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27 Mar 2023

Other Outdoor Outdoor Programs and Events Manager – Statewide – Girl Scouts of Colorado

GirlScoutsCO – Posted by GIRLSCOUTSOFCOLORADO Denver, Colorado, United States

Job Description

GSCO celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse community. People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Girl Scouts of Colorado offers amazing opportunities for talented, forward-thinking, innovative individuals who share our vision of helping girls and young women change the world for the better.

Girl Scouts has been equipping girls to achieve their full potential more than 100 years-and today, Girl Scouts stands as the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 2.5 million members across the nation and around the globe.

At Girl Scouts of Colorado, we serve more than 20,000 members and we believe all girls should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and all girls have the power to change the world.

Here’s your opportunity to enhance your career while making a difference in girls’ lives and in the world!

You will be joining a supportive and flexible work environment with team members who work together to champion girl ambition. We are on a mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. The right candidate won’t just be promoting a program. Their work will impact and change future generations!

What does an Outdoor Programs and Events Manager do?

The Outdoor Programs and Events Manager leads outdoor day programs and special events for Girls Scouts of Colorado (GSCO). This position will be responsible for outdoor program design and implementation, risk mitigation, program administration, and staff leadership. This position will be responsible for outdoor programs serving elementary and middle school age Girl Scouts newer to the outdoor experience. Day programs and events are a key feature of our strategic plans to make outdoor experiences more accessible to all Girl Scouts and offer high quality outdoor programming to add value to the Girl Scout experience.

This position will primarily deliver year-round in-person outdoor day programming in the Front Range but could include additional locations outside of the Front Range. When not directly facilitating programs or performing another required in-person job duties, this position has the flexibility to work remotely throughout the year, in determination with the supervisor.

What is this role responsible for?


Program Design
Develop and facilitate innovative, and high-quality outdoor programming for girls ages 5 through 17 that fosters the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, incorporates national Girl Scout curriculum, and meets strategic plan objectives.
Create outdoor and adventure programming that is exciting, progressive, skill based and inclusive of girls of all ages, ability levels and from a variety of backgrounds while delivering the Girl Scout message of pluralism and diversity throughout the community.
Coordinate external program vendors.
Conduct participant assessments and program evaluations for long -term planning and growth of day programs, analyze data to improve future programming.

Staff Leadership
Recruit, onboard, train, and lead seasonal staff.
On-site lead for day programs staff: expectation setting, leading start and end of day team meetings, coaching conversations as needed.
Create and facilitate staff training content within guidelines from childcare licensing requirements and Girl Scout safety standards, in collaboration with other members of the statewide outdoor program team.
Coaching and mid-summer performance feedback to staff, higher level performance and discipline conversations will be in conjunction with the Director of Outdoor Programs.

Program Operations Management
Camp locations: research and reserve camp locations, liaise with location contact for site responsibilities, logistics and usage.
Identify, assess, and reduce risk for outdoor programs.
Emergency management during on site incidents.
Mange programs independently and make autonomous decisions regarding program facilitation, staffing and design without management approval.

Safety Standards & Licensing
Adhere to State of Colorado childcare licensing regulations, maintain communication with licensing specialist in collaboration with Director of Outdoor Programs.
Responsible for maintaining the Colorado childcare license in good standing.
Stay current in knowledge of youth development, and adventure program trends and compliance in relation to the American Camping Association Standards, Girl Scouts Safety Activity Checkpoints and other certifying outdoor industry organizations such as the American Mountain Guide Association.

Program Administration
Support camp registration forms, communication and other processes in collaboration with supervision and registration team.
Respect the confidential nature of all information pertaining to staff, volunteers, and girls.
Manage administrative responsibilities in a timely, independent and detail orientated manner. Meet program planning and administration deadlines, monitor program budget, respond to emails, and phone calls quickly, manage tasks independently and communicate additional support needed.
Interact with Girl Scout digital systems including CampMinder and Formstack.


In collaboration with the DEI Engagement Director, develop and implement new programming to include BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and low-income communities.
Develop and implement introductory outdoor experiences across the state to make outdoor experiences accessible for all Girl Scouts.
Create and support Volunteer and Girl Member Resources such as developing Council’s own outdoor patches, support specialized volunteer outdoor training, create camp planning guides for troops and service units.
Assist with additional outdoor initiatives, grant projects and other emerging opportunities.
Assist with other outdoor program team programs such as Outdoor Adventure Club, specialty troops, and Troops Camps as needed.
Keep abreast of trends and issues affecting girls and council outdoor and adventure program services; monitor national trends in youth development and camping as it relates to outdoor programming.
Develop and implement Program Aide training for older Girl Scouts in collaboration with the Programs team.


Support the recruitment and hiring process of seasonal staff.
Create and facilitate staff training, conduct regular staff meetings to guide staff in planning and carrying out assignments.
Carry out ongoing program observations and training to assure that standards meet the activity criteria and those relationships with campers and staff are nurturing and appropriate.
Approval of staff timesheets.

What are the Qualifications?

Ability to design, create and facilitate exciting outdoor and adventure programs.
Experience designing outdoor and adventure program curriculum and lesson plans.
Ability to be flexible, think quickly and modify programs in ever changing situations.
Ability to communicate program goals, design, and responsibilities to lead a team.
Ability to develop youth programs that are culturally responsive and inclusive of different needs and backgrounds with an understanding of systemic barriers that limit outdoor access for marginalized communities.

Outdoor Skills and Abilities
Experience in leading a variety of outdoor and adventure activities.
Familiarity with risk management in an outdoor setting, ability to respond appropriately and direct others in outdoor emergency situations.
Familiarity with program concepts in recreation, environmental education, and experiential education.
Ability to drive a large passenger vehicle and tow outdoor equipment trailers.

High Level of Interpersonal and Professional Skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to be a people organizer and leader.
Be a high-functioning team player who can represent the GSCO outdoor programs in a professional manner to staff, volunteers, Girl Scouts, parents, and the community.

Ability to Work Independently
Ability to make a work plan autonomously, organize, prioritize, and track task responsibilities.
Strong motivational, organizational, detail orientated and problem-solving skills.
Ability to work remotely and from a variety of non- traditional office locations.
Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines, both administrative and programmatic.


Four-year degree in recreation, outdoor leadership, environmental studies, related field or equivalent training and experience, preferred.
Must be at least 21 years of age, with 3 years of driving experience with acceptable driving record per GSCO policies.
Must have current or ability to obtain within the first 180 days of hire the following certifications: American Camping Association Day Camp Director certificate, CPR and First Aid, Archery Instructor, and Paddle Sports Facilitator.


Proven track record for developing and facilitating innovative and engaging programs in an informal, outdoor setting.
At least two years’ experience working in an outdoor program or camp setting.
Prior supervisory / team lead experience preferred.


Ability to work non-traditional hours including occasional evenings, weekends and overnight periods on site at programs, and occasional extended hours during peak program season (May – August).
Requires extensive walking over uneven and unpaved terrain.
Able to carry, lift and/or transfer at least 50 pounds.
Travel & Transportation
Ability to travel to program locations across the state.
Access to registered transportation with insurance at required levels.
Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
Travel over mountain roads which may include unpaved rough terrain.


This position pays a range of $26.44-$31.25 per hour, plus mileage reimbursement (if/when using personal vehicle)


Health Insurance (93% Employer Paid for Employee Coverage)
Dental Insurance (76% Employer Paid for Employee Coverage)
Vision Insurance – Optional
Short Term Disability – 100% Employer Paid
Long Term Disability – 100% Employer Paid
Life Insurance – Fully paid by GSCO, 2x annual salary up to $300,000
Accidental Death and Dismemberment – Fully paid by GSCO, 2x annual salary up to $300,000
Optional Supplemental Life Insurance (Employee/Spouse/Children)- Employee paid – for additional employee coverage and dependents
Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical/Dependent Care)
Employee Assistance Program – 100% Employer Paid
403(b) Retirement Plan – GSCO matches 100% of employee contribution up to 2% of pay
Vacation – Employees accrue 10 vacation days per year
Sick Leave – Employees earn one day per month
Holidays – 10 scheduled holidays per year
Office Closures – 4 Weeks of Paid Office Closures (Week of Independence Day; Thanksgiving Week; Winter Holiday of two weeks)
Most positions have the ability to work a remote/office hybrid schedule.

Girl Scouts of Colorado celebrates diversity and values the strengths that come with having a diverse community. People from historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: GSCO is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at GSCO are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations where we operate. GSCO will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Other Outdoor.

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