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Director of Education

Squam Lakes Association

The Squam Lakes Association is dedicated to conserving for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and unique resource values of the lakes and surrounding area. In cooperation with local and state authorities and other conservation organizations, the Association promotes the protection, careful use and shared enjoyment of the lakes, mountains, forests, open spaces and wildlife of the Squam Lakes region. 

The Squam Lakes Association (SLA) seeks a creative, resourceful Director of Education to expand the SLA’s successful youth and seasonal education programming to build year-round opportunities reaching a broad constituency. The new director will join the SLA’s hands-on core staff in implementing a new and ambitious strategic plan for 2017-2021 which includes a new AmeriCorps program, launched in 2017. Founded in 1904, the SLA acts as a resource to the lakes community and strives to offer a model for watershed conservation. The SLA monitors water quality, combats invasive species, and educates the public on these and other important ecological issues. Fifty miles of trails and over 600 acres of property, a small boat landing, boat rentals and numerous campsites maintained by SLA allow the public opportunities to enjoy this pristine and beautiful environment in low-impact ways. SLA’s youth programs, including the Junior Squam Lakes Association (JSLA), in its 61st year, and Community Youth Sailing Program (CYSP), educate the future stewards of the watershed in responsible enjoyment of its resources, engaging over 200 youth each summer. The SLA works in close collaboration with local conservation, education, advocacy, and recreation groups in its conservation, ecological, and educational programs, and has an enthusiastic population of volunteers ready to help make the organization’s efforts successful.

The Director of Education for the Squam Lakes Association is responsible for the overall administration and implementation of SLA education programs. While much of the SLA’s educational programming to date has focused on summer youth programs, this full time position is intended to expand the programming scope to include environmental education opportunities for all ages, year-round. The Director of Education works in close collaboration with the full SLA team, coordinates with the Director of Conservation, and ultimately reports to the Executive Director. The position has supervisory duties over seasonal education staff and education volunteers and is part of the management team for the Lakes Region Conservation Corps AmeriCorps program. The Director of Education is also the staff liaison to the Board’s Outreach and Education Committee, which acts as a guide and ensures that SLA’s programs adhere to the mission and strategic objectives of the organization. 





Environmental Education:

  • Embrace environmental education with a hands-on approach to conservation, an emphasis on collaborative skill-building, and the space for children to explore and enjoy the outdoors in a spectacular lake and mountain setting.
  • Maintain the rotating curriculum for the JSLA program, ensuring that campers get a different experience when returning for successive weeks or from one summer to the next.
  • Build opportunities for children local to the watershed and those who visit every summer, as well as visiting friends and family.
  • Monitor and attend to changing demographics that affect participation and enrollment over the years.
  • Design and implement after-school, school vacation, and community service programs.
  • Update and manage interpretive education exhibits for the SLA’s main building.
  • Create and maintain collaborative relationships with local schools, universities, recreation departments, and after school programs, and build partnerships with area conservation groups and camps with complementary and similar missions.
  • Maintain, coordinate, and strengthen further existing systems for registration.
  • Keep social media and webpage updated with education oriented posts, news items, and page updates.
  • Help maintain the network of SLA education former staff and alumni campers for supporting programs, events, and hiring.

Administration of Junior Squam Lakes Association and Community Youth Sailing Program:

  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise seasonal education staff.
  • Update and maintain online program registration. Oversee processing of seasonal and weekly camp registrations and general program registrations and ensure all necessary documentation is complete and on file. Ensure that office staff has current registrations for fiscal administration and for constituent tracking.
  • Implement a summer youth program staff training and orientation program including necessary health and safety certification.
  • Implement the scholarship program including school visits and award ceremony attendance.
  • Guide, mentor, and support seasonal education staff, many of whom will be new to working intensively with children for the first time.

Other Responsibilities and Qualities

  • Prepare and submit grant funding applications in support of education programs and activities.
  • Keep file updated with respect to important education dates, deadlines and events and duties.
  • Maintain all required permits for SLA education and outreach activities.
  • Oversight of management and maintenance of equipment and supplies for education.
  • Work with volunteer coordinator to recruit, train, and track education related activity.
  • Participate with all SLA employees in preparing and assisting with bulk mailings, events, the store, and other general SLA responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the sport of sailing.
  • Bring an engaging personality, comfortable with people of all ages and backgrounds, good humor, and resilience.
How to Apply:

The complete job description is available here:

Please direct nominations, inquiries, and application materials in confidence to SLA Director of Conservation Rebecca Hanson,, or PO Box 204, Holderness, NH 03245. Electronic submission of materials is preferred. Position is open until filled.

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Date Added: November 27, 2017

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