Education and Stewardship Programs Manager – Native American Land Conservancy

Remote/Southern CA

Position Summary:

The Education and Stewardship Programs Manager is the primary person working on the Conservancy’s public programming. In conjunction with the Executive Director, the incumbent will plan, grow, coordinate, manage, and implement the Conservancy’s educational programs. These include Learning Landscapes events for youth and families, Healing Landscapes events for special groups, day programs such as hikes, school field trips in Joshua Tree National Park and other places, and tabling and presenting at events. The Education and Stewardship Programs Manager also oversees the volunteer program for the Conservancy, recruiting and cultivating volunteers and holding volunteer events. The incumbent will also work with staff to identify funding sources and build out partnerships with external entities including the outdoor industry, nonprofits, tribes, schools, etc. to grow the Program Division.


  • Collaborate with NALC partners to build, from the ground up, the Conservancy’s Program Division.
  • Design, coordinate, and execute the Conservancy’s programs and events, including the Learning Landscapes, Healing Landscapes docent lead trips, volunteer workdays, virtual and in-person tours, donor events, field trips, online programs, and general events.
  • With NALC staff, maintain a management plan for all NALC programs, including project budgets, timelines, resource needs, and deliverables.
  • Build out programming directed at tribal communities.
  • Represent NALC at community events.
  • Support communications with staff, to the donors, volunteers, and the community about event and volunteer opportunities and activities, including promoting NALC events through email blasts, social media channels, and NALC website.
  • Support NALC’s senior leadership and Board of Directors in donor engagement and cultivation.
  • Build and manage a robust volunteer program for the NALC, including managing volunteer and docent cultivation, stewardship, and training.
  • Work with the Executive Director and staff to locate and secure program funding and partnerships.
  • Establish and/or maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of local communities, tribes, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, schools, etc.
  • Outdoor events may be hosted in hot and dry conditions. Candidates should be comfortable with working outdoors and in ensuring the safety of volunteers and docents in these conditions.


Long-term employment is contingent upon successful completion a 90-day probationary period.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science or Native American Studies desired.
  • Experience with outdoor education or leadership can be substituted for educational experience.
  • Minimum of two years of experience successfully managing multiple complex outdoor education land leadership programs.
  • Demonstrated success developing, implementing, and evaluating outdoor education program models.
  • The ability and willingness to travel locally and throughout the state.
  • The ability and willingness to work remotely and independently.
  • Computer literacy and familiarity with webinar hosting, remote work apps and programs, and social media platforms.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, presentation, and oral communication skills, delivered in a manner appropriate to the audience.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and ability to communicate across cultural lines.
  • Ability to establish priorities, organize, schedule, and complete tasks independently.
  • Positive attitude and commitment to goals and values of Conservancy.
  • An entrepreneurial approach in supporting the growth of the Conservancy.
  • Innovative problem-solving skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable and safe source of transportation.
  • Valid and current First Aid and CPR certification must be held upon starting employment. If not currently held, the Conservancy will work with the incoming Education and Stewardship Programs Manager to obtain this certification.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with researching and applying to grants.
  • Ability to communicate in another language frequently used in Southern California, such as Spanish or American Sign Language.
  • California Class C commercial driver’s license with passenger endorsement.
  • Valid and current Wilderness First Aid certification.
  • Experience hiring, recruiting, coaching, and retaining team members for an Educational Programs team.
  • Experience with tribal communities and tribal education.
  • Qualified Native American applicants strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary: Starts at $60,000.

To Apply:

  • Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to your references) to Use the subject line: NALC – Education and Stewardship Programs Manager. Submit files in one combined PDF.
  • Priority will be given to applications submitted on or before 5:00 PM PT on Wednesday, July 27, 2022.
  • Resume review will begin immediately.

For more information please see the position description.

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