Environmental Educator (Bilingual)
Start Date: September 17, 2018
Compensation: $16 to $24/hour
Status: Permanent Part-Time (32 hours/week) with a potential to grow to Full Time.
Benefits: Benefits available after 90-day introductory period: Health, vision and dental insurance fully covered by CWC, along with SIMPLE IRA retirement plan including CWC contributing 3% of salary. Job-related professional development and training opportunities.
Reports to: Education Coordinator
The Environmental Educator supports the Coastal Watershed Council’s Watershed Rangers education program by developing and leading education lessons in the classroom, field and after-school.
The Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) is seeking an Environmental Educator with excellent teaching skills, classroom management skills, and a passion for connecting youth to their local environment and inspiring them to act. The Environmental Educator position is an entry-level position at CWC, an environmental nonprofit working to transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource.
The Environmental Educator will work in collaboration with the Education Coordinator to engage kindergarten through eighth grade youth in the Watershed Rangers program. CWC works with elementary and middle schools across Santa Cruz County from Watsonville to Davenport and partners with local youth organizations to engage youth in environmental enrichment activities during school, after-school and during the summer. Environmental education lessons focus on watershed exploration, water conservation, stormwater management, pollution prevention, and water quality monitoring. The Environmental Educator is responsible for developing and leading classroom, field trip, after-school and summer activities and assisting with coordination, research and development of program content, and lesson planning.
This position requires a flexible, creative and energetic individual who is passionate about environmental issues and genuinely enjoys teaching and inspiring youth. Excellent classroom management, conflict management and a high comfort level presenting to youth in group settings are essential. We are seeking an Environmental Educator who is proficient in Spanish and would be comfortable leading lessons in both English and Spanish.
Typical Physical Activities:
Sit and stand for extended periods of time.
Drive via motor vehicle to schools and field sites.
Lift and move ~25 lbs.
Physical outdoor work in all weather conditions.
Hikes to river on paths and uneven terrain.
Coursework in Teaching, Environmental Studies, Environmental Education or a related field.
At least two years of relevant job/volunteer experience.
Ability to Perform the Following Duties:
Lead classroom presentations and field trips.
Effectively manage groups of student and respond to conflict and challenging situations.
Manage and reduce risks to ensure safe experience for all participants.
Teach curriculum as described and adapt as appropriate for student needs.
Coordinate logistics (schedules, transportation, materials) for after-school and summer programs.
Outreach and build partnerships with youth groups and organizations.
Research content for development of new lessons and activities.
Basic environmental principles.
Teaching practices and principles.
Leading after-school or community service activities.
Ability to prepare and deliver lessons in Spanish.
First Aid/CPR certification.
Experience with English Language Learners or urban youth.
Prior experience leading Service Learning activities and/or after-school programs.
Access to a private vehicle.
Ability and willingness to operate 12- and 15-passenger vans.
Possession and maintenance of a valid California Class C driver’s license.
Ability to obtain a California Class B driver’s license (CDL) with passenger transport endorsement (to be obtained upon employment).
Possession and proof of a good driving record as evidenced by freedom from multiple or serious traffic violations or accidents for at least two (2) years duration. The driving record must not contribute to an increase in CWC’s automobile insurance rates.
Employment is contingent upon employee background check.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Sunday July 8.
Submit your application to Mollie Behn, Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Environmental Educator” in the subject line of your email and attach the following:
2) Cover letter
3) 1-2 page writing sample (on any topic)
About the Coastal Watershed Council
The Coastal Watershed Council is a dynamic and growing 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Santa Cruz, CA, working to transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource. When people care for the river, learn about its significance and build a connection to nature, it benefits the river ecosystem and the community we serve. Learn more about CWC’s approach for a cleaner, healthier San Lorenzo River.
CWC is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination. CWC prohibits unlawful discrimination in any term or condition of employment against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic information, disability, membership or service in the U.S. Armed Forces, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all personnel transactions, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, placement, training, compensation, benefits, leave of absence, transfer, promotion, demotion, discipline, layoff, and termination. Beyond following the law, CWC leadership is committed to making this the best place in the county to work, where we’re all proud of what we’re doing with the Santa Cruz community.