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10 Dec 2019

Environment Program Manager

Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center – Posted by Megan Selvig Detroit, Oregon, United States

Job Description

Position: Program Manager
Location: Opal Creek Wilderness Area, Oregon
Work year: Year Round, Full time, Exempt
Responsible to: Program Director
Responsible for: Outdoor Science Instructors, Summer Backpacking Interns
Compensation: $25,000 annually, plus housing, partial board, and benefits

Who We Are
The Opal Creek watershed is 35,000 acres of protected rainforest, part of the last remaining low-elevation old-growth forest left in the Pacific Northwest. Soaring trees dripping with moss, crystal-clear streams, and a diversity of old-growth-dependent species make Opal Creek a unique gem in Oregon’s crown. At its center is the historic off-grid mining town of Jawbone Flats, our base of operations since the Opal Creek Wilderness was created in 1996.

At Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, all of our work is based around one simple idea: people will protect what they care about, and they will care about what they know. Through our outdoor school, summer camps, and workshop programs, we bring kids and adults face-to-face with the outdoor places that make Oregon great—pristine mountain streams, uncut vistas, and old-growth forests.

Who You Are
• You love teaching, but with the outdoors as your classroom. You are enticed by Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center’s mission and the prospect of connecting our students, cabin renters, and workshop participants to this beautiful place.
• A remote residential living and working environment intrigues you. You look forward to disconnecting from distraction and forming strong bonds with staff, guests, and the wilderness in your backyard.
• You are always learning. You are curious and unafraid to ask questions.
• You embrace a challenge; you are open to and excited by the unpredictability that comes with working in a 1929 mining town in the woods.
• You like solving problems. You find you make quick and confident decisions, even in ambiguous situations.
• You thrive in a collaborative environment. You value working on teams with diverse perspectives and identities.
• You have your own unique interests. Perhaps you play a musical instrument or practice bird calls. You would enjoy solo time in your cabin and social staff barbecues.

Role Impact and Responsibility
As the Program Manager, you develop and oversee an ancient forest educational program that serves over 3,000 participants annually. You directly engage in the education programs: interfacing with visiting teachers and guests, coaching our field instructors, and teaching science by doing science. This is a managerial position, supervising four Outdoor Science Instructors and two Summer Backpacking Interns during the operating season. We have a small staff and you play an integral leadership role on-site, both in the program and daily operations. As a year-round residential employee, you experience the Opal Creek Wilderness in all four seasons. Responsibilities of the position are listed under each of our four program areas:

Outdoor School (40%)
• Craft specialized itineraries and coordinate pre-trip logistics with visiting teachers
• Act as the program liaison for visiting teachers during their stay, including teacher/chaperone orientations and frequent check-ins
• Prepare lesson plans based on Opal Creek curriculum; topics include old growth forest ecology, stream ecology, geology, and cultural history
• Teach to a variety of age groups and backgrounds, including public and private elementary, middle and high school classes, and university programs
• Integrate learnings into trainings and the Opal Creek Curriculum Guide
• Purchase expedition supplies, track purchases, and stay within specified budget
• Photograph students and lessons for Opal Creek social media
• Manage the collection of program participant contact information and photos

Backpacking Expeditions (30%)
• Train staff in backcountry protocols, alongside the Program Director
• Assist staff with trip preparations, pre-trip paperwork, and evacuations if necessary
• Facilitate post-trip debriefs with staff trip leaders
• Lead backpacking expeditions with students 10-18 years old in the Opal Creek, Bull of the Woods, and Mt. Jefferson Wilderness Areas
• Teach observational science and outdoor skills, including Leave No Trace principles, on trail
• Photograph students in the backcountry for Opal Creek social media
• Purchase expedition supplies, track purchases, and stay within specified budget
• Prepare backpacking food and gear
• Organize and clean backpacking gear

Cabin Rentals (20%)
• Provide friendly, attentive, and professional customer service
• Manage a weekly calendar of on-site comings and goings
• Purchase cabin and cleaning supplies, track purchases, and stay within specified budget
• Teach guided hikes and science spotlights upon request
• Clean cabins to rental standards
• Drive gear shuttles; load and unload cabin rental gear
• Sell merchandise to participants and the general public
• Engage with the general public as they pass through Jawbone Flats

Workshops (10%)
• Lead internal workshops
• Assist outside workshop instructors in all programming needs
• Host workshop participants, ensuring their stay is comfortable

Requirements of Position
• Proven leader
• Past teaching experience, formal or informal
• Backcountry trip leading experience
• Bachelor’s Degree in a natural science or education discipline, or equivalent experience
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
• Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion through past job experience, personal activism, or other pertinent experience
• Able to lead youth on hikes up to 10 miles
• Able to lift heavy objects, up to 40 pounds when necessary
• Able to pass a background check
• Able to drive company vehicles
• Current driver’s license and able to qualify for coverage under our insurance
• Wilderness First Responder certification (by time of employment)

Compensation
• Salary starts at $25,000
• Independent, cabin-style housing with off-grid hydro-electricity
• Meals from the Jawbone Kitchen during the operating season
• Health insurance – medical, vision, dental – 80/20
• 17 days of PTO annually

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Megan Selvig, Program Director, at mselvig@opalcreek.org, and be sure to address any pertinent experience relevant to this position, including professional and personal experience. Deadline is January 3rd. There are three rounds of interviews for this position: first round interviews the week of January 6th, and second and third round interviews the week of January 14th. We will offer the position by end of January, with the Program Manager starting February 17th. Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Environment. Job Tags: administrative, conservation, full-time, manager, naturalist, Oregon, outdoor education, Residential, Science, teacher, and wilderness.

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