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Outdoor Education Center
ABOUT BATTLE CREEK OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER
The Outdoor Education Center (OEC), commonly called 'Clear Lake Camp', is a division of the
Battle Creek Public School System (BCPS). We are located on Clear Lake in Dowling,
Michigan. We offer a serene rural environment less than an hour's drive from Lansing, Grand
Rapids, and Kalamazoo.
As the oldest school camp in the nation, we have been offering programs to supplement school
curriculum for over 60 years. We currently offer overnight and day programs to schools located
across southern Michigan. In addition, we host weddings, family retreats, and workshops.
Responsible for the overall management of the organization, including day-to-day administrative
and camp operations, education programs, marketing, staffing, and financial performance.
● $60,000 - $62,000/year
● Paid training days.
● On site housing provided..
● Meals provided during training and when groups are onsite.
● Health, Dental, Vision Benefits
Essential Job Functions
● Responsible for leading dynamic, educational and enriching camp operations, outdoor
education programs, and year-round environmental-based events
● Oversee day-to-day operations of the Camp, ensuring the safe operations of all programs
and on-site activities
● Responsible for curriculum, fidelity of implementation, and ensure instructional staff
understands program curriculum that is aligned with Common Core and Next Generation
● Ensures compliant with all state camp license requirements and BCPS policies
● Responsible for all written records, included but not limited to licenses and certifications,
health services, financials, camp attendance, and permits.
● Manages annual budget; establishing an approved budget, managing operating expenses,
achieving planned revenue, and ensures financial transactions adhere to guidelines
established by the BCPS Business Office
● Ensures skilled staffing in place to effectively support Camp operations and instructional
programs, and conduct performance evaluations for direct-reporting staff
● Work with Executive Director and BCPS Administration to ensure facilities and physical
space/structures are compliant and kept in excellent working condition
● Guide outreach to schools, partners, and local groups to increase participation in
educational programs and events
● Work with the Executive Director to set reasonable growth plans, track results, and ensure
operating according to the approved budget.
● Work closely with leadership, staff and Board to achieve a financially sustainable camp
● Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the overall success
of the business.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. Commitment to the mission and values of the Outdoor Education Center, the education of
children, and the conservation and protection of environmental resources
2. Minimum two years’ management experience in outdoor/camp leadership
3. Be proactive in developing and managing relationships with key partner organizations,
including other non-profit, school districts and outdoor education camps, to help strengthen
existing programs and identify opportunities for new programs
4. Maintain a strong working knowledge of the latest developments in the field of nature-
based environmental education
5. High level of professionalism, collaboration and exceptional interpersonal skills, a self-
starter able to prioritize complex situations
6. Ability to build relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with
others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization
7. Ability to organize and prioritize work and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
8. Ability to solve problems in the moment of an event with confidence and in a calm manner
9. Must be student-service minded.
10. Proficient with business software, using Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, Access
and PowerPoint), Google docs and accounting software, e.g., SMART.
11. Demonstrates proficiency in core competencies as outlined in the OEC Personnel section
of the Camp Manual, e.g., accountability, teamwork, engagement, work ethic,
12. Maintain required certifications – CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer, Wilderness First
Responder [WFR], small craft boater safety.
Required – Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, environmental education, recreational
management or related field. At least five (5) years’ experience in outdoor educational leadership
Prefer – Master’s degree in environmental studies, biology, environmental education, recreational
management or related field.
Programs are run in all weather conditions, the director needs to be able to work outdoors for
long hours in cold, heat, rain, snow, and other weather that arises. The director will also need to
be able to stand for hours and be able to hike up to 5 miles. Should be able to lift or move up to
HOW TO APPLY
Send cover letter, resume, and 3 reference contacts to Jeff English, at
Phone inquiries are welcome at 269-213-3906.
SCHOOL SAFETY CLEARANCE: The successful candidate will be subject to a fingerprint, drug
screen and background check as a condition of employment. All fees required for the evaluation
is the responsibility of the successful applicant.
The Battle Creek Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, handicap, sex, religion, national origin, weight, height or marital status in its
AmeriCorp Positions: Huron Pines
Huron Pines, 4241 Old US 27 South, Suite 2, Gaylord, MI 49735 (989)448-2293 HURONPINES.ORG
Explore the woods and waters of Michigan and gain valuable experience in your field. Huron Pines AmeriCorps currently has 25 AmeriCorps service positions at host sites across the state of Michigan. These positions include Community Stewardship Specialist with Huron Pines, Community Conservation Coordinator with Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Conservation Science Technician with Michigan Natural Features Inventory and many others.
These positions place AmeriCorps members in a term of service from January 2023 through November 2023. To learn more about Huron Pines AmeriCorps, view a complete list of host sites, position descriptions and instructions on how to apply, please visit huronpines.org.
Huron Clinton Metroparks
Position: Community Outreach Interpreter- Science Project Facilitator (full time)
Job description: Under the direction of the Community Outreach Interpretive Services Supervisor, this Interpreter position seeks to gain awareness and a positive image for the Metroparks and the interpretive department as a community outreach facilitator. Work responsibilities in this position involves coordinating, facilitating, and conducting science programming in Detroit and Wayne County schools. Other Interpretive responsibilities may include planning, preparing, and presenting talks, demonstrations, promoting public interest in the appreciation of natural and cultural history and driving the Mobile Learning Center.
Qualifications- full job description and qualifications: https://www.metroparks.com/job-opportunities/#JOBBOARD
Location: This position is based out of Willow Metropark in New Boston, Wayne County
The Johnson Nature Center
Job Title: Nature Center Instructional Guide
Job Number: 4600232213
Job Description: The Nature Center Guide will contribute to increasing visitors’ awareness of their surrounding natural environment and cultural heritage. The Guide will foster the appreciation, enjoyment, and sustainable use of our Michigan natural and cultural resources through education with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This position includes providing instructional support to educators in Bloomfield Hills Schools and the surrounding communities, connecting the outdoors to the classroom, in addition to contributing to community development through educational programs and community events.
DeVries Nature Conservancy
Environmental Education Coordinator
• Proven success with developing and implementing interpretive natural science programming for a variety
of ages and abilities.
• Experience working in a nature center or similar nonprofit environment.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; must be comfortable speaking in public.
• Proven administrative, organizational and management skills, with the ability to work creatively and
• Marketing and graphics design experience preferred.
• Must have a commitment to environmental and experiential education and a passion for creating
meaningful learning experiences for a wide audience.
• Knowledge of Michigan native species preferred.
• Ability to handle live animals, such as snakes, turtles, cockroaches.
• Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and be able to perform medium to heavy
• Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
• Must be current on CPR/First Aid certification or willing to obtain certification.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to:
Executive Director, Ben Glardon