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Education Director – Career Opportunity

A full-time position to oversee the Escondido Creek Conservancy’s (Conservancy) environmental education initiatives and programs for children and adults in the Escondido Creek watershed region.

Job Duties:

The Education Director will provide direction, vision, strategic planning, policy, and leadership to the Conservancy’s education department. Responsibilities include the following:

Programmatic Planning & Management

  • Defines the Conservancy’s environmental education outcomes and ensures ongoing programmatic excellence to cultivate environmental stewardship within and beyond the Escondido Creek watershed
  • Acts strategically to achieve optimum performance of the Conservancy’s education department; this entails detecting and addressing environmental education gaps in the region, conducting surveys and needs assessments, and monitoring and evaluating all current and future organizational programs
  • Develops the Conservancy’s Education Strategic Plan with consideration to community and stakeholder input; oversees the implementation of this Plan
  • Oversees the direction of the Conservancy’s education programs and endeavors, including but not limited to school programs, Elfin Forest Interpretive Center exhibits, the annual lecture series, certain recreational programs, and more
  • Develops/refines lesson plans, curricula, and other resources; ensures curricula adhere to current state and national standards
  • Finds and employs solutions to address barriers to nature in the local community; strives to provide access to nature-based experiences for all children in the watershed
  • Identifies appropriate capital improvements on Conservancy properties or elsewhere in the watershed to expand/enhance environmental education
  • Sets the agenda for education-related committees
  • Provides support for outdoor fieldtrips and provide classroom presentations when needed

Leadership & Influence

  • Advocates for—and provides leadership in—efforts to elevate and expand local and statewide outdoor education initiatives
  • Shares models for other conservancies to emulate

Education Personnel Leadership

  • Supervises the ongoing development of education staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Plans and implements in-service trainings
  • Develops and maintains education training manuals.
  • Defines new positions as needed
  • Assists the Volunteer Manager to recruit and retain volunteers who support education programs


  • Establishes new and enhances existing relationships with partners and local schools to achieve a greater impact


  • Establishes departmental policies
  • Develops and manages the annual budget for the Conservancy’s education department
  • Monitors and manages compliance with grant requirements
  • Oversees program assessments and annual reports; tracks and reports program outcomes throughout the year
  • Communicates programmatic needs to the Executive Director

Funding & Communications

  • Works with the Conservancy’s development team to ensure the sustainability of the education department and secure annual funding; identifies potential funding opportunities; writes education-related grants as needed; ascertains cost-saving measures; creates income-generating programs and opportunities where possible; communicates the department’s value to donors
  • Helps communicate the Conservancy’s education-related efforts to the public 
  • Represents the Conservancy while participating in select meetings, events, and workshops relevant to environmental education; serves as a liaison to the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Advisory Committee
  • Strategizes school/community outreach priorities; supports outreach as needed

Continuous Improvement

  • Stays current on pedagogy and incorporates effective models into Conservancy education programs


  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


Minimum Qualifications:

This position is for an experienced professional with at least 5 years of relevant experience in education, environmental conservation, or another related field, and a bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field.  A Master’s degree is preferred.  Familiarity with national and state education standards (NGSS; Common Core) and inquiry-based learning concepts is required.  The Education Director should be a strategic thinker and have experience working with the public.  Current California driver’s license, automobile insurance, and an automobile in good working order are required.  Must pass a background check.


The Education Director reports to the Executive Director.

Location and Logistics:

Conservancy staff are currently working remotely. The Conservancy is building an office on the Mountain Meadow Preserve at 27317 Mountain Meadow Road. Once the office is completed, expected summer 2022, staff will begin a hybrid work week with 2-3 days in the office. Many education activities are centered at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center at 8833 Harmony Grove Road. Work is generally Monday-Friday but weekend work is periodically required. This position is exempt.


Salary range $59,000 to $85,000, depending on experience. The Conservancy provides competitive benefits including 401K matching and payment for mileage.

The position will remain open until filled.

Please review the Conservancy’s website at escondidocreek.org before applying.

Submit a cover letter telling us why you’d like to work for the Conservancy and why we should hire you, resume, qualifications, salary sought, references and an example of an education-related work product you were primarily responsible for.

Cover letter can be submitted to information @ escondidocreek.org or via U.S. mail to Conservancy Administrator, The Escondido Creek Conservancy, P.O. Box 460791, Escondido CA 92046.  No phone calls please.