Rippleffect’s Wilderness Programs Manager (WPM) reports directly to the Program Director and is a member of an integrated program management team whose positions include:
• Community Partner Program Manager
• Afterschool and Camp Program Manager
• Wilderness Program Manager

The WPM is responsible for the design, structure and implementation of Rippleffect’s open enrollment and privately guided wilderness programs. These program experiences and training clinics should include (but not limited too):
• Sea kayaking
• Hiking/backpacking
• Rock climbing
• Ice climbing
• Alpine mountaineering
• General outdoor living
• Wilderness first aid certification courses

This position includes operational, administrative and customer service responsibilities as well as technical field guiding and training.
Rippleffect has a community environment workplace, and staff need to have flexibility, a team-oriented approach, positive attitude, sense of humor and the ability to multi-task. This is a full-time position. The WPM must be available to work based upon a schedule that may exceed forty (40) hours per workweek and which, in no case, is less than thirty (30) hours per work week. The incumbent must be able to work weekends and after normal hours as necessary or required by programming. The responsibilities are broken down into scope of management and areas of primary responsibility:
Scope of Management:
• Operational planning and risk management for wilderness programs
• Management of wilderness program equipment
• Private and Open Enrollment wilderness program product development, recruitment and budget management
• Management of field staff
• Staff training, recruitment and cultivation

Primary Responsibilities:
• Under direction of PD, manage Open Enrollment Wilderness/Trek/Expedition Programs. Programs should encompass 4 seasons of adventure experiences and clinic opportunities. Under the direction of the PD.
• Assist the PD, to manage RE Guides private guiding and clinic-based programs. These experiences are offered throughout the year and represent the above offerings/experiences.
• Serve as point of contact for all RE Guides programs.
• Assist the program director in establishing the necessary staffing plan and cultivating staff to execute this level of wilderness programming.
• Management of logistical, operational, curricular and recruitment plans and systems for wilderness programs.
• Collaboration with PD and other program managers in training of seasonal guides
• Management and maintenance of wilderness program equipment (with support from operations manager and field staff).

Programmatic Responsibilities
• Primary contact for all Open Enrollment Wilderness/Trek/Expedition Programs. Includes customer service Q&A, scheduling and fielding all RE Guide inquiries.
• Responsible for staffing assignments for RE Guide programs and open enrollment treks
• Staff Training and

Tagged as: Teaching/Education


• Strong background in wilderness education & guiding
• Formal wilderness skill education/training
• Minimum 2 years of experience.
• Organized with attention to detail.
• Able to professionally communicate with diverse audiences and ages with excellent customer service.
• Winter guiding experience
• Sea Kayak guiding experience

• Advanced Sea Kayak experience
• Extensive expeditionary guiding experience
• Flexible and hardworking
• Strong verbal and written communication skills;

Required Skills:

• Rock/Ice Climbing instruction experience
• Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) or higher
• Strong technical ropes knowledge
• ACA/BCU course experience/instructors
• Maine State Registered Sea Kayak Guide

Preferred Skills:

• Competitive outdoor/wilderness educator salary
• Medical insurance/coverage (100%)
• Gear stipend
• Access to pro-deal
• 401k retirement match program
• Professional development stipend
• 25 paid holiday days off
• Up to 24 days of Earned Paid Time Off (PTO)
• Professional development training plan for advanced certifications

About Rippleffect

Rippleffect is a wilderness education program based in Portland, Maine and on our Casco Bay Cow Island base camp. A non-profit, Rippleffect serves over 5,000 youth and another 1,000 adults through four seasons of wilderness adventures. Through day/overnight camps, kayaking and back packing expeditions, rock and ice climbing, alpine mountaineering, and back country skills clinics, we serve as an access point for beginner to expert for youth and adults.

Application Instructions

To apply, send cover letter and resume to: [email protected] For more information on Rippleffect, visit: www.rippleffectmaine.org