The Outdoor Education Coordinator is responsible for executing a recreational program that engages youth in a variety of outdoor activities and experiential learning opportunities to teach youth specific skills, an appreciation of the outdoors, respect for the environment and responsible use of natural resources. The Outdoor Education Program offers age-appropriate activities for youth in care, as well as activities for community partners and other MCH stakeholders. The program includes, but is not limited to, horsemanship, Alpine Tower, fishing, camping, summer camp, hosting community partners and stakeholders, and other physical education activities. This position is also responsible for ensuring that the Outdoor Education Program is operated safely and in compliance with licensing and accreditation standards.
The Outdoor Education Coordinator must exhibit the intellectual and emotional maturity required to work with youth who have behavioral issues and difficulty relating to others due to developmental delays, mental health needs and trauma. This position requires respect and compassionate understanding for the youth in care and the ability to balance the need for nurture and structure in the work with youth. The Outdoor Education Coordinator must have the ability to form and maintain healthy relationships with youth and co-workers, effectively communicate with others, solve problems and regulate their own behavior in all situations. The Outdoor Education Coordinator must maintain a healthy value system, including moral and ethical behavior consistent with the agency’s mission and core values.