Program DirectorEmerald Cove Outdoor Science (ECOS) Institute – Green Valley Lake, CA

Program DirectorEmerald Cove Outdoor Science (ECOS) Institute

Emerald Cove Outdoor Science (ECOS) Institute

Green Valley Lake, CA


ECOS Institute is looking for their next Program Director! This seasoned outdoor professional will ensure that high quality outdoor programming will continue to be delivered to the 5th and 6th grade students that we serve. The Program Director will mentor, support, and evaluate the Instructor Staff while upholding the standards and policies of the ECOS Institute outdoor science school brand.

ECOS Institute’s immersive inquiry-based curriculum provides opportunities for students to learn about science in a new way, in a new environment, while being fully supported by the ECOS team. Instructors, Leadership Staff, Medical Staff, and visiting classroom teachers all work together to create a safe and illuminating experience for visiting students. The Program Director is responsible for coordinating all the moving parts of daily program operation from arrival day to departure day.

Our Mission is to ‘Spark Curiosity, Build Confidence and Deepen Connections with Nature and Each other’. Our new Program Director will take the responsibility of our mission to heart, lead by example, and personally invest in this important role.

The Program Director at ECOS Institute is responsible to supervise, plan, organize and implement outdoor science programs for 5th and 6th grade students in a residential setting. This job requires some evening shifts and overnight stays.

Program Director reports directly to the Executive Director and exercises direct supervision over all staff at site. This position requires some evening and overnight supervision.

Ability to hike 5 miles at high elevation and stand for long periods. Ability to lift 25 pounds from ground level.


  • Plan, organize, supervise and evaluate all aspects of Emerald Cove Outdoor Science Institute (ECOS).
  • Participate in marketing and promoting ECOS programs to districts, schools and other venues.
  • Implement the goals, policies, and procedures for ECOS
  • Maintain appropriate health, safety, and welfare standards for all students, staff, and teachers.
  • Develop and implement weekly schedules for staff and students.
  • Provide input in the development and evaluation of program curricula, instructional strategies, and activities.
  • Coordinate the development, selection, procurement, maintenance, and inventory of instructional materials, supplies and equipment for a site.
  • Coordinate and explain expectations, duties, and responsibilities with visiting teachers.
  • Implement student discipline policy and modify student behavior patterns as necessary.
  • Oversee and participate in the recruitment/selection of staff.
  • Provide or coordinate staff training, work with employees to improve performance, and coordinate with ECOS Executive Director to implement discipline procedures.
  • Supervise and evaluate the performance of staff members and volunteers assigned to the site.
  • Build and promote staff development and maintain staff morale.
  • Communicate effectively with students, staff, visiting schools, the program office and ECOS.
  • Act as a liaison between ECOS and the site vendors.
  • Act as a liaison between ECOS and visiting teachers, school officials, students, and parents.
  • Prepare accurate reports on operations and activities at the site.
  • Must demonstrate attendance sufficient to complete the duties of the position as required
  • Perform related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required.


Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services, and activities of an environmental education program.
  • Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Principles and practices of curriculum and instructional strategy trends in environmental education.
  • Next Generation Science Standards and the Science Framework for California Public Schools.
  • Earth, physical, and biological sciences.
  • Effective teaching techniques and assessment tools appropriate in outdoor education.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.


  • Develop and implement age appropriate curriculum for students participating in a residential program.
  • Analyze situations, make sound decisions and take appropriate action without immediate supervision.
  • Interpret and explain ECOS goals, policies and procedures.
  • Direct training programs on various subject areas.
  • Establish, develop and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Maintain audio and visual discrimination needed for making observations; communicating with others; reading and writing; and operating motor vehicles and assigned equipment.
  • Maintain the mental capacity, which allows the capability of making sound decisions and demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
  • Ability to present and speak in front of ECOS prospects.

Experience, Education and Training Guidelines:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in education or related field.
  • Two 5 years of successful experience in the field of education, and a minimum 3 years in a supervisory role.


  • Health insurance for employees after 6 months of employment. ECOS will pay 50% of the lowest plan offered per the group plan bylaws.
  • Salary to be determined

Obtain valid CPR and First Aid certifications. Current TB Test and physical. Clear criminal history.


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