Outdoor Education Course Manager

POSITION TITLE:  Outdoor Education Course Manager

REPORTS TO: Human Performance & Outdoor Education Program Manager 

STATUS: Full Time Position

The Outdoor Education Course Manager serves as part of the Student Service Team within the Human Performance and Outdoor Education (HPOE) department at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center.  Together with the HPOE PM, the position runs our Wilderness Orientation program, supports field based courses, and contributes to the residential life at ERS. The joys of this work are bountiful.  Intensive field time allows for rich relationships with students and colleagues and the expansive natural world is your workplace.  This is balanced with time back on campus where you’ll continue the relationships built in the wilderness and engage with the whole community in our residential school setting, bringing outdoor offerings, supporting students in your house team, and managing the Wilderness Gear and Food Shed.  This position is ideal for an experienced field instructor and course manager who is able to hold a supervisory role and is excited for a balance of field based work balanced with on-campus time. 


Qualifications & Essential Job Functions:  

  • Minimum 3 years leadership experience in outdoor programming
  • Experience as a course director/program manager
  • Lead instructor for extended wilderness trips (21+ day courses).
  • Current WFR & CPR (SPI, AIRIE Avi I, Swiftwater Rescue, Lifeguard certifications preferred)
  • Strong logistical, organizational, supervisory, and managerial skills
  • Exceptional role model, mentor, and advisor for students.  
  • Strong facilitation skills.  
  • Experience teaching social/emotional, restorative practices, and technical outdoor skills curriculum.  
  • Ability and willingness to work long hours in difficult and stressful conditions in the backcountry. Excellent physical condition, ability to carry 60+lb backpack.
  • Clean driving record and experience driving multi passenger vehicles (15 passenger vans and/or bussettes).
  • Experience working with diverse populations including but not limited to students from low and middle income backgrounds; LGBTQ students; students from suburban, urban, and rural settings; students from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds; young people ages 15-20; students who have not found success in traditional educational settings. 

The successful candidate for this position will possess the following attributes: a deep love of work with high school students; a love for spending time outdoors; flexibility, an ability to gracefully adapt to changing circumstances; adept interpersonal skills; a sense of humor; visionary thinking; a commitment to lifelong learning; a commitment to being anti-racist and to promoting social justice; seasoned judgment; and an appreciation for the fact that working at a residential school is more of a calling than a job.  Implicit in this job is a willingness to commit to both personal and professional growth, specifically aligned with our organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


Curriculum & Instruction responsibilities

  • Lead Instruct/Course Direct 5-24 day wilderness course for students multiple times a year;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of outdoor education curriculum that is culturally competent and relevant to our diverse student body; 
  • Create and deliver outdoor education experiences for students that integrate various content areas and are aligned with our instructional values. Areas of instruction may include personal growth, technical wilderness skills (rock climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, telemark skiing, hiking, etc.), first aid and safety, environmental science, and others depending upon expertise;
  • Create and implement programmatic offerings to engage students in outdoor education opportunities outside of class time, including evenings and weekends;
  • Support programming to effectively engage historically underrepresented students in the outdoors and increase equity in the outdoor education field
  • Serve as an exceptional mentor for all instructors and support the professional development and training of instructors and ERS staff;
  • Support Explore Week experiences; 
  • Support OE programming on campus to be responsive to COVID-19 protocols

Logistics & Program Support

  • Manage Wilderness Shed, climbing wall, and bike shop inventory, equipment upkeep, and repairs;
  • Manage & upkeep equipment protocols (check-in, check-out, billing, etc);
  • Coordinate wilderness food inventory and purchasing;
  • Supervise student chore crews; 
  • Manage department resources appropriately;
  • Assist with maintenance of department budget;
  • Track expenditures and turn in receipts in a timely manner; 
  • Track new student credit and verify veteran status;
  • Coordinate inventory and management of OE first aid kits and medications;
  • Assisting with ongoing risk management projects and AEE accreditation.

Student Support

  • Hold spaces, both in the front- and backcountry, for students to feel seen, valued, and able to show up as their full selves;
  • Support students in feeling comfortable in the outdoors;
  • Support students as they are confronted with a variety of issues related to their personal and academic growth;
  • Hold students accountable through conversation, relationships, and restorative processes;
  • Celebrate student successes, recognized rites of passages, and cultivate joy;
  • Create, support, and facilitate evening activities that excite and empower students and support their engagement in the community;
  • Model effective communication, conflict management, and self-care;
  • Meet students where they’re at and support their (and your own) ongoing learning.
  • Be a student advocate, mentor, and support.  This can include engaging with student families, ERS staff, and student stakeholders to support student success.

School Wide Involvement

  • Assist with the development of special events and other recreational activities within the HPOE Program and across campus;
  • Co-create and deliver engaging student programming opportunities as part of the student service team. This includes some evening and weekend schedules;
  • Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS including advisories, intramural participation, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, driving, and other events;
  • Share your unique skills with the school (e.g., sports, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, music, hiking, magic tricks, etc…);
  • Engage in professional development and all staff programming;
  • Actively participate in school wide and departmental diversity, equity, and inclusion work as part of our organizational commitment to an anti-racist and social justice school;
  • Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description.
  • Practice self-care, model having boundaries, and practice balance to support your well-being in this immersive community and, sometimes, intense role.

Application Materials: 

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) to eliza@eaglerockschool.org. Clarifying questions can be sent to eliza@eaglerockschool.org. 


Competitive salary and benefits package, on-campus housing is a possibility but not guaranteed. 

Hiring Timeline 

We are committed to finding the right person. This timeline is offered to give applicants a sense of our ideal process. We intend to do as much as we possibly can to stick to this plan. However, we do realize that there might be a circumstance with the best candidate that would require us to shift our plan. We hope the right person is not dissuaded from applying by incongruence between their commitments and our timeline. 

Application Deadline:  Rolling until filled (the posting will be removed if we are no longer accepting applications)

Phone Interviews:  Rolling until filled (the posting will be removed if we are no longer accepting applications)

Virtual Community Interviews (in place of on site):  Rolling until filled (the posting will be removed if we are no longer accepting applications)

Start Date: June

Eagle Rock is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and does not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination. All employment decisions at Eagle Rock are based on merit and to the principle of equal employment opportunity. In keeping with both the letter and spirit of this policy, Eagle Rock will continue to recruit, hire, train, and promote into all job levels the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, genetic information, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected characteristic. Therefore members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.