Outdoor School Director

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Whole Earth Nature School is looking for an Outdoor School Director who thrives in a dynamic, collaborative work environment to support our mission of youth development through mentored outdoor experiences. All staff work as valued members of our community in service of local youth and their families.

Whole Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome the unique contributions that you bring to Whole Earth including your culture, ethnicity, race, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran status, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and beliefs. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, volunteers, and employees. Visit our about and employment pages to learn more. Some ways we commit to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion include:

  • normalizing pronoun use during meetings and programs
  • providing needs-based scholarships to students
  • offering affinity camps for girls, boys, and gender-diverse campers
  • providing justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion training to all staff
  • paying staff to participate in a monthly justice-focused community
  • decolonizing curriculum and incorporating land acknowledgements in programs 
  • amplifying Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) voices and perspectives
  • using trauma-informed, culturally responsive student support strategies
  • providing accommodations for students to participate in our programs and for staff to lead programs


Coyote Outdoor School (COS) is a program of Whole Earth that provides state-funded, overnight outdoor learning experiences to 5th and 6th graders during a week of school. Outdoor School is for everyone. We are committed to creating an environment where each person can be themselves and belong. We strive for every student to develop curiosity; inquiry and observation skills; ecological understanding; gratitude; and an enhanced connection to self, community, and nature. Learn more at


To better accommodate student, partner, and staff needs, Whole Earth has divided the original responsibilities of this position into two roles: 1. Outdoor School (ODS) Director and 2. Equity and Engagement (EE) Director. The person currently working as the ODS Director will move into the EE Director role and continue to lead Outdoor School projects, including partnerships; school contracts and recruitment; family and teacher communications; student accommodations; and equity trainings as well as training the new ODS director.

The ODS Director shapes the COS program while making decisions that prioritize equity and inclusion and practicing collaborative decision making with partners, staff, and volunteers. The new ODS Director will be responsible for: managing projects and logistics; leading overnight programs on-site; developing curriculum and program policies; hiring, training, and supporting staff; and creating budgets and pricing. The position responsibilities may change due to public health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Lead overnight COS programs on-site, currently at Camp Lutherwood Oregon
  • Plan, modify, and implement the COS program, including policies, logistics, activities, schedules, health and safety protocols, sustainable land use, meals, equipment use, and overnight cabin lodging
  • Create and maintain project management systems; Complete individual projects and lead project teams  
  • Accommodate the needs of all youth, staff, and volunteers, especially folx who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, English language learners, and who have disabilities or chronic illnesses
  • Hire and support staff, including assistant directors, program and health coordinators, and instructors  
  • Work collaboratively to create and lead staff & volunteer training; Coach staff & volunteers to engage students in Outdoor School activities using trauma-informed and culturally responsive approaches
  • Implement and improve student-centered curriculum and programming, including land-based field studies, campfire, student electives, social emotional learning activities, and community building
  • Fulfill all Oregon Outdoor School requirements in Senate Bill 439; Meet science and equity standards 
  • Create resources and learning materials for students, instructors, volunteers, and teachers
  • Create and assess annual program budget; Set prices
  • Implement program changes using equity-focused assessments, community feedback, and research
  • Collaborate with Whole Earth administrative staff on grants, staffing, equity initiatives, and partnerships 

Note to potential applicants: Research shows that BIPOC folx, trans and non-binary folx, and women are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe that they meet every qualification listed in a job description. Your skills, experience, and education can come from personal interests, self-directed learning, community roles, and life experiences. We strongly encourage you to apply if you are interested in the position, even if you do not believe that you meet all of the qualifications.


  • Interest in or experience creating equitable and inclusive environments, working with youth, leading overnight outdoor programs, and developing engaging curriculum and activities
  • Ability to hire, train, and support staff to lead outdoor learning and community building experiences that are sensitive to students’ needs, interests, life experiences, identities, and abilities
  • Compassionate and responsive interpersonal skills to build trust and a shared sense of purpose among diverse groups of people, including administration, staff, volunteers, partners, families, and students
  • Highly effective project management and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple collaborative projects, set and meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to envision the big picture and implement crucial details simultaneously, creating detailed plans as well as carrying out the vision to provide an equitable outdoor program for youth
  • Experience or transferable skills in professional administrative work, including writing thorough emails and documents, planning programs, leading meetings, creating procedures, and/or managing budgets
  • Commitment to learn about and actively work to create just policies, systems, and programs that liberate marginalized groups, particularly in the outdoor and education fields
  • Strong skills in self-awareness and self-motivation to achieve work goals while meeting personal needs; ability to practice active listening and critical self-reflection to make personal and program improvements 


  • Proficiency or fluency in Spanish, American Sign Language, Braille, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Japanese, French and/or Arabic
  • Education or experience in justice and equity in education, applied science learning, educational theory, wilderness skills, outdoor education, or environmental studies
  • Experience teaching or coordinating in-person or remote youth programs during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Communication skills: graphic design, websites, social media, public speaking, writing, or recruitment 


To apply: Complete our application: to be considered for this position. 

Reports to: Executive Director

Hiring timeline: The priority deadline to apply is Sept. 19. The anticipated start date is between Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. We will review applications until the position is filled and consider later start dates for qualified candidates. 

Work Schedule: This is a full-time, salaried position with flexible work schedules. The ODS Director will be on-site managing overnight programs during the program season (March-June), working 1-4 nights a week and some weekends. This position is not eligible for overtime, but the ODS Director can use “exchange” time to offset high work periods by working fewer than full-time hours in the summer.

Job location: Off-season work will be done remotely from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Occasional staff trainings, interviews, and meetings will be held in-person, primarily outdoors, beginning in January 2022. All in-person work gatherings will meet or exceed all public health recommendations. From mid-February or early-March to mid-June, work is performed primarily at our Outdoor School site: Camp Lutherwood Oregon.

Type of work required: Work is primarily sitting or standing at a desk while typing on a computer or using a mobile device to communicate (70%), gathering in-person or remotely for meetings and trainings both indoors and outdoors (15%), moving around the program site to support staff and students outdoors in non-hazardous conditions (10%), and visiting Outdoor School sites and attending conferences indoors and outdoors (5%). We will make reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants to perform job functions. The Director may have occasional in-state travel and may visit local schools and volunteer fairs when other staff are unavailable.

Other Details: Finalists will complete a criminal history background check, and candidates with disqualifying criminal history set by the Oregon Department of Education will not be eligible for this position. 

Whole Earth Nature School is looking for an Outdoor School Director who thrives in a dynamic, collaborative work environment to support our mission of youth development through mentored outdoor experiences. All staff work as valued…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    November 1, 2021


USD 45,000 - USD 52,000



  • Health insurance: Whole Earth pays 75% of employee premium and 25% of dependent premium
  • Paid leave: 10 days of paid personal leave for years 1-5, 8.65 paid sick days a year (unlimited accrual), 4 paid holidays a year, 6 weeks paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child, 3 days paid bereavement leave, Other unpaid leaves are available
  • Stipends and discounts: $250 annual professional development stipend. Monthly stipend for mobile phone and home internet use during remote work. Dependent discounts on Whole Earth programs. Discounts on outdoor gear through “pro-deal” programs.
  • Option to participate in monthly Justice Talks community


  • Health insurance: Whole Earth pays 75% of employee premium and 25% of dependent premium
  • Paid leave: 10 days of paid personal leave for years 1-5, 8.65 paid sick days a year…


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Eugene, OR
Associated Location
Eugene, OR, USA

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