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Camp Director

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.
Position Summary
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
Science Standards
● 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,
confidentiality, etc.
12. Maintain required certifications – CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer, Wilderness First
Responder [WFR], small craft boater safety.

Job Qualifications
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
25 pounds.


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
employment practices.

Great Lakes Educator

Inland Seas Education Association seeks an enthusiastic and curious professional to fill the full-time
position of Great Lakes Educator. This position delivers education programming on shore and aboard
the schooners Inland Seas, Utopia, and Alliance, under the leadership of the Education Coordinator.
Programs are primarily based out of Suttons Bay, MI, but also entails traveling to various ports
throughout the Great Lakes during the summer. The GL Educator also supports development of ISEA
programming, completes tasks that support the education activities of ISEA, and participates in ship
operations as needed.


Position benefits include opportunities to travel by sail and live aboard a tall ship schooner, explore
streams and watersheds with participants ashore, and develop new programs for ISEA audiences.
Come share your passion for the Great Lakes with learners of all ages while you work and play
outdoors in, on, and around the beautiful waters of this region!


Previous sailing or boating experience is not necessary, but the candidate should be ready to work on
board an operating commercial vessel and outdoors, in various weather conditions (sun, rain, wind),
which could include rocking or severe motion while on the water.


Apply for the Great Lakes Educator position through our online application form. If you have any
questions regarding the application form or process, please email
Priority will be given to those who submit their application by Sunday February 5, 2023.


Primary Responsibilities:
● Aboard the ship and on shore, deliver educational units to student, family, and community
groups that emphasize hands-on, experiential learning and relate to Great Lakes topics.
○ As needed, greet and assist group leaders before and after programs, manage
volunteer needs during programming, and address any issues that arise on programs
throughout the season.
○ Deliver daily shipboard programs with enthusiasm back-to-back during May/June and
September/October to school groups in Suttons Bay, MI.
○ Adapt content delivery alongside ISEA partners at away ports June-August; ability to
travel and live aboard a vessel for 1-10 days for program delivery during this time
○ Lead and deliver 3- to 5-day, overnight programs aboard the ship during the summer
● Contribute to the development of ISEA education programming and enhance existing
● Provide support to education programming including: care of aquatic animals in the education
center, maintenance of exhibits, data entry, and maintenance of program materials
● Maintain the high quality of ISEA’s educational programs
● As a member of the ISEA team, help to mentor student interns and support volunteers in best
educational practices.

Ship Operations
● Direct passengers in safe behavior aboard the ship
● Understand and comply with the ship’s rules, policies, and Standing Orders
● Assist with cleaning, maintenance, and repairs as needed.
● Work as a member of the ISEA team to monitor the equipment and supplies needed for
education programs, including inventory, acquisition, maintenance and repair.
● Train to be able to fulfill “Steward” crew level emergency response duties when aboard as
Lead Instructor.
Relationship Management
● Create an open communication environment with staff, volunteers, interns, and students to
support the ISEA education objectives and organizational culture
● Serve as an ambassador to the community to educate and promote the organization.
● Contribute to an organizational culture that will attract, retain and motivate a diverse staff of
quality employees and volunteers.
● Provide regular performance feedback to supervisor according to established performance
● Display passion and optimism; inspire respect and trust, provide vision and inspiration to
● Exhibit sound and accurate judgment.
Secondary Responsibilities:
● Support other ISEA events and initiatives related to ISEA’s educational mission.
Skills and Prerequisites:
● Strong knowledge of Great Lakes related science and environmental issues
● Experience in museum, science center, or outdoor environmental education
● Ability to work well with youth and adults
● Enthusiastic about teaching and learning
● Willingness to learn and teach new subject material
● Excellent interpersonal communication skills, written and verbal
● Strong team player
● Ability to lift equipment of 40 lb and haul lines
● Ability to climb up and down ladders (companionways)
● Ability to walk up to 1 mile while leading groups
● Ability to travel and live aboard a vessel 1 – 10 days at a time
● Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed (primarily during June - September)
● Ability to work in turbulent waters and challenging weather conditions
● Not subject to severe motion-sickness
● Understanding of the concept of place-based education
● Experience in teaching with an experiential science education emphasis
● Experience aboard education, research, or sail-training vessels


● Completed or enrolled in college (or equivalent experience) in a related field of study –
education, environment, aquatic ecology, etc.
● Experience in education, environmental education, science, and/or aquatic ecology
Licenses and Certification
● Valid driver’s license
● CPR and First Aid certification (ISEA will provide training for certification if candidate is not
already certified)


Job Type, Compensation, and Benefits:
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position.
Pay: $33,280 - $40,000. Pay will be commensurate with experience.



● Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
● Employer 401k match
● Paid Time Off
● Paid Holidays


Location: Suttons Bay, MI

To Apply: Please complete the online application form. Priority will be given to those who submit their
application by Sunday February 5, 2023
Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is an equal opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination and
harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic
information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This
policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion,
termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. ISEA makes
hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.

Shipboard Education Intern

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) seeks an enthusiastic individual looking to gain experience with outreach, environmental education, and public-speaking for 2023. The shipboard education intern delivers Great Lakes educational programming aboard traditionally rigged schooners for people of all ages. Most programs are delivered aboard our educational vessels, and include teaching activities that
explore Great Lakes topics including: water quality, food web dynamics, invasive species, forage fish, zooplankton, benthic macroinvertebrates, as well as engineering practices and underwater technologies. Read the full internship posting here.

Apply for the Shipboard Education Intern position by emailing a resume and letter of interest to Jillian Votava

Spring Education Intern

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) seeks up to three enthusiastic interns to help deliver Great Lakes educational programming to K-12 students from across Michigan this spring. People passionate about the Great Lakes, water resources, communication, science, and technology are highly encouraged to apply. If applicable, ISEA will work within a student’s enrolled study program to coordinate credit hours for this internship. Read the full internship posting here.

Apply for the Spring Education Intern position by emailing a resume and letter of interest to Jillian Votava

Annis Water Resources Institute, Grand Valley State University

Muskegon, MI and/or Grand Haven, MI


Position: Science Instructor


The Annis Water Resource Institute (AWRI) seeks passionate and energetic environmental educators to engage students in hands-on, place-based learning experiences onboard its research vessels and in its indoor/outdoor classroom programming. Instructors are assigned to either the W. G. Jackson (docks in Muskegon), the D. J. Angus (docks in Grand Haven), the AWRI classroom, or may serve in a combination of roles. Science Instructors are responsible for conducting educational programs in the Water Resources Outreach Education Program, including seasonal programs aboard the research vessels as well as landside programming and special events. AWRI anticipates hiring multiple instructors for the 2023 outreach season.


Detailed Duties, Qualifications, Working Conditions, and Compensation: see PDF


How To Apply

Apply online at Applications received outside this portal will not be accepted. Please include 1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position, 2) resume, and 3) three professional references (with names, phone numbers, and email addresses). The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you need assistance with the application, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. If you have questions regarding AWRI or the position responsibilities, please contact Christina Catanese, AWRI Education Specialist ( Also, see our website for more information about the program ( 


Application Deadline

Priority will be given to applications received by 11:59pm on February 12, 2023. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park – Forest Adventure Guide

Mackinac State Historic Parks


Position Description: This full-time seasonal position serves visitors to Mackinac State Historic Parks by working as a uniformed Forest Adventure Guide at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Guides are responsible for leading the high ropes Forest Adventure Experience from early May through early September. The experience includes a Forest Canopy Bridge, Eagle’s Flight Zip Line, and the Climbing Wall Nature Trail. Applicants with experience leading outdoor programs in a summer camp, classroom, or other setting preferred. Highly qualified candidates will exhibit knowledge in outdoor recreation, natural sciences, communication, education, or interpretation. Preferred candidates will be available to work the full Mill Creek season (16 weeks, from early May to Labor Day). Starting salary is $13/hr., with affordable staff housing available.


Work Location and Schedule: The workstation for this position is Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, located 4 miles east of Mackinaw City. Work schedules are posted in advance and are subject to change depending on park operational needs. A normal work schedule for this seasonal position is 40 hours per week, although hours and weeks worked may vary. The employee may be required to work evenings, holidays, and/or weekends as park needs dictate.


Apply: For more information and to apply online, visit:

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