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Program Manager - Outdoor Education


Posted by Princeton-Blairstown Center on 10/13/2021

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Outdoor

Job Categories: Camp Staff & Counselors, Outdoor Education

Company Type: Events, Recreation, School/Military

State: NJ

City: Blairstown

Country: United States

Required Experience: 1 - 3 years

Contact Name: Patricia Karl

Contact Phone: 9083626765 x1

Job Type: Full Time

Salary: $39K-$45K/year depending on experience

Required to Relocate: Yes

Required to Travel: No

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within:

Job Description & Requirements

The Program Manager supports the Director of Programs and Assistant Director in all aspects of program management, coordination, implementation, and delivery at the Blairstown Campus.  The Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) program model includes year-round partnerships with multiple schools, community-based organizations, and university partners. The Program Manager works closely with the Director of Programs in the establishment, coordination, and implementation of a broad range of experiential, adventure-based, and environmental education programs at the Blairstown Campus as well as occasional off-site programs. The Program Manager works closely with the Assistant Director to ensure that risk management is an integral part of the daily routine at the Blairstown Campus. The Program Manager will be on-call one week a month, or as needed, and is expected to work weekends throughout summer programming, and as needed, throughout the year.   

Major Duties:

Develop, manage, coordinate, and evaluate progressively sequenced, age-appropriate programs which address user group’s goals, objectives, needs, and interests; develop and implement program schedules; appropriate staff; organize food service, transportation, and other logistics; maintain records; and undertake assessment and evaluation of program offerings. (approximately 70% of time)

Supervise and coach staff as assigned and evaluate their performance. (approximately 20% of the time).

Develop, facilitate, and debrief adventure based/experiential education curriculum including adventure course, low and high ropes course, rock climbing, hiking, canoeing/kayaking/swimming, and restoration programming designed to help students develop 21st Century and social-emotional skills that include learning to communicate cooperatively, problem solve, and work together to achieve common goals. (approximately 10% of the time).

Utilize program evaluations and coordinator feedback to make and ensure continuous quality improvements.

Support the Director of Programs and Assistant Director in providing ongoing leadership to the Blairstown program staff and site.

Assist in the coordination, development, and implementation of Seasonal Staff Orientation, Summer Staff Orientation, Adjunct Training, and the onboarding of mid-season hires.

Provide ongoing professional development training for all program staff, particularly in the area of high ropes set up, risk management, and facilitation.

Ensure that all applicable state, legal, health and safety regulations are being adhered to at the Blairstown Campus and during off-site programs.

Serve as a member of the Blairstown Marketing team and actively market both traditional and non-traditional programming at the Blairstown Campus to ensure continued growth.

Take the lead and manage one of the following areas of PBC programming: Summer Bridge, Sustainability and Environmental Education, and Adventure Education (Waterfront/High Ropes/Special Programs), as assigned.

Provide superior customer service to PBC clients before, during, and after their visits to the Blairstown Campus.

Assist in logistics, maintenance, and upkeep of the Blairstown Campus’ equipment, programming areas, and physical resources.

Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the successful functioning of PBC programs and special events like Autumn Adventure Fest and Woodcutters Weekend.

Participate in job-related training and staff meetings.

Remain current on the developmental needs of youth.

Perform statistical, narrative, and record keeping duties as required including data entry.

Demonstrate a professional demeanor which is reflective of the values and standards of PBC in all formal and informal contacts with the organization’s constituencies.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Must possess or be working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.

Substantial professional experience working with children and adolescents in education, youth development, and/or experiential education settings.

Program development and implementation experience.

Minimum two years documented experience training and facilitating low and high ropes courses, canoeing, backpacking, expeditions, and rock climbing.

Experience managing equipment and inventory.

Experience in the area of risk management.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Outstanding customer service skills, group facilitation skills, and logistical planning experience required.

Wilderness First Responder certification required or willingness to complete within introductory (3-month) period.

ARC Lifeguard certification required or willingness to complete within introductory (3-month) period.

ACCT II certification required or willingness to complete when training schedule permits.

Able to work well with a team of others.

Able to work long hours, including evening and late-night programs, in high stress conditions and be available to take monthly on-call duty.

Able to live and work in both outdoor places and urban spaces.

Able to lift and carry up to 40 plus pounds for extended periods at a time while backpacking.

Able to work in high places such as ropes courses and in trees.

Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment.

Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, professionalism, a commitment to lead by example, and dedication to the mission of Princeton-Blairstown Center.

Valid driver’s license required, along with two years of driving experience.


Job Location – Blairstown, NJ

Salary Range $39-$45k (Depending on Experience),

Excellent time off package (3 weeks of vacation, 6 sick days, 11 Holidays, 1 Heritage Day, 2 wellness days),

Generous health care/dental/vision package, 3% employer contribution to 401k, bonus, $1,000 annual professional development funds, in-service training, food, shared house/private bedroom in recently renovated semi-furnished house (room & board valued at $20k).

Flexible start date - preferably January, 2022.

BIPOC are strongly encouraged to apply. PBC is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its work and staffing. 

About Princeton-Blairstown Center

The Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC) is an independent nonprofit with a mission to empower young people, primarily from under-resourced communities, to strengthen their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming at our Blairstown Campus near the Delaware Water Gap. We collaborate with schools, university partners, and community-based agencies to develop in youth deepened self-awareness, responsible decision-making, teamwork, and leadership skills. Our educational methodology combines critical thinking skills, experiential education facilitating Social Emotional Learning, and practical applications in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Our wide variety of year-round, multi-service programs serve over 8,000 students from the Mid-Atlantic states.