Education Manager
Job Details
Olympic National Park - Port Angeles, WA
$47,000.00 - $53,000.00

Who We Are:

NatureBridge provides best-in-class environmental science education experiences for more than 30,000 students and their teachers every year in the world’s best classrooms: our National Parks. Our mission is to connect young people to the science and wonder of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet. Through our programs, students explore the outdoors, connect with their peers, discover themselves and develop a lasting relationship with science and the environment around them.

We believe that nature is inclusive to all beings and that diversity is fundamental to the ecological health of our planet. Our work—connecting young people to themselves, each other, science and the natural world—must be as inclusive and diverse as our national park classrooms. At NatureBridge, we examine when and how forms of inequity appear in our programs and workplace. We listen, learn and aim to change individual mindsets and organizational practices to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to thrive at NatureBridge. 

Our Core Values reflect this: We are inclusive. We create an equitable, welcoming and empowering learning and working environment for all people. For more information, visit our website.

What You Will Do:

The Education Manager coordinates the supervision, support, training and coaching of Environmental Science Educators in curriculum, pedagogy, risk management and program logistics. They work with other NatureBridge campuses and other members of the Olympic administrative team. Together, this team is responsible for managing the education staff, overseeing systems and supporting the day-to-day operation of NatureBridge educational programs. 

This job requires regular attendance on campus in Olympic National Park, and cannot be performed remotely. 

Your primary job will be to:

  • Supervise up to 10 educators as direct reports, and support all educators with coaching and overall supervision, including training, scheduling, and conflict management; observe and provide focused feedback to educators
  • Assist the Education Director in staff development and curriculum design, and stay informed on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and topics such as inquiry-based learning, diversity and equity, and responsible environmental behavior
  • Foster a positive and inclusive work community culture, and establish supportive relationships with staff, volunteers, and participants.
  • Use the lens of our Equity, Inclusion & Diversity framework to drive personal, professional, and departmental goals
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other departments to support risk management, facilities use, payroll, and educator housing
  • Act as the Day Manager and the rotating Manager on Call during programs, and support NatureBridge emergency response in the field
  • Substitute for educators in the field
  • Oversee the development of science and stewardship curriculum and lead in training educators in the facilitation of science investigations and data sharing; be in charge of NatureBridge science equipment
  • Support science education grants with tracking and recording data, managing and supporting deliverables, provide data to the Development team, and managing grant funds

Compensation:

  • $47-53,000/year
  • This is 10.5 month position and includes an unpaid furlough from Mid November - Early February.
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Eligible for a 403b retirement fund and employer matching
  • Generous paid vacation and sick leave
  • Other benefits include Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and more

Who You Are:

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Have 2+ years of programming experience in environmental science and camp education, with an emphasis on NGSS, BEETLES/inquiry methodology, and other current trends in science education

  • Approach themselves and others with a growth mindset, and have 1+ years of experience on successful and collaborative teams, including coaching experience

  • Demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion in education, and creating positive community work culture. We especially encourage you to apply if you have lived experience as a member of (or extensive experience working with people from) any communities that are impacted by the historic and current system of oppression that has limited access to environmental education, or the outdoors in general

  • Prioritize relationship-building and professional integrity, and are able to communicate with clarity, compassion, and accuracy

  • Possess a valid Wilderness First Responder certification or a willingness to acquire one

  • Value NatureBridges mission and the development of environmental literacy through environmental science and nature education

  • Have either a Bachelors degree in environmental science or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Have a valid Drivers License

*All NatureBridge Employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Final shot must occur 15 days or more before the start date. Here is the link to our full policy: NatureBridge COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. You must also pass a background check in order to be eligible for employment.

 

Why should you join the NatureBridge team at Olympic?

  • You want to work for a mission-driven organization that values your contributions and supports you in making a positive impact on youth and the environment

  • You will work in a beautiful setting in Olympic National Park with dedicated, passionate team members

  • You want to be part of an organization that is invested in growth, self-examination, and creating equitable and inclusive environments for staff and participants

How To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter addressed to Education Director, Christina Wheeler (Ms.) to our online Career Portal. In your cover letter, please tell us why you want to work for NatureBridge and how your work experience sets you up for success in the Education Manager role.

NatureBridge connects over 35,000 students and 600 schools each year to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet.
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