The Outdoor School Associate program is a 2 year paid position that focuses on developing a well-rounded knowledge of outdoor education programming, facilitation, and curriculum development.

As a part of this program, associates will have the opportunity to explore their interests in outdoor and nature education while pursuing a deeper level of professional development as a stepping stone for their careers.

Outdoor School Associates will work closely around a T-Th school retreat schedule while also participating in school/community outreach, teacher workshops, and professional development opportunities. The Outdoor School Associate position will work closely with both the Community Camping Director and Assistant Director of Outdoor School while reporting directly to the Assistant Director of Outdoor School.

The ideal Outdoor School Associate candidate has a passion for outdoor and nature education programming with children, is either certified or willing to receive certifications in lifeguarding and high ropes or, and has prior experience or education in natural sciences, education, or youth development practices.

As a part of the Outdoor School Associateship you will:

  • Be paid for your work.
  • Receive benefits, PTO, and holiday leave.
  • Participate in outdoor education programming by leading and facilitating school groups when they are in the Canyon.
  • Develop an expansive network of professionals and passionate individuals as it relates to our work.
  • Participate in continuing education related to both outdoor education and adventure recreation through training and conferences.

Completed applications for the 2024-2026 Outdoor School Associate Position must be submitted by November 1st, 2023, and the application deadline is March 1st, 2024. Contact Christopher Richardson at or (830-315-9286) with any questions regarding the H. E. Butt Foundation Associate Program.

For more information, visit the Foundation jobs page and look for the Associate positions. Associate applications are accepted after November 1.

You may also be interested in an LLYC Associateship, Family Camp Associateship, or a Hospitality Associateship. The H. E. Butt Foundation also has Summer internships for both Human Resources and Information Technology.