Environmental Educator

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Ellensburg, WA
United States

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With the support of grant funding from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office’s No Child Left Inside program, KEEN will offer science-based outdoor summer camps, a Friday Outdoor After School, and monthly walkable science field trips from the local elementary and middle schools.  The primary responsibilities of the environmental educator will be to design and implement these programs. 

The Environmental Educator will:

  1. Oversee the logistics of summer camp and after school programs, including:
  • Curriculum selection;
  • Staff hiring and supervision;
  • Volunteer recruitment and management;
  • Instruction and participant supervision as needed;
  • Procurement of supplies and materials; and
  • Program evaluation.
  1. Develop walkable field trips for area schools, including;
  • Coordination with teachers and administrators;
  • Recruitment and management of volunteers;
  • Alignment of outdoor activities to science curricula;
  • Leading of walkable science field trips; and
  • Development of plans to sustain field experiences after the end of the grant period.
  1. Manage the grant project to assure consistency with grant agreement and budget by:
  • Tracking expenses, milestones, and deliverables;
  • Communicating effectively with grant manager and bookkeeper; and
  • Reporting frequently to KEEN’s Education Committee and Board of Directors.

Required Skills and Qualifications

The successful candidate will be:

  • Dependable, self-motivated, and well-organized;
  • Able to effectively mobilize, lead, motivate, and supervise others; 
  • Effective and respectful in direct conversation, on the phone, and through e-mail and text with a variety of people;
  • Flexible to changes in contract scope;
  • Able to assess work, identify any safety concerns, and comply with relevant safety policies;
  • Able and willing to perform all aspects of the contract scope;
  • In possession of a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and a reliable vehicle; and
  • Able to pass a criminal background check to work with youth.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Environmental Education, Science Education, or related;
  • Familiarity with Washington State science standards and curriculum alignment;
  • Experience in camp management; and
  • Experience supervising staff and volunteers.

Position Duration and Schedule:  This contract is funded through June 30, 2017.  The contract scope will include efforts to ensure program sustainability. 

The independent contractor will be expected to work an average of 30 hours a week on this project for the duration of the contract. 

How to Apply:

A complete application will include a cover letter, resume, a list of three references and, as applicable, a summary of similar work successfully implemented in the past. Please email one electronic copy of your application to kittitasee@gmail.com.