The Program Coordinator (PC) is responsible for creating the culture and programs that instill curiosity and connection to nature, and personal growth in a safe, fun, environment. While this summary is full of duty details, our selection is heavily based upon the applicant’s attitude and heart.
PC is guiding and growing the program staff, ensuring program execution is at the highest level of quality for all programs. Core programs: Home School program, and Summer programs (Day Camp, Overnight Camp, River & Backpacking Expeditions).
PC is responsible for the details of each season as a block in itself but also looking forward to future seasons, what are new programs, locations, etc. Planning is a big part of this role. Thinking ahead on schedules, registration, marketing, additional tasks, creating agendas and facilitating team meetings (outside of daily homeschool meetings), coordinating homeschool overnights, attending the first day of programs each season. Planning creates an environment of predictability, safety, relaxation, the ability to focus on fun, not operations. We don’t want to be ‘reactive’ and chaotic. We are planners.
PC will participate a couple days a week in field work as a Lead instructor and mentor to staff.
full job description here: https://livingearthva.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Programs-Coordinator-Job-Description.pdf
Full Time 40 hours per week, 40+ during busy season
● Some weekend work is a required part of this job
● Paid Vacation – 6 weeks total a year
● 3% match retirement plan (403B fund)
● $125 healthcare stipend per month
● Following Fed/State holidays off: New Year’s Day,
Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day (Comp day if program falls on holiday listed)
Naturalist and survival skills
Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent amount of training and/or work experience
Current CPR/First Aid/AED certification
Excellent communication skills
Experience leading teams of people, passion for educating people on nature and mentoring participants.
Experience and passion for working with children and young adults
21 years or older
● Good driving record
Human Resource, Management experience and background
Wilderness First Aid or beyond
Experience in 8-Shields or Coyote Mentoring models
Experience with Living Earth School as participant or employee
About Living Earth School
Living Earth School offers award winning co-ed day camp and overnight camps for ages 5-18 years old. We are looking for Apprentices, Instructors, Coordinator and Operations and Logistics Support.
We aim to teach a holistic balance of skills to help the students understand their place in the natural world, their role in the community, and a better awareness of their passions and vision for life. We use coyote mentoring in our nature-based approach to help people connect with their place and to deepen their relationships. Our curriculum is nature based, developing naturalist skills, survival skills, animal tracking, edible/medicinal plants, and understanding the language of birds. We ask lots of questions because it nurtures self-sufficiency and curiosity. We utilize core routines that help students more fully immerse in nature, with all their senses. The benefits to the student are the excitement of discovery, a real connection with animals and plants, and a sense of belonging.