Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator and Community Adventure Program Instructor – Cottonwood Institute (Application Deadline: 01/21/15)

Cottonwood Institute LogoJob Title: Program Coordinator and Community Adventure Program Instructor
Company: Cottonwood Institute
Location: Denver, CO
Application Deadline: January 21, 2015
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Job Type: Paid Job

Cottonwood Institute (CI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides environmental education and service learning programs for middle and high school students. Our mission is to connect students to the natural world and empower them to take action in their schools and communities. We run programs in the Boulder and Denver areas and trips throughout the Front Range.

Cottonwood Institute is looking for an inspiring and passionate educator and well rounded outdoor professional who can learn quickly, teach with integrity and work autonomously. The position is an exciting blend of education and administrative work. As the Program Coordinator, the individual will work year round with the Program Director to implement high quality programs within the Cottonwood Institute model as well as support with marketing, social media, and fundraising events for Cottonwood Institute. As the CAP Instructor, the individual will teach the Community Adventure Program (CAP) at New Vista High School in Boulder, Colorado each Spring and Fall. CAP blends service learning, environmental education, and outdoor education. The individual will receive full training in how to successfully implement the CAP curriculum. The position location is split between New Vista High School in Boulder, the CI office at the Alliance Center in Downtown Denver, and the individual’s home office depending on season and programmatic needs.


  • Must be 21 years or older.
  • College degree (preferably in pertinent field).
  • Current certification as a Wilderness First Responder and in CPR.
  • A minimum of two years experience leading, instructing, or teaching high school students in the outdoors and/or the classroom.
  • Passion for connecting with teenage students and empowering change.
  • Willingness to be flexible to changing conditions and program demands.
  • Outstanding people skills; ability to work well with adults and teens.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Knowledge of local environmental issues and ability to teach multiple aspects of issues to teens.
  • Experience facilitating project-based and/or service-learning curriculum with teens.
  • Familiar with classroom management tools and techniques.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects with overlapping timeframes.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google platform, Facebook, Twitter and basic blogging.
  • Expertise with camping gear and ability to organize, repair and maintain gear for trips.
  • General talent with getting things done and making it happen (aka, Rock Star).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spanish speaking.
  • Valid drivers license, good driving record, and competency driving 15 passenger vans.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce and WordPress.

Responsibilities and Expectations:
This job has two distinct aspects, Program Coordination and CAP Instruction, listed separately below:

Community Adventure Program Responsibilities:

  • Teach Community Adventure Program (CAP) at New Vista High School (NVHS) in Boulder, CO: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1-3 pm 2-4 quarters during the school year.
  • Facilitate amazing student led projects focused on positively addressing local environmental issues.
  • Complete job activities, responsibilities, and pre/post course logistics outlined in the CAP Instructor Training Manual.
  • Classroom instruction and lesson planning in line with course objectives.
  • Stay current in completing required tasks and paperwork for Boulder Valley School District and NVHS.
  • Attend and promote CAP at all promotional events and periodically attend staff meetings at NVHS.
  • Post articles about CAP Action Projects and a summary of each quarter to CI Website.
  • Coordinate and facilitate 2 overnight camping trips and transportation per quarter. You will have professional wilderness instructors to help facilitate these trips and teach essential camping and wilderness survival skills.
  • Review the medical history of each participant and submit pertinent information to risk management committee.
  • Follow CI Emergency Action Plan and Risk Management protocol identified in CI Risk Management Plan.
  • Conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times.
  • Oversee the overall risk management during programming activities and be responsible for the safety of all participants and volunteers.

Program Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Program Director to coordinate course logistics for other (non-CAP) CI programs, including packing/unpacking courses, food shopping, and setting up transportation and logistics.
  • Manage, inventory, and organize gear and equipment for upcoming courses and coordinate repairs when necessary.
  • Help coordinate, facilitate, and attend instructor trainings.
  • Work with Program Director to manage instructor resources, including: maps, paperwork, and curricular resources.
  • Develop and update curriculum and curricular resources for CAP and other courses/projects, including: journals, worksheets, activities, and compile relevant news articles, videos, and stories.
  • Assist with managing the CI database.
  • Take the lead with managing CI’s online presence:
  • Manage photos from courses and events and use various platforms to share with students, parents, and donors.
  • Delegate or write blog posts about courses, action projects, and other success stories to communicate with our students, parents, and donors.
  • Maintain social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn
  • Work with Program Director to help cultivate new revenue generating CI programs with schools and youth organizations.
  • Help coordinate logistics for fundraising, marketing, and networking events throughout the year.
  • Collaborate with the wider environmental education and service learning communities.
  • Regularly attend conferences and workshops.
  • Develop professional relationships with like-minded individuals and organizations throughout the Front Range.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Compensation: This is a full-time salaried position with paid time off and health, vision, and dental benefits. Compensation will be based on experience.

Preferred Start Date: February 1, 2015

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to by Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Interviews will be conducted January 22-23, 2015.


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