Environmental Educator – Paddle Program Specialist

  • Temporary
  • Portland, OR
  • Applications have closed

Website Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Salary Range: $24 – $31/hour

Job Classification: Limited Duration, Exempt

Duration & Time Commitment: May through November 2024, 32 Hours Per Week

Supervisor: Education Program Manager

Application Due Date: Friday, March 8th, 2024 by 4pm

Position Information

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership seeks a seasonal Environmental Educator for its Education and Community Programs Team as a lead guide for our Big Canoe Paddle programs and various field-based education programs between May-November 2024. The Educator will work in a team to provide environmental education and interpretive guiding for groups up to 30 participants per event, including school-aged children, youth, and adults. When not directly leading programs in the field, this role will also work with community partners to coordinate program logistics for paddle programs, support Education Team projects, and maintain program gear and equipment.

In the spring and fall, the Educator will provide outdoor learning for K-12 students to build science literacy through leading field trips that increase students’ access to natural areas; provide hands-on field-based education activities; canoe paddle trips, service-learning projects, nature hikes, and water quality or macroinvertebrate sampling projects. Additionally, they will lead or support community engagement and volunteer events such as habitat enhancement events (invasive plant removal, native plantings), clean-up events, monitoring and maintenance, nature/birding hikes, or stormwater management projects with schools or other community members.

The Environmental Educator position requires three or more seasons of experience leading environmental education in field settings for various ages. This experience may include delivering community education, outdoor education, and/or summer camp leadership. At least one season should demonstrate experience in program leadership, including coordination, logistics planning and implementation, and partnership communication and collaboration. Applicants who are fluent in Spanish and English are encouraged to apply. Please review the full required experience details in the position description.

This position is based in the Estuary Partnership office. Work often takes place at river access locations, schools or field settings, and the position requires regular travel throughout the Estuary Partnership study area, as well as occasional early morning starts, late evenings, and some weekend work. This position is physically challenging and requires paddling in varied water conditions and outdoor field work in year-round weather conditions. Training, including safety trainings, canoe training, and wilderness first aid/CPR training are provided by the Estuary Partnership. This position maintains regular communication with their supervisor and other members of the Education and Community Programs team.

Please find the full position description here: https://www.estuarypartnership.org/sites/default/files/2024-02/FINAL%202024%20PosDesc%20Environmental%20Educator-Paddle%20Program%20Specialist.pdf.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Affirmation

The Estuary Partnership is committed to increasing diversity in the environmental field by providing supportive career development opportunities for people of color. People from communities of color, underserved communities, and low-income communities are strongly encouraged to apply. We place a priority on applications from people who come from or have experience with diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and low-income communities.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Estuary Partnership is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin, age, disability, physical appearance or genetic information, cultural, socio-economic status, or military or veteran status. The Estuary Partnership is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and values the hiring of protected veterans or individuals with veteran status. Discrimination is not tolerated at the Estuary Partnership.

Application Instructions

The Estuary Partnership will only accept online applications for this position.

To apply, please follow the application instructions below, fill out the online form, and upload a single PDF or Microsoft Word document that contains the required information. If you have difficulties with the webform, please email info@estuarypartnership.org.   Please find the webform here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/7721868/Environmental-Educator-Paddle-Program-Specialist-2024

Applications must include the following, or they will not be accepted as responsive:

Detailed Resume: Your resume should provide dates and specific duties of current and past employment.  Please also include pertinent education or volunteer experiences and/or technical training or certifications.
Applications will be reviewed as received and applicants should be prepared to provide a Letter of Interest and responses to Supplemental Questions, should they demonstrate their ability to meet the Required Experience and Knowledge identified in the Position Description.

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