Program Manager - ONE TAM Youth & Education

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Compensation is negotiable and will be commensurate with work experience, skills, and educational background.



Start Date


Application Deadline



San Rafael
United States


The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit support partner of the Golden Gate National Parks—84,000 acres of national parkland throughout the Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. Park projects and programs include the Crissy Field Center, the promoting of leadership and environmental justice training for youth; the Native Plant Nurseries, which grows over 100,000 plants annually to restore habitat; Trails Forever, which is at work building and rehabilitating miles of trails throughout the parks; and volunteer programs that inspire over 25,000 people annually to take action in support the parks.

Overview of Position:

The One Tam Youth and Education Manager is responsible for the successful development and organization of programs that introduce and engage local youth and community groups to Mount Tamalpais and surrounding open space. Working as part of the One Tam Team, the Program Manager will expand hands-on service opportunities, link to field science activities, support existing partner programs, provide lessons in experiential learning, and (in general) create youth-friendly activities which encourage a connection to, and appreciation of parks, open space, and their cultural and natural resources.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

Program Development

  • Develop, lead, and oversee One Tam youth programs while supporting a variety of programs managed by TLC partners, including the coordination of a 6-week summer high school program (LINC).
  • Collaborate with TLC partners and colleagues to better connect existing programs, and if capacity, develop new programs and internship opportunities for local youth.
  • Learn about the ecology, recreational opportunities, and history of Mt. Tam; become familiar with relevant restoration, trails, and project sites, and integrate into programming.
  • Support restoration efforts at field sites, lead volunteers and school groups in restoration and or trail maintenance activities, including: management of invasive plant species, trail work, and general maintenance.
  • Develop some educational programming and run school year service-learning and educational programs for youth groups

Community Engagement

  • Develop new, and sustain existing partnerships with education-based groups, youth and community organizations.
  • Establish a network of partners in underserved communities, specifically low income communities and communities of color. Think strategically when recruiting for youth program participants and interns, with the aim of developing leadership within communities that are typically under-represented in park management.
  • Build awareness and inspire participation in One Tam opportunities through community presentations, educational talks, connections with affinity groups, and outreach at local events. Collaborate with One Tam Community Engagement Assistant in outreach, tabling, events, as needed.



  • Recruit, hire and train full time interns.
  • Hire, train, manage, and evaluate seasonal summer staff to support the LINC program.
  • Collect data to support evaluation, tracking and fundraising efforts. Analyze and evaluate program data annually, and engage in report writing.
  • Attend relevant meetings with partner organizations.
  • Respond and track all youth volunteer inquires; collect and report volunteer inquiry data.


  • Demonstrated ability to effectively inspire, lead, and motivate youth audiences.
  • Two years’ experience as a youth leader or environmental educator.
  • A passionate commitment to youth participation, volunteerism, and stewardship in parks and open space.
  • Experience leading volunteer programs for all ages; or experience serving as a volunteer with an understanding of the mechanisms needed to lead a successful program.
  • Passion for open space, national parks and the maintenance and care of these special sites.
  • Embraces a culture of service, partnership, and collaboration.
  • Values diversity, treats others with respect, committed to an inclusive and open-minded work environment.
  • Enjoys working outdoors with youth in all kinds of weather and site conditions.
  • Excellent communication skills; written, verbal, public speaking.
  • Bilingual in Spanish, a plus.
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn about, ecology, natural and cultural resources of the bay area.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google applications, and general database entry.
  • Ability to obtain a Class B License (requires a valid California Driver’s license and excellent driving record).
  • This position requires a Tuesday-Saturday schedule. Some overnights, as well as flexibility to occasionally work different days of the week or hours, to accommodate programs. Frequent local travel will be necessary (vehicle provided).

Physical Requirements and Work Environments:

  • Work is performed in an office and outdoor setting.
  • Work is primarily performed sitting.
  • Work requires squatting and kneeling.
  • Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 50 pounds.


Benefits include:

  • Medical/Dental Insurance
  • Paid Vacation/Personal Time Off
  • Commuter Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Programs

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in Spanish - a plus

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Apply online. Please include a resume and cover letter

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.