Environmental Educator / Program Coordinator

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Monday, June 12, 2017, 5:00pm



Berkeley, CA
United States

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Job Description:

Position Title: Program Coordinator                         

Position Terms: Full-time position with full benefits

Start Date: September 5, 2017

Application Deadline: June 12, 2017

Organizational Information:

KIDS for the BAY (KftB) is an environmental education organization preparing to celebrate our 25 Year Anniversary! We deliver engaging, hands-on programs to our partner elementary schools throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Our programs connect school students with nature on Field Trips to creek, bay and ocean habitats, engage students in science learning aligned with Next Generation Science Standards in the classroom and in the outdoors and inspire students to become active environmentalists. We provide professional development in environmental science education for our partner teachers. We also run an exciting Summer Camp for children ages 5 – 14 to explore in nature, learn hands-on science and become inspired environmentalists. For more information about our mission, impact and programs, please visit our website at www.kidsforthebay.org. KIDS for the BAY is a project of Earth Island Institute.

Our office is located in the Lorin District of Berkeley, walking distance from Ashby BART station and surrounded by popular coffee shops, restaurants and unique neighborhood stores, as well as a weekly Farmers Market. Several working days each week will be spent in the office and the majority of days each week will be spent traveling to work at our partner school sites and our beautiful Field Trip and Summer Camp locations. KftB offers a friendly, supportive working environment, with excellent professional development opportunities.

The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate is passionate about teaching children and supporting their teachers and families. S/he cares deeply about education, hands-on science learning and promoting positive solutions to environmental problems. This person has a lot of energy and enthusiasm, is highly organized, has excellent writing skills and can multi-task on a daily basis to meet the needs of working in a highly effective grassroots nonprofit organization providing quality, community-based programs. This position has significant growth potential for a person committed to a career in the field of environmental education.

Program Coordinator Responsibilities:

Teach School-Based Programs:

  • Teach environmental science curricula to elementary school students in the classroom and in the field
  • Model environmental science lessons for elementary school teachers in their classrooms and in the field
  • Outreach to schools to recruit new teacher participants
  • Conduct orientation, planning, evaluation and follow up meetings with teachers
  • Liaise with project partners and coordinate service-learning Action Projects for students
  • Organize educational equipment
  • Perform administrative work, including collecting written and verbal evaluative feedback from teachers and students, filing teacher/school information, writing program reports, and preparing photo documents and samples of student work

Teach Summer Camp:

  • Lead hands-on nature, art, science, conservation and play activities in the outdoors each week of camp
  • Manage the activities, materials, and equipment needed for each day of camp
  • Maintain a safe, respectful, positive camp environment for all campers and camp staff, while attending to the individual needs of the campers
  • Assist in the preparation of camp materials, activities, and equipment before the start of camp

Coordinate Programs:

  • Coordinate teacher/school outreach, recruitment, and communication
  • Organize teaching equipment, supplies, and curricula materials
  • Coordinate Program Evaluation Process
  • Coordinate Teacher Follow Up and Teacher Academic Credit Programs
  • Coordinate a government funder contract including: set up a contract management plan; prepare reports, photo documents, deliverables and invoices
  • Write Annual Program Reports and provide pictures, quotes and highlights for flyers

Coordinate Office Tasks:

  • Process weekly accounting and keep all accounting records
  • Coordinate office accounts (e.g. equipment storage space, phone, PG&E)
  • Track School Program fee payments
  • Take inventory and order general office supplies (printer ink cartridges, pens, paper, etc.)
  • Organize repairs and maintain the efficiency of all office equipment and systems (copier/printer, laminator, postage machine, alarm system etc.)
  • Take inventory and order printed office supplies (letterhead, envelopes, notecards, etc.)

Qualifications and Experience:

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • At least two years of classroom and outdoor teaching experience at the elementary school level to culturally and economically diverse populations
  • Program coordination and administrative experience
  • Bachelors degree in environmental education, education, environmental/biological sciences, or related field
  • Environmental literacy, general knowledge of San Francisco Bay Area ecology, aquatic science, environmental issues and teaching the scientific inquiry process

Desired Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish or other commonly spoken language in the Bay Area preferred

Required Work Traits/Skills:

  • Enthusiasm, energy, and commitment to carry out program coordination, administrative and teaching responsibilities
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining attention to detail and high quality of work in order to meet deadlines in an efficient and timely manner
  • Excellent organizational skills, effective time management, and efficient planning to accommodate a busy schedule which includes teaching, coordinating programs and office assistance
  • Upbeat, positive, mature attitude and respectful communication approach
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Desire and enthusiasm to be in a leadership role within the organization and to represent the organization within the community
  • Willingness to follow direction from supervisors, as well as self-direct/manage tasks independently
  • Desire and ability to work in the outdoors with youth, including walking and hiking along trails while carrying light equipment
  • Commitment to multicultural environmental education and environmental/social justice

Other Requirements:

  • A great deal of education and restoration equipment for programs must be transported to each school or Field Trip site, therefore a reliable car is required for this position. Work-related travel is reimbursed at the federal mileage rate.
  • A few outreach events take place during weekend or evening hours. Comp time is provided.

How to Apply:

Application Procedures

Application Deadline:  June 12 by 5 p.m., Start date: September 5, 2017

The interview process will include a teaching demonstration and a writing exercise.

In your application, please include a list of at least two references with full name, title, place of work, relationship to you, and current contact information (phone and email).


A background check by a Live Scan service provider will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.


To apply please send a HARD COPY of your resume and cover letter VIA MAIL – NO EMAILS OR



KIDS for the BAY

Attn: Mandi Billinge, Executive Director

1771 Alcatraz Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94703



KIDS for the BAY/Earth Island Institute is an equal opportunities employer and seeks to ensure that the diversity of our organization reflects the diversity of the communities we partner with.

Compensation Information:


The salary range is $32,000 - $35,000 per year. This is a full-time position starting September 5, 2017.  Full health benefits (medical, dental, vision) and generous paid vacation are provided.