Education Director
Job Details
Yosemite - El Portal, CA
Full Time
Not Specified
$65,000.00 Salary/year
Up to 25%

What You Will Do:

As the Education Director of our Yosemite Campus, you will be responsible for overseeing the quality and consistency of educational programming for students who attend our Yosemite programs. You will lead the Yosemite Education Team and represent the Education Department in cross-departmental work on campus, as well as in nation-wide organizational initiativesThis job requires regular attendance on campus in El Portal or Yosemite Valley, but does allow for some time to be spent working from home.

Your primary job will be to:

  • Support educational programming as NatureBridge re-emerges from COVID dormancy

  • Provide leadership to the Yosemite Education Team, including culturally-relevant supervision and coaching of Educators and Education Managers. You will supervise up to 3 Education Managers and up to 10 Educators.

  • Foster a positive and inclusive work community culture, and establish supportive relationships with staff, volunteers, and participants.

  • Ensure high-quality educational programming and act as a resource on pedagogical theory and best practices, especially about Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), and topics such as inquiry-based learning, diversity and equity, and responsible environmental behavior

  • Use the lens of our Equity, Inclusion & Diversity framework to drive personal, professional, and departmental goals.

  • Direct the growth and continuous improvement of the Yosemite campus curriculum, programs, and education staff

  • Work with our National Park partners and represent NatureBridge in our local and regional communities

  • Support development efforts, including cultivating potential donors, attending development functions, and monitoring grant budgets and reporting.


Working Conditions

This job operates both in a professional office environment and in an outdoor setting. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to regularly stand; walk up to 7 miles on uneven terrain; sit; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities.

Who You Are:

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are flexible, creative, and strategic.

  • Have a growth mindset for yourself and your staff, and have 4-10 years of experience leading successful and collaborative teams.

  • 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.

  • Can effectively balance priorities while managing multiple staff, projects, and deliverables; you can make the hard call when necessary and communicate your reasoning clearly.

  • Are experienced with crisis and risk management and know how to support staff in dealing with incidents in the outdoors.

  • Are inspired by NatureBridges mission and value the development of environmental literacy through environmental science and nature education.

*All NatureBridge employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Final shot must occur 15 days or more before start date. Here is the link to our full policy: NatureBridge COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Why should you join the NatureBridge team at Yosemite?

  • 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 Yosemite National Park with dedicated, passionate team members.

  • You want to be part of an organization that is invested in creating equitable and inclusive environments for staff and participants.



Salary: $65,000; includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement plan, and generous vacation and paid sick leave policy. This position is considered Exempt. 


How To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter addressed to National Education Director, Meg Jakubowski (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 Director role. The application deadline is October 22nd.

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.