Staff Leadership and Support
Oversee the implementation of our outdoor learning programs. This begins with the well being and training of our most important asset, our staff team. It also includes supervising an Operations Manager (who will ensure the smooth running of our day-to-day field programs).
Take the lead in hiring and scheduling our seasonal staff team.
Directly supervise our Operations Manager, Outreach Coordinator, and seasonal Group Leaders,
Provide regular support and guidance for our field staff in dealing with issues that arise in dealing with outdoor programs in the front country and the backcountry.
Alongside the Leadership Team, play a prominent role in upholding our mission, values, policies, and procedures by creating a healthy, supportive staff culture.
Oversee our summer program in Thoreau, NM; must be able to live primarily at our Basecamp in Thoreau for 10 weeks during the summer.
Oversee staffing for our school programs from our Albuquerque, NM office during the fall, winter, and spring.
Train CGE staff on how to implement our programs. Our staff trainings occur 2-4 times per year, and include multiple nights in the field at our Basecamp or camping in New Mexico.
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.
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
Help create and manage budgets for CGE expeditions.
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 programs.
Respond to the needs of the organization consistent with the philosophy of “see a job and do it”.
Contribute to the care and well-being of the organization’s gear and property.
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 four years of experience in supervising a staff team, with the ability to articulate and implement practices that create a healthy, supportive staff culture.
Experience working with kids in an outdoor setting, including managing risk in challenging settings.
Must be able to spend multiple days at a time in the field, including overnight hours. Work hours are frequently outside of traditional office hours.
Strong organizational skills, and ability to create schedules.
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.
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and independently.
WFR cert, or ability to acquire within 60 days
Five or more years experience in education, classroom teaching, and/or outdoor teaching with a diverse population of students.
Advanced degree in education, outdoor education, business management, or related field.
Fluent or working proficiency in Spanish and/or Native Indigenous languages of New Mexico
Experience with development work, including fundraising and grants.
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.