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Employment | Volunteers

Our mission is to provide an eco-friendly mountain sanctuary where together we are creating a climate for a restorative world. Our educational opportunities inform and connect our guests with the natural environment and teach ways that each of us can live more sustainably on the planet. We expect staff to join in helping to serve this mission. We are looking for persons with open, searching attitudes, as well as a willingness to live with and accept persons of different views and beliefs, willing to do some hard work, learn skills, and participate in a variety of tasks.

Volunteering at Shadowcliff


Memorial Day and Pre-Memorial Day Volunteers

Historically our seasons have seen wonderful numbers of Memorial Day volunteers, plus about 50 other volunteers who help us in the two weeks before Memorial Day. Our volunteers provide more than 1400 hours of service to Shadowcliff each season! Wonderful people doing amazing things. Plan now for Memorial Day 2017 and the weeks leading up to it. Check out this blog post for a glimpse into Volunteer Weekend, and this one for the legacy of volunteering at Shadowcliff.

Summer Volunteers

We need both summer staff AND volunteers. The big push for volunteers comes in May, with specific construction skills earlier in the month and general “all hands on deck” energy around Memorial Day weekend. Once we open for paying guests we have fewer volunteer needs, however they do come up. Once we’re open we tend to work with volunteers who can stay for longer periods of time, preferably a month, whenever possible. This permits training opportunities and integration with our staff. If you are interested in being in the mountains and volunteering with us, please contact Allison Reser, our Volunteer Liaison. She’ll get you set up with the Volunteer Request form and answer any questions you may have.

Board Membership

As a not for profit organization, Shadowcliff is governed by a great group of volunteers who meet three to five times each year to set policy and plan for the future. For more information, contact Bill Craig, Board Chair or give us a call at 970-627-9220.




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Working at Shadowcliff

Grand Lake is a small mountain town located 2-3 hours from any big cities and with limited bus or train transportation. There is very little night life in Grand Lake. Shadowcliff and the Grand Lake area are great places to work if you enjoy the outdoors, love nature, like to hike or enjoy spending quiet time reading a good book or visiting with guests or friends. Grand Lake is not a good place for people who do not like nature or being out of doors. Shadowcliff is a no-smoking and pet-free facility.

Second jobs are not permitted for Shadowcliff staff or volunteers. If you need to earn extra money by working a second job, Shadowcliff is not the right place for you.


Positions Available for the 2017 Season

No matter the position, we hope and encourage all staff to take advantage of the trails and terrain of Rocky Mountain National Park, and the Arapaho and Indian Peaks Wilderness areas. Fishing, hiking, and canoeing are major free-time activities, as well as bowling, horseback riding, rafting, summer theater, local bands, etc. Trails lead directly from Shadowcliff’s doorstep into Rocky Mountain National Park.


Rotating Staff

These full-time, seasonal positions assist in guest registration and hospitality, meal preparation, housekeeping, maintenance, painting, and working inside and outdoors, including some physical labor to keep Shadowcliff clean and beautiful. Staff are encouraged to connect with guests in the Shadowcliff community and assist in educational opportunities, interpretative programs and hikes. Staff may also assist in program research and presentation as part of the educational work of Shadowcliff.

Daily rotation of staff assignments provides variety in the work schedule with ample opportunity to hike, backpack, and explore. Staff work an average of 28-32 hours per week. Staff members are encouraged to participate in research and educational activities that further our mission.

It’s ideal for Rotating Staff to stay the entire season, arriving mid-late May and heading to the next adventure around October 1st. College students are welcome to apply; we do allow a certain number of Rotating Staff to serve the majority of the season, returning to school late August, early September.

Compensation: Rotating Staff share rooms in Rempel Lodge at Shadowcliff. Compensation includes meals and lodging plus a monthly stipend of $550. Rotating Staff share gratuities from the Staff Appreciation Fund.

To apply: Fill out this online application.