NOW HIRINGProgram Manager

Program Managers, under the direction of the Program Director, work alongside each other to facilitate and manage the multiple facets of our school year and summer programs. Responsibilities include management of club programs at partner schools, weekend trips, summer programs, volunteer recruitment, alumni opportunities, and gear maintenance. (The Woods Project employs two program managers. Responsibilities are assigned to one or both program managers based on individual employee’s experience and qualifications.)

Club Program Responsibilities:

  • Personally lead/facilitate school club programs
  • Maintain and manage records of club attendance and activities

Weekend Program Responsibilities:

  • Serve as head weekend trip leader for a minimum of two weekend trips per semester
  • Collect and file paperwork for students and volunteers
  • Gear pack-out and pack-in prior to and upon the return of weekend trips
  • Finalize weekend menus and buy lists
  • Communicate with partner organizations regarding paperwork and weekend trip expectations
  • In conjunction with Program Director and staff, schedule programming for trips and organize the necessary equipment and personnel

Summer Program Responsibilities:

  • Work with summer wilderness partners to ensure quality educational programming
  • Along with Program Director, ensure risk management protocols are adhered to and that all incidents are reported to TWP Risk Management Committee
  • Update and maintain summer leader manual and training
  • Coordinate and schedule Wilderness First Aid and CPR courses for trip leaders
  • Pre-trip paperwork for students and volunteers
  • Pre-trip summer phone calls to parents and students
  • Participate in a leadership capacity at a national wilderness destination during a two-week, wilderness education immersion experience each summer (depending on location, Program Manager may be required to arrive on location one-three days prior to trip)

Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Recruit volunteers for events and activities appropriate for their skill sets, manage online postings of events, and identify new opportunities to recruit volunteers
  • Develop and maintain relationships with volunteers in order to increase engagement
  • Update and improve volunteer orientation materials
  • Collect and file volunteer paperwork and maintain volunteer database
  • Manage and run volunteer background checks
  • Participate in volunteer orientation sessions and appreciation events
Alumni Relations Responsibilities:
  • Develop, and facilitate meetings/programing for student alumni Junior Leader Program (JLP)
  • Develop alumni opportunities that encourage continued engagement with TWP
  • Update and maintain alumni records in contact database
  • Manage educational, social and fundraising events
Overall Program-Related Responsibilities:
  • Communicate effectively with TWP Staff and partner schools, organizations and wilderness partners
  • Work collaboratively to achieve TWP Mission goals
  • Maintain and deepen relationships with TWP partners, ensuring compliance to the terms of MOU
  • Coordinate with TWP Finance and Operations Manager
  • Recommend program enhancements and complementary initiatives
  • Update and grow TWP’s social media presence and website
  • Participate in a staff capacity at TWP events including: reunions, the annual luncheon, Walk for The Woods Project and others.
  • Encourage student participation in Walk for The Woods Project and other fundraising events
  • Assist with gear purchases, inventory and maintenance
  • Work in TWP warehouse for inventories, cleaning days, pack-outs and pack-ins
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: Applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree
  • Be a self-starter and extremely reliable
  • Be able to work and communicate effectively with all staff members and volunteers
  • Have 1-2 years of experience working with high school youth in some capacity such as with summer camps, nature centers, parks, other outdoor/nature-oriented programs, or schools.
  • Love the outdoors/nature and have experience with camping, hiking, backpacking
  • Be committed to earning the trust of a diverse group of underserved youth
  • Enjoy being in a mentor/leadership role
  • Be able to use technology effectively to achieve program goal
  • Be able to keep a sense of humor when things don’t go as planned
  • Spanish language proficiency preferred
Salary range $36,000 – $44,000 Commensurate with experience

Interested in this position, or know someone who might be? Please email resume and cover letter to Michael Valdez, Program Director, at

Application Due Date: Monday, December 13, 2021.