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Saturday Explorers Program Manager

Adventure Crew
4222 Hamilton Ave.
Cincinnati OH 45223

Job Type: ,
Compensation: $46,000 - $50,000
Posted Date: 03/06/2024
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Saturday Explorers Program Manager – Adventure Crew

Job Description

The Saturday Explorers Program Manager is an exempt position reporting to the Director of Programming. This role is responsible for planning, coordinating, leading, and evaluating the organization’s longest-running and most extensive program, the Saturday Explorers, where over 900 youth in grades 7-12 experience a variety of outdoor experiences, including kayaking, skiing, and snowboarding, ice and roller skating, hiking, archery, high ropes courses and more each year.

The Program Manager will provide management and coaching of part-time staff, volunteers, and school advisors to ensure engaging, challenging, and impactful adventure programming year-round.
The ideal candidate is an avid adventure enthusiast, a champion of equity and inclusion for marginalized populations to access nature and outdoor recreation, comfortable in leadership roles, and capable of innovating and contributing to the organization’s strategic growth.

The Program Manager might also assist with occasional weekday evening programs, and this individual needs to attend Adventure Crew’s annual community events, such as Paddlefest and fundraising events.


This position requires a blend of worksites, including weekly work-from-home hours by arrangement with the Supervisor, time in the office, and working on Saturdays during the school year and weekdays during the summer at program sites across the region.


Mid-August through May, Saturdays are mandatory workdays except for PTO arranged in advance with the Supervisor, with Sundays and Mondays off. June to mid-August, work days are primarily on weekdays.

Saturday adventure programs often require a work day of 10 hours or sometimes more, with compensatory time off when more than 8 hours are worked in a single day.

Physical Requirements

Lifting up to 50 pounds and spending significant time moving across large areas for adventure activities.


This position requires reliable transportation, and must be comfortable driving a 15-passenger van to transport students.


Job Responsibilities

Adventure Outings

  • Coordinating and managing program schedules, weekly student attendance, and waivers with school advisors.
  • Ensuring all program evaluations are completed, including weekly, monthly, and annual attendance, other measures specific to each program, and student testimonials for communications.
  • Communicating with the Cincinnati Public Schools Athletic Department regarding transportation, advisor stipends, and quarterly program reports.
  • Communicating and coordinating with all school advisors.
  • Reserving activity venues.
  • Managing and coordinating bus schedules and routes.
  • Planning and preparing meals (breakfast, snacks, lunch) for all outings.
  • Purchasing, preparing, and packing all needed outdoor gear, food, and equipment for each adventure.
  • Creating and printing maps, rosters, waivers and signs for each outing.
  • Assigning job duties to staff and volunteers for each outing.
  • Delivering orientation and safety talk for students, staff, and volunteers specific to each adventure activity and program agenda at each adventure.
  • Assisting with delivering spring break and summer programming, including week-long or multi-day camps, overnight outings, and 1-day adventure experiences with partner nonprofits.
  • Participating in program budget preparation and accountability.

School Relationships

  • Schedule and facilitate recruiting fairs at all participating schools at the beginning of the school year
  • Create and update presentation and outreach materials
  • Attend back-to-school events
  • Coordinate staff and volunteers to assist with school events

Partner Organizations

  • Work with the Director of Programming to identify partner organizations for Saturday Explorer collaborations and manage partnership agreements, coordination, and evaluation.

Volunteers and staff

  • Oversee all part-time program staff for Saturday Explorer outings.
  • Work with other staff on volunteer intake and processing.
  • Maintain consistent communications with staff and volunteers, including sign-ups, emails, program de-briefs, and planning.
  • Work with other staff to plan annual volunteer recognition events.
  • Schedule and manage staff and volunteers needed for each outing.
  • Track and input staff hours for payroll.
  • Assist the Director of Programming with an annual review of all part-time program staff.
  • Work with the Director of Programming to plan, coordinate, and attend staff and volunteer training.
  • Ensure and track background checks and certifications for volunteers and program staff.




  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of one-year professional experience in youth programming, outdoor
    education/recreation program experience preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive and willingness to learn
    program-specific technology for tracking student and program data.
  • A strong personal relationship with the natural world, sustainability, and environmental justice.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and commitment to belonging, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, time management, priority-setting, and ability to work independently.
  • Strong personal, written, and spoken communication skills, and comfortable with public speaking.
  • Problem-solver who easily adapts to changing environments.
  • Comfortable driving a 15-passenger van transporting students; must be 21 or older and maintain a good driving record.
  • Embraces leadership roles.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background check upon acceptance of the position, including a clean driving record.


  • Experience in teaching outdoor education and recreation
  • Current CPR, First Aid, and Leave No Trace Certifications (if none, required training and certification will be provided)
  • Proficiency in at least one outdoor adventure sport and willingness to learn new ones.



Adventure Crew offers a Qualified Small Employer Healthcare Reimbursement Arrangement of up to $375/month, a Simple IRA match, paid time off, mileage reimbursement, and professional development.


Application Process

For consideration, qualified applicants are directed to submit one PDF, including a cover letter and resume, to [email protected]. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 12, 2024.
No phone calls, please.

Adventure Crew deeply values a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourages individuals with lived experiences that reflect our community of city teens to apply. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, marital, veteran, or disability status.


About the Organization

Adventure Crew is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2012 to connect city teens to nature and each other through engaging outdoor experiences. Our big-picture goal is to transform who accesses the outdoors by nurturing the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards who exemplify the diversity of our city.


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Application Deadline: April 12, 2024

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