Education Coordinator

Duty Location: Pendleton County, West Virginia

Reporting to: Associate Director for Mountain Education

Commencing: Spring 2013

Application Deadline: 05 April 2013

The Mountain Institute’s Appalachia Program is seeking qualified candidates for its Mountain Learning Education Coordinator position. Under the supervision of the Associate Director for Mountain Education, this person will implement and manage a range of environmental, outdoor, and professional development education programs.

Institutional Background

The Mountain Institute’s Appalachia Program focuses on developing understanding and appreciation for the complex interaction between community, culture and natural ecosystems. Mountain Learning Programs help people become knowledgeable, confident individuals with a clear vision of their responsibilities and potential for improving the human condition and the natural world. The Education Coordinator will be part of the management team that implements programs at The Mountain Institute’s Spruce Knob Mountain Center, elsewhere in Appalachia, and in local communities. Program elements include hands-on science, service-learning projects, team building, character development, learning by inquiry and personal growth. Our customized curricula, aligned with public school standards, includes: stream, forest, beaver, and cave ecology; soil science; plant kingdom investigation; insect studies; ecosystem restoration; geological investigation; orienteering; and service-learning. Programs combine group process and academic topics in weeklong field based programs and shorter residential courses. Off- site activities include canoeing, backpacking and the occasional rafting or climbing trip. For further information visit:

Roles and Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities for this position include the design, promotion, delivery and evaluation of outdoor and environmental education programs at a 400-acre nature preserve on the shoulder of Spruce Knob, the highest mountain in West Virginia. Programs target West Virginia public schools and other education groups. The position requires close coordination with a team of colleagues, enthusiasm for The Mountain Institute’s mission, a strong work ethic, and an entrepreneurial approach to program development and problem solving. Specific duties, to be undertaken in consort with the Associate Director for Mountain Education, include:

The Mountain Institute empowers communities in the Andes, Appalachians and Himalayas through education, conservation and sustainable development. Since its founding more than 40 years ago, the Institute has worked closely with the people who know mountains best ; those who actually live there ; to help identify and implement solutions to challenges that threaten livelihoods and environmental health. Mountains matter to human society as providers of natural resources such as fresh water and biodiversity, barometers of climate change, and places of beauty and inspiration. Through our dedicated field staff, The Mountain Institute works to promote knowledge, education and capacity building, enabling mountain people to benefit from and steward the natural environments upon which all depend.

  • Recruitment and coordination with public and private schools including pre-course program design, scheduling, and post-program evaluation
  • Development and implementation of professional development workshops for teachers
  • Coordination with TMI course directors
  • Ongoing internal training for TMI field staff
  • Support revision, development, and expansion of environmental education curricula
  • Support development of evaluation methods, data collection and analysis to document accomplishments and guide program modifications
  • Support donor cultivation, proposal preparation and reporting
  • Administrative duties such as budget development and oversight, correspondence, website support, and reporting
  • Outreach, networking and representation to elected officials, educational agencies and personnel, school systems, educators, local communities, and partners

    The geographic home base is flexible, but must be within two hours driving distance of the Spruce Knob Mountain Center. The job will require travel to locations around West Virginia and adjoining states.

    Requirements and Qualifications:

    The ideal candidate will have an educational background and work experience that has successfully blended education and environmental sciences. Specific requirements include:

  • Bachelors degree in related field with a graduate degree strongly preferred
  • Classroom or outdoor education teaching experience (at least five years preferred)
  • Strong course background or demonstrated proficiency in the natural sciences
  • Strong writing, presentation, public relations, and interpersonal skills
  • Proposal writing experience preferred but not required
  • Experience with grants management and budgeting
  • Ability to work independently, establish priorities, and manage time effectively
  • Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Working knowledge of GIS or online mapping programs preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Wilderness First Aid and CPR Certifications (may be obtained after hiring)

    In addition to the above, candidates must clear a background check required for working with minors. Candidates must also be comfortable working in a substance free environment (including tobacco).

    Compensation: $30,000 plus benefits: health insurance (including partial dental and vision care), retirement plan (403/B), disability and life insurance, and paid vacation and holidays. Long or short-term on-site housing may be available at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center.

    How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references to Kevin Stitzinger at

Pendleton County, West Virginia
The Mountain Institute
Kevin Stitzinger