Position Summary
Lake Forest Open Lands Association ('LFOLA') seeks a motivated, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the environment and land conservation to help build community awareness and support for open space and native habitat through education programs. The full-time Program Supervisor/Environmental Educator has primary responsibilities for summer camps and the Center for Conservation Leadership ('CCL') program and will develop, coordinate and deliver summer camp and public outreach programming for audiences that include children ages 5 to 15 years old, adults and families. This position reports to the Director of Education and works closely with a team of three in the education group and thirteen employees in the organization.

 Our "classrooms" comprise several hundred beautifully preserved acres of prairies, wetlands, ravines and woodlands.

Programs
Founded 50 years ago, Lake Forest Open Lands has made education a cornerstone of our mission for the past 25 years; we expect that it will play an even more important role over our next 50 years.  LFOLA provides educational programming in four areas: 1) curriculum coordination with Lake Forest schools; 2) the Center for Conservation Leadership (CCL); 3) summer camps; and 4) community events for adults, families and groups.

Schools – Unique among land trusts, LFOLA has developed strong partnerships with local schools to ensure long-term student learning that fosters a solid understanding of conservation and the environment. School field trips are aligned directly with science curriculum, so students experience a hands-on extension of what they are learning in their school classrooms. Last year alone LFOLA had over 1,700 educator-led student visits.

Center for Conservation Leadership – CCL is an award-winning initiative that empowers high school students from diverse backgrounds to be environmental leaders through environmental education, a residential summer experience, leadership training, mentored internships and a community service project. This multi-year program is designed for students who have an interest in the environment and want to learn how they can make a difference in their own communities.

Summer camps – These popular eco-camps provide an unforgettable experience for young adventurers from kindergarten through 6th grade, sparking a wonder of the natural world through exploration, crafts, games, survival skills and wilderness sports.

Community events – LFOLA provides an active calendar of stand-alone events that collectively offer our resources to every member of the community.  Examples include Parent and Tot Free Play days, Story Time Adventures, family campfires, senior walks, birding outings, interactive presentations by experts on a variety of topics and a monthly Nature and Nibbles series.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•    Develop, plan, evaluate, deliver and continually improve high quality environmental education in all LFOLA programs.
•    Direct summer camps and CCL programs. Serve as the point of contact for summer program and CCL operations.
•    Supervise, train, and mentor seasonal instructors, volunteers, and other assigned personnel in specially designed, inquiry-based programs.
•    Maintain detailed records; order supplies for instruction.
•    Coordinate CCL recruiting process.
•    Coordinate summer student application (CCL) and camp registration process.
•    Create, organize and maintain education materials and props. Light maintenance of facilities.
•    Develop innovative seasonal adult and family events.
•    Respond to education inquiries. Manage scheduling and other administrative components.
•    Assist with the promotion and marketing of education programs. This includes presentations at schools and other off-site locations.
•    Assist with school programs as necessary.
•    Assist with and participate in major fundraising events and initiatives.
•    Represent educational programs within the organization and to governing boards, partners and the community at large.

Qualifications include:
•    Strong knowledge of the theory, practices and techniques of environmental education, as well as interpretation, outdoor skills, ecological concepts and land stewardship. Working knowledge of local flora and fauna.
•    Creativity and innovative in program design.
•    Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of experience directly related to the fields of environmental education and interpretation.
•    Supervisory and management, including budgeting experience.
•    Demonstrated ability to establish a positive presence and rapport while engaging with a broad range of ages.
•    Effective oral and written communication skills
•    Strong presentation skills, and ease in presenting programs in formal, informal and outdoor settings.
•    Positive, can-do attitude. Enjoys working with adults and children. Thrives in a team atmosphere.
•    Valid Illinois driver’s license, ability to drive employer vehicles.
•    Flexibility and ability to work occasional extended hours, overnight or weekends.
•    Ability to engage in extensive walking, standing, kneeling and lifting up to 50 lbs.
•    Certification in CPR and first aid.

Compensation and Benefits
The position carries a competitive salary, commensurate with experience level, as well as health care and retirement savings programs.  In addition to the benefits offered, the successful applicant will participate in leadership training and be welcomed into a strong community and broad network of conservationists and environmental educators.

About the Organization

Lake Forest Open Lands Association is an independently funded conservation and educational organization devoted to the acquisition and stewardship of our natural landscapes, and to ensuring all generations have a meaningful, lasting connection to nature and our land. This non-profit organization is supported completely by voluntary contributions, including membership dues and donations. Since its establishment in 1967, Lake Forest Open Lands Association has acquired, preserved, restored and maintained over 900 acres of local native landscapes including prairies, savannas, woodlands and wetlands for the benefit and enjoyment of the local communities. 12 miles of walking trails are open to the public year-round. Further information is available at www.LFOLA.org.

Contact Information
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@LFOLA.org.

Position Summary
Lake Forest Open Lands Association ('LFOLA') seeks a motivated, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about the environment and land conservation to help build community awareness and support for open space and native habitat through education programs. The full-time Program Supervisor/Environmental Educator has primary responsibilities for summer camps and the Center for Conservation Leadership ('CCL') program and will develop, coordinate and deliver summer camp and public outreach programming for audiences that include children ages 5 to 15 years old, adults and families. This position reports to the Director of Education and works closely with a team of three in the education group and thirteen employees in the organization.

 Our "classrooms" comprise several hundred beautifully preserved acres of prairies, wetlands, ravines and woodlands.

Programs
Founded 50 years ago, Lake Forest Open Lands has made education a cornerstone of our mission for the past 25 years; we expect that it will play an even more important role over our next 50 years.  LFOLA provides educational programming in four areas: 1) curriculum coordination with Lake Forest schools; 2) the Center for Conservation Leadership (CCL); 3) summer camps; and 4) community events for adults, families and groups.

Schools – Unique among land trusts, LFOLA has developed strong partnerships with local schools to ensure long-term student learning that fosters a solid understanding of conservation and the environment. School field trips are aligned directly with science curriculum, so students experience a hands-on extension of what they are learning in their school classrooms. Last year alone LFOLA had over 1,700 educator-led student visits.

Center for Conservation Leadership – CCL is an award-winning initiative that empowers high school students from diverse backgrounds to be environmental leaders through environmental education, a residential summer experience, leadership training, mentored internships and a community service project. This multi-year program is designed for students who have an interest in the environment and want to learn how they can make a difference in their own communities.

Summer camps – These popular eco-camps provide an unforgettable experience for young adventurers from kindergarten through 6th grade, sparking a wonder of the natural world through exploration, crafts, games, survival skills and wilderness sports.

Community events – LFOLA provides an active calendar of stand-alone events that collectively offer our resources to every member of the community.  Examples include Parent and Tot Free Play days, Story Time Adventures, family campfires, senior walks, birding outings, interactive presentations by experts on a variety of topics and a monthly Nature and Nibbles series.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Develop, plan, evaluate, deliver and continually improve high quality environmental education in all LFOLA programs.
•    Direct summer camps and CCL programs. Serve as the point of contact for summer program and CCL operations.
•    Supervise, train, and mentor seasonal instructors, volunteers, and other assigned personnel in specially designed, inquiry-based programs.
•    Maintain detailed records; order supplies for instruction.
•    Coordinate CCL recruiting process.
•    Coordinate summer student application (CCL) and camp registration process.
•    Create, organize and maintain education materials and props. Light maintenance of facilities.
•    Develop innovative seasonal adult and family events.
•    Respond to education inquiries. Manage scheduling and other administrative components.
•    Assist with the promotion and marketing of education programs. This includes presentations at schools and other off-site locations.
•    Assist with school programs as necessary.
•    Assist with and participate in major fundraising events and initiatives.
•    Represent educational programs within the organization and to governing boards, partners and the community at large.

Qualifications include:
•    Strong knowledge of the theory, practices and techniques of environmental education, as well as interpretation, outdoor skills, ecological concepts and land stewardship. Working knowledge of local flora and fauna.
•    Creativity and innovative in program design.
•    Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of experience directly related to the fields of environmental education and interpretation.
•    Supervisory and management, including budgeting experience.
•    Demonstrated ability to establish a positive presence and rapport while engaging with a broad range of ages.
•    Effective oral and written communication skills
•    Strong presentation skills, and ease in presenting programs in formal, informal and outdoor settings.
•    Positive, can-do attitude. Enjoys working with adults and children. Thrives in a team atmosphere.
•    Valid Illinois driver’s license, ability to drive employer vehicles.
•    Flexibility and ability to work occasional extended hours, overnight or weekends.
•    Ability to engage in extensive walking, standing, kneeling and lifting up to 50 lbs.
•    Certification in CPR and first aid.

Compensation and Benefits
The position carries a competitive salary, commensurate with experience level, as well as health care and retirement savings programs.  In addition to the benefits offered, the successful applicant will participate in leadership training and be welcomed into a strong community and broad network of conservationists and environmental educators.

About the Organization
Lake Forest Open Lands Association is an independently funded conservation and educational organization devoted to the acquisition and stewardship of our natural landscapes, and to ensuring all generations have a meaningful, lasting connection to nature and our land. This non-profit organization is supported completely by voluntary contributions, including membership dues and donations. Since its establishment in 1967, Lake Forest Open Lands Association has acquired, preserved, restored and maintained over 900 acres of local native landscapes including prairies, savannas, woodlands and wetlands for the benefit and enjoyment of the local communities. 12 miles of walking trails are open to the public year-round. Further information is available at www.LFOLA.org.

Contact Information
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@LFOLA.org.