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Field Institute Program Manager

Field Institute Program Manager

General Description:

Full of majestic scenery and bountiful history, Point Reyes National Seashore is located less than 30 miles north of San Francisco, and encompasses 100 square miles of coastal wilderness providing habitat for an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. As the only federally protected seashore on the west coast, the park includes 80 miles of undeveloped shoreline, historic pastoral lands, and more than 147 miles of trails that offer access to beaches, wetlands, forests, meadows, historic landmarks, and much more.

Founded in 1964, the Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) is a legally authorized NPS Cooperating Association with authority to operate bookstores and conduct educational and interpretive programs in the park.  In addition, PRNSA conducts significant fundraising activities on behalf of Point Reyes National Seashore. Its ongoing activities include operating three bookstores in the park, conducting environmental education programs that reach nearly 4,000 participants a year, and providing critical resources for numerous restoration and enhancement projects in the Seashore.

Our mission is to preserve and enhance the extraordinary natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Point Reyes National Seashore. PRNSA strives to connect the public with the park and inspire engagement on environmental issues through education programs that promote enjoyment, understanding and stewardship of the natural world.

Position Overview:

Point Reyes Field Institute is one of three of our environmental education programs.  The purpose of the program is to provide participants of all ages with opportunities to learn about Point Reyes and the natural world through a variety of classroom and field based classes exploring topics of natural history, birds, outdoor skills, art, photography and much more. Annually we list 150-180 classes and serve up to 2,200 participants mostly from the greater Bay Area.  We are currently looking for a full-time program manager.

Specific Responsibilities:

Oversee and manage the Field Institute program and budget.

  • Oversee and manage database maintenance, class registrations, participant correspondence, etc.
  • Plan, coordinate and schedule each season of classes including themes, class descriptions, instructors, volunteers and supplies.
  • Supervise Field Institute Coordinator
  • Write, edit, assist with design and oversee the production and distribution of the Field Institute catalogs and website (offering approximately 60 classes each x 3 times a year).
  • Recruit, hire and train instructors; negotiate fees; issue contracts, and arrange class logistics.
  • Recruit, train, schedule and oversee volunteer facilitators.
  • Market the program using a variety of media tactics (brochure, social media, web, e-news, Facebook, online calendars, etc) to ensure high fill rates and fiscal stability.
  • Maintain correspondence and positive working relationships with instructors, facilitators, participants, professional peers and National Park Service and PRNSA staff.
  • Develop new and innovative classes to reach new audiences.
  • Oversee and manage park facilities used for Field Institute classes.
  • Oversee and manage some of PRNSA education events.
  • Periodically make presentations to the Board of Directors and community groups.
  • Periodically audit Field Institute classes to ensure volunteers and instructors are representing PRNSA and the park professionally.  
  • Troubleshoot when instructor or volunteers cancel, and assist with participant concerns as they arise.  
  • Oversee and manage set up and break down of classroom facilities.  
  • Other duties as requested.


  • Completion of a college accredited bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong organizational, management, and administrative skills, with the ability to multi-task. This position requires a self-starter who pays significant attention to details.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with developing and maintaining productive working relationships with board members, donors, staff and partners.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite a plus, Outlook, and general office equipment.
  • Demonstrated program planning, budgeting and management skills.
  • Good customer relations skills.
  • Marketing skills and knowledge of media relations.
  • Experience with a nonprofit organization preferred and a demonstrated interest in wilderness, natural history and the arts.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and/or weekends when needed.
  • Physical requirements: Must be able to lift and carry approximately 30 pounds and sit for long periods of time.
  • Familiarity with Point Reyes National Seashore and/or National Park Service a plus.


PRNSA offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include vacation and sick leave, medical and dental insurance. Salary is depending on experience.

To Apply: E-mail cover letter and resume to

The Point Reyes Fund for Marine Science



A completed proposal and all supporting materials (or questions) should be emailed to A single PDF of all documents is preferred, but not required.

The application should have 4 sections: (1) Applicant information, (2) Project Description, (3) Budget, and (4 ) Curriculum Vitae. If possible, the overall package should not exceed 8 pages.

  • Use the formatting from numbers 1-4 below to create application (Ideally PDF).
  • Font size must be 11 point or higher.
  • For Students and Post-docs only – One short letter of recommendation that your advisor supports the project. The letter may be submitted by email to or attached to the application as an additional page.



Project Title:

Present position or degree being sought:


Mailing address:

Telephone number:

E-Mail address:

Research advisor (if applicable):

Who letter of support will be submitted by (if applicable):


The project description should have the following sections:

A. Title

B. Introduction.

  • State the problem/questions to be studied, and a brief current status of knowledge.
C. Research Description.
  • Describe the research, include hypotheses and general experimental design. Address sample sizes and statistical approaches when necessary. Brief description of field methods and study site(s). Include a general timeline of the project.

E. Collecting/research/export or other permits:

  • Include a statement as to their status. Research Permits for Point Reyes National Seashore can be applied for at:

F. Describe the significance of the proposed work and benefits to park management

G. Anticipated scientific and popular publications.

H. Describe potential educational opportunties for local students (i.e., talk to a local school, field

I. Literature Cited (may be short or compact format).

Point Reyes Fund for Marine Science Applications due June 22, 2015


Place the Project Budget on a separate page in table format. It can be simple but should include the following:

A. Total projected costs of the entire research project broken down into salaries, supplies & equipment, travel, and other. The budget should specify potential and secured sources of additional funding (or in-kind match) and costs requested from the Marine Science Fund.

B. Brief budget justification for any expenses that are not obvious. (< 250 words).
If travel by automobile is required, an allowance of up to 50 cents per mile may be used in calculating costs.
The following items ARE allowable: consumable supplies, expendable equipment, living expenses in the field, funds for field assistants, travel expenses of the principal investigator.
The following ARE NOT supported: permanent equipment, salary for principal investigator, overhead greater than 5%, conference or meeting costs.



A. The proposal is logically sound and feasible in terms of time frame, access to National Park resources, and personnel.

B. The proposed research addresses management needs and indicates how the research results can be applied to management issues in the local marine environment.

C. The project deliverables are clearly articulated and appropriate in scope.

D. The applicant is well qualified to undertake the proposed research.

E. The proposal is clearly written and complete.

F. The budget appropriately maps onto project objectives and tasks.

G. The proposal advances knowledge of marine ecology in the Point Reyes Region.

H. Educational opportunities for students and the public.

(Please contact if you would like to discuss logistical or technical aspects of your proposed research, or the relevance to park management)

Thank you for your interest!