We’re Hiring! Full-time Program Manager

  • REPORTS TO: Executive Director 
  • LOCATION: Bonners County or Western Sanders County  
  • CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt 
  • START:  Ideally in early September 2022 



The Program Manager will lead on managing FSPW’s outreach, education, and stewardship programs. This position will have the primary oversight of trail stewardship in the summer, youth outdoor education in the winter, and our guided hikes program all year long. In addition, this position will plan and assist other community engagement events across the region.  

The position will require exceptional communication skills, experienced leadership, and a deep understanding of Wilderness and traditional tool use. The position requires a high level of enthusiasm for physically-taxing work outside, including trail work in the summer and outdoor education with youth in the winter. The successful candidate will bring managerial, coordination, teaching and supervisory skills. They will posess a team-oriented spirit and a deep passion for Wilderness.

Manage Stewardship and Outdoor Education Programs (70%) 

  • Plan, implement and manage Trail Maintenance/Stewardship program. Includes coordination with the Idaho Panhandle and Kootenai National Forests and partner organizations (including Idaho Trails Association); plan season goals and objectives, project calendar; train and empower volunteer crew leaders; recruit, train, deploy, and thank volunteer crew leaders and volunteer crew members; maintain our tool cache. 
  • Plan, implement and manage Trail Ambassador program. Includes coordination with Idaho Panhandle National Forest and Idaho Department of Fish and Game; plan season schedule, and recruit, train, deploy, and thank volunteers. 
  • Lead on and coordinate with other staff, FSPW’s winter and summer hike series. Specifically, identify and recruit volunteer hike leaders. 
  • Oversee Winter Tracks program. Includes coordination with schools and venue(s); setting dates; recruiting, managing and thanking volunteers. This includes telling the Winter Tracks story and engaging with the schools to expand the impact beyond the single field day. Coordinate with FSPW’s Lincoln County and Sanders County outreach coordinators on logistics and reporting of objectives for entire Winter Tracks program across all three counties. 
  • Look for outdoor education opportunities with local youth, beyond Winter Tracks. Examples include participation in events with schools and Head Start; taking students on early season trail days, partnering with youth-focused organizations on outings and learning opportunities. 

Bonner County Outreach and Fundraising Events (20%) 

  • Be the lead person on coordinating some outreach and educational events and assist with other events.
  • Support annual events which may include: Anniversary event, State of the Scotchmans, Wild Night for Wilderness, aid station for CHAFE 150 
  • Other events as needed or appropriate 

Communications and Community Building (5%) 

  • Represent FSPWs mission and values within our local community and within the wilderness stewardship and advocacy community 
  • Represent FSPW at conferences and gatherings as appropriate 
  • Occasional blog writing and sporadic social media postings 
  • Create Listserve messages, specifically around program volunteer recruitment and events 
  • Organize recruitment events or attend events to recruit volunteers 
  • Assist with developing recruitment materials, both print and digital 
  • Be available for interviews with the media including an occasional radio interview 

Administration (5%) 

  • Attend weekly and quarterly staff meeting 
  • Collect and compile data and narrative info for annual and grant reports and other media 
  • Work with the Executive Director and supervisor to develop annual program budgets 
  • Develop, implement, refine, and improve policies and procedures to ensure safety in the field and satisfaction and retention of volunteers  

QUALIFICATIONS – This position will require: 

  • Minimum 2 years of experience working collaboratively with other staff managing, training, and supervising volunteers 
  • Minimum 2 years of experience managing stewardship, education or outreach programs 
  • Ability to travel regularly in Montana and Idaho, year-round, usually for a day, but occasionally longer for multi-day projects or conferences 
  • Have dependable transportation, insurance and a valid drivers’ license 
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with staff, board, external partners (non-profit groups and agencies), volunteers, community members, and others 
  • Experience with reporting and budgeting 
  • Experience with multiple social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 
  • High level of physical fitness and ability to lift 50 lbs. or more and walk 5 to 10+ miles daily in a backcountry setting, carrying a fully loaded backpack and tools 

Highly desired qualifications include:  

  • Minimum 2 years of experience managing a trails stewardship program in Wilderness or recommended Wilderness and working in partnership with the US Forest Service 
  • Experience training others in traditional tool use in a wilderness setting 
  • Crosscut saw certification 
  • Experience working for a non-profit 
  • Experience in developing or teaching a curriculum for students from elementary to high school age 


  • Start in September 2022 
  • Full-time, salaried, 40 hours per week  
  • Based in the Sandpoint office with frequent field days, especially in the summer 
  • Working from a remote location some days is possible 
  • Some evenings and weekends required, especially in the summer 


Salary: $38,000 to $44,000 DOE with potential for merit-based raise at end of first year  

Benefits: Full and ¾-time employees are eligible for: 

  • Paid Time Off based on length of service and starting at 15 days per year 
  • 10 Paid Holidays 
  • A SIMPLE retirement plan with employer matching up to 3% 
  • Flexible work schedule & work environment 


Submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references combined into a single PDF file to info@scotchmanpeaks.org Subject line: Program Manager. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, Priority will be given to applications received on or before July 5th, 2022. The cover letter should be no more than one page and:

  • Explain how your experiences and skills qualify you for this position 
  • Tell us about your interest in our area, conservation and Wilderness 
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