Education and Public Programs Coordinator

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Deadline to Apply:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 5:00pm


Orange, TX
United States

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Job Description:


  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for education programs, ensuring that mission-based programs are being delivered
  • Direct the planning, development, and implementation of educational and interpretive programs and services to meet the changing needs of diverse audiences
  • Plan, develop, and manage budgets and budget projections for education and public programs
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of all educational programming
  • Serve as liaison with schools and community groups for educational programs
  • Organize and implement activities for annual events, including Trash-Off, Eco-Fest, Autumn Fair, and Dreaming of a Green Christmas
  • Direct, train, supervise, and support education staff
  • Ensure that work undertaken by the education staff meets the highest ethical and professional standards
  • Develop and support the capabilities of education staff members, enhancing exceptional ability and maintaining accountability
  • Develop, promote, and maintain volunteer activities within the scope of educational programming and in conjunction with Volunteer Coordinator
  • Cooperate with other Shangri La departments as well as colleagues at other Stark Cultural Venues for annual event planning and long-term program planning and, also, to foster a productive, efficient, and team-oriented working environment
  • Teach education programs, including field trips, teacher workshops, and public programs
  • Serve as Manager on Duty on a regularly scheduled basis
  • Other duties as may be assigned

Required Education, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Environmental Education or similar field is required, Master’s degree (M.S.) preferred; current Teaching Certificate required
  • Five  years of environmental education experience with an emphasis on outdoor science education, preferably at a nature center or botanical garden
  • Valid Driver’s License and good driving record
  • Ability to devise and carry out education programs, including preparation and use of publications and exhibits
  • Ability to apply environmental education techniques and resources as appropriate
  • Knowledge of pedagogy and practical applications, including, but not limited to:

            -the learning characteristics of students and adults

            -knowledge of the objectives, curricula, and operation of schools and other educational institutions

            -knowledge of education (specifically outdoor science education) and evaluation methods

  • Skill in oral and written communication techniques for appropriate education levels and objectives
  • Skill in using research techniques
  • Ability to keep accurate and detailed records
  • Ability to multi-task and to plan, implement and prioritize workloads
  • Knowledge of emergency evacuation; First Aid training
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products:  Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher


  • Full-time, Exempt
  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; occasional Saturday Manager on Duty responsibilities is required as part of shared rotation with other staff

 Compensation:  DOE. This is a full-time, exempt position with excellent benefits package which includes medical, dental, and life insurance; defined benefit pension and 403b retirement plans; paid sick leave, vacation and holidays.

How to Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume, and three references to Sarah Wester at on or before September 20, 2016. Please put Education and Public Programs Coordinator in the subject line.