Coordinator, Center for Environmental Studies

Department: Center for Environmental Studies
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Grade/Level: N/A
Work Schedule: M-F; 8:30-5:00pm; occasional evenings and weekends as required

Job Status: 1.0 FTE
Reports To: Director, Center for Environmental Studies Amount of Travel Required: less than 5%

Positions Supervised: 7-10 Sneed Prairie Field Trip Leaders (students); student workers in Center for Environmental Studies


Works with the Director of the Center for Environmental Studies (CES), and with the Chair of the Environmental Studies Academic Program and the Director of Austin College Thinking Green Campus Awareness, to coordinate and help further develop all aspects of the college’s Center for Environmental Studies and all aspects of the college’s greening program, Austin College Thinking Green. The Coordinator supervises undergraduate students who lead field trips for area schoolchildren at the college’s prairie restoration site and supervises undergraduate students who assist with Center for Environmental Studies and Austin College Thinking Green tasks. The Coordinator works with additional student volunteers as necessary.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Duties and Responsibilities):

Reasonable Accommodations Statement

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential functions exclude miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions Statement(s)

Oversees, manages, and develops the programs of CES and Austin College Thinking Green (ACTG), the college’s campus-wide, comprehensive greening initiative, either independently or in close association with the directors of the specific programs;

  • Coordinates the Sneed Prairie field trip program to include: o Marketing the program to area schools;
    o Scheduling trips and maintaining program calendar; o Training student field trip guides;o Leading groups of schoolchildren along with trained undergraduates;o Serving as the college official at the site during the field trip events;
  • Maintains and manages the CES & ACTG budgets;
  • Maintains CES and ACTG websites either independently or with Information Technology staff as necessary;
  • Arranges and develops publicity for CES and ACTG events;
  • Assists Chair of Environmental Studies Academic Program with coordinating schedules of Environmental Studies and related courses;
  • Assists in drafting and administering program grants, including grant implementation, recordkeeping, and report submission;
  • Coordinates and/or performs maintenance of Sneed Prairie pavilion & the equipment necessary for the Sneed Prairie restoration experiment (especially electric fences).
  • Assists with January Term Prairie Restoration class, including setting and controlling prescribed grass fires;
  • Assists with campus greenhouse gas inventories and other aspects of implementation of the college’s commitment under the Presidents Climate Commitment;
  • Monitors the college’s recycling program, identifies opportunities for improvements and necessary corrections, and coordinates necessary changes;
  • Maintains environmental studies alumni directories & alumni network, and communicates with alumni;
  • Assists that Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee in its efforts to identify and implement campus greening opportunities;
  • Maintains program assessment records;
  • Records minutes of meetings of the CES and ACTG committees;
  • Trains, assigns work and monitors the performance of Sneed guides and student workers. Approves time worked;
  • Other miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.POSITION QUALIFICATIONS: (The minimum knowledge, skills, abilities, licenses and behaviors necessary to perform the essential functions of the job at a fully acceptable level.)KNOWLEDGE (Obtained through education, training, experience, licensure or certification, or through a combination of the aforementioned.)

    Bachelor’s degree from a four year college or university; one to two years related experience preferred.

    SKILLS (The application of knowledge necessary to accomplish the essential functions of the job.) To perform this job successfully, an individual must:

  • effectively and efficiently utilize Microsoft Offfice (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Powerpoint) or appropriate alternative software to the extent required to perform the essential functions;
  • perform manual acts related to prairie restoration and facility maintenance;
  • coordinate the work of others to accomplish tasks within a given timeframe;
  • listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • willingly and ably speak before groups of students, teachers or other constituents of the college;
  • demonstrate proficiency at drafting memos, fliers and other marketing tools;
  • perform manual acts to participate in prescribed fires, electric fence construction and maintenance, and miscellaneous ranch-type tasks (such as opening and closing gates to allow cattle to pass).ABILITIES (Observable behavior(s) necessary to perform the essential requirements of the job at a competent level.) To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the:
  • ability to work under time constraints with a variety of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members while efficiently and accurately managing logistical, budgetary and other details, and juggling multiple ongoing projects;
  • ability to exhibit excellent interpersonal skills and communicate information and ideas orally so others will understand;
  • ability to pay attention to details;
  • ability to follow directions and/or guidelines;
  • ability to work in a safe manner either personally or by directing the work of others;
  • ability to drive a vehicle, including a 15-passenger van if necessary. No special driver’s license is required;
  • ability and willingness to work occasional weekends and/or evenings and/or out of town.LICENSE or CERTIFICATION (To include, but not limited to: State requirements, e.g., counselor or nurse; professional certification in a specified discipline, e.g., Certified Public Accountant.)Valid driver’s license.
    Willingness to obtain Prescribed Burning Board Burn Manager Certification

    BEHAVIORS (Core behaviors required by the institution of all employees within a classification (exempt, nonexempt, managerial/supervisory). These are measured in your annual Performance Evaluation.)

    The following must be demonstrated at a fully acceptable level:

  • Productivity – Completes all assignments on a timely basis.
  • Accuracy – Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly.
  • Teamwork – Willingness and ability to work with others.
  • Service Orientation – Exhibits a ‘customer friendly’ demeanor with internal and external customers.
  • Attendance – Misses few days of work.
  • Punctuality – Arrives on time.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:The following should represent the physical requirements of the essential job functions.
  • Must be able to stand and hike for extended periods up to 33% of the work time, sometimes carrying tools and must be able to run approximately 100 yards in the event of a prescribed fire emergency. Must be able to move about the campus up to 66% of the work time.
  • Must have the physical ability to lift/carry tools and/or equipment weighing up to 20 pounds approximately 33% of the work time.
  • Must have the mental, visual and physical ability to operate a computer for up to 66% of the work time.
  • Must have the physical ability to reach outward and above the shoulder and bend and kneel as necessary to perform maintenance at the Sneed Prairie or other sites.WORK ENVIRONMENT:Typical work environment is a quiet office or otherwise on the Austin College campus. A minor portion of work occurs at the Austin College Sneed Prairie Restoration and other field sites. Outdoor work may be required in inclement weather.

    Disclaimer: The College has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee’s ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and the College reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the College may deem appropriate.

Sherman, Texas
Austin College
Peter Schulze