Nature Education Director

Organization:

Wild Bear Nature Center

Location:

Nederland, CO

Deadline:

Contact:

Jill Dreves

Lead Wild Bear’s Education Team in development, implementing and evaluating all educational programs at Wild Bear Nature Center including:

  • School Year Youth Program;
  • Summer Youth Camp;
  • Outreach programs;
  • Adult and Family Workshops; and
  • Nature Center Exhibit 

Job Responsibilities:

Administrative

  • Set goals to increase participation by 25% over 2018 levels per Wild Bear strategic plan
  • Staff all programs appropriately by Wild Bear and State Standards
  • Hire staff and recruit volunteers with Director of Operations to appropriately staff school year and summer programs. Hiring decisions are made with Executive Director and Director of Operations.
  • Maintain Staff and volunteer files
  • Provide evaluations of  EVERY program, including school groups for feedback. Review evaluations with staff to set goals for improvement.
  • Represent Wild Bear in County and Regional education opportunities
  • Maintain all standards and files to meet State Child Care Licensing regulations.
  • Communicate with parents: registration, upcoming programs, children’s records
  • Review all files and maintain emergency information to inform all staff
  • With Office Manager, market all programs through social media, constant contact, website, flyers, public opportunities and brochures as appropriate.  Goal of marketing all education programs at least 3 months in advance of program.

Education 

  • Supervise, train and support all education staff and volunteers. 
  • Lead staff to plan and implement creative and cutting edge nature programs for all ages through cutting edge models (inquiry based, age appropriate, arts integrated) of children’s nature education 
  • Integrate all seasonal and environmental “events” into children’s programs, including astronomical, seasonal local nature “events” to note
  • Maintain (with Executive Director) expenses within fiscal year budget 
  • Develop and train staff to deliver formalized programs to be delivered to schools and other groups
  • Familiarize and adopt Wild Bear behavioral management strategies and enhance strategies for “Teaching and discipline with Dignity” models
  • Direct education staff to organize and enhance all educational materials, kits and guides to provide support to education staff. Enhance materials with newest guides and materials
  • Solicit/engage experts to enhance children’s programs, considering overlap with adult/family workshops

Program breakdown of responsibilities

School Year Educational Programs

  • Develop Themes and Curriculum with team for School Year Youth Programs, including After-School Program (ASP), Full Days, Bear Cubs and Kinder Nature
  • Oversight of all State Child Care Licensing regulations: ratios, mandatory drills, visitor’s log, reviewing children’s files for complete requirements, staff training (cpr, first aid, universal precautions, fema, etc), sign in logs are properly signed and filed). 
  • Reviewing children files for health and emergency information to share/highlight with pertinent staff
  • Support staff with materials/planning of programs to be creative and mission aligned
  • Responsible for sharing information with marketing at least 3 months (5 months for summer camp) prior to programs
  • Interview, train, and supervise all college interns and volunteers; schedule and facilitate evaluations to ensure an excellent experience for all
  • Oversight of maintenance of files for all interns and volunteers
  • Supervise, evaluate, and coordinate schedule for ASP and Full-Day instructors
  • Plan and implement staff meetings, end-of-semester celebrations, and ASP Family Nights
  • Communicate and schedule with local organizations/artists/etc. to enhance programs through field trips, visitors, and material donations
  • Evaluate effectiveness and excellence of programs by creating surveys and questionnaires for program parents 
  • Evaluate effectiveness and excellence of programs by observing instructors in action and communicating directly the strengths and weaknesses of their program
  • Responsible for monitoring the inventory and care of all Youth Program materials, as well as ordering/picking up supplies when necessary; maintaining a small budget for these materials and ensuring that all materials and projects are mission aligned and low-impact
  • Effective and consistent communication with all parents of all programs.

Summer Program

  • Develops and supervises Summer Camp
  • Assist with marketing development, coordinating program themes, distributing summer workshop marketing materials at least 5 months in advance of program
  • Develop and maintain educational materials and support staff in utilizing materials for program planning and implementation.
  • Recruit, interview, perform reference checks, and hire all summer interns and instructors in collaboration with ED
  • Responsible for ensuring files are complete, including performing background checks for all staff and sending/receiving required paperwork (contracts, employee information forms, child abuse reporting, W-4, resumes and cover letters, references, handbook acknowledgement form) with ED
  • Plan and co-lead training week for summer staff the week prior to the first day of camp, 
  • Communicate with staff: dates/agenda for training week, policies/procedures
  • Schedule First Aid, CPR, and Universal Precautions Training for staff when necessary
  • Secure all Forest Service permits and execute all follow up reports to USFS
  • Create the Summer Staff Schedule to ensure interns are rotating weekly in order to experience assisting all age-groups and instructors
  • Coordinate schedule changes with staff and interns: provide firm policies regarding schedule changes
  • Create and review staff evaluations, schedule one-on-one reviews with interns and staff
  • Effective and consistent communication with all parents of all programs.
  • Be available to shuttle staff and boulder based staff as support supervisor
  • Teach programs if necessary

Outreach Programs

  • Communicate with outreach staff regarding any scheduled outreach programs
  • Support Outreach Staff to plan and implement all group programs
  • Evaluate all outreach programs and encourage staff to set goals based on results

Adult and Family Workshops:

  • Recruit and schedule adult and family workshops throughout the year including special programs for summer camp that include the community
  • Schedule staff to assist with implementation of Adult and family workshops

Nature Education Director Profile

  • Understand and apply Wild Bear’s mission, vision and values to all activities
  • Creative and innovative teaching style and innately loves educating people of all ages
  • High energy and enthusiastic
  • Strong positive leader with positive, fun and energetic personality
  • Proven track record developing and leading nature education for all ages
  • High standard of excellence
  • Creative and proven ability to integrate the arts and creative projects into nature programs
  • Excellent organizational skills and follows up in a timely manner
  • Excellent communication skills with staff and constituents
  • Takes the ball and runs: self motivated with excellent follow through
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time
  • Models excellent teaching strategies and supports staff to become excellent educators
  • Seeks out training to improve and enhance leadership in programs and program development
  • Flexible and able to step into teach when necessary
  • Strong work ethic with the dedication to getting the job done with a “can do” attitude and model to all other staff

Qualifications

Degree in the field of education or alternative applicable field

At least 5 years in the field of developing and implementing environmental education

3 Positive References from supervisors in the field of education

Clean FBI background checks

 

Compensation

$40,000 annual salary + Benefits

Application process

Send Cover Letter, Resume and 3 positive references 

Please no phone calls