Environmental Education (EE) Outreach Coordinator
Program Overview: Led by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), the Environmental Education Corps (eeCorps) AmeriCorps Program places AmeriCorps members at organizations throughout Colorado to focus on increasing environmental literacy for PreK-12 students and implementing the goals outlined in the Colorado Environmental Education Plan. eeCorps works directly with teachers, schools, and EE providers to support them in expanding reach and increasing impact of EE programming, while providing access to equitable learning experiences for all PreK-12 students. eeCorps members provide direct service to improve outcomes in Environmental Stewardship and Education. AmeriCorps is a part of the Corporation for National & Community Service, often referred to as the “domestic Peace Corps.” AmeriCorps provides opportunities to improve lives and foster civic engagement all across the country.
This position will be located at Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center (NWDC) in Beulah and Pueblo, CO. The mission of NWDC is to promote environmental stewardship and community health through nature education, wildlife rehabilitation, and outdoor recreation.
Service Position Summary: The NWDC EE Outreach Coordinator will provide outreach, planning, and support to expand existing EE programs and create new opportunities to serve the general public and preK-12 students.
Essential Functions (Primary Responsibilities): eeCorps members engage with their Host Site organizations to develop, implement, and enhance programs, projects, and activities that will create progress towards eeCorps and NWDC’s goals. These duties include:
- Provide direct service to elementary education students, local teachers, and general public
- Curriculum updating, adapting, and development to facilitate expansion of existing programming to greater level of age- and grade-levels, as well as to keep curriculum aligned with changing state educational standards
- Program evaluation and process improvement for general organizational functions with a special focus on improvements for environmental education programs at all levels (school-age and general public)
- Facilitating teacher training in EE (collaborating with local school districts and local universities to offer a workshop-style professional development course or courses to area educators in order to expand EE topics in the classrooms)
- Marketing strategy and materials development to expand existing media, social media, and community awareness footprint for school-age, general public, and special programs
- Track progress and collect evaluation data for the program’s performance measures
- Attend all eeCorps AmeriCorps trainings and orientations
- Complete all eeCorps required National Days of Service projects
- Complete and submit all necessary eeCorps paperwork and reports by predetermined deadlines
- Some local and out of town travel required
Marginal Functions (Secondary Responsibilities): Additional tasks include:
- Ensure adherence to Nature and Wildlife Discovery Center policies, standards, and procedures
- Keep accurate and current records pertinent to the position
- Attend trainings and staff meetings as necessary
- Keep all program equipment clean and in good working condition, properly stored and used only for the intended purposes
Physical, Emotional, and intellectual Demands:
- Medium to strenuous physical demands, requiring light visual acuity, and subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions. Work is subject to outdoor conditions (e.g. cold and hot outdoor temperatures, all kinds of weather, and encounters with wild animals and potentially poisonous plants, etc.)
- Ability to lift 30 pounds
- Patience and ability to work with young children
- A passion for nature and working with children
- Ability to problem solve, think creatively and multi-task
- Well-developed interpersonal skills
- Self-motivated and self-directed professional who is equally comfortable working independently and with a team
- Must possess integrity, honesty, and a sense of humor, grit, and adaptability
- Ethic of national and community service and a strong desire to create positive change
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; computer literate
- High School Diploma or GED required, college graduate preferred
- Ability to pass criminal history check
- Reliable transportation & proof of auto insurance
- U.S. Citizenship or lawful permanent resident status required
Term of Service - Time Commitment: This is a three-quarter time (3QT) national and community service position requiring, at a minimum, a total of 1,200 hours during the year (approximately 32 hours/week.) The position begins August 24, 2020 and ends June 4, 2021. Flexible hours are required, including occasional evening and weekend commitments. Member must serve on Days of Service that take place on certain national holidays throughout the year.
Training and Support Provided: eeCorps members receive significant training and experience in community engagement, project implementation, leadership, diverse populations, and more. Up to 20% of total hours served may be spent in applicable, approved training and professional development. Members will be supervised and supported by Ashley Nestman, Program Director at Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center, as well as by Kat Riley, eeCorps Program Director. The 2020-21 cohort of eeCorps members serving throughout the region will act as additional resources and support for each other.
Location and Service Conditions: This position is based at Nature & Wildlife Discovery Center River Campus: 5200 Nature Center Rd, Pueblo, CO 81003 and Mountain Park Campus: 9112 Mountain Park Rd. Beulah, CO 81023, and may/will involve service at other locations in Pueblo, El Paso, and Fremont Counties. Position is direct service, and will involve frequent days of service (outdoors and/or in a school and/or community building.)
Benefits: Three-Quarter Time eeCorps members receive:
- A living allowance of $11,175. Taxes are deducted and the living allowance is distributed twice per month by direct deposit to the member’s bank account.
- An education award of $4,336.50 upon successful completion of term of service. It is possible to defer student loans while serving as an AmeriCorps member.
- Mileage reimbursement for travel to required trainings and days of service.
- Ability to participate in regional EE leadership councils; option to obtain CAEE’s nationally-recognized Professional Environmental Educator Certification.
- Non-tangible benefits including extensive training, valuable experience, networking, and the opportunity to serve the local community in a crucial area of need.
Diversity and Equal Opportunity: NWDC is an equal opportunity employer, and will therefore consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability, membership or activity in a local commission, public assistance status, or any other protected class status.
If you are interested in applying to this position, please send your resume and a short cover letter outlining your interest in the program and commitment to national service to Kat Riley, AmeriCorps Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also attach a list of three (3) references, and a diversity and inclusion statement that is no longer than one page in length. Include “AmeriCorps NWDC Application” in the subject line, and combine all application materials into a single PDF.