Program Coordinator

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Sunday, March 11, 2018, 5:30pm


Wisconsin Dells, WI
United States

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Cooperative Extension Vision: Wisconsin’s educational network for engaging people and their communities in positive change.

Cooperative Extension Mission: Through the University of Wisconsin-Extension, all Wisconsin people can access university resources and engage in lifelong learning, wherever they live and work.

Primary Position Location: University of Wisconsin-Extension Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Type of Appointment:
This is a full time appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s division of Cooperative Extension. This position is a 1.0 full-time equivalence (FTE) University Staff appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension division of Cooperative Extension. 

Purpose and Primary Focus of Position: The Upham Woods Program Coordinator’s primary purpose is to support the Director of Upham Woods’ instructional duties and duties are split between providing programmatic instructional support (75%) and ensuring the Center operates in a safe, clean, and efficient manner by managing program equipment (25%). The Program Coordinator assists Upham Woods administrative personnel in the training, mentoring and the evaluation of teaching naturalists and assists with program coordination and development. The position is also responsible for teaching classes, leading programmatic activities, interacting with center clientele to meet their needs, and coordination of programmatic equipment. Programmatic equipment includes the Center animals, teaching materials, archery equipment, snow sports equipment, camping equipment, and watercraft. All of the above is to be done with a focus on customer service and effective educational methods in a safe environment.  

Primary Duties/Essential Job Functions:

75% Program Instructional Support

  • Prepare for and teach Upham Woods classes using effective educational methods, center class guidelines and overall format. Make adjustments to class content, length, focus, etc. as needed based upon audience, clientele needs, environmental concerns, etc.
  • Mentor and help train programmatic personnel
  • Care for on-site program amphibians, reptiles, and raptors
  • Facilitate off-site outreach programs to local youth-serving organizations occasionally
  • Coordinate on-site service learning projects
  • Maintain an inventory of program equipment and recommend purchases when needed
  • Serve as a lifeguard as required in waterfront programming

25% Resource Coordination Duties

  • Provide evening and weekend on-call schedule coverage
  • Inspect low ropes challenge course
  • Complete duties related to preparing the Center for seasonal transitions including installing and removing docks, moving water craft, and other seasonal program equipment
  • Load and transport trailered canoes to and from off-site program areas
  • Coordinate summer outpost camping and programming resources
  • Coordinate/perform daily property safety checks during high usage in summer months

Administrative Relationships: This position is directly accountable to and supervised by the Director on all work matters.

Program Relationships: This position works directly with Upham Woods administrative and program personnel and 4-H youth, youth leaders, school, scout and retreat groups. This position cooperates and coordinates with all other Upham personnel. As such, a positive working relationship with others is a condition of this position.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in education, natural science, biology, environmental education or a related field
  • Experience in and ability to effectively train, mentor and evaluate programmatic staff members in matters of class content, teaching methods, navigating facility resources, problem solving in a professional setting, etc.
  • Experience coordinating equipment of an outdoor education or camp program
  • Ability to supervise, track and mentor staff on program development and facility development projects
  • Experience responding to after hours or weekend facility or program issues for a nature center, camp, school or other similar institution. CPR, Lifeguard and First Aid certification (or the ability to obtain this certification once employed)
  • Knowledge of positive youth development concepts
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting
  • Ability to handle program animals including reptiles, amphibians, and raptors

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Have held an instructional or leadership roles at an outdoor education or camp program
  • Lifeguard Instructor certification
  • Advanced First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Professional certifications in any of the activities which we commonly offer, such as archery, low challenge course facilitation, canoe, lifeguarding, etc.
  • Experience with leading trail building and other conservation service projects

Job Expectations:

  • Ability to obtain UW-Extension driver authorization
  • Ability to obtain lifeguard certification
  • Ability to work flexible hours any day of the week including some evening hours
  • Ability to occasionally lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Ability to hike at least five miles on uneven terrain in a wide variety of temperatures and environmental conditions

For More information about Upham Woods go to:

Special Notes:
As an affirmative action employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and is strongly committed to maintaining an organizational climate that supports and respects differences and equality of opportunity. UW-Extension does not discriminate on the basis of age; race; creed; color; disability; sex/gender; sexual orientation; national origin; ancestry; religion; marital status; identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam veteran or any other military service; arrest record or non-program related conviction record. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Materials will be made available in alternative format upon request. Please call 711 if you are hearing or speech impaired and need assistance. Direct inquiries concerning equal opportunity to: University of Wisconsin-Extension Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Room 201; 432 N. Lake Street; Madison, WI 53706. (email); 608.890.0259 (fax)

An offer of employment is contingent upon the following: 1) the establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, 2) if required, submission of an official transcript upon hire, and 3) a criminal background check prior to employment. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, convictions and pending charges will be considered only as they relate to this position.

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How to Apply:
Applicants are required to apply online. UW-Extension will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Online application, with all required documents, must be received by March 11, 2018.

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Required application materials:

  • A letter of application that addresses how your education and experience meet all of the required qualifications for the position;
  • Professional resume that includes degree information;
  • Names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three references.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Justin Hougham, For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159. For all other questions please contact

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Justin Hougham

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