The Trustees Ipswich, Massachusetts
Job Type Paid permanent

Summary of Position:

Supporting the conservation and engagement mission of The Trustees, the Education Manager (EdM) develops and implements programming that leverages the unique cultural and natural resources of the Crane Estate. S/he will engage and inspire audiences to enjoy the outdoors, deepen their sense of place, and foster a stewardship ethic. Seasonal and year-round programming will primarily target youth, families, educators, and outdoor enthusiasts, while also seeking to engage diverse and/or underserved persons whenever possible (e.g., camp scholarship program). Programming will include summer camp, guided field trips, outdoor skill-building experiences, and relevant special events.

With support from the Engagement Manager (EM), the EdM manages the marketing, enrollment, curriculum, budget, and evaluation of programming. The EdM guides and supports the Seasonal Camp Director in developing and implementing all aspects of a place-based experiential summer camp, including curriculum development, staff hiring and training, licensure, risk management, registration, and more.

The Crane Estate is open almost every day of the year, and operates programming on weekdays, weekends, evenings, and some holidays, particularly during peak seasons. Candidates must be willing to work a flexible schedule that includes at least one weekend day many weeks of the year. Work periodically includes evening hours.

The EdM reports to the EM and must work closely with other staff based on the Crane Estate as well as Trustees’ statewide specialists.

Essential Functions:

  • Direct the development and execution of SummerQuest Camp, as well as foster its growth in subsequent years.
  • Develop and deliver quality programming that leverage unique property assets such as hiking trails, kayaks, and different coastal ecosystems, as well as relevant outdoor historic and cultural resources.
  • Working to expand the audience base to include diverse and/or underserved audiences to the greatest extent possible, actively market and deliver excellent customer service to all. Ensure accurate record-keeping that meets management goals and any licensure regulations.
  • Recruit, hire, and train the best Seasonal Camp Director and counselors possible with support from EM and other Crane staff.
  • Employ risk management best-practices in the development and execution of all educational programming.
  • Collaborate/network with other Trustees properties and beyond to share best practices related to effective delivery of camps, youth and family programming, and special events. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, environmental studies, or other relevant course of study. Master’s degree preferred.
  • The ability to develop experiential, inquiry-driven curriculum that draws on the unique identity of the place and organizational mission.
  • The physical ability to lead and teach outdoors, lead groups across the sandy beach and muddy salt marsh, sometimes carrying buckets and field gear, and in otherwise challenging conditions.
  • Must be willing to commit to uphold the rigorous regulatory requirements for a Massachusetts summer camp, and possess a solid understanding of the specifics of running an outdoors-based camp.
  • Experience in program marketing, registration, staffing, financial management, and assessment.
  • Must have managerial experience, having directly managed staff including hiring, performance management, and staff performance evaluation.
  • Experience as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and/or kayak guide is desirable.
  • A familiarity with the Crane Estate and The Trustees of Reservations is desirable.


  • The ability to develop experiential, inquiry-driven curriculum that draws on the unique identity of the place and organizational mission.
  • The physical ability to lead and teach outdoors, sometimes under challenging conditions.
  • Must be comfortable working with program-specific organisms such as crabs, snails, small fish, and seaweed.
  • The EdM must possess and display an appreciation for the rich ecological and cultural history of The Crane Estate.
  • A positive attitude, team-oriented, flexible approach and a commitment to achieving the goals at The Crane Estate and The Trustees more broadly are a key part of the job.


  • The applicant should possess an active certificate or be willing to acquire American Red Cross CPR Certificate for the Professional Rescuer, or equivalent.
  • Additional safety and/or watersport certifications may be required, training for which will be provided.


  • Valid driver’s license required for driving Trustees vehicles.
  • Pass of the CORI and SORI check required.
  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends is required; access to a motor vehicle is necessary.

Organizational Relationships/Scope:

The EdM reports to the EM and will manage a team of seasonal camp counselors.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be willing to work outside during all weather conditions
  • Must pass a CORI/SORI check
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs.

Please Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position.

Hours, Salary & Schedule

This is a full-time, year-round position averaging 40 hours per week, including some weekends, evenings and holidays, to be scheduled to accommodate seasonal programs and events. This salaried position includes benefits.

About the Organization:

The Trustees is an organization with a fascinating past and an exciting future. Our places are open to all and we thrive by involving as many people as possible in what we do. Founded in 1891, by a group of visionary volunteers, we preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts and work to protect special places across the state. We have helped protect more than 50,000 acres, including 26,000+ acres on 117 reservations that are all open to the public. We are a nonprofit conservation organization funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.

In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, the Trustees of Reservations aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of our team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts, who are at the core of our mission.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.


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