Farm School Director -- Camp McDowell, Nauvoo, AL (Diocese of Alabama)

Have you dreamed of creating a place for people to learn more about the natural world, the foods they eat, and be surrounded by a loving, supportive community? Have you had experience in the field of education and want to expand it beyond the classroom walls? Do you hope to inspire curiosity, teach problem solving and empower community connections through sustainable agriculture? The McDowell Farm School (MFS) is ready for a new Director and you might be just the person!

About McDowell Farm School and the Director position: McDowell Farm School was started in 2012 and is the only residential farm school in the Southeast. McDowell Farm School classes engage student curiosity, lay a strong foundation for meaningful inquiry-based learning, encourage careful observation and evidence-based problem solving. All of this while educating participants about where their food comes from. McDowell Farm School is a located at Camp McDowell in northern Alabama’s canyon country next to the Bankhead National Forest. With 1100+ acres of forests, streams and canyons plus the 40-acre Farm to explore and utilize as a classroom, we are a premier environmental education center in the Southeast. We host about 2500 participants a year from a range of urban and rural, public and private schools. The Farm School is growing. We are looking for the perfect person to lead our team of professional educators in a full-time position as our Director.

McDowell Farm School has 3-4 permanent staff who work year-round and 6-8 seasonal instructors who work 8-9 months a year. As the Director, you are the leader of this grand group. You must be a mature person who is willing to mentor others, keep a positive attitude, and have great flexibility. It would be great if you have familiarity with sustainable farming practices. You must be an independent worker, a self-starter, one who leads by example, and has great initiative. We are looking for a person passionate about making the world a better place by starting right in our own backyard...Alabama!

As the MFS Director, you will work closely with the MFS Program Coordinator and Farm Manager to lead in staff training, marketing, and promotion via teacher workshops and teacher conferences, curriculum development, assist with grant writing and website development. You will be responsible for building a team of these educators. You must have great people skills in order to relate to the hundreds of teachers and parents who come through our residential program each year, as well as relating to your co-workers with whom you work and live. You will also work hand in hand with the Leadership staff of the McDowell Environmental Center (MEC), as we are all one well-oiled machine here in the McDowell Education Programs. The MEC is on one side of the 1140 campus and the Farm on the other, but we share seasonal staff housing and many meals together.

You must love teaching children in the great outdoors, because all McDowell leadership staff also teach. We think it is important to keep in touch with why we are here! Your direct supervisor is the Dean of Education at Camp McDowell (includes MEC, McDowell Farm School and Magnolia Nature Preschool).

To learn more about McDowell Farm School see our website at and check out the Farm School page as well as our sister program the McDowell Environmental Center page. Go to our Facebook pages as well to follow along with our daily adventures.

More About Camp McDowell: The McDowell Farm School is one of three educational programs at Camp McDowell. The original McDowell Environmental Center started in 1994 and is the premier residential program in the Southeast. In 2016, we started Alabama’s first nature-based Preschool, Magnolia Nature School. All educational programming is secular.

McDowell Farm School is a part of a larger Camp McDowell “family.” Camp McDowell is owned by the Episcopal Church and was established in 1947. In addition to the educational programs for school groups there is also the Alabama Folk School and a 150 hotel-style room Conference Center. There are two summer camp programs on site, Camp on Clear Creek and the Camp at Bethany, where facilities are accessible and camps are inclusive. Facilities include two chapels, three dining halls, 13 lodges, numerous meeting spaces, individual and dormitory-style cabins, a dance and performance facility, art studios, two pools, and extensive recreational facilities. Go to for more details and information.

Minimum Requirements: Teaching experience (preferably in the outdoors); 2 or more years’ experience managing 5+ staff members; experience with budget creation and management; experience in program development; excellent written and verbal communication skills; basic computer skills; ability to connect to children; Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Preferred Requirements: Familiarity with sustainable agriculture; successful grant writing and fundraising experience; experience with media marketing; knowledge of the flora and fauna of Alabama (or willingness to learn); experience with residential environmental education; experience with developing and coordinating events and workshops; Medical training such as Wilderness First Responder (WFR); experience working and living in a residential community.

The perfect candidate would possess these characteristics: Flexibility; personal initiative; make a great first impression; commitment to at least 3-5 years of hard work; collaborative thinker; interpersonal skills with peers, coworkers, and all who come through the program; open minded

Benefits: Employer paid health insurance (dental and vision are employee paid), a private apartment or home with kitchen and utilities provided, 403b retirement plan, 1100+ acres to explore and creeks to paddle, the Bankhead National Forest in your backyard, flexible work schedule during non-residential season.

To apply for this position: Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and at least 2 professional and 2 personal references to Maggie Johnston, Dean of Education: Please submit by November 9, 2018.


Director -- Sawtooth Methodist Camp (United Methodist Camp) 

Oregon-Idaho Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries is hiring a director for Sawtooth Camp. Sawtooth Camp is a beautiful, secluded 120-acre site high in a mountain valley approximately an hour above Fairfield, Idaho. The Sawtooth National Forest surrounds the camp on three sides and the South Fork of the Boise River runs through the east side of the camp. Sawtooth Camp has positively influenced lives since 1948 and is a very special place to many people. Due to the remote location, the camp season is limited to the months of June – October.

The director is responsible for carrying out the mission of creating quality environments of Christian hospitality and learning at Sawtooth Camp. The primary responsibility is to be a steward of the camp site. Duties include managing or overseeing staff, to manage lodging and food service, property and facilities maintenance, hiring and oversight of staff, supporting conference programming, booking hospitality groups, administering finances, and public relations. The camp director is expected to live on-site during the camp season and perform some administrative and marketing duties during the off-season. Housing during the season is provided at the camp site.

You can find the job description here. Please submit your resume electronically to


Executive Director -- Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center, Oviedo, FL (Diocese of Central Florida)

Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, is seeking its next Executive Director. Canterbury is 48-acres of sacred space overlooking Lake Gem, 20 minutes outside of Orlando, Florida.

With strong support from the diocesan bishop, for the first time in its 36-year history, Canterbury is embarking on a full-scale master strategic visioning process. We are seeking an Executive Director with a passion for hospitality and prayerful, compassionate leadership to guide the organization during this exciting and transformative time.

The ideal candidate will be a committed relationship-builder who can nurture staff, community, and diocesan relationships to further both the mission and financial bottom line of Canterbury. We seek a visionary leader, effective fundraiser, and excellent communicator who is well-grounded in the Christian faith. The Executive Director will oversee Canterbury’s staff, program, and facilities, with specific responsibility for these four core areas:

  • Mission-Driven Hospitality
  • Leadership
  • Marketing & Development
  • Financial Management

Read the complete job description here

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate solid business experience, having led an organization or a major department/unit within a large organization, overseen a sizable budget, and having had success in maintaining a balanced budget and effectively increasing revenue. Hospitality experience is essential, and experience within – or demonstrated passion for – non-profit or faith-based work and conference center experience is highly desired. Bilingual Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply.

Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center is located in Oviedo, Florida, a town that Family Circle magazine has named one of the ten best towns in the country for families. A former agricultural area, the area is home to historic Winter Park and the University of Central Florida, with extensive cultural offerings and restaurants, excellent public schools, and easy access to a major international airport.

An arm of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center is an equal opportunity employer. The salary range is $65,000 to $80,000 per year, depending on qualifications and experience. Couples will be considered. Applications will be accepted until Monday, November 26, to be followed by phone and on-site interviews in December. A start date by early 2019 is preferred.

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to send a compelling cover letter, detailed resume, and at least three professional references to the search committee at References will not be contacted before phone interviews and permission from the candidate.


Program Director -- Beckwith, Fairhope, AL (Diocese of Central Gulf Coast)

Beckwith seeks a Program Director, whose goal is to further the mission of Beckwith through development and management of programs, human resources, finances, marketing, and strategic operations. The Program Director will work with Beckwith staff to ensure safe and enriching summer camp, youth events, and adult programs and experiences. Complete job description is available here. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Eleanor Reeves, by November 9.


Food Service Director -- Camp Mokule`ia, HI (Diocese of Hawaii)

Camp Mokule`ia has operated as an Episcopal Camp & Retreat Center on the beautiful North Shore of Hawaii since 1947. Camp Mokule`ia is an ACA accredited camp and has an opening for a full-time Food Service Director. The Food Service Director is responsible for the overall food service of the camp including:

  • Purchasing
  • Preparation
  • Nutrition
  • Service
  • Sanitation
  • Personnel management
  • Customer service
  • Record keeping

The Food Service Director serves on Leadership Team and attends regular staff meetings in order to coordinate food service operations with all other aspects of camp operations.

Job Qualifications: 

  • Experience in institutional or large food service setting.
  • Ability to work within a budget and purchase supplies efficiently while maintaining good quality and quantity of meals.
  • Experience in supervision.
  • Knowledge of current health and safety laws and practices.
  • Current certification or licensure for operating a kitchen in the camp's jurisdiction.
  •  Ability to work with a team.

Send application, resume, references, questions to: by November 15, 2018.