Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

A National Estuary Project

Job Announcement - TEP is Seeking a Community Education & Engagement Coordinator

Apr. 10th, 2018 - May. 2nd, 2018

The Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP), a non-profit environmental organization located in Garibaldi, Oregon, is seeking a qualified individual to hire as its Community Education & Engagement Coordinator. This position functions as a vital part of our small, hard-working team that is dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Tillamook County’s estuaries and watersheds. As one of 28 National Estuary Projects throughout the country, TEP relies on a broad partnership of stakeholders and organizations to carry out its Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan.

Application Process:

To apply, please submit by mail or email:
1) A resume,
2) A statement of qualifications and interest, and
3) Three professional references.

The statement of qualifications should describe the applicant’s relevant experience and interest in the position and should not exceed two full, single spaced pages. Applicant contact information must include mailing address, phone number, and email address. Professional references must include names, email addresses and phone numbers.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business, 5:00pm (Pacific Time), Wednesday,
May 2, 2018.
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please email application materials to claudine@tbnep.org. (Please contact us if you do not receive email confirmation that we have received your application within 48 hours of electronic submittal.) Applications may also be mailed to the following address, with delivery no later than the deadline:
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership
Attention: Education Coordinator Search
PO Box 493
Garibaldi, OR 97118

TEP will contact all applicants in mid-May to advise the status of your application. The preferred start date for this position is July 2, 2018 or sooner.

The Tillamook Estuaries Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.

Community Education & Engagement Coordinator

The Community Education & Engagement Coordinator is a regular full-time position that serves under the supervision of the Deputy Director. Duties and responsibilities align with Tillamook Estuaries Partnership’s education and engagement overarching goal:

Foster awareness of Tillamook County’s estuaries and watersheds, engage in problem-solving, and take action to conserve and enhance our natural resources.

The objectives of this position include the following:

     Strengthen STEM Literacy for K-12 children
    Advance STEM-Related Career Opportunities
    Foster Lifelong Learning and Environmental Awareness
    Cultivate Community Environmental Stewardship
    Improve Effectiveness of Partner Organizations

Key Actions for this position may include, but are not limited to, the following:

   Lead TEP’s county-wide Landmark Outdoor Learning Experiences; Down by the Creekside (third grade) and Children’s Clean Water Festival (fourth grade)
    Support experiential learning programs led by partners (K-12)
    Enhance suite of estuary-based experiential learning activities available to schools and the community
    Develop and provide teacher training with estuary/watershed focus during partnerled professional development workshops
    Advance regional and national endeavors which promote STEM literacy and experiential learning
    Develop a summer internship program for Tillamook County G11-14 students that supports TEP’s restoration efforts
   Partner with Tillamook Bay Community College, OSU Extension, and other advanced learning institutions to provide career technical education opportunities
    Engage community through outreach (e.g. social media, community events)
    Develop and lead “Education through Recreation” program for residents and visitors (e.g. coordination of Explore Nature partner program, revenue-generating
    Generate and provide general public with information for responsible recreation
    Develop and provide lifelong learning programs that promote estuary/watershed awareness within the senior citizen community
    Expand and coordinate the network of volunteers who assist with TEP’s programs (e.g. water quality monitoring, native plant nursery assistance, K-12 education, G11-14 internships, stewardship activities)
    Develop and coordinate a citizen science program to assist with TEP’s programs (e.g. Earthwatch, Heroes on the Water)

To be effective in achieving the objectives and key actions, the Community Education & Engagement Coordinator will need to do the following:

♦ Oversee the implementation of the community education and engagement goal within TEP’s Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP);
♦ Work with TEP staff and partners in the development and implementation of TEP’s CCMP and annual work plans
♦ Understand a broad range of issues related to habitat restoration, living resources, and water quality and be able to condense that knowledge into forms that are easily understood by teachers, students, partners, and the general public
♦ Prepare and deliver formal and informal education and engagement programs
♦ Maintain close working relationships with local and regional K-12, community college, and university educators
♦ Maintain close working relationships with local, state, and federal partners, scientists, and special interest groups
♦ Develop grant applications and manage awarded grants to fund education and engagement programs
♦ Develop subcontractor scopes of services and requests for proposals for education and engagement projects; conduct reviews and selections of proposals; and manage awarded grants
♦ Represent TEP at meetings, committees, conferences, teacher workshops, in classrooms, and at public events as needed
♦ Facilitate groups of scientists, educators, resource managers, and public representatives
♦ Write reports and give presentations that meet audience expectations, display information clearly and with high impact, and reflect professionally on TEP
♦ Communicate TEP’s achievements through press releases, reports, and social media postings
♦ Any other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Passing a criminal background check
Valid Oregon driver’s license at time of hiring.
Bachelor’s degree in environmental/biological sciences or related STEM discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in education or related discipline.
Two years of experience implementing education programs and projects (Master’s degree may substitute for one year of experience)
Proficiency with Office software, especially Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Adobe and InDesign or other similar software.

Required Attributes for Consideration include:
Comfortable working with all age groups and abilities
Creative and self-motivated
Willing to carry out tasks and respond to situations as they arise with minimal supervision
• Concern for accuracy (e.g. regularly produce accurate, thorough, professional work)
• Concern for effectiveness (e.g. analyze current programs and procedures for possible improvements)
• Ability to prioritize tasks to manage multiple projects, adapting as needed to changing priorities, deadlines and directions
• Work harmoniously with others
• Effective communications (e.g. respectful and courteous in all verbal and non-verbal communications)
• Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior
• Work in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner
• Display a positive attitude toward and enthusiasm for functioning as a part of a highperformance team

Preferred Attributes for Consideration include:
• Demonstrated proficiency in grant-writing or other fundraising efforts
• Familiarity with National and State standards, including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards as well as programs and procedures of the Oregon educational system and state benchmarks for STEM literacy
• Experience working with diverse populations, rural communities, and private landowners
• Experience coordinating large groups of volunteers
• Understanding of coastal natural resource issues and processes, particularly those that impact salmonids and water quality
• Eagerness to continue professional development through attending workshops, trainings, annual conferences, and independent study
• Experience conducting water quality tests or other bench-style chemical analysis

Work Environment, Performance, and Compensation
Work shall be performed in both an office environment and in the field. Field assignments may require bending, climbing, crawling, kneeling, lifting up to 30 pounds, pulling, reaching, sitting, standing, stooping, walking in rough terrain, in-water work, and occasionally contending with adverse weather conditions requiring special clothing and safety precautions. Travel (>100 miles per month), mostly local, is often required.

Work shall be performed under the supervision of the TEP Deputy Director. The employee shall receive general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects and assignments. This position is subject to the Employee Handbook, Safety Policies, Background Check, Fiscal Policy, and all other TEP policies. The Deputy Director annually reviews employee’s work to ensure that the determinations and decisions made by the employee are in compliance with TEP’s policies and procedures and review overall performance expectations.

The salary range for this position is $37,000 - $50,000. Actual offer of compensation shall be dependent upon experience. This position is eligible for enrollment in TEP’s retirement program, health insurance, holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

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