Outdoor Programs: Develop, Improve, and Align (30%)
Design and improve CGE educational programs, ensuring they align with the organization’s mission, vision, and values. Working closely with CGE Leadership Team and school partners, create new programs that incorporate science, art, culture, personal growth, teamwork, and more. Our programs include day trips and multi-week expeditions.
Incorporate outdoor and experiential education best practices into CGE programs.
Create digital and physical resources for field staff.
Communicate effectively with program staff and operations staff to ensure field programs function at a high level.
Ensure program design incorporates best practices to manage and mitigate risk in outdoor settings; help train staff on risk management practices.
School Partnerships (30%)
Act as the main point of contact for our school partners.
Alongside our school partners, create programs that align with their goals and CGE’s mission, vision, and values. This may include aligning CGE programs with state or national standards and/or explaining how our programs meet the required standards.
Recruit new schools to partner with CGE.
Write reports about the successes and challenges of our programs for school partners and funders.
Develop and implement systems to gather feedback from school partners and CGE staff. Use that feedback to improve programs and strengthen relationships.
Staff Leadership and Training (30%)
Supervise 1-3 permanent staff members; potentially supervise seasonal staff on a short-term basis
Train CGE staff on how to implement our programs, and how to teach effectively in outdoor settings to different age groups. Our staff trainings occur 2-4 times per year, and include multiple nights in the field at our Basecamp or camping in New Mexico.
As part of the Leadership Team, act as an organizational role model; provide administrative and field support to respond to unexpected and challenging situations.
Collaborate to stay current, implement, and evaluate our risk management plan and enforce the rules and regulations that are key to the safety and well-being of the program participants, and the preservation and appreciation of the land in its natural state.
Play an active role in understanding and implementing consistent policies, practices, and culture.
Assist with staff recruiting and hiring.
Work with the Leadership Team to develop and improve systems that benefit all Cottonwood Gulch programs.
Participate in the Cottonwood Gulch On Call system.
Administrative and other duties (10%)
Help create and manage budgets for CGE expeditions, especially our school partners.
Collaborate with the administrative team to develop aspects of the organization’s annual and seasonal financial budgets and goals.
Assist in finding and writing grants to support CGE school partnerships.
Work with land managing agencies and CGE operations staff to secure and administer special use permits
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age by the position start date and possess a valid driver’s license. Must have a clean driving history and be able to meet the criteria for CGE vehicle insurance coverage.
At least five years of experience in education, classroom teaching, outdoor teaching, and/or curriculum development with a diverse population of students.
Must be able to spend multiple days at a time in the field, including overnight hours. Work hours are sometimes outside of traditional office hours during the warmer months.
Experience as an outdoor educator or similar role, managing risk, supervising other field staff, and independently running programs.
Strong organizational skills.
Experience with Google Drive, Adobe products, and Microsoft Office, or ability to quickly learn to use those products, and similar ones, in a professional setting.
Eight or more years experience in education, classroom teaching, outdoor teaching, and/or curriculum development with a diverse population of students.
Fluent or working proficiency in Spanish and/or Native Indigenous languages of New Mexico
Experience with development work, including fundraising and grants.
Experience working with federal and local land management agencies.
About Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions offers unique expeditions rooted in the culture and landscape of the American Southwest. Our programs offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in the majestic land and cultural heritage of the American Southwest. At the Gulch, we’ll inspire you with all of the places we explore, we will take you on world-class backpacking and hiking trails, connect you with hands-on science and nature, and engage you in the art and culture of the Southwest.