We are looking for an energetic, creative, collaborative educator with exceptional communication skills and a passion for connecting people of diverse ages and backgrounds to the natural world to fill the position of Education & Interpretation Manager for Save the Redwoods League. If that describes you, and you have experience with interpretation, program management and curriculum development in an environmental or science-oriented setting... this may be for you.
Save the Redwoods League has been preserving redwood lands for nearly 100 years, with the mission of protecting and restoring redwood forests and connecting people with their peace and beauty. As an established organization we are leaders in the effort to ensure thousand-year old forests exist for millennia more. To learn more about us, go to www.SaveTheRedwoods.org.
The Education & Interpretation Manager reports to the Director of Science and is responsible for implementing the League's education program objectives. In collaboration with the League's key partners, the Education & Interpretation Manager works to: create redwood education and interpretive opportunities in association with parks, park interpretive associations, and other partners; expand and diversify the reach of the League's education program, with a focus on urban and ethnically diverse communities; and administer an education grants program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB:
- Manages the League's education and interpretation program, including program development, program implementation, annual planning, budgeting, and reporting
- Develop, implement, and maintain institutional tools that archive and provide accurate information on redwoods, redwood forests, and the history of the redwood conservation movement and Save the Redwoods League
- Researches, produces, and distributes compelling interpretive materials on redwoods, redwood forests, and the history of the redwood conservation movement and Save the Redwoods League in collaboration with League staff, partners, consultants and volunteers
- Functions as the institutional expert on the history of both the redwood conservation movement and Save the Redwoods League
- Cultivates relationships with key partners including teachers, parks, interpretive associations, and other educators to leverage and support effective K-12 environmental education programs with a redwood focus
- Manages the League's Education Grants Program, including administering the annual request for proposal, evaluating program goals and making recommendations for adjustments, and maintaining close relationships with grantees
- Provides staff support to the Education Committee by keeping members up to date of program activities and facilitating the development of grant program priorities
- Oversees the development, production, and use of education and interpretive presentations about the redwoods and the League, for use by League staff and volunteer leadership
- Makes presentations to schools and other interested groups about redwoods and the work of the League
- Education: A bachelor's degree in science, history, environmental education, or similar field is required
- Interpretation experience: 3+ years experience connecting a diverse public to a place or subject
- Program management experience: 5+ years experience in developing and managing environmental education programs. Experience in the following areas desired:
o Education outreach and informal teaching
o Diversity planning and outreach
o Developing environmental education curricula
o Program evaluation and assessment
o Knowledge of and contacts with environmental educators at county and state level in California
- Analytical and Problem solving skills: Proven ability to assemble, assess and organize information, to conduct analyses, structure solutions, and propose and implement recommendations.
- Strong communication skills: Communicates well both verbally and in writing.
- Comfortable and skillful presenting information, including ecological concepts to general audiences
- Excellent relationship skills: Skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration, cooperation, and coordination
- Organized and self-motivated: Proven ability to establish and monitor priorities and work independently
- Commitment to land conservation and environmental education: Deep appreciation for the natural environment; knowledge of the redwood forest ecosystems is advantageous.
- Other skills and qualifications:
o Experience working with the MS Office suite
o Graphic design sensibility and skills are desirable
o Experienced working in team environments
o Enjoyment of people, good sense of humor
o Commitment to the League's non-confrontational approach to conservation.
- Valid driver's license and safe driving record.
- Ability to travel (air & auto) on a frequent basis, with some overnight and weekend trips required. Ability to go on occasional hikes through forest land while working off-site, including walking on uneven ground, climbing over obstacles, and accessing remote locations.
- Ability to lift, carry or otherwise move and position objects weighing up to 30 pounds
Save the Redwoods League is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority.
Please submit your resume and cover letter, including salary history and expectations, attached as Word documents to: Jobs@SaveTheRedwoods.org. Please put "Education & Interpretation Manager in the subject line of your e-mail.
NO CALLS PLEASE...we are busy protecting redwoods.