Nature Education Coordinator

Posted on 01/24/2022

Nature Education Coordinator
Philbrook Museum of Art – Application Deadline: Open until filled

Job Type

Institutional Overview

Nestled in 25 acres of beautiful gardens, Philbrook Museum of Art is a 1920s Italianate Villa featuring a dynamic and ambitious program of rotating exhibitions and galleries with selections from an actively growing collection of approximately 15,000 objects. With artworks from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe dating from 3,000 BCE to today, Philbrook is Oklahoma’s most comprehensive art museum and offers visitors a glimpse into a broad range of cultures, time periods, and perspectives. The diverse collection supports a vision of Philbrook as central to the lives of our community as a place for learning, inspiration, and fun. Through bold action and strategic investment, we create a space for new ideas, diverse perspectives, and social connection. 

Position Overview
The Nature Education Coordinator is primarily responsible for planning and implementing experiences for young people and families at the Museum with a focus on nature-based learning. A primary responsibility of this position is to apply a broad understanding of current research and best practices related to learning and child development to lead the planning and implementation of on-site camps and workshops. These programs create a fun environment where school-aged kids feel welcome and engaged during immersive, hands-on art and garden experiences that inspire a love of art and nature.

Essential Responsibilities
Camp Program Development
Works cross-departmentally and within the community to:

  • Envision an exciting and outside-the-box camp structure that encompasses art and gardens.
  • Identify and recruit engaging, creative, confident, diverse artists/instructors.
  • Develop camp offerings and schedule in collaboration with team members.
  • Works in collaboration to manage scholarships and community outreach related to camp, as well as lead pre-camp training for camp teachers and program assistants.

Camp & Workshop Management 
Serves as internal and guest-facing lead for the Camp Program including:

  • Manage and organize contracted instructors and hourly staff.
  • Lead studio preparation, place supply orders, and ensure spaces are ready for day campers and teaching artists.
  • Ensure program runs safely and smoothly for all staff, participating families, and museum visitors.

Nature-Based Youth & Family Programs

  • In collaboration with educators, horticulturists, curators, and others, plan and implement select onsite programs for youth and families, both weekday and weekend.
  • Support general youth & family programs as needed.

School & Community-Based Programs

  • Plan and/or facilitate visits to school and community partner sites.
  • Engage in program evaluation to assess impact and future planning.


  • Build strong relationships across the institution by communicating proactively and maintaining a professional demeanor and positive attitude.
  • Maintain prompt and reliable attendance.
  • Be an active communicator, providing feedback on all aspects of the position.
  • Model a growth mindset, open to feedback and ongoing refinement of programs and professional skills alike.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Equivalent Education/Experience

  • Bachelors’ degree in related field preferred or equivalent work-related experience.
  • Two or more years of relevant experience, such as customer service, teaching, or working with children.


  • Experience with nature-based learning, child development, and hands-on learning.
  • Passionate about gardens and nature, with an interest in connecting gardens, art, and creativity through visitor-centered programs.
  • Comfort and expertise facilitating and training for creative activities and open-ended learning environments.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, organization, and project management skills.
  • Ability to anticipate needs of visitors and problem solve in the moment when needed.
  • Familiarity with studio-based artmaking and art education desirable but not required.

Competitive Salary& Benefits

  • $16.50 - $18.50/hr
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • 403(b) retirement plan and matching

Philbrook provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

For consideration, please include a resume and cover letter with application.

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