Education Manager

Lake County Forest Preserves Published: July 12, 2018
Job Type
Education / Natural Resources/ Restoration /

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~ Unique to Illinois, Forest Preserve Districts are designed to protect large natural areas and provide passive recreation. ~

Lake County Forest Preserve District was created in 1958 under Illinois law as a special purpose unit of government. Since then, we have blossomed into a system of vibrant natural areas and have been recognized as a national leader in conservation, while offering fun ways for our residents to recreate, relax and learn in forest preserves throughout Lake County.

Today we protect more than 30,300 acres and are the second largest Forest Preserve District in Illinois.

Position Overview

The primary responsibility of the Education Manager is Environmental Education. This position is responsible for all environmental education programs. This includes overseeing and participating in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs for a variety of audiences including school and scout programs, public programs, and large-scale special events. This position frequently collaborates with staff from other departments on the development of interpretive materials. Twenty-five to Thirty percent of this position’s time is spent teaching and coordinating programs, field trips, and summer camps. The Education Manager supervises full-time, part-time, and temporary staff and volunteers.


  • Coordinates educational activities within division. Proposes and implements education goals and objectives. 
  • Develops, implements and evaluates educational programming, as well as supervises these activities. 
  • Manages education staff and volunteers; ensures that operations are compliant with District policies and procedures.
  • Develops schedules, defines work assignments and conducts staff meetings. 
  • Collaborates with staff from Education and other departments on the development of interpretive materials. 
  • Monitors best practices within the environmental education fields to ensure that District programs are of the highest quality. 
  • Serves as a resource specialist and conducts educational training for teachers and other adults. 
  • Coordinates, organizes and manages large-scale special events. 
  • Works with Public Affairs staff to create materials necessary to promote events and use of the facilities. 
  • Prepares and manages division budget. 
  • Maintains positive relationships with community groups, the visiting public and educational professionals.  
  • Performs tasks that will require walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, climbing, reaching and sitting.
  • Performs lifting tasks up to 25 pounds.  
  • Drives a motorized vehicle to travel to different locations. 


  • Bachelor's Degree in education, environmental studies or a related field.  
  • 5 years of work experience in a related educational field.   
  • Interpersonal skills, both oral and written, necessary to effectively manage staff and work with the general public.
  • Must possess good analytical skills, problem solving ability and judgment. 
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license. 
  • Ability to use a computer; and possess working knowledge of word processing.

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