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Field Program Coordinator Posted Nov 30
Cottonwood Institute , Denver, CO
About Cottonwood Institute

Cottonwood Institute (CI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides environmental education and service learning programs for middle and high school students. Our mission is to connect underserved students to the natural world and empower them to take action to improve their schools, the community, and the environment for future generations. CI partners with local middle schools, high schools, and youth organizations to connect students to the outdoors through environmental education and service learning projects. We run programs in Boulder, Denver, and Aurora and trips throughout the Colorado Front Range.

Position Description

The CI Field Program Coordinator is instrumental in executing high quality field programs throughout the year. This person is responsible for all gear, food, and transportation for 30+ camping and day trips CI delivers as well as organizing student paperwork, completing Course Summary Forms, and entering contact information in our Salesforce database. This role requires direct communication with contracted instructors on trips to plan, pack, prepare, and debrief each trip. In addition, this position is responsible for engaging alumni from past CI programs to further document and evaluate our longitudinal impact. As part of a small team everyone is expected to attend CI events and represent CI in a professional capacity. The Field Program Coordinator works closely with the Administrative Coordinator and reports to the Program Director.

Cottonwood Institute Core Values

Expectations for all CI staff:

Passionate about youth empowerment, education, equity, and the environment.
Efficient and detail-oriented, able to prioritize and complete specific tasks autonomously and meet deadlines.
Community-minded, able to work closely as part of a small team and build community with instructors and partners.
Flexible, schedule includes some weekends and evenings and location varies between office and gear room.
Adventurous, curious, and a desire to explore and grow!

Responsibilities and Expectations

Data entry of participant contact information in Salesforce database.
Maintenance of camping gear, including: cleaning, repairing, and coordinating gear for each field program.
Plan and shop for food for each field program.
Coordinate packing with instructors for each field program.
Coordinate transportation for each field program.
Coordinate land access for each field program.
Organize program photos in Flickr.
Coordinate post-program blog articles with instructors and students.
Work closely with Administrative Coordinator to complete field program logistics.
Assist with contracting, training, and supporting professional field instructors.
Alumni Engagement and Evaluation.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must be 21 years or older.
Able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds and pack gear in vans.
Current certification in Wilderness First Aid and in CPR (Wilderness First Responder preferred).
Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and personal transportation.

Required Competencies

Outdoor Trip Leading Experience:

Competent using and maintaining camping gear and equipment.
Experience driving 15 passenger vans.
Understanding of group camping and group field logistics with teens.
Experience leading, instructing, or teaching teens in the outdoors including: outdoor cooking, Leave No Trace (LNT), backpacking, and general wilderness living skills.

Computer Literacy:

Proficient with desktop computing, including general knowledge of Google Suite, MS Word, and Facebook.
Experience with Salesforce or similar Customer Relationship Management (CRM) data entry.

Communication and Teamwork:

Excellent written and verbal skills in English primarily for emailing and scheduling with multiple people.
Outstanding people skills, ability to work well with adults and teens.
Willingness to be flexible with changing conditions and program demands.

Cultural Awareness:

Experience working with students from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds, including under-resourced neighborhoods.
Understanding of inclusion, equity, and diversity and interest in furthering this work personally and within the organization.

Passion for education and the environment!

Excitement for blending service-learning, environmental education, and outdoor education to craft and implement powerful programs.
Personal environmental ethic and awareness.

Preferred Competencies

Spanish Language:
Fluency with speaking and writing Spanish to communicate with parents of participants.

Environmental Education Expertise:
Extensive toolbox of trip leading, teambuilding, and teen leadership skills.
Experience in the field of environmental education, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs.

Team oversight and/or management experience.
Ability to take initiative, including assigning tasks to others.
Experience giving and receiving direct feedback.

Local Knowledge:
Familiarity with Denver-metro area, urban, and Front Range trails.
Knowledge about local flora, fauna, and environmental issues.

Compensation: This is a full-time year-round, salaried, exempt position with Cottonwood Institute. Compensation is $27,000 - $28,000 per year, based on experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision, short and long term disability insurance, group life insurance, Simple IRA match, as well as paid vacation, holidays, and birthday day off.

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Looking to fill the position for March 2019.