Gunnison Trails is excited to hire our first ever Assistant Director. This year-round, part-time position will serve a critical role in advancing our mission of trail stewardship and education. We’re looking for a motivated individual to bolster our fundraising and volunteer trail work events and help manage and oversee our website, GT member and sponsor outreach and our communication and marketing efforts. This new position within our organization is made possible thanks to generous funding support from the Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to [email protected].

Job Summary: The Assistant Director will play a vital role in supporting the fundraising and development efforts of Gunnison Trails. The Assistant Director will be responsible for creating and implementing strategies to secure financial support, cultivate sponsor/member relationships and promote the organization’s mission. This part-time position requires a motivated and experienced individual with strong communication and organizational skills, as well as a passion for trail advocacy and outdoor recreation.

  • Part-time position ~ 20 hours/week, with periods of fewer hours during the winter months and more hours in the spring (Growler) and fall.
  • Starting pay for qualified applicants is at least $25/hour and depends on experience.
  • Flexible schedule with ability to work from home.


  • Member/Business Sponsor Cultivation: Identify and steward relationships with individual members and business sponsors to secure financial support for Gunnison Trails.
  • Database Management: Maintain accurate and up-to-date donor records in Gunnison Trails’ database, ensuring effective tracking of donor/member/business sponsor interactions, contributions, and communications.
  • Donor/Member/Business Sponsor Recognition: Acknowledge and show appreciation to individual donors, members and business sponsors and send timely tax deductible receipts and thank you letters. 
  • Communications: Create compelling and persuasive fundraising materials, including appeals, newsletters and social media campaigns to engage and inform members and sponsors about Gunnison Trails’ work.
  • Events: Help plan, organize, and execute fundraising events, including the Original Growler, Ales for Trails and the Winter Blast, and cultivate event sponsorships. 
  • Trail Work Events: Help plan, promote and execute volunteer work days, including Trail Work Tuesdays, Hartman Rocks Spring Cleanup Day and National Public Lands Day/Big Fall Workday.
  • Research and Trends: Stay informed about current fundraising trends, best practices, and new opportunities in the recreation/trail world to maximize fundraising potential.
  • Grant Writing and Management: Research, write, and submit grant proposals and applications to secure funding from foundations and government agencies. Manage grant reporting requirements and ensure compliance with funding guidelines.
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff to align fundraising efforts with organizational goals and objectives.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to tailor messages to various audiences.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as collaboratively within a team.
  • Knowledge and passion for trail advocacy, outdoor recreation, and environmental conservation.
  • Experience in fundraising and development, preferably within the nonprofit sector.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends, as needed, for events.