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The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre

  • 2680 California 154, Santa Barbara, CA
  • www.theoutdoorschool.org

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Program Coordinator

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salary range

$690 - $690 / week

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Job Overview


As a Program Coordinator at The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre, you will play a pivotal role in training cabin leaders, curriculum and program development, and delivering our educational programs. This is a full-time seasonal position, and housing is provided during the season’s start and end dates.

Season Dates: 

March 25th – June 7th, with the possibility of signing on for our 2024-2025 school year.


  • Lead cabin leader training and serve as the first contact for cabin leaders.
  • Assist in curriculum and program development, working directly with the Director.
  • Lead curriculum-based hikes, nature walks, and environmental education activities for student groups.
  • Facilitate hands-on learning experiences, including wildlife observation, plant identification, and nature exploration.
  • Collaborate with fellow Naturalists and program staff to coordinate logistics, schedule activities, and ensure the smooth operation of programs.
  • Foster a safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environment for students, encouraging curiosity, exploration, and respect for nature.
  • Serve as a positive role model for students, embodying principles of environmental stewardship, conservation, and outdoor ethics.
  • Maintain equipment, supplies, and program materials, ensuring proper care and organization.
  • Assist in staff training and professional development opportunities.
  • Participate in conflict resolution and discipline through positive behavioral management.
  • Be available point of contact/ on call by phone and to assist staff as needed, during all scheduled programs.
  • Ability to be on call one night a week
  • Ability to hike 5+ miles a day 


  • College degree or 2+ years of experience in the outdoor education field.
  • Strong knowledge of outdoor recreation activities, environmental science concepts, and experiential learning methodologies.
  • Demonstrated experience in program planning, coordination, and evaluation.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment and independently with minimal supervision.
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including children, adolescents, adults, and individuals with special needs.
  • Passion for outdoor education, environmental conservation, and youth development.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Bilingual in Spanish 
  • 3 years of Outdoor Education Experience 
  • 1+ years in management  

Application Process:

To apply for the Program Coordinator position, please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until February 28th.

The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Special Benefits

  • $690 a week salary
  • Housing provided during season start and end dates
  • Meals provided during program
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance benefits
  • Professional training in the outdoor field

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