Director of Environmental Education

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Appleton, WI
United States

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The Director of Environmental Education (EE) will drive the development of the next generation of environmental programs focused on sustainability at the Bubolz Nature Preserve. An environmental learning culture will expand from one focused on growing knowledge and understanding of the natural world, to one that beckons participants to apply their expanding environmental knowledge to the stewardship of our Earth. Program participants, of all ages, will leave the preserve with an understanding of how their actions can sustain our resources and ultimately our planet. The Director of EE will drive this cultural shift in all aspects of Preserve operations.

The responsibilities of the Director of Environmental Education include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that all educational programming encourages all participants to engage in ongoing stewardship of our resources and of the Earth
  • Developing a culture of stewardship both at the Preserve and in the broader community
  • Ensuring that all educational programming asks participants to engage in exercises that call for problem solving
  • Acting as staff lead to an environmental education committee. This committee will be representative of the constituencies that the preserve serves. This include educators, parents, local expertise on environmental education, and students
  • Ensuring that all educational programming supports the knowledge and understanding of the natural world through learning experiences that are interactive, age appropriate and updated regularly
  • Expanding educational opportunities to our local business community while focusing on both the environmental side of ESG and sustainability as a broader concept
  • Growing the vibrant team of volunteers that support preserve educational opportunities
  • Establishing a program evaluation process and engage in regular outreach to all client groups
  • Offering regular professional development opportunities for members of the educational staff and volunteer teams
  • Ensuring that preserve educators meet stringent requirements for proficiency in both the interdisciplinary content and pedagogy necessary to develop and deliver high quality, effective EE programs
  • Delivering EE programs regularly and overseeing the EE program budget



  • Education: Minimum of Associate’s Degree in environmental sciences or education, Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Experience: 5+ years of work experience in environmental education or related field
  • Professional Development: Experience in developing and implementing innovative, interactive professional development opportunities
  • Curriculum Design: Experience with developing and implementing curriculum that is student centered, project based and interdisciplinary
  • Curriculum Standards: Experience with Common Core Learning Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and STEAM
  • Place-Based Learning: Experience facilitating service-learning and/or citizen science projects
  • Understanding of best pedagogical practice: Particularly in regard to environmental education
  • Schedule: Flexibility to accommodate regular evening and weekend hours
  • Vehicle Operation: Possess a valid WI Driver’s License with a good driving record
  • Physicality: Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds at least 100’ and work on ladders up to 15’
  • Communication of Mission: The ability to effectively communicate the preserve’s mission and purpose and interpret the natural features of the preserve



  • Flexibility: Ability to adapt to changes that support program delivery and day-to-day priorities
  • Communication: Communicating effectively verbally and in writing and experience with public speaking including panel events, board meetings, preserve functions and training workshops
  • Interpersonal Skills: Ability to effectively collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Leadership and Management: Strength in managing, developing, coaching, evaluating and retaining staff and also experience in leading the cultural change process
  • Organizational Skills: Skills in managing multiple deadlines, priorities and budgets
  • Work Schedule: Flexibility in schedule, including some weekends and evenings as needed
  • Bilingual ability: Spanish or Hmong oral language ability preferred



  • Director of EE will report directly to the Executive Director of the Bubolz Nature Preserve
  • All members of the environmental education team will report to the Director of EE
  • Director of EE will oversee and support volunteers working to deliver educational programs

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Randy Tuma, Executive Director at or mail to 4815 N. Lynndale Dr. Appleton, WI 54913. No phone calls or in-person visits please.