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Rising Leaders Manager

Website Grand Canyon Trust

To safeguard the wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Pl

Application deadline: Monday, March 27, 2023, at 5 p.m. MST

Anticipated start date: May 22 or May 30, 2023

About the position

Do you want to get more young people involved in conservation?

We’re looking for a new team member to support and coordinate a variety of young-leader-centered programs at the Grand Canyon Trust, from internships, to environmental justice workshops, to Indigenous youth river trips, to service learning projects and more.

At the Trust, we believe young leaders are the key to lasting environmental and social change. Our Rising Leaders Program is rooted in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and focuses on developing young Indigenous leaders. The rising leaders manager will work with the community engagement team and other programs at the Trust to give young people (ages 15 to 30) opportunities to dive into conservation and environmental justice advocacy, learn about climate change and its impacts on Native communities, and connect to the landscape and each other.

The ideal candidate will understand that building the Rising Leaders Program requires both lived experience with Indigenous communities and a commitment to building lasting relationships with partners, organizers, and change-makers within Indigenous communities. We are looking for someone who thrives in collaborative spaces and wants to help young leaders take the next step in their career and advocacy journeys.

What does this position entail?

Educate, train, and support young leaders on the Colorado Plateau.

  • Design and facilitate place-based curriculum for LeaderShift, an intensive environmental justice training program.
  • Collaborate with community partners and program staff to execute community-based projects.
  • Help coordinate the Trust internship program and mentor interns.
  • Plan and lead an eight-day river trip through the Grand Canyon with Indigenous young leaders and adult knowledge holders.
  • Design and lead online programming.
  • Facilitate conversations about historic and generational trauma; create healing spaces that are responsive and reflective.

Build the Rising Leaders Program and increase awareness and participation.

  • Develop and execute a recruitment strategy for rural, tribal schools and communities on the Colorado Plateau.
  • Creatively share stories coming out of the Rising Leaders Program.
  • Prioritize the needs of young people by enlisting feedback from Rising Leaders alumni who serve on the Rising Leaders Advisory Council.

Collaborate with team members effectively.

  • Design and iterate curriculum for field-based and online programs.
  • Manage five to six projects simultaneously.
  • Identify new project ideas, research and experiment with new tools, and bring these learnings to our team.
  • Facilitate debriefs after every project to ensure major learnings are captured and incorporated into future planning.
  • Work with our communications and development teams to articulate the goals and successes of the Rising Leaders Program.

Do you have what it takes?

  • Experience working or living within Indigenous communities of the Colorado Plateau.
  • Experience working successfully with young people who represent a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Commitment to leading with humility when entering diverse communities and cultures.
  • Project leadership experience – seeing projects through from start to finish, delegating tasks, ensuring accountability, and staying within budgets.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Expertise in curriculum and education programming design.
  • Highly competent facilitation skills, especially with groups of young people.
  • Trip leading and risk management experience (includes planning logistics, safety precautions, food, gear, and transportation).
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain lasting relationships with community partners, young leaders, and/or supporters.
  • Ability to work some weekends, long days, and holidays when leading field-based trips.
  • Commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Note that experience includes lived experience, traditional knowledge, volunteer experience, school or coursework, work experience, and other related qualifications, skills, and experience.

No candidate will meet every requirement. If you’re excited about the position and think you may be a good candidate, we encourage you to apply.

The nitty-gritty

  • Flexibility and paid time off
  • Flexible scheduling and option to work from home
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Two weeks paid vacation in year one (three weeks in year two, and four weeks in year four)
  • Two weeks paid sick leave
  • 12-14 weeks of paid parental leave


  • 100 percent employer-paid employee medical and dental insurance (50 percent employer-paid for qualified dependent premiums)
  • 4 percent automatic employer contribution to 401K retirement plan, plus up to 2 percent match
  • Employer-paid long-term disability insurance and life insurance
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Paid community service time, sabbatical leave, and more


Flagstaff, Arizona


Up to $55,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Who would my supervisor be?

Audrey Kruse, community engagement director

COVID-19 precautions

COVID vaccination is required for this position. If you need a reasonable accommodation, contact

How do I apply?

Please send your resume and cover letter to The application deadline is Monday, March 27, at 5 p.m. MST. If you need a reasonable accommodation, contact

The Grand Canyon Trust is an equal opportunity employer, and we are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in every aspect of our organization. We work actively to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of identity including but not limited to: Race, ethnicity, gender, parental status, national origin, age, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We actively seek diversity in our candidate pools. Applicants of all identities are encouraged to apply.

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