Education Program Coordinator – Field Trip Lead (Temporary – 9mo, Parental Leave Coverage)

Apply by: September 14th, 2022
Job title: Education Coordinator
Reports to: Executive Director


  • Pay rate starting at $20/ hourly
  • Accrued paid time off + paid holidays
  • Health/Dental benefits offered for employee
  • $200/year stipend for professional/personal development and training
  • Potential to pursue special projects and interest areas
  • Opportunity to work and teach in a beautiful outdoor setting with a team that values personal and professional growth and a healthy work/life balance

Hours/location: 40hrs/week, 5 days per week. Occasional evening and weekend work associated with special events and programs. Planned work dates and times will be coordinated with team and Executive Director in advance and are subject to change based on mutual agreement. Work from home is an option when programs are not in session, but much of this position must be done in person.

Position Description:
Do you love seeing students fall in love with nature and build confidence as scientists? Are you a creative, collaborative, community-minded individual? Do you care deeply about student experience and authentic relationships? Join our talented education team and lead memorable outdoor science and nature programs for our community youth. Guide student led scientific investigations. Encourage peer to peer collaboration. Create space for students to feel supported, successful and gain a sense of belonging. Columbia Springs is a non-profit dedicated to connecting people with nature, inspiring stewardship. See website for more info:

As an Education Program Coordinator, you will be a part of a team implementing the Science and Nature Field Trip Program (school year). This job requires a very high level of reliability, planning and organization skills and the ability to self-manage your time, projects and workload.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead a full class of elementary students (up to 30) through our 1-4hr education programs on site or in a classroom setting.
  • Conduct outdoor activities in all kinds of weather and on uneven terrain.
  • Support programs to improve program outcomes for students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Collaborate with education team.
  • Be the lead coordinator for field trip program, including managing a robust internship program, building relationships with district partners, recruiting and training rockstar volunteers, managing staff and all aspects of program administration.
  • Assist all other Columbia Springs staff in Columbia Springs mission as needed (volunteer program, restoration initiatives, development/fundraising efforts and more).
  • Be a team leader and a team player: inclusive, supportive and communicative.
  • Manage work assignments: identify and ensure appropriate completion of timelines, deadlines, project objectives, tasks. Communicate progress and ask for help.
  • This position reports to the Executive Director.

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
We recognize that there are many different paths, experiences, and less traditional backgrounds that add value to one’s work and encourage applicants to apply even if they do not have all of the desired skills and feel that this position would be a great fit. Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

  • Relevant work experience and/or bachelor’s degree in education or Natural Sciences.
  • Experience with inquiry-based environmental education.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Basic understanding of PNW forest ecology, natural history subjects, and environmental stewardship.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to write clearly and persuasively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously, take initiative and direction, identify timelines and follow through on assignments.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Possess a positive, ‘Can-Do’ attitude and curiosity of the natural world.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs and walk 3-4 miles over uneven ground.

Please apply on or before September 14th at midnight.
Interviews will take place at the end of September-early October.
Anticipated start date: October 24th.

To Apply:
Submit a single pdf that includes a cover letter sharing why you are interested in this position, your resume with relevant experience and the contact information for two (2) references, preferably past supervisors, to Katherine Cory at If you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to a background check.


Columbia Springs is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, compensating, and promoting the best-qualified individuals for positions at all levels of the organization. Columbia Springs is an equal opportunity employer. We stand in our commitment to foster an inclusive educational environment where every student, staff member, parent, volunteer, and community member is treated with dignity and respect. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, pregnancy, age, veteran status, disabled status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.