Youth Program Educator


Cope Environmental Center

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Centerville, IN
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The Youth Program Educator is responsible for the development, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of all youth program activities at the Cope Environmental Center.


Summary Description:

The Youth Program Educator is responsible for the development, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of all youth program activities at the Cope Environmental Center.  Status:   Non-exempt


Reports to:

The Operations Director of the Cope Environmental Center


Gives Direct Supervision to:

The Youth Program Educator supervises camp staff and program volunteers.



Following are the general areas of responsibility for the position. Details of responsibilities will be established as needed for specific projects by the Program Director in association with the Executive Director.


Program duties:

1.      Plan, develop, and implement written curriculum for school programs that aligns to Indiana academic standards, and are creative, hands-on educational experiences for school children. This also includes developing pre and post-curriculum activities. 

2.      Plan, develop, and implement a written curriculum for summer programs that are dynamic and engaging. 

3.      Evaluate written curriculum and implementation of all youth on- and off-site programs and make improvements based on input from participants, teachers, observers, Program Committee and Operations Director.

4.      Monitor and document relevant information and statistics for all youth on- and off-site programs for the purpose of attendance, program evaluation, and improvement.


5.      Report all activities for the planning calendar to facilitate the efficient operation of the center and avoid scheduling conflicts involving staff and/or facilities.

6.      Work with the management team to develop and implement an annual Youth Program Plan and Program Budget to achieve the mission and vision of CEC.

7.      Assist with marketing all youth programs. 


8.  Remain educated on current trends in environmental education

9. Contribute to project planning for youth purpose grants and assist with monitoring, tracking, and ensuring compliance with grant requirements and budget constraints.


10.  Prepare monthly and special reports in a timely fashion and according to the format required by the Executive Director and Board of Directors.


11. Recruit, train, coordinate, and supervise all summer camp staff.

12. Train and supervise all youth program volunteers.

13. Assist with community outreach to promote CEC by: speaking to groups, participating in community organizations and events, and working with media representatives.

Additional Responsibilities:

When required, additional projects and work plans with specific objectives will be developed by the Youth Program Educator working with the management team that falls outside the responsibilities listed above. Also, emergencies may arise which require the Youth Program Educator to set aside planned work to assist other staff members and/or volunteers.




·         Demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Cope Environmental Center.

·         Education and/or training in education and natural resources is essential.

·         The ability to recruit, hire, and effectively train & supervise volunteers and program staff is essential.

·         Knowledge of conservation practices and sustainable stewardship practices is desirable.

·         The Youth Program Educator should possess excellent interpersonal, leadership, managerial, computer, and communication (written and spoken) skills.

·         Experience in implementing programs with youth, preferably in an outreach/camp setting.

·         Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

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Cope Environmental Center is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. Our policy and philosophy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to their race, sex, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender information, marital status, ancestry genetic information, military status, political belief or any other basis prohibited by law. We also prohibit harassment against any of our employees or applicants for employment based on any of these protected categories.

Compensation Information

30 hours per week, $14.00-$17.00/ per hour