Outdoor Education and Outreach Coordinator

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Friday, May 20, 2016, 5:00pm



Palmetto Bay, FL
United States

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The Outdoor Education & Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Foundation’s tours, summer intern, and outreach programs; these programs educate donors, government and business leaders, the media, and members of the community in the work of the Everglades Foundation.

The primary focus of this position will be (1) implementing a schedule of science-oriented tours in the Everglades, (2) managing a summer undergraduate intern program focused on Everglades restoration, and (3) conducting a series of educational briefings to community groups throughout South Florida. The coordinator will lead and involve a network of scientists, interpreters, volunteers, members of partner NGOs, and co-workers to create a successful Everglades tour, outreach, and summer intern program.

  • Promote understanding of and support for the Everglades Foundation’s mission by engaging donors, policymakers, and other opinion leaders through events, Everglades tours, briefings, and social functions
  • Lead, organize and manage a comprehensive tour and briefing program, targeted to priority donor communities and key influencers around the state
  • Cultivate leaders of stakeholder groups (business, sporting, civic, conservation, and others) who share the Foundation’s goals and objectives
  • Personally lead science-based educational tours of the Everglades and make presentations to community groups
  • Train staff and volunteers to assist in delivering science based educational tours and programs
  • Organize, conduct, and lead seminars to undergraduate interns on key topics related to the Everglades
  • Identify, recruit, and maintain a roster of interpreters, local naturalists, and scientists who can assist on tours and speak at events or briefings as experts in a range of Everglades-related scientific disciplines

Organization & Program Management

  • Engage board members and Foundation staff in planning events and recruiting and briefing participants
  • Provide guidance and support to Foundation staff in all matters relating to public and community relations programs, presentations, briefings, and tours of the Everglades
  • Identify, visit, and maintain a list of potential sites around the state that exhibit the beauty, diversity, and range of issues facing the Everglades, its protection, and restoration
  • Ensure that all tour and briefing logistics are completed in a timely manner to provide a high-quality experience for participants
  • Develop, maintain, and distribute a calendar of tours, briefings, and other outreach events for Everglades Foundation donors, policymakers, and opinion leaders
  • Work with appropriate Foundation staff to ensure there is adequate and timely follow-up with participants at events and that pertinent information is entered in to the development database
  • Work with Director of Communications in providing updated content for Foundation publications, 
websites, and social networking platforms

Summer Internship Program

  • Lead, develop and manage the full implementation of the annual summer intern program, including planning, development, implementation and budget
  • Participate and supervise summer interns and summer intern program
  • Create annual schedule, maintain reports, release forms, and other documentation related to the summer intern program
  • Design program curriculum and virtual resources for undergraduate students and teachers
  • Identify, recruit, and maintain a roster of professors, policy makers, interpreters, local naturalists, and scientists who will provide expert support for the summer intern program

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong professional training in the key areas: science, science education, environmental education or communications
  • Possess a passion for the natural environment and a desire to share that passion with others
  • Ability to lead and serve as the Foundation’s environmental education interpreter/guide
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • Ability to prepare and monitor program budgets
  • Knowledge of South Florida history, communities, prominent citizens, and environmental issues is helpful

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree in environmental field or natural sciences
  • At least five years’ professional experience in science field, science education, or environmental education           
  • Spanish-language skills helpful, but not required
  • Experience with or involvement in education, environmental, or other non-profit organizations a plus

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, salary history, and 3 professional references to strivino@evergladesfoundation.org.