Winter Outdoor Recreation Internship, Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports

Steamboat Springs, CO

Job Title: Winter Outdoor Recreation Internship 

Organization: Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports

Location: Steamboat Springs, CO

Organization Overview: With a mission to empower and enrich people’s lives through adaptive recreational activities, STARS (Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports) was founded in 2007 to provide recreational programming and training to individuals with disabilities. Currently striving to increase participants’ independence while focusing on their abilities rather than disabilities. STARS accepts participants as young as the age of 5, with any disability. They focus on a safe, fun learning environment where they can achieve their goals! 

In 2021-22 the volunteer‐based program served 438 participants with 2,700 lessons through more than 5,000 volunteer lesson hours utilizing over 80 volunteer instructors. These lessons were provided in skiing, snowboarding, biking, camping, kayaking, horseback riding, and much more. 

Position Overview: The Winter Outdoor Recreation Intern’s role with STARS is to learn and work as a professional in the field while assisting with all aspects of winter programming and administration. The intern will be supervised by the Program Manager who will provide exposure to all areas of adaptive outdoor recreation. The intern is expected to have completed most if not all required educational coursework to be prepared to work in the field. Working alongside the Program Manager, the winter interns will be expected to assist in all areas of programming including but not limited to in-person delivery of programs, planning, and preparing for future programs, administrative duties, working with volunteers, coordinating programs, and much more. 

In addition, the winter intern will assist in the operations of various ongoing STARS overnight camps including youth and adult programs, military camps, skill development programs, and fundraising events. 

This internship is designed to provide the best educational, hands-on experience to adequately prepare you to be a professional in the field. 

Desired Qualifications:

  •  The candidate should be a current junior, senior, or recently graduated undergraduate student with interest in serving others in outdoor recreational activities. They offer a unique and fast paced work environment set in the beautiful Yampa Valley in Northwest Colorado.
  • STARS offers internships to students studying the following fields: Outdoor Education, Recreation, Recreation for Special Populations, Health & Exercise Science, Nonprofit Management, Program Administration & Management, Psychology, Sociology & Physical Education, Development/Fundraising, and other related fields. 


  • Winter Outdoor Recreation Interns MUST be an intermediate level skier/snowboarder.
  • Also, candidates must be organized and detailed oriented with a strong work ethic and be able to work independently. Given the nature of the work, all interns will be subject to a background check. 


  • STARS provides furnished housing at the co‐ed STARS Intern House 
  • STARS provides a stipend of $1600 payable in monthly increments to assist with living expenses 
  • Have fun while building your resume and meeting new people!

Application Deadline: October 1

How to Apply: Email a resume and cover letter. Please indicate winter internship in the subject line of your email. Submit to: 

Ron Southworth| Program Director
888‐330‐1454 Ext:115