media.
Dig deep into two seasons of mountain snowpack, while analyzing weather and avalanche cycles alongside respected avalanche industry experts. This two-year hybrid program combines online courses with three intensive in-person sessions and is designed for current and aspiring avalanche professionals.
Step into your waders and go knee deep into pristine high alpine lakes to discover the world of professional fly fishing. Establish the skills and techniques necessary to land a job as a fly fishing guide, maintain year-round clients, and start your own fly fishing business.
Develop the skills you need to explore every inch of this world. Combine the groundwork of a liberal arts education with hands-on outdoor experiences while earning an Associate of Arts with an emphasis in Outdoor Education. Learn to survive and thrive in virtually every wilderness environment.
Navigate high mountain peaks, remote deserts, and wild rivers while building technical, leadership, and risk management skills essential for outdoor professionals. Transform your passion for adventure into a successful career guiding others in the outdoors with an Associate of General Studies with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation Leadership.
Consult with Olympic athletes, market for world-class resorts and design snow sports products in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Live, learn, play and work on the slopes while making invaluable industry connections through a partnership with SnowSports Industries America (SIA). Earn an Associate of Applied Science with an emphasis in Ski & Snowboard Business or upgrade your skills with several industry certificates including Ski & Snowboard Retail & Repair Shop Technician and Ski & Snowboard Shop Manager.
Explore world class resorts before, during and after class. Gain technical and hands-on training making snow, operating a groomer, building terrain parks and repairing chairlifts. Strap in and learn every aspect of the ski industry while earning an Associate of Applied Science in Ski Area Operations and specialize in Ropeway Maintenance, Ski Patrol Operations or Slope and Trail Maintenance.
Learn the latest innovations and strategies to navigate the snow sports industry and fast track your career. This instant resume-boosting certification was developed in partnership with SnowSports Industries America to prepare students for careers in retail, marketing and wholesaling.
Associate degrees at Colorado Mountain College require at least 60 credits. Most commonly, students finish in two years.
Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees, with emphasis areas, give students a solid, affordable start before transferring into CMC's Bachelor's degrees or to another college or university.
Associate of General Studies (AGS) degrees for students whose needs are not met by CMC's other degree programs. Students may design the Associate of General Studies degree to fit their personal needs, upgrade job skills, or prepare for professional school. This degree includes the Colorado Guaranteed Transfer Curriculum; however, the degree itself is not considered Guaranteed Transfer.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, with emphasis areas, focus on knowledge and skills in one of many Career & Technical Education (CTE) areas. Students with an AAS degree can move on with CMC's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Leadership and Management (BAS).
See the CMC Catalog for more about Associate Degrees
Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (COP) programs provide specific career and technical training. COP programs typically take one year or less to complete. Many AAS degrees include COPs and apply to the requirements of the AAS degree.
Certificate of Completion (COC) demonstrates successful completion of courses for specific skills or concentrated learning in a special area of interest. Individual courses are posted on a student’s transcript; however, the certificate is not an awarded program. For example, the Certificate of Completion credential is not recognized on a transcript in the same way that a Certificate of Proficiency (COP) or an Associate’s degree is.
See the CMC Catalog for more about Certificates
Bachelor of Science (BS) degree typically require completion of 120 semester credit hours. Full-time students typically take at least fifteen credits each semester. First and second year courses primarily consist of general education “core curriculum.” These courses include a broad-based education in areas such as mathematics, English, communication, science, arts and humanities, and social science.
Each student selects a major field (for example business administration or sustainability studies) and possibly a minor if offered within that major.
More about CMC's Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees are currently offered in Education and Sustainability Studies.
Graduates will complete at least 120 credits, including credits from general education courses, Colorado State Guaranteed Transfer General Education Curriculum, specific program requirements, and program elective courses. General education requirements will differ between degrees, so please consult an advisor or the specific program pages in the catalog for more information.
Students who earned their associate's degree at CMC, or any other community college in Colorado, have a pathway to complete their bachelor's degree.
More about CMC's Bachelor of Arts
The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Leadership and Management prepares individuals as managerial and supervisory personnel in a variety of professions. The BAS offers a seamless transition from an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree to a bachelor’s degree.
Students build on their technical specialties and general education courses, combining them with upper division course work to acquire management, supervision, and leadership skills.
More about CMC's Bachelor of Applied Science
CMC students graduating with a CMC Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree may transfer with junior standing into any arts and science degree program at Colorado institutions with whom CMC shares transfer agreements. Please see the link below for a list of Colorado institutions.
CMC Students must complete the State Guaranteed General Education Courses with a grade of "C" or better in each course applied to the degree.
Students should consult with an advisor to develop a written plan of objectives and academic goals. Some receiving institutions may have specific course requirements.
See more about CMC's Guaranteed Transfer Agreements
Anyone interested in exploring the backcountry should seek out formal avalanche training. Whether you are skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, or simply hiking around some of your favorite trails it is important to have an understanding about avalanche safety, awareness, and emergency strategies.
When it comes to avalanche training, the number of options and course types can be overwhelming. This guide will explain the different paths of recreational and professional avalanche training courses to help you safely recreate in the backcountry this winter.
The REC track—short for recreation—is the starting point for recreationalist and professionals alike. Working professionals like ski patrollers or outdoor educators may be interested in continuing their education with PRO (professional) courses after completing REC courses.
The Level 1 course, also known as Avy 1, is the starting point for recreationalists and aspiring professionals. The Avy 1 and Avalanche Rescue courses are the minimum training recommendation for anyone traveling in the backcountry. A Level 1 course is generally a 3-day course with a field component, where students begin to learn about avalanches and snowpack. You’ll study the basics about types of avalanches, and learn to identify hazardous terrain and avalanche conditions.
Most importantly, the Avy 1 course teaches students how to make educated decisions and have meaningful discussions about tour plans, risks, and mitigation. This course offers many opportunities to develop decision making skills in the backcountry and the field component allows students to make real world applications to class topics.
The Avalanche Rescue course focuses on companion rescue and what to do if someone in your group gets caught in an avalanche.This is a 1- day course with a focus on how to properly use avalanche rescue equipment effectively and make educated decisions in the case of emergency.
There is the opportunity for a lot of hands on practice with companion rescue, avalanche beacon use, and other professional tips. The companion rescue course is a great class to retake every couple years to hone your skills and learn about changes within the industry.
Both Avy 1 and Avalanche Rescue courses have no prerequisites. Students are able to take one or the other in any order, but be aware that any higher level avalanche courses requires both the Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue.
The Level 2 Avalanche course, also known as Avy 2, allows backcountry users to continue to build off of topics introduced during the level I and rescue courses. This is a great course for the more experienced recreationalist looking to get more tools for their backcountry tool kit.
This course expands on topics about decision making, risk and terrain management, and group travel. Avy 2 courses tend to be particularly fun because most of the participants are excited to dive further into topics and really work on developing their skills.
The professional level 1 course is now the baseline for avalanche professionals. The primary focus of the PRO 1 course is on safe travel, snow and weather observations, and time spent in snow pits. PRO 1 runs for 5 days with a 2 days of assessments. The structure of this course shifts away from the recreational perspective and focuses on professional level risk management, observations, and rescue skills. This is a course designed for aspiring forecasters, ski patrollers, and mountain guides.
The American Avalanche Association describes Professional Avalanche Training 2 (PRO 2) as designed for developing avalanche professionals with several seasons of applied professional experience as well as seasoned professionals who are looking to develop skills applicable to leadership roles within their operation.
The PRO 2 is for experienced workers who desire to continue to develop their forecasting, risk management, and leadership skills. Workers will analyze information from various sources and make operational decisions on multiple spatial and temporal scales.
This course contains a much heavier workload than previous courses and is targeted to those already well into their career as forecasters and snow safety professionals.
There are many free resources for the aspiring avalanche safety student. These are not substitutes for professional training but it is a great place to start.
The Know Before You Go program is a resource offered by the Utah Avalanche Center and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center/ Friends of CAIC. This is a great introduction to avalanche safety and an alternative to attending a live session.
Avalanche.org provides avalanche forecasts from all across the country, but it has free tutorials and a useful course finding tab.
Many nonprofits and organizations, like Friends of the CAIC, Colorado Mountain School, REI and Ski-Doo, also offer free avalanche awareness seminars.
Most Importantly, remember to check local avalanche forecasts for the area you plan to recreate in. Most of these forecast centers also have climate specific educational resources.
When considering avalanche training courses you will often see American Avalanche Association (A3) and AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education). The American Avalanche Association is responsible for setting curriculum guidelines and AIARE uses those guidelines to develop courses and instructors. People often believe that AIARE is the only course provider but there are other providers that follow the A3 guidelines as well. Colorado Mountain College is an AIARE and A3 certified professional course provider!
Colorado Mountain College offers both the recreational and professional tracks for avalanche training. Recreational backcountry users can begin their avalanche education with Level 1 Avalanche Training (OUT-168), Avalanche Rescue (OUT-268), and progress to Level 2 Avalanche Training (OUT-269).
Colorado Mountain College Leadville also offers professional level avalanche training and continued education for current or aspiring avalanche industry professionals. The Avalanche Science program is a two-year certification designed by industry experts from the Colorado Avalanche information Center, Colorado Mountain College, and U.S. Forest Service. Program graduates earn a Snow, Weather & Avalanche Field Technician certificate as well as an American Avalanche Association PRO certification.
Find a complete list of avalanche courses offered at CMC on the course catalog.
The Outdoor Leadership Center & Field House has always been dedicated to the health and wellbeing of the Colorado Mountain College community, and with a carefully planned and phased approach, the facility will reopen. The Field House Reopening Plan of Action has been created in alignment with CMC’s COVID-19 Operating Plan and utilizing the recommendations and guidelines provided by the Department of Public Health and Environment, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association for clear and consistent messaging.
As we navigate through the reopening of the Field House, there will be some new things to expect during each phase. We appreciate your help and understanding as we work through this time together. If you have a specific concern please reach out to the Director of Recreation & Events, Melanie Alexander, at 970-947-8195 or email@example.com. Please visit our website for updates and schedule changes.
The Field House is moving into the final phase of its COVID Re-Opening plan, based on the revised masked guidance offered by Governor Polis, on May 14 and the County's current COVID-19 status. Within this final phase, fully vaccinated people can go without masks in the facility and no capacity limits will be enforced. We ask that individuals that are not fully vaccinated still wear masks and abide by proper social distancing standards. In addition, symptom screening is no longer required to be on campus, but it is expected that those individuals that are not feeling well or displaying any COVID symptoms remain home and avoid coming to campus. The Field House will continue to follow all state and local health guidelines, whatever form those take in the coming weeks and months, and will continue to release any updates as necessary.
We will be open for Summer 2021! Acknowledging that there will be less academic activity on campus and the abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities summer in the Roaring Fork Valley holds, we will be reducing our offering slightly. Monday through Friday the facility will be open from 6:00 am - 9:00 am and 4:00 pm - 8:00pm. Saturdays we will be closed, but on Sundays, evening hours will be offered from 4:00 pm - 8:00pm.
The climbing wall will be available for open climb to all those that hold current Field House certifications during the facility's hours of operation. Certification cards must be displayed at all times. The Climbing Wall Coordinator will be available from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Mondays and Wednesdays for belay certifications and to belay any individuals that do not have a belay partner.
As we continue to navigate the pandemic we may have to amend our operations throughout the summer based on the assessed risk level. With any changes in operation, we will continue to communicate through this web page and member email blast. Thank you for your patronage and patience during these times and we are excited to see you at the Field House!
The Outdoor Leadership Center & Field House is approximately 32,000 square feet in space. There are two levels, the main level features the main entrance, check-in/registration desk, single-use restrooms/showers, classroom, climbing wall, weight room, multipurpose room, day-use lockers, outdoor program area, track, and cardio balcony. The lower level grants access to the two multipurpose courts, day-use lockers, bathrooms, concession area, and access to the soccer fields.
The grounds also contain these outdoor amenities:
We hope that you will find a space to engage, excite, and fully enjoy your experience at our center.
(Starting February 15)
6am - 9am | 3pm - 9pm
Sat: 9am - 1pm
Sun: 3pm - 7pm
(Starting May 10)
Mon-Fri: 6am - 9am | 4pm - 8pm
Sun: 4pm - 8pm
Our facility encompasses one of the tallest climbing walls on the western slope.
Soon to come, the Outdoor Leadership Center & Field House will offer select group fitness classes for its members.
We are planning team sports and intramural activities.
Our state-of-the-art facility is available for overnight groups or hourly special events.