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Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Bear Education Coordinator Individual Placement


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Durango, Colorado

Tracking Code

3650 - 984

Position Type


Title: Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Bear Education Coordinator Individual Placement

Start/End Date:  February 6th, 2023 – June 23rd, 2023

Stipend:  $600.00/week (+Education Award) 

Term:  20 weeks

Reports To:  Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Durango Office

Location:  Durango, CO 81301

Status:  675-hour AmeriCorps Service Term 

Benefits:  AmeriCorps Education Award $2474.27 after successful completion, $800.00/month housing stipend


Southwest Conservation Corps’ Mission 

It is the mission of the Southwest Conservation Corps to empower individuals to positively impact their lives, their communities, and the environment. 


Program Overview: 

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s (CPW) mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources.


This individual will assist CPW with visitor services and public education including tasks such as fielding customer calls and in person interactions, learning how to sell various licenses, passes, and registrations through CPW systems. The individual will learn about hunting and fishing regulations and how to address wildlife conflict calls. This individual will also focus on the Bear Aware program for Area 15 and will proactively work with the public to educate them on living with bears using CPW’s Bear Aware program materials. This program will include public meetings, Homeowner Association visits, riding with along on conflict issues, and canvassing. This individual will also have the opportunity to assist Area 15 terrestrial biologists, aquatic biologists, and District Wildlife Managers with projects as needed.


Essential functions and responsibilities include:

  • Provide Customer Service at the Durango Service Center
    • Help with daily customer service activities delivering information to the public via in person counter service and fielding calls
    • Learn hunting and fishing regulations as well as how to sell and issue licenses
  • Initiate Bear Aware Program in the Durango and La Plata County Community
    • General outreach and education to the community about CPW’s Bear Aware Program
    • Work with local District Wildlife Managers and field staff to target communities where Bear and human conflicts are or have occurred historically
    • Shadow Wildlife Managers and field staff on active bear management
  • Shadowing field staff
    • Assist field staff with surveys, both aquatic and terrestrial
    • Do “ride-along” with District Wildlife Managers



General Qualifications: 

  • Interested in a career in natural resource management
  • Must possess good written and oral communication skills
  • Enjoy working outdoors


The successful applicant must be self-motivated and able to work independently with limited supervision after the initial training period. The applicant must be able to maneuver and operate in a mixture of office and field work. This can include long periods of standing or walking on rough, uneven ground, bending, crouching, and stooping. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required. 




  • High School Diploma or GED
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Valid Driver's License or State ID
  • Per grant funding, candidate must be between the ages of 18 and 30
    • Permanent Resident Card, INS form I-551
    • Alien Registration Card, INS form I-551
    • A passport indicating that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
    • A departure record (INS 194) indication that the INS has approved it as temporary evidence of lawful admission for permanent residence
    • A birth certificate showing that the individual was born in one of the 50 states, the
    • District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or the Northern Mariana Islands
    • A United States passport


Apply Now! 

To apply, please submit an updated resume and letter of interest along with the online application. 


Contact Cait at with any questions.

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