The Arizona Trail Association seeks to hire Youth Outreach & Education Assistants in Southern and Northern Arizona

Seeds of Stewardship

In an effort to engage youth in the organization’s mission, diversify the trail community, and inspire the next generation of trail stewards, the Seeds of Stewardship program was created in 2012. The mission of the Seeds of Stewardship program is to provide educational and meaningful nature experiences that empower youth to become the stewards of Arizona’s nature.

Two Coordinators and Assistants are employed within the primary gateway communities of Tucson and Flagstaff.  The program engages elementary school, middle school and high school age youth within communities statewide using a proven three-tiered approach of experience, education, and stewardship. Northern Arizona’s Coordinator and Assistant are based in Flagstaff and partners with 8 to 10 schools between Payson and Page, with a primary focus in the Flagstaff area. Southern Arizona’s Coordinator and Assistant are based in Tucson and partners with 10 to 12 schools between Globe-Miami and Patagonia, with a primary focus in the Tucson Area.

All programs are provided at no cost to schools, with the ATA covering all expenses associated with staff compensation, transportation, educational materials, healthy snacks, compensation for school to hire a substitute teacher (when requested), swag for participants, and  other resources, materials and tools as needed. Our goal is to eliminate all barriers to participation so that youth can explore trails close to home, connect with landscapes on a deeper level, and be actively involved in the stewardship of public lands and the Arizona Trail. Program goals include 5-10 outings per youth group per school year (or semester, depending on school preference and Coordinator’s schedule). Experience, education and stewardship is blended during each trip.

More information about the Seeds of Stewardship program can be found online here.

Reading outing reports online and visiting our social media pages are ideal ways to learn about the program, the schools we have been working with, and typical outings and destinations.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist in organizing and leading outings (day trips, work projects, and optional multi-day backcountry trips) and manage logistics associated with outings (transportation, food, routes, activities, materials, etc.).
  • Assist in the development of environmental education lessons.
  • Document outings through photographs.
  • Assist with managing Seeds of Stewardships Instagram (@aztsos) by uploading photos from trips within the week they were held.
  • Report hours biweekly to Administrative Director and Coordinator.
  • Submit credit card receipts by the first day of each month.
  • Be an exemplary representative of the Arizona Trail Association and its mission.
  • Routine cleaning and maintenance of the Seeds of Stewardship Ford Transit 15-passenger van, and storage unit.
  • Other duties as assigned by Coordinator and Executive Director.


  • $20/hour during the school year (maximum of 30 hours/week). Schedule is flexible and sometimes highly variable.
  • $0.56/mile for personal vehicle use


  • Arizona Trail gear (shirt, hat, socks, bandana, guidebook and other swag)
  • Full tuition for advanced wilderness medical certification (Wilderness First Responder is preferred for this position)
  • 50% off all Arizona Trail merchandise sold through the ATA
  • Pro deal discounts through select manufacturers (Kühl, Big Agnes, etc.)
  • Use of credit card for all program expenses
  • Additional benefits may be available after a six-month evaluation

Skills & Experience

The ideal candidate has education and experience in the following fields:

  • Education, including curriculum development and lesson planning
  • Earth sciences
  • Place-based outdoor education
  • Outdoor leadership
  • Youth development
  • Natural and cultural resource management
  • Trail maintenance, public lands management, and/or volunteerism
  • Sustainability
  • Leave No Trace ethics
  • Driving 15 passenger vans

Applicant must have strong written and verbal communication skills in English. Proficiency in Spanish and/or native languages is beneficial.


Applicant must pass a criminal background check and have an exemplary driving record. Applicant must enjoy working with youth, have a broad base of outdoor skills, and be able to work independently without direct supervision. Applicant must have current certification in Wilderness First Aid or more advanced wilderness medicine, or be able to obtain certification before accepting the position.

To Apply

The Arizona Trail Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by sending the following documents by email to Matthew Nelson, Executive Director (

  • Letter of Interest
  • Current curriculum vitae with relevant education, professional experience, and current certifications
  • Three references, including name, telephone number, email, and context of professional connection

Applications will be accepted immediately and the position will remain open until filled – ideally before the 2022-23 school year begins in August. Interviews will be conducted in person or by video conference. Qualified applicants can expect two to three interviews. If you enjoy working outdoors with youth and are interested in a leadership position within a nonprofit organization making a big impact on individuals, families and communities throughout Arizona, please apply today.