Sausalito, California

Golden Gate Education Manager

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The Education Manager is responsible for the Environmental Science program at the NatureBridge campus in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This is a full-time, exempt position with NatureBridge, based in the historic Fort Cronkhite in the Marin Headlands. The Environmental Science program at the Golden Gate campus is a residential environmental education program, which serves over 220 public, charter and independent schools annually.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Program Development and Implementation

  • Oversee all aspects of Environmental Science program implementation and development, including year-flow and hiring and training new and current staff.
  • Provide support with daily logistics and operations and provide additional support in the field as needed.
  • Stay abreast of and respond to changing trends in science education, environmental education, multicultural education, equity and inclusion and social and emotional learning. Facilitate the integration into the Environmental Science program.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Staff Recruitment, Supervision, and Professional Development

  • Directly supervise and measure performance of a diverse group of staff, including Mentor Teachers and Environmental Science Educators. 
  • Support supervision of special roles as needed (Education Assistants, Lab Steward(s), School Programs Coordinator, Evening Support, Site Managers).
  • Lead strategic recruiting and hiring processes yearly for new Environmental Science Educators.
  • Plan and implement staff training days for both new and returning Environmental Science Educators; trainings aim to improve mastery of risk management, science, Next Generation Science Standards, social and emotional learning, inquiry-based multicultural teaching skills, cultural relevancy and group development content.
  • Work with the Environmental Science team to develop and refine curriculum and teaching resources in response to changing trends in environmental, multicultural and science education nationwide. 

Program Budget and Resources

  • Collaborate with Education Director on creating, maintaining and tracking an annual budget for the Environmental Science program, approve and submit program expenses in a timely fashion.
  • Oversee all aspects of campus teaching resources, including a skins & skulls lab, a microscope lab, a marine lab with live animals and a future climate science lab.


  • Monitor weekly teacher/parent evaluations for Environmental Science programs and address as necessary in relation to educational content, program quality and staff assessment.
  • With support from the Director of Education implement program evaluation and grant-funded projects.


  • Sit on the Golden Gate Education Committee and collaborate with Director of Education and other education program leaders to help articulate Golden Gate’s education vision and integrate programs internally and externally.
  • Work together with staff from other NatureBridge programs and campuses to ensure best practices and sharing of resources.
  • Sit on GGNRA Park Partner Education Committee and collaborate on planning an annual park partner education symposium.
  • Work closely with sales and operations departments to determine staffing and training needs for educators.

Experience, Competencies & Education

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.


  • Commitment to the mission of NatureBridge.
  • At least four years of related experience and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong leadership, coaching/supervisory, communication and project management skills.
  • Extensive experience teaching children of varied ages and strong pedagogical foundations in experiential education, inquiry-based learning, multiple intelligence theory, multicultural education and thematic teaching.
  • Experience and/or strong interest in science education, environmental education, and citizen science.
  • Experience developing trainings and curricula.
  • Experience managing and developing programs.
  • Commitment to and experience in equity, inclusion and diversity work and working with diverse populations.
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth in cultural relevancy and to supporting other staff in this ongoing work.
  • Working knowledge of natural and cultural history of the California coast.
  • Willingness to earn and maintain certifications in CPR, Wilderness First Aid or as a Wilderness First Responder.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in education, science, environmental studies or related field a plus
  • Experience in residential environmental education programs a plus
  • Teaching credential and/or experience in a classroom setting a plus
  • Established connections to local, underserved communities a plus

Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervise the Mentor Teachers and Environmental Science Educators. This group typically makes up 6-8 direct reports. 
Budget Managed
This role is responsible for tracking and managing a budget of $40,000.

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing duties of this job, the employee is required to regularly stand; walk up to 7 miles on uneven terrain; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; talk, hear, taste and smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.


Competitive salary. This position does not offer housing. 

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to attention GOGA Education Manager Hiring Committee at The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019.

About NatureBridge

Founded in 1971, NatureBridge provides environmental science programs for students in the world’s best classrooms—our national parks. Our mission is to connect young people to the science and wonder of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of the planet. As the largest residential education partner of the National Park Service, NatureBridge serves more than 30,000 students and their teachers each year and offers programs in six national parks: Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Olympic National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Channel Islands National Park, and Prince William Forest Park. In order to further our mission, NatureBridge is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion and to promoting equal opportunity for students and staff in the field of environmental education. For more information, visit:

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