The Outdoor Recreation Economy program at CU Boulder provides learners with a variety of opportunities to expand their knowledge and advance their careers in the outdoor recreation industry. The program’s flexible options allow students to engage in a way that fits both their career goals and budget. Students in the program become innovative leaders, foster sustainable business operations, govern and promote access to public lands, and leverage outdoor amenities to grow local, sustainable economies.

Job Summaries

The Outdoor Recreation Economy program regularly hires faculty, staff, and students throughout the academic year based on the needs of the program. Below is a listing of our position types, including the posting locations and application procedures.

Faculty & Staff

Job postings for ORE Faculty & Staff, when available, are posted directly to CU's internal job board and/or the external CU Careers website.


Each term ORE hires temporary faculty to instruct one or more online courses, participate in course development, advise students, recruit instructors and guest lecturers for courses, participate in faculty meetings, and/or evaluate courses for academic quality, subject matter and professional relevance. These positions are part-time usually ranging from 6% - 50% (1 – 6 credit hours).

What You Should Know

These appointments are temporary in nature and for one term only. The terms are defined as Fall Term, Spring Term or Summer Session. 

What We Require

A minimum of a Master’s Degree in the course material is required as is knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in the role. 

What We Can Offer

Compensation ranges from $3,000 – 12,500 depending on level of education, experience, and percent time.

How to Apply

Please contact Mark Gasta at for more information.

Student Employees

ORE hires students to assist with program administration and provide support to faculty and staff. These students will have the unique opportunity to work alongside faculty and staff and get an inside look at program operations. While each ORE student employee will have an individual set of duties, they will also share a collective set of responsibilities. As student employees positions become available, they will be posted below. 

Outdoor Recreation Economy GSA position 

Graduate Student Assistant (Assistant IV)

Academic Year 2023-24

Key Responsibilities 

The Outdoor Recreation Economy program is seeking a tech-savvy student to serve as the fully remote ORE Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) to assist with staff support in creating and facilitating student engagement opportunities in Academic Year 2023-2024. This is an opportunity for someone who would enjoy working with faculty and staff, is creative, highly organized, and wants to learn more about the outdoor recreation economy sector.

The ORE GSA will report to Pilar Devolx, Program Manager, and will support other faculty and staff members in the ORE program. 

Responsibilities for this position will include:

  • Create and post content for ORE social media (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Conduct interviews and draft articles for student/alumni features for the News section on the ORE website
  • Attend Information Sessions and Open Houses to share current student perspectives (if ORE student)
  • Conduct phone calls with prospective students who request the current perspective (if ORE student)
  • Assist in the creation and curation of original content for several ORE-branded communication channels, which include Canvas courses, newsletters, Slack, and LinkedIn, among others
  • Facilitate the students' coffee hours

This position has no grading responsibilities and the GSA will not have access to students’ academic work.

Time Commitment & Work Hours

The time commitment is 10 hours/week. Hours will generally be between 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., M-F. This position offers the opportunity to work fully remotely via Zoom, and may also support in-person work at the ORE program office on the CU Boulder East Campus, if desired. The schedule is flexible and will be determined in consultation with Pilar Devolx.

The ORE GSA must be available during the following periods:

  • Fall Semester: October 17 - December 16, 2023
  • Spring Semester: January 16 - May 5, 2023
  • Summer Term: May 15 – August 25, 2023

This position sits within the ORE graduate program which is part of the Masters of the Environment graduate program, within the Environmental Studies program at CU Boulder. The position is open to ORE or MENV Graduate Students.

What We Can Offer

The hourly wage for this position starts at $20/hour for approximately 10 hours/week. This position starts in October 2023 and continues through August 2024. More information on Student Employee benefits can be found here.

What We Require

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Desired Qualifications

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Social media, design, original content development, and/or marketing copywriting experience;
  • Excellent proficiency with virtual and classroom technology, including Zoom, Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides), PowerPoint, Canvas, MS Office Suite (Outlook, Teams, Calendar), and willingness to learn new tools; 
  • Excellent research and task management skills to support multiple faculty that may have different needs and communication styles;
  • Comfortable with adhering to and communicating academic policies and procedures, as relevant to the role;

How to Apply

Please email Pilar Devolx at with the following:

  • Resume; 
  • Response to application questions listed below; 
  • Links to any examples of your social media writing or other digital marketing examples you may have created.

Application Questions

  1. Please describe your level of proficiency with virtual technology, including Zoom, Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides), PowerPoint, Canvas, Social Media, and Social Media Management Tools, and your willingness to learn new tools.
  2. Please share a piece of your writing that demonstrates your writing and communication style.
  3. Please share and explain at least two ideas to increase student engagement among ORE students, knowing that it is a fully remote and mostly asynchronous program.