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Education Program Manager

Title:  Education Program Manager

Reports To:  Executive Director

Salary:  $40,000 - $48,000 DOE with Benefits

Status:  Full-time, Year Round

Location:  Monticello, UT


Organization Overview

Canyon Country Discovery Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Monticello, UT.  Our vision is to build a diverse community of people who support, foster and cherish the natural and cultural treasures of the Colorado Plateau.  The mission of CCDC is to create lifelong learning experiences about the Colorado Plateau through adventure, education and stewardship.


Position Overview

The Education Manager is responsible for the development and management of the Education Program and staff to support the mission of Canyon Country Discovery Center.  Our Education Team provides STEM-based outdoor and adventure education programming to students, teachers and youth through school programs, adventure trips and summer camp activities.


Responsibilities & Functions

The successful candidate will…

  • Develop and deliver education programs to students, teachers and youth visitors to our facility. This includes all aspects of programming – including set-up, clean-up and follow-up.

  • Conduct off-site outreach programs in a variety of settings including classrooms, libraries, etc. on a rotating schedule that will occasionally require overnight travel.

  • Help to develop adventure education programs that focus on geology, hydrology, conservation, cultural history and geography that enhance place-based education curriculum.

  • Plan and implement single and multi-day summer camps, adventure trips and outdoor programs that enhance educational experiences.

  • Research, write, prepare and maintain program curriculum materials including standards and objectives/learning outcomes.

  • Foster a safe and fun learning atmosphere for children while presenting knowledgeably and confidently to parents and teachers.

  • Articulate CCDC’s mission and project a helpful and positive attitude when interacting with the public, teachers and group leaders in person, on the phone, virtual meetings and via email.

  • Work collaboratively across the organization to ensure educational aspects are a part of all we do.

  • Assist in the development of a comprehensive conservation and science curriculum to be carried out on-site or off-site, including a range of courses/topics, teaching, learning, and assessment materials. Audiences may include: pre-K through 12th grade, teachers, tourists, youth groups, mixed ages, families and adults. 

  • Update and maintain program outlines to ensure that our curriculum meets the needs of teachers, such as meeting education standards of state and local school districts as well as NGSS standards.

  • Stay current with educational news, standards and best practices for program development.

  • Create and update seasonal education brochures and assist with mailing and advertising.

  • Develop and conduct evening night sky educational programs to visitors and school groups using telescopes and our observatory.

  • Develop program materials using various tools. For example, create a learning booklet using Adobe InDesign.

  • Work with targeted community groups as a resource for science education, by providing information, guidance and partnership on education programs from a science based and cultural perspective.

  • Assist in writing newsletter articles, program descriptions, reports, grants, etc.

  • Partner with other program team members to develop educational curriculum to support participants in those programs. 

  • Perform other duties as assigned.



The successful candidate will…

  • Be an excellent communicator, have a friendly manner, like to share new ideas, is interested in science and nature, and comfortable with people of all ages.

  • Have 2 years prior experience in environmental education, outdoor education, nature centers or museums.

  • Have experience writing and producing their own guided hikes, environmental education programs or interpretive walks.

  • Have knowledge and passion for the natural world of the Colorado Plateau, including the night sky, or a willingness to learn.

  • Have enthusiasm for working with children.

  • Possess the ability to hike, camp and raft, as some programs may include multi-day trips. Must be able to lift and move up to 50 lbs.

  • Be able to work independently and in a team environment.

  • Be able to write clearly and effectively.

  • Be proficient with MacOS, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and have general computer literacy.

  • Be willing to work irregular hours when necessary.

  • Maintain a valid driver’s license.

  • Have a current First Aid/CPR certification or be able to obtain certification.

Preferred Qualities 

  • Multi-lingual (Spanish, Ute and Navajo speakers)

  • Guiding license or guiding experience


The above job description is intended as an overview of the position requirements and qualifications and is not meant to be all-inclusive of job responsibilities.


CCDC is fully committed to ensuring an environment in which non-discrimination and equal opportunity are fundamental values. CCDC prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, age, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, gender expression, gender identity, medical condition, ancestry, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law.


To Apply: Please send Cover Letter and Resume to  No calls, please.

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