COSA HIRING: Director of Education at Cal-Wood Education Center

Cal-Wood has provided residential environmental and outdoor education experiences to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans since 1982 at our 1,200-acre classroom located west of Boulder Colorado. Our mission is to connect children and families to the Colorado Mountains, including those who would not otherwise experience nature, through our Residential Science School Program, Summer Camps, Latino Family Camps, and High School Students Research Programs. Cal-Wood has received several awards because of our quality programs and for serving linguistically diverse audiences and families.

In all programming, Cal-Wood incorporates best practices in environmental and STEM education, breaks down socio-economic and cultural barriers for nature-based learning, models conservation and stewardship, and connects with English Language Learners through innovative and differentiated instruction by using Sheltered English instruction which integrates language and content instruction.

Responsibilities and Knowledge

We are looking for a motivated, knowledgeable, and excited director to help grow our programs. The Education Director oversees our residential school Science program, summer camps, Latino Family camps, and other educational programs. The Director must have extensive knowledge of personnel management (The director will supervise 4 coordinators, 8 full-time instructors, and 3 part-time evening instructors), program management, marketing, program evaluation, strategic planning, basic fundraising, and partnership building skills.

Because our main program serves schools, the director must have knowledge of elementary, middle, and secondary education, science/environmental education teaching techniques, curriculum development, knowledge of educational standards, evaluation methods, and science/conservation/environmental education. Because we are a residential center, we expect this position to work on site most of the time.

This is a leadership position, which we expect this position to assist the Executive Director with annual planning, budgeting, participating in some board meetings, and take part of the decision making about the future of Cal-Wood.


  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in environmental education, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Education, or a related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience teaching environmental/conservation education and curriculum development.
  • At least 4 years of experience directing residential EE programs with supervisory responsibilities.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong communication skills with staff, teachers, and children.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and roles, patiently and professionally.
  • Understanding of the Academic Standards.
  • Experience in budget and planning management.
  • A good understanding of natural resources management.
  • Experience in working with diverse audiences.
  • Experience in marketing educational programs.
  • People skills, team player, outgoing, creative, resourceful, critical thinker, results-oriented, and self-motivated.
  • Have strong written and oral skills.
  • Proficient with Google Drive and MS Office
  • Spanish speaker is a big plus.
  • Summer Camps experience is a plus.
  • Fundraising experience is a plus.

Starting Date: August or September 2023

Salary: Starts at $72,000/year

Benefits: Paid vacation, 75% of health insurance, 100% of vision insurance, 100% of Life Insurance with Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and a retirement savings plan with a 3% employer match contribution

Direct all questions to: Rafael

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