Service Program Archives

  • March 1st, 2019


    SUWA Service Project Coordinator [Independent Contractor]

    The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the outstanding wilderness throughout Utah and the management of these lands in their natural state for the benefit of all Americans.

    SUWA promotes local and national recognition of the region’s unique character through research and public education; supports both administrative and legislative initiatives to permanently protect wild places within the National Park and National Wilderness Preservation Systems, or by other protective designations where appropriate; builds support for such initiatives on both the local and national level; and provides leadership within the conservation movement through uncompromising advocacy for wilderness preservation.

    Job Description Summary:

    The Service Project Coordinator is an independent contractor position focused on volunteer project facilitation on public lands in Utah. Projects address impacts to wilderness values on federal lands. The Coordinator is responsible for the execution of all assigned service projects and for ensuring that projects achieve established goals. On site, the Coordinator will also serve as liaison between volunteers and federal land managers. The candidate should have extensive guiding or leadership experience in outdoor settings, and an understanding of the challenges of teaching, learning and building community in remote and backcountry settings. The Coordinator will play a key role in collecting data that will be used for ongoing service project proposal development. Relevant tech and software will be provided. The position involves consecutive long and difficult days, extensive periods of time in remote regions, rigorous physical activity, and substantial amounts of backcountry driving, often on rugged and technical four-wheel-drive roads. The Coordinator reports directly to SUWA’s Service Program Director.


    • On-site coordination and facilitation of service projects between April and October.
    • Logistics and preparations relevant to project work, including:
      • Upkeep of tool/supply inventory, including regular vehicle maintenance;
      • Procurement and preparation of all meals provided to volunteers;
      • Direct communication with Program Director, agency staff and volunteer group;
      • On-site Leave No Trace & safety trainings for all volunteers.
    • Efficient data entry before and after service projects.
    • Perform site monitoring and assessments of impacts to wilderness values.
    • Provide timely reports and updates and meet regularly with Program Director.

    Requisite Skills:

    • Leave No Trace Backcountry Ethics training (Master Educator certification preferred).
    • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) orBasic Wilderness Life Support (BWLS) certification (Must be active).
    • Education and/or field experiences related to public lands or wilderness management.
    • Experience guiding, leading or working in wilderness or backcountry settings, including knowledge and proficiency in backcountry travel and route-finding.
    • Experience managing diverse groups in challenging circumstances and outdoor settings.
    • Experience driving on rugged, four-wheel-drive roads in remote locations, as well as experience dealing with unexpected vehicle issues.
    • Ability to implement field data collection protocols accurately and completely, with initiative, attention to detail, and an ability to meet deadlines.
    • Ability to hike, sometimes for long distances, for multiple and often consecutive days.
    • Ability to spend more than 3-5 consecutive days at a time in remote locations without cell phone service.
    • Ability to work in all types of weather conditions, including harsh and often high- temperature desert environments.
    • Demonstrated commitment to wilderness preservation and advocacy.
    • Commitment to working a flexible, needs-driven schedule, March through October 2019.
    • Possess a valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record.
    • Prior experience with wilderness inventory and monitoring protocols desirable but not required.

    Preferably based out of Moab, Utah, with extensive travel throughout the state.

    SUWA offers competitive pay, based on relevant experience.

    Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter addressed to Jeremy Lynch at Any questions should be directed to We will begin reviewing applications on March 5th, 2019 and will review additional applications on a rolling basis. We will accept applications until the position is filled.

    SUWA is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. SUWA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


  • January 8th, 2019

    A new season is upon us and there is work to be done! Visit our Upcoming Projects listing to preview the year’s first round of service trips. Then check back regularly for new project listings. Planning a visit to Utah in 2019? Join as a crew member and serve with SUWA in the field!

    Wilderness Steward Initiative
    In February, we will host the second annual Wilderness Steward Training in Washington County. In 2019, we will expand the Wilderness Steward Initiative statewide. Join our team of dedicated volunteers monitoring protected lands in communities across southern Utah. Take recreation to the next level — reconnaissance — and work with us to ensure our wild and public lands are in keen and watchful hands. View the flyer below for an overview of 2019 volunteer positions, then visit our Service Program website to learn more and submit your application.

    To discuss scheduling a Wilderness Steward training in your county or community, contact or call (435) 259-9151.