Summer Intern

Deer Hill Expeditions

Mancos, Colorado

Job Type Paid Internship
Salary Details $1,870 stipend
Required Experience 0 - 1 years
One of the beautiful "offices" we work in.

Deer Hill’s Internship Program is an essential element of the Deer Hill community, both in spirit and in hard work. Interns live onsite and support Deer Hill programs and operations by preparing equipment, packing supplies, repairing gear, maintaining facilities, and facilitating resupplies. This internship offers a unique perspective and opportunity for interaction in the community of outdoor education. Interns work alongside field staff during transitions and resupplies, they help participants get outfitted with gear from our store, they work alongside our kitchen staff preparing meals, and they work with our Facility Manager preparing vehicles for use. With hands-on experience and guidance from Deer Hill administrative staff, Interns learn about the logistics and systems to facilitate multi-element wilderness expeditions and cross-cultural service projects.

Upon completion of the internship program, exceptional and motivated interns  may be invited back to work with Deer Hill in an Assistant Instructor or Instructor role. 


  • 8 interns live and work on site at Deer Hill for the season.
  • Responsibilities include: food packing, resupply, pack out, de-issue, driving, gear repair and maintenance, cooking, cleaning, administrative work and facility projects to upkeep Basecamp.
  • Internship is logistic and operation focused.
  • Weekly schedule varies to accommodate programming needs.


  • May 29 – August 21 2024


  • 20 years of age minimum.
  • Able to work legally in the United States.
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Ability to pass criminal background checks.
  • Able to carry 50 pounds.
  • Able to commit to the duration of the internship. ­
  • Comfortable driving long distances and camping.
  • Able to live and work cooperatively with others.
  • Effective communication with people different from themselves.
  • Willing to work long hours.
  • Ability to take initiative and produce results
  • Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Deer Hill Expeditions. 
  • Experience or a willingness to learn gear repair.


  • Lodging provided.
  • Supplemental food and meals available.
  • Access to pro purchase programs.
  • Join Summer Field Training (~5 day backcountry experience).
  • Additional learning opportunities in Outdoor Education available.
  • $1,870 stipend.

Hiring Timeline:

  • We review applications on a rolling basis. You can expect to hear from us within 1-2  weeks of submitting your completed application. Interviews on Google Meets typically occur within the following week. Following the interview, we reach out to candidates with a final decision a maximum of 2 weeks later. 


Fill out the application through our website here, please make sure to address any pertinent experience, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to this position. Feel free to email operations@deerhillexpeditions.com  with any questions!

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Outdoor Recreation