Nature Education Director

Wild Bear Nature Center

Nederland, Colorado

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $60,000 annual salary
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Our mission is to inspire a life-long connection to nature and community through creative exploration of the outdoors. We are seeking a leader to become our Nature Education Director (NED) who is skilled in environmental education as well as a creative individual with great leadership skills.  We are seeking a child, family, community, and JEDIA-centered leader who shares a love of nature through cutting-edge teaching models.

Lead Wild Bear’s Education Team in developing, implementing, and evaluating all formal and informal educational  programs at Wild Bear Nature Center including:

  • Year-round children’s programs
  • Group programs and retreats
  • Year-round adult and family programs
  • Nature Center exhibits 
  • Community Engagement initiatives

Job Responsibilities


  • Set education goals per Wild Bear's strategic plan annually for all programs.
  • Set and monitor program enrollment goals and collaborate with marketing and community engagement to meet or exceed goals.
  • Set and monitor yearly budget goals with the Chief Executive Officer and provide monthly reports to the board.
  • Recruit, interview, hire, supervise, evaluate, and support education interns, volunteers, and education staff.
  • Maintain education staff, intern, and volunteer files to meet all state childcare licensing requirements.
  • Develop and Implement program evaluations and set goals to address feedback.
  • Provide Wild Bear representation to County and Regional education opportunities and partnerships.
  • Oversee and ensure communication streams with program participants.
  • Support the Community Engagement Manager to set goals in the nature center and at community events.


  • Supervise, lead, train, and inspire the education team to position Wild Bear as leaders in the field of environmental education
  • Implement a rubric system for the evaluation of proposed all-ages programs
  • Oversee implementation of Wild Bear positive behavioral management strategies into programs
  • Direct education staff to organize, utilize, and enhance all educational materials, kits and guides to be mission-aligned. Enhance materials with the newest guides and materials and support staff to utilize in program planning.
  • Oversee the development of educational program themes and curriculum
  • Oversee staff in supervising all aspects of Summer Nature Camp
  • Supervise staff in ensuring all children's files (including health and emergency information) are complete prior to attendance and shared with pertinent staff
  • Teach programs if necessary


  • Support fundraising efforts including meeting with the fundraising team, and attending fundraising events when necessary
  • Participate in events, future vision including the Forest Preschool, and other activities of Wild Bear

Nature Education Director Profile

  • Believe, understand, and apply Wild Bear’s mission, vision, and values to all activities. A deep love and understanding of Earth’s living systems
  • Proven creative and innovative teaching style and innately loves educating people of all ages about the natural world
  • Strong positive leader with an empathetic, fun, energetic, and enthusiastic
  • Proven track record of supervising, developing, and leading nature education for all ages with a high standard of excellence
  • Environmental awareness and ethics in all aspects of program planning.
  • Creative and proven ability to integrate the arts and creative projects into nature programs
  • Excellent organizational skills and follows up in a timely manner
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with staff and constituents
  • Strong decision-making skills
  • Ability to work in a variety of (indoor, outdoor-in all season) settings and lift up to 50 lbs (material handling, etc.)
  • Takes the ball and runs: self-motivated with excellent follow-through
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time
  • Models excellent teaching strategies and supports staff to become excellent educators
  • Seeks out training to improve and enhance leadership in programs and professional development for self and other staff members.
  • Flexible and able to step into teaching when necessary
  • Has an intersectional environmental ethic, and is JEDIA-focused in teaching and leadership style.

Send a resume, cover letter, and at least three professional references to jobs@wildbear.org  to apply.

An important goal at Wild Bear is to increase diversity amongst our staff. We provide equal employment opportunities and encourage all qualified applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, or any other personal characteristics.  

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Category Admin & Leadership , Environmental Education
Tags Nature Center , Outreach