Outdoor Education Program Coordinator


Nature's Classroom New England

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253 Bushy Hill Road
Deep River , CT
United States

Are you inspired by the prospect of transforming outdoor education into a rewarding career? Nature's Classroom New England is in search of a dedicated Program Coordinator for our residential outdoor education program. This key role will oversee day-to-day operations, including program planning, staff supervision, and liaison with partnered schools.


Who we are

We're the largest outdoor and environmental education program in the northeastern US. We specialize in experiential learning, focusing on science, nature, and social-emotional skills. We provide engaging and transformative programming for elementary and middle school students who join us for overnight field trips. Each spring and fall, we welcome hundreds of schools to our seven spectacular sites.


  • Oversee daily operations and programming at the assigned site.
  • Lead, mentor, and support a dedicated team of 10 - 15 instructors.
  • Cultivate and maintain a positive relationship with the host site.
  • Attend Program Coordinator trainings.
  • Help organize and attend instructor training week at the start of each season.
  • Foster a positive, professional, and collaborative work culture.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with participating schools.
  • Ensure consistent and effective communication with each school.
  • Manage all administrative duties such as creating schedules, writing group reports, and managing the site budget.
  • Required to live on-site during the program season.

Salary & benefits

The starting salary for this full-time, seasonal role is $875-900 per week. Housing is provided during the fall and spring seasons. (Service animals only. Sorry, no ESAs.) We also offer mileage reimbursement for work-related travel. Meals are provided when schools are on-site, and a communal staff kitchen along with a food stipend is available when schools are not on site.


This is a seasonal position starting August 21, 2024 and ending November 22, 2024 with the opportunity to return for the spring season.


The ideal candidate should have a minimum of one year of management experience, five years of youth work experience, and three years in an outdoor setting (summer camp or outdoor education preferred). We highly value candidates who exhibit a great attitude and enjoy teamwork. The ability to navigate uneven terrain quickly to respond to emergencies is also required. While a Bachelor's degree is preferred, it is not required.


Our locations

Ivoryton, CT


How to apply

If this job sounds like an exciting opportunity, we encourage you to apply! Our application process only takes a few minutes. You'll be asked to submit your resume and answer a few questions. If you are selected to continue to the next step, you'll be asked to sign up for a video interview and send in some references.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


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$875 - $900 / week