Outdoor Education Program Manager

Position Title:  Outdoor Education Program Manager

Reports To:  Director of Students

Employment Status: Exempt FT

Job Summary:

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center (Eagle Rock / ERS), is seeking an experienced and passionate Outdoor Education Program Manager (OE-PM) to direct the outdoor education department.  The OE-PM is responsible for the oversight and facilitation of outdoor and adventure-based experiences and corresponding curricular development, risk management, and administrative tasks.  Our 24-day Wilderness Orientation course is a primary focus for the OE department and the OE-PM is tasked with facilitating meaningful courses incorporating outdoor education and social-emotional learning through an anti-oppressive lens.  These 24-day courses occur 2-3x/year in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico and the OE-PM is responsible for the hiring and management of staff, oversight of curriculum and facilitation, coordinating logistics, and ensuring sound risk management. The OE-PM serves as part of Eagle Rock’s student services team and accordingly contributes to both the residential life and academic aspects of the boarding school experience.  The OE-PM plays a significant role in the onboarding of new students and expanding outdoor-based and personal growth-oriented opportunities throughout the students’ time at ERS.  The OE-PM also serves as a supervisor and mentor for 2-6 staff and wilderness instructors and is responsible for managing the Wilderness Gear and Food Shed as well as the operating budget and AEE accreditation. 

A full-scholarship residential high school with an enrollment capacity of 72 students, Eagle Rock serves adolescents from historically marginalized groups and communities, for whom opportunities are not otherwise available, and who have the desire and commitment to excel in their academics, leadership, and personal growth. Visit our website to learn more about who we are, the work we do and the students we serve: www.eaglerockschool.org 

Qualifications, Responsibilities & Essential Job Functions


  • Extensive (3 years minimum) course director/proctor in a variety of course settings AND fieldwork as lead instructor 
  • Outdoor Education or related Degree(s) or equivalent experience 
  • Wilderness First Responder (or WEMT) required
  • Experience hiring, training, and managing & mentoring field instructors
  • Experience managing logistical operations, inventories, and budgets
  • Experience developing policies and overseeing risk management systems
  • Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) highly preferred
  • Competence in a variety of outdoor skills such as, but not limited to, backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, and skiing
  • Teaching experience in a wide variety of course designs and program models
  • Strong organizational, leadership, and administrative skills
  • Experience working with diverse populations including a mix of LGBTIQ students; students from low-income backgrounds; and students from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds all of whom 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; knowledge of current trends in the outdoor adventure education field & commitment to enhancing equity in the field; familiar with positive youth development, conflict resolution strategies, trauma-informed care and somatic / embodied leadership practices; demonstrated success in collaborative work with colleagues; adept interpersonal skills; a sense of humor; visionary thinking; a commitment to lifelong learning; seasoned judgment; desire and ability to reform educational practices; and an appreciation for the fact that working at a residential school is more of a calling than a job.

Essential Job Duties & Responsibilities:

Outdoor Education Team

  • Manage and mentor Outdoor Education team (1-2 full-time staff, 1-2 fellows)
  • Collaborate with other instructors to create and implement a vision around outdoor and adventure education for students throughout their ERS career.
  • Serve as part of the department team as it relates to organization-wide goals and initiatives as well as daily operations, and increasing opportunities for students in the department.
  • Oversee all policies, staffing, risk management, and implementation of adventure activities.
  • Serve as co-chair of Risk Management Committee, representing all adventure activities
  • Maintain accreditation with the Association for Experiential Education
  • Oversee management and maintenance of the climbing wall, bike shop, and wilderness shed
  • Contribute to campus safety and first aid training for staff and students
  • Mentor/supervise the OE Adjunct instructor, OE contract staff, and a Public Allies teaching fellow each year


  • Create and deliver innovative curriculum experiences for students that integrate with various content areas and remain committed to our instructional values. Work with department instructors to develop an annual plan for course offerings.
  • Develop multiple opportunities for students to engage with our outdoor and adventure activities
  • Develop instructor and student curriculum resources that are both relevant to our student population and useful to the greater outdoor education field
  • Instruct human performance and outdoor education activity classes, and co-teach integrated classes with other ERS instructional staff.  Areas of instruction include (depending upon IS specialty area): rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, skiing, outdoor leadership, and first aid and safety.

Student Support

  • Discuss with and support adolescents as they are confronted with a variety of issues related to their personal growth
  • Develop strategies for instructors to help support students as they are confronted with personal growth, conflict, and other triggers that may arise in outdoor education settings
  • Assist with the transfer of learning and support from the wilderness course to life on campus (both residential and academic curriculum)
  • Create opportunities for students to participate in evening and weekend activities that excite and empower them to increase their activity level and find new ways to be active and engaged in the outdoors

School-Wide Involvement

  • Participate as an active member of one of the residential house teams including acting as an advisor. 
  • Be open to working as a residential house parent for student housing.
  • Perform other duties related to being an active community member at ERS including advisories, evening and weekend duty, community meetings, service projects, house team participation, driving, and other events.
  • Share your unique skills with the school (e.g., music, spiritual practices, poetry, yoga, hiking, magic tricks, etc…).
  • Be an active member of the ERS community beyond this job description.

Essential Job Functions: Must include physical jobs/tasks. Examples include: heavy lifting up to 90lbs, Walking, hiking, and carrying a 40-90lb backpack daily throughout Outdoor Wilderness Orientation camping trips. Working on high ladders, ropes courses, climbing walls, etc. 


We offer a competitive salary and benefits package: 

  • Salary range for this position: $65,000-$80,000, based on education and experience
  • Annual Bonus
  • Medical/dental/vision plan 
  • Vacation/sick time/additional paid time off
  • 401(k) 
  • Attractive vehicle lease and purchase program 
  • Educational assistance program available

Hiring Timeline
We are hoping to fill this position immediately and will have a rolling deadline until filled. We are currently accepting applications for positions listed on our website.

This job description is subject to change at any time.

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (phone number and email address) as ONE document submitted through https://tinyurl.com/EagleRockOutdoorEducationPM.  Clarifying questions can be sent to Christi Kelston, ckelston@eaglerockschool.org.  No phone calls please. We will ONLY accept electronic submissions through the link above. 

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 status or any other protected characteristic. Members of racial/ethnic minorities and other protected classes are encouraged to apply.