Employment at CFI

AmeriCorps Site Steward – Spring and Fall Positions

Position status: Now Hiring
Type: Term is 675 hours / Hours 40-50 week, varies
Benefits: Living stipend of $6552.00 per term, paid out in equal installments.
AmeriCorps Education Award for completion of service: $2474.27
Yurt or small RV housing provided.
Meals provided during CFI programs.
Mileage reimbursement for official use of private vehicle.
Training opportunities as described.
Schedule: March 1 - June 30, 2023 Spring term
August 1-November 15, 2023 Fall term

Why Work For Canyonlands Field Institute:

Canyonlands Field Institute (CFI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Moab, Utah. For over 38 years we have been rooted in our mission to provide quality outdoor education on the Colorado Plateau, to inspire care of wild places, and renew the human spirit. We believe in nurturing students of all ages and backgrounds, connection to self, community, and natural spaces. Through meaningful outdoor education programming, CFI seeks to build immersive learning experiences by combining place-based science, an environment unplugged from technology, play, exploration, artistic expression, and Social Emotional Learning curriculum. By joining our CFI community, you can be a part of a team growing the next generation of caring leaders and environmental stewards, while building a robust set of technical and “soft” skills in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. 

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA):

CFI holds diversity and inclusion as core values, and believes that healthy, vibrant human and natural communities are interconnected. We are currently part of the first cohort in the 2-year workshop training series, Working Towards Racial Equity, led by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of SCience and Justice outside,which supports environmental and outdoor science organizations to build capacity to foster equitable, inclusive, and culturally relevant work and field environments. As CFI strives for transparency and accountability, we signed the In Solidarity Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge, to solidify our public commitment to being a part of the solution in moving the outdoor education sector toward being a natural space of belonging for all. 

Purpose of the Position With CFI

This is an opportunity through the national AmeriCorps program as an Individual Placement (IP) position and is administered by Utah Conservation Corps/Utah State University. The hiring and supervision is by Canyonlands Field Institute.

The position is designed to support ongoing Outdoor Education (OE) programs and facility upgrades funded by Utah Outdoor Recreation infrastructure grants. The Site Steward is based at Professor Valley Field Camp, a rustic facility on private land located 20 miles from Moab, UT. The camp is surrounded by open space, world class views and spectacular night skies. CFI facilities are tobacco free and no resident pets are allowed.

The Site Steward works individually and with large groups, and is responsible for various field camp facility upkeep, such as: grounds and trails maintenance, permaculture and drip irrigation improvements, as well as equipment servicing. When outdoor education programming is in season, the Site Steward will also be assisting In-Field staff with meals, driving shuttles and aid program activity needs. The position will also support operations upon occasion at the CFI warehouse in town. Supervision will be by CFI Operations Manager and program managers. 

Considered Qualifications

There are many skills and qualifications stewards come to CFI with/or spend their term developing. Below are some of the competencies that we look for when hiring. We do not expect individual candidates to have experience in all of these realms and encourage those with just some to apply. We recognize that lived experiences can often supplement formal work experience and we value these as an employer. We also recognize certifications as a barrier to many outdoor education positions and will provide the right applicant with these certifications if need be. 

Outdoor experience – We seek experience in outdoor/natural spaces, either in outdoor education, trail work, outfitting, or through personal trips.

Grounds Maintenance Equipment – We seek experience with basic hand tools, electric power driver/drill, and weed string trimmer.

Teamwork – We look for energetic, thoughtful employees who work well with a small team. The ability to give and receive feedback and navigate interpersonal relationships as well as conflict management as a means of achieving a shared goal.

Certifications – We seek applicants that have a minimum of Basic First Aid, CPR and Food Handler (any state) certifications. Online certificates are acceptable and should be submitted with application package

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility – We welcome applicants with lived experiences as members of marginalized communities from the outdoor industry, public lands and society at large. A critical understanding of how power, privilege, identity, and oppression inform ones ability  to move through the world, and the ability to engage in dialogue around these topics in a meaningful way are valued highly. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be 21 years or older to qualify for CFI vehicle insurance, have a valid driver license and a good driving record for three years.  
  • AmeriCorps requires that applicants be a U.S. Citizen or lawful permanent resident alien; have a high school diploma or GED and complete a fingerprint Background Check once an offer is made prior to start date.
  • Completed Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Exam and a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) are required at Member’s own expense and must be completed prior to start date (and remain current during term of work.) 
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccine; reasonable accommodations for candidate who cannot be vaccinated due to valid medical or religious reasons will be considered.
  • Applicants must have their own vehicle for town services (laundry, food, fun); any work-related mileage is reimbursed.


The spring and fall positions are 675 hour terms each. Hours are 40-50/week, mainly weekdays though some weekend work will be scheduled with alternate days off. 


  • The AmeriCorps Site Steward receives a bi-weekly living stipend as well as an educational award upon completion.
  • Free housing at Professor Valley Field Camp, either in a yurt or small RV. There is cell service but no reliable internet (the latter can be accessed in town or nearby guest ranches).
  •  Meals are provided during programming.
  • Onboarding and training will be provided in plant ID, area history, permaculture principles, irrigation, CFI vehicles/trailers, risk management and camp cooking.

To Apply:

The applicant may apply just for spring or for both terms, depending on the number of previous AmeriCorps terms served.

Send a pertinent resume, a short cover letter stating desired season of interest, copies of first aid/CPR certifications (if acquired), and three references with email and telephone contacts to Founding Director, Karla VanderZanden at founder@cfimoab.org.

We strive to host inclusive and accessible opportunities that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you require any accommodations in the application or interview process, please contact the Founding Director. 

Please visit the Utah Conservation Corps website for additional information on AmeriCorps Individual Placement.