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Education Director - NatureBridge Yosemite Campus

  • September 29, 2021 1:10 PM
    Message # 11129514

    Who We Are:

    NatureBridge provides 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.

    What You Will Do:

    As the Education Director of our Yosemite Campus, you will report to the National Director of Education and 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 initiatives. This 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.

    Who You Are:

    • Flexible, creative, and strategic.

    • Have a growth mindset, and 4+ years of experience leading successful and collaborative teams.

    • Demonstrated 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.

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

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

    • Inspired by NatureBridge’s mission and value the development of environmental literacy through environmental science and nature education.

    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. Please apply by October 22nd to be considered for our first round of screening interviews.

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