Seasonal Program Coordinator

University of Wisconsin-Extension Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center
Jobs - Part Time & Seasonal
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Position Description

Seasonal Program Coordinator


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 an ad hoc appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s division of Cooperative Extension. Ad hoc appointments are typically made on a part-time or temporary basis to provide essential program or unit coverage on a short-term basis which means that ad hoc appointments are not eligible for benefits through the Wisconsin Retirement System.


Purpose and Primary Focus of Position: The Upham Woods Seasonal Program Coordinator is the initial programmatic supervisory link between the administrative staff and naturalist staff at Upham Woods. The position assists Upham Woods administrative personnel in the training, mentoring and evaluation of naturalists and assisting with program marketing, coordination and development. The position is also responsible for teaching the classes, leading the programmatic activities, interaction with center clientele, and care for programmatic equipment which includes the science center animals. 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:

  • Support Program Director in matters of group scheduling and logistics
  • Coordinate programmatic staff in performance of all duties
  • Support administrative staff through supervision of programmatic staff in program and facility development/improvement and risk management
  • Contribute to the comprehensive marketing and communication plan
  • Support Program Director in recruitment and hiring of naturalist staff
  • Liaison for clientele groups as needed
  • Prepare for and teach the 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.
  • Facilitate an overall positive clientele experience. This includes providing program support for summer camp programming created by county groups. Lead programming and provide logistical support for statewide open enrollment summer camps
  • Lifeguard water activities in the Wisconsin River offered during summer camp programming including swimming in the designated swimming beach, water Olympics, and beach activities on Blackhawk Island. 
  • Lifeguard canoeing and kayaking programs on the Wisconsin River
  • Provide leadership and instruction to summer youth counselors attending camp
  • Provide care and food for the science center animals
  • Provide a program and/or facility development function as time allows
  • Maintain equipment and projects associated with digital technologies.
  • Manage digital resources
  • Support scholarly and research based writing efforts
  • Organize and report data and observations of past programming
  • Provide assistance to the other departments for the safe and effective operation of the center


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


Program Relationships: This position primarily works with 4-H youth and youth leaders, youth and youth leaders of our retreat group programs. This position cooperates with and communicates to all other Upham personnel. As such, a positive working relationship with others is a condition of this position.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to work in a team setting with enthusiasm and creativity
  • Ability to be a positive member of our team environment
  • Experience coordinating facets of a summer camp program
  • Ability to supervise, track and mentor staff on program development and facility development projects
  • Basic understanding of typical center facility mechanical systems: HVAC, plumbing, septic systems, etc.
  • Experience responding to after hours or weekend facility or program issues for a nature center, camp, school or other similar institution
  • The desire to lead recreational and environmental education activities to Upham user groups
  • Ability to hike at least three miles on uneven terrain in a wide variety of temperatures and environmental conditions
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Familiarity with outdoor adventure pursuits and their associated equipment, such as hiking, camping, canoeing, etc.
  • Ability to teach Upham curriculum with a positive and open approach
  • A general understanding of low impact camping techniques
  • CPR and First Aid certification
  • Ability to work independently
  • A general understanding of the field of summer camps, environmental education, and youth development
  • Experience working with youth in an educational setting
  • Ability to handle reptiles and amphibians in a presentation setting
  • Ability to work flexible hours any day of the week including evening hours
  • Applicant must be able to pass a standard criminal background check
  • Understanding of computers and commonly used programs such as Word and internet searching


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lifeguard certification
  • Advanced First Aid and CPR certifications
  • Professional certifications in any of the activities which we commonly offer, such as archery, ropes challenge course, canoe, etc.
  • A clean driving record
  • Experience training summer camp staff
  • Knowledge and ability to handle birds of prey in a presentation setting


For More information about Upham Woods go to:


How to Apply:

Please email cover letter, resume, and three references to Max Myers, Program Director, Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center.


Equal Opportunity: As an affirmative action employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment. UW-Extension does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, arrest record or non-program related conviction record. Employment is contingent upon establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform & Control Act of 1986.