BNHA Is Hiring: Outdoor Recreational Coordinator (Contractual)

July 07, 2022

Outdoor Recreational Coordinator (Contractual)

Approximately 25 – 38.75 hours /week

Salary: $20.00 - $22.00 hours per hour


The Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA) is seeking an Outdoor Recreational Coordinator to proactively promote recreational and educational activities for Baltimore City youth. The position will oversee the Kids in Kayaks (KIK), Bikes on Trails (BOT), and Open Outdoors for Kids (OOK) youth programs. Work will entail coordinating logistics for the programs as well as working closely with program partners Baltimore City Recreation and Parks (BCRP), Baltimore County Public Schools, and the National Park Service for program implementation. The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate with all age groups.

The KIK and BOT programs provide engaging recreational programs while connecting youth to the Baltimore’s history. Tasks include scheduling buses, assisting BCRP staff, tracking program metrics participation, and assisting participants with skill development. Work will be required in multiple locations in Baltimore City, such as Middle Branch at Read Bird Park, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Fort McHenry), Gwynns Falls Trail and Carroll Park.

The OOK program brings 4th grade Baltimore City Public School students to visit Fort McHenry and Hampton National Historic Site. Tasks include managing the visit schedule, coordinating with teachers prior to visit, scheduling schools and buses, tracking the 4th Grade Park Pass program and leading tours for students when in the parks.

This is a contractual appointment for one year. The primary schedule will be Mondays-Fridays. Some weekend work may be required for special events. This position is partially funded through the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service.



  • Possession of a GED or High School Diploma.
  • Minimum of 1-year experience of leading educational and/or recreational activities.
  • A valid MD Class C driver’s license or an equivalent out-of-state driver’s license.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to interact positively with the youth and the general public.
  • Readiness to learn to kayak and bike ride, and
  • Willingness to work in an outdoor park setting in a variety of weather elements.


  • An associate degree/bachelors degree.
  • Experience in participating and/or leading on-water programs or group bike rides
  • Experience working with youth with special needs.
  • Knowledge of Baltimore history
  • Knowledge of canoeing or kayaking, paddle strokes, riding a bike or bike mechanic skills.
  • Certifications in: Basic First Aid Certification, Lifeguard Certification, Wilderness First Aid and CPR or completion of a course by the American Canoe Assoc., the American Red Cross or similar organization


A negotiable hiring range of $20-$22 hourly is available depending on the background and qualifications of the successful candidate. This a contractual employment agreement, without benefits. Therefore, it is important for all applicants to include ALL relevant experience and submit copies of degrees and/or certificates along with their application at the time of submission.


This position includes prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 lbs, shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring agility and dexterity.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Duties can involve working in isolated outdoor environments while exposed to severe weather conditions. Adherence to specific safety procedures and other precautions is required.


Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to:

Successful candidates for this position will be hired as staff of BNHA and will report directly to the BNHA Executive Director. This position will also work closely with Fort McHenry/Hampton’s Chief of Interpretation for program implementation. Note: Those eligible that are under final consideration for appointment will be required to authorize the release of criminal conviction information and to submit to a physical which includes a drug and alcohol testing.