Coordinator, School-Age Programs

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Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 2:00pm


Seattle, WA
United States

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Job Description:

UW Botanic Gardens has an outstanding opportunity for a Coordinator of our School Age Programs. This position will advance the mission of the UW Botanic Gardens in regards to community outreach and engagement by growing and developing programming for school-age children (primarily but not limited to K-6), including our established school fieldtrip programs, 10 weeks of summer day camp, and family programs.  Through these programs we serve over 7,000 young people each year and more than 100 local elementary schools.  This position will be dedicated to developing and coordinating all aspects of the operation of these programs, including teaching and program delivery, curriculum development, communication with customers and the general public; training and oversight of on-going and seasonal hourly staff; program evaluation and assessment; and marketing and recruitment.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach place-based and age-appropriate environmental education lessons and activities to school-aged children through our school fieldtrip, summer camp, night hike and family walk programs;
  • Model a healthy relationship with and curiosity for the natural world.  Act in a professional and compassionate manner at all times as a representative of the University of Washington and a role model for future generations;
  • Develop curriculum and program content and implement age-appropriate lessons and activities, including overseeing the day-to-day operations of 10 weeks of summer day camp;
  • Communicate with teachers, schools and parents/guardians about program logistics, goals and expectations. Communication with fellow staff, student interns, and program participants to achieve common goals and avoid potential conflicts;
  • Train, supervise, and schedule hourly and seasonal staff, student interns, and volunteers to ensure high-quality program delivery;
  • Evaluate, assess, and keep records of program to determine successful achievement of program goals and modify and adapt programs as necessary;
  • Market programs and recruit participants to reach a broad and diverse audience and to ensure program enrollment is meeting annual goals;
  • Acquire and maintain teaching and programmatic materials and supporting supplies;
  • Ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of program participants through site surveys and daily check-ins with participants;
  • Other related duties as assigned.


B.S. in education, environmental education, botany, horticulture, biology, or related area and 3-5 years experience leading education programs for and working with diverse audiences, including school-aged children and their families.  Experience developing and implementing environmental education curriculum; training and supporting others, including staff and volunteers.  Demonstrated knowledge of the natural world and experience sharing that knowledge with children in the field.  Ability to stand, stoop, bend, and sit for 15-20 minutes at a time. The willingness and ability to work outdoors in all types of weather.  Experience supervising and mentoring staff and volunteers. Ability to communicate effectively with children at an age-appropriate level. Exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal skills. Ability to work as part of a team and make contributions through collaboration. Ability to problem-solve and maintain a sense of calm as unforeseen situations arise. Outstanding planning, organizing, and time-management skills. Experience with curriculum development summer camp programming. Have CPR and First Aid certification or ability to acquire within first 30 days of employment.  Equivalent experience can substitute for education.


Masters Degree in education, environmental education, botany, horticulture, biology, or related areas. Knowledge and understanding of Washington State learning standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Computer proficiency with variety of software programs such as Microsoft Word and Excel, social media and email. Creativity, flexibility and understanding necessary for working with children, parents/guardians and staff members. Experience working with a wide audience including underserved communities.

How to Apply:

Apply online through the University of Washginton:


Req #: 142403