Environmental Education Assitant

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Friday, March 11, 2022, 11:45pm



Salt Lake City, UT
United States

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2022 Environmental Education Assistant (450-hour Utah Conservation Corps term)

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Assistant to complete 450 hours of work (an average of 24 hours per week) over a 7-month period (March 24 – October 28, 2022). The Environmental Education Assistant will play a key facilitation role within our fourth grade Lakeside Learning Field Trip program at Great Salt Lake, our three summer camps in June, outreach events, and other special events hosted by FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake.


  • This 450-hour Utah Conservation Corps term will run March 24 – October 28, 2022.
  • Lakeside Learning Field Trips take place Monday through Friday, between 8am-2pm during the months of March-June and August-October at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake State Park. The ideal candidate will be available during these hours with some flexibility.
  • The weekly time commitment will be variable. This position will average 24 hours per week during our Spring (March 28-June 3) and Fall (August 22-October 14) field trip seasons, up to 40 hours per week during summer camps (June 6-9, June 13-16, & June 20-24), and as little as 5 hours per week between peak seasons (July & August).
  • Some additional work during evenings and weekends will be required, particularly for outreach and special events.


The Environmental Education Assistant will:

Assist in the facilitation of our Lakeside Learning Field Trip program, including:

  • Lead groups of up to 25 fourth grade students through a series of outdoor educational activities at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake State Park
  • Adapt to outdoor conditions and follow protocol to ensure safety of students
  • Utilize inquiry-based informal education techniques to encourage student participation and engagement
  • Advance FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake’s mission by promoting environmental conservation and stewardship
  • Reinforce Utah Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) Standards
  • Prepare and maintain field trip gear

Co-lead Great Salt Lake Summer Camps (three, week-long day camps for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders) *Candidate must be available the weeks of June 6-9, June 13-16, and June 20-24, from 8:30am-4:30pm.

  • Candidate will be responsible for driving up to 5 campers to designated sites in vehicle provided by summer camp partners
  • Candidate will help facilitate activities for groups ranging from 5-15 campers at a time

Attend and engage the public at community outreach events, including some weekends

Attend and engage members (without soliciting donations) at the annual fall membership event (3pm-10pm on 10/6/22)

Attend and assist at other special events including the Great Salt Lake Issues Forum (5/18-5/20/2022), Alfred Lambourne Arts Program (9/2022), and International Coastal Cleanup (9/10/2022)

Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Capable of acting as a group facilitator and effective at communicating with a variety of audiences
  • Comfortable working with youth in an outdoor setting
  • Dependability & punctuality
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and a calm demeanor in stressful situations
  • Basic knowledge of ecology and ability to quickly learn new concepts
  • Able to walk moderate distances (<2 miles) over uneven terrain and lift moderate loads (<40 pounds)
  • Valid driver’s license, car insurance, and access to personal transportation to FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake office (150 South 600 East, Suite 5D, Salt Lake City, UT) and summer camp partner sites (Natural History Museum of Utah & University of Utah Youth Education Building)
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check, upon hiring


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience working with children preferably in an outdoor and/or educational setting
  • Knowledge of Great Salt Lake ecosystem and local conservation, education, and management groups
  • Social media platform experience
  • Safety training and certifications



$6,075 living stipend paid in even disbursements throughout the term of service (about $870 per month) and a $1,678.57 Education Award (given upon completion of service – this award can be used for future schooling or federal student loans).

Please note: Any offer of employment will be conditional, pending the candidate’s successful enrollment in AmeriCorps/Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) and successful completion of a criminal background check. For more information about the UCC, visit www.usu.edu/ucc/

How to Apply:

How to Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to Alyssa Garrett at heron@fogsl.org no later than March 11, 2022.

Access the job description and learn more about FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake here: https://fogsl.org/about/employment-opportunities