POSITION: Program Director

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The Program Director plays an important role in the successful and effective implementation of the mission of the Mountain Park Environmental Center. MPEC’s mission is to provide environmental education in order to create a citizenry that understands, respects, enjoys and cares for themselves, their families, community and the natural world.

The Program Director is responsible for managing and directing all aspects of school, camp and adult programs. This position is a very visible face of the organization and will represent MPEC to the community in many capacities.

Program Director duties include:

  • Develop and manage all facets of on- and off-site interpretive and educational programs for children of all ages and adults in cooperation with area educational organizations, including scheduling, invoicing, curriculum development and management, assessment development and management, data management, etc.
  • Work with local School Districts and other agencies in developing, scheduling and implementing education programs for students, with an emphasis on the Earth Studies program and Forest School for Little Rangers programs for Pueblo City School District and School District #70.
  • Responsible for hiring, supervising, training, evaluating, managing and terminating instructors and other teaching staff for all programs, including camps, school programs and adult programs.
  • Develop all aspects of summer camp programs, including camp activities, hiring and training of contract camp staff, development of schedule, marketing, all paperwork associated with camps (e.g. medical forms, parent communication, equipment list) facilitation of camps as scheduled and needed.
  • Work with other staff as needed in development of adult programs, including staffing, program design, and other facets of adult programming.
  • Responsible for maintaining and enforcing risk-management protocols for all programs, including use of vehicles for program transportation.
  • Responsible for scheduling program staff for all programs.
  • Be a facilitator / teacher / guide of programs as needed.
  • Assist in marketing and promotional efforts for the MPEC programs, including the development of publications such as program and general informational brochures, press releases, and advertising.
  • Keep program pages of website up to date (e.g. add new programs, remove cancelled programs, etc.) and maintain all facets of website program pages (e.g. staff bios, program descriptions).
  • Ensure that program and education materials are purchased, maintained, properly stored, tracked, cared for, and replaced as needed.
  • Work with other staff in developing and managing printed materials for programs (e.g. tests, workbooks, etc.).
  • Manage all aspects of the challenge course, including maintenance, bookings, staffing and staff training, and facilitation (as needed) of challenge course programs.
  • Manage all aspects of licensing, permits, and reports required by USFS, BLM, CDOW, USF&W, HHS and other licensing and collaborating agencies.
  • Drive school buses and/or vans for MPEC programs as needed.
  • Write articles and other written materials as needed for newsletter, grant proposals, reports, and other documents as needed.
  • Work with maintenance staff to insure that all MPEC program vehicles (buses, vans) are properly maintained, inspected, repaired and ready for use, and all legal and safety needs and requirements associated with program vehicles are taken care of in a timely fashion.
  • Work with other staff in developing and overseeing program budgets.
  • Set up and occupy MPEC booth at fairs and other events as needed, including driving to and from events, picking up and returning booth items., etc.
  • As time and scheduling allow, assist in park stewardship projects as needed and appropriate.
  • Participate in planning, organizing and facilitating other MPEC events (e.g. Open House, fund-raising events, special events and projects) as needed and appropriate.
  • Perform other duties related to programs or as assigned by the Executive Director.

Program Director Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in education, environmental education, outdoor recreation or related field.
  • Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification preferred;  First Aid and CPR certification at a minimum.
  • CDL Class B (or willingness to obtain a CDL)
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in a management / supervisory position at a Nature Center, camp, zoo, or other related organization preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience facilitating programs at a Nature Center, outdoor school, camp, zoo or other related organization preferred.
  • Ability to represent MPEC to the community in a professional manner at all times.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including excellent phone skills.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills: be able to assign goals, delegate tasks, and resolve conflicts in an effective manner.
  • Superb organizational skills.
  • Have knowledge of current risk management practices in outdoor recreation and education.
  • Extremely punctual and reliable.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Team player, strong work ethic, and passion for MPEC’ mission.
  • Strong computer skills, including use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent physical condition.
  • Comfort in all aspects of outdoor recreation and education (e.g. dealing with cold and hot outdoor temperatures and all kinds of weather, safety of others under your care/guidance, potential encounters with wild animals and  poisonous plants, etc.)

Other Details

  • Position will sometimes involve evening and weekend hours.
  • Position is supervised and evaluated by Executive Director.
  • Position is hourly; pay scale depends on experience.
  • Modest benefit package, including retirement plan and health insurance.



POSITION: Housekeeping/Kitchen Assistant

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Duties will include:

  • Provide general cleaning services related to the Horseshoe Lodge Interpretive Center and common areas including, but not limited to, display areas, office area, and public restrooms
  • Provide general cleaning services in the classrooms at the Horseshoe Lodge
  • Provide general cleaning services in the dining hall and kitchen
  • Provide assistance in the kitchen for meals for groups and individuals as needed
  • Provide general cleaning services in the East & West Wing overnight rooms and commons area
  • Provide general cleaning services in any other area of the Horseshoe lodge not mentioned above
  • Provide other general cleaning services in other areas as directed such as buses, pavilion, outside gathering areas, etc….

Tasks involved will include but are not limited too:

  • Standing for up to 4 – 6 hours at a time
  • Handling kitchen knives and utensils
  • Reading and following directions
  • Listening, understanding and following verbal directions
  • Practicing safe handling of hot pans and trays while working in the kitchen
  • Handling cleaners and supplies
  • Lifting from ground level to your waist, up to 40 pounds
  • Lifting from waist level to over your head, up to 30 pounds
  • Stooping and Bending
  • Communicating orally and in writing with guests, customers and staff
  • Moving furniture (bunk beds)
  • Working overhead (changing bunk bed sheets) for periods of up to 2 hours at a time
  • Pushing, pulling wheeled carts that weigh up 80 pounds
  • Working with water
  • Cleaning toilets, showers, including providing general tank cleaning maintenance on composting toilets
  • Documenting room inventory and cleaning checklists for all areas as required
  • Completing other detail cleaning tasks required but not limited to MPEC best practices, such as cleaning and polishing baseboards, vegas (ceiling beams), furniture, etc
  • Working well with others and independently

This position requires that:

  • Closed toe shoes with no heels be worn
  • Fingernails shall be neatly trimmed
  • A neat and well groomed appearance is kept
  • Head dressing be worn in the kitchen when helping with clean up anytime food is present
  • Appropriate clothing shall be worn (no t-shirts with inappropriate logos, no short shorts, no sleeveless shirts, etc.)

Disclosure: This position requires an I9, E-verify, background check, and National Sex Offender check.

Note:  This position does not require a pre-employment drug screen unless you will be driving a company vehicle.  However, if an accident occurs while performing work functions and an individual is hurt and requires professional medical attention you will be required to take a drug screen that day or as soon as possible.  Also, if you are suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at work you will be escorted to the lab and required to take a drug and/or alcohol test.

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