Organization: Civic Garden Center
"We are seeking a qualified individual to serve as our Sustainability & Ecology Education Coordinator to lead an exciting new era of our work to help people live more sustainably at home, at work and in their community. This position functions as a vital part of our small, hard working team that is dedicated to building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship.
The Sustainability & Ecology Education Coordinator manages all aspects of the Civic Garden Center’s Green Learning Station, an environmental education site where we embrace science to understand and foster a thriving planet.
The Coordinator serves as a project manager and educator working with a variety of audiences. Adult education classes, professional development workshops, and group tours are offered to a wide range of adult learners with the goal of highlighting issues in environmental and ecological sustainability with a strong emphasis on understanding how humans are linked to the
environment, how humans can modify their interactions with the environment, and how humans can learn from past and current environmental issues to address future issues. Hands on, inquiry-based school age programs are geared to students in grades 7-12, around the same concepts.
The Coordinator serves as the hub of environmental sustainability initiatives at the Civic Garden Center and maintains relationships with like-minded organizations across the region to maximize collaboration and educational opportunities.
Responsibilities specific to the Green Learning Station (GLS)
• Develop and manage Green Learning Station educational programming that encompass topics such as sustainability and environmental conservation, basic ecology principles, waste, energy, stormwater management, geology and soils, plant adaptations, and wildlife habitats.
• Plan and manage the Green Learning Station field trip program for grades 7-12, including recruitment of schools, facilitators, maintaining equipment and materials. • Plan and execute the Green Learning Team STEM enrichment program for high school students (one day/month for the school year).
• Plan and manage a one-week blended learning Green Team Summer Camp. • Lead tours of the Green Learning Station for a wide variety of audiences (from families to college students to professionals in related fields).
• Manage professional development presentations for green industry professionals connected to green infrastructure demonstrations at the GLS.
• Coordinate and manage the annual Master Composter program.
• Oversee research and monitoring efforts being conducted at the GLS; be the point person for new research initiatives, troubleshoot current efforts and share data being collected. • Contribute to the writing of grants and grant reports involving GLS programs. • Oversee www.greenlearningstation.org, edit the site and add new content as needed. • Evaluate education programs using assessment data from student and teacher feedback. • Maintain the green rooftop, green wall and the green space around GLS. • Assist in maintenance of field trip demonstration garden and the observation and production beehives.
• Be the point person at the Civic Garden Center for the Green Learning Station facility. • Other duties as needed.
Responsibilities for the Civic Garden Center (CGC) in general
• Work with the Executive Director and staff to develop, evaluate and refine guidelines, goals, and strategic plans for educational programming.
• Assist in coordinating the planning of class offerings at the CGC: work with colleagues to develop ideas, identify instructors, schedule classes, promote classes.
• Attend and actively participate in staff and committee meetings.
• Assist with the development of program-related content for the organization’s website, newsletter, and social media channels.
• Actively participate in the planning and execution of all special events of the CGC as needed to ensure the success of the event.
• Communicate and coordinate with the Community Engagement Coordinator to ensure adequate volunteers for GLS maintenance and programs.
• Supervise summer interns and volunteer groups working at the GLS.
• Maintain accurate records for annual report, grant reports and impact statements. • Conduct program outreach as needed.
• Maintain partnerships with like-minded organizations and community efforts related to local sustainability activities.
• Support the Executive Director in achieving organizational goals.
• Other duties as needed.
Skills and Qualifications
The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.
• Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in relevant discipline (environmental science, sustainability, science education, ecology, natural resources, public horticulture, interpretation) or equivalent required.
• Education and experience in secondary science education and/or environmental education, with a passion for engaging students in hands-on, inquiry based, real-world learning. • At least two years of professional experience in a related field. Experience researching and developing interpretive programs and experiential learning opportunities. • Proven ability to work in a successful team environment.
• Strong presentation and public speaking skills. Experience presenting in front of diverse groups (children and adults) is preferred.
• Should be able to multi-task, meet deadlines, handle changing priorities, eager to participate in fundraising events and activities.
• Familiarity with e-learning and virtual classrooms.
• Understanding of local, regional and global environmental issues (climate change, environmental equity, equitable access to nature, nature benefits, health and well-being, etc.).
• Knowledge of the Ohio River Valley flora, ecology and natural and cultural history is preferred.
• Eager to lead, teach and inspire teens and volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, and in a variety of settings.
• Experience planning and tending a vegetable garden and maintaining compost systems. • Fluency with Microsoft Office, comfortable learning new computer and e-learning software. • Be able to lift or move 30 pounds.
• Be able to work outdoors in a variety of conditions.
• Be willing to work evenings and weekends and be enthusiastic about nature and outdoor learning.
• Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.
This is a full-time non-exempt professional position. The duties of this position will normally take at least 40 hours per week. Position does require some weekend and evening hours. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Full benefits package is available.
The Sustainability and Ecology Education Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.
Submit a resume with a letter of interest to Karen Kahle at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, June 30, 2021. Email or call with questions: 513.221.0981.
Application period: June 7, 2021 – July 7, 2021
Interviews: Begin June 21, 2021
The Civic Garden Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
To learn more about our mission, programs and service, please visit www.civicgardencenter.org."