Tillamook Estuaries Partnership

A National Estuary Project

Now Hiring - Community Education & Engagement Coordinator

Posted on May. 10th, 2021

Join our Education Team!

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of Tillamook County’s estuaries and watersheds.  We are a part of the EPA’s National Estuary Program and rely upon a broad partnership of staff, volunteers, and organizations representing numerous stakeholders to implement our action agenda:  water quality, habitat enhancement, and community education and engagement. To learn more about TEP, please visit our website at www.tbnep.org.

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 TEP’s community 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:

  • Foster Lifelong Learning and Environmental Awareness
  • Cultivate Community Environmental Stewardship
  • Strengthen STEM Literacy for K-12 children
  • Advance STEM-Related Career Opportunities
  • Build Capacity for Partner Organizations

 

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

  • Oversee the implementation of the community education and engagement goal within TEP’s Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP)
  • Lead the development and implementation of TEP’s communication strategy
  • Communicate TEP’s achievements through press releases, reports, quarterly newsletters, website content, social media postings, and radio recordings
  • Co-manage TEP website and social media including updating content and overseeing sub-contractors
  • Prepare and deliver formal and informal education and engagement programs that foster environmental stewardship including K-12 outdoor learning experiences
  • Maintain close working relationships with local and regional K-12, community college, and university educators and regional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) hubs
  • Support local partner-led K-12 STEM Programs and long-term planning for expanding education programs throughout County (TC STEM Partnership)
  • Develop grant applications and manage awarded grants to fund education/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 contracts
  • Develop and utilize assessment tools for evaluating STEM and environmental education programs
  • Oversee TEP’s volunteer program(s) including development and implementation of G11-14 internship program
  • Lead project outreach committees (e.g. Explore Nature, Tillamook County Water Trail, Southern Flow Corridor)
  • Work with TEP staff and partners in the development and implementation of TEP’s CCMP and annual work plans
  • Support TEP staff and Board of Directors in the development and implementation of habitat restoration, monitoring, financial, and organizational strategic plans

 

In order to contribute to the success of TEP as an organization, the Community Education & Engagement Coordinator will have the following general responsibilities:

  • Maintain close working relationships with local, state, and federal partners, scientists, and special interest groups
  • Represent TEP at meetings, committees, conferences, workshops, and events as needed
  • Support TEP- and partner-led water quality, restoration, monitoring and assessment programs
  • Write reports and give presentations that meet audience expectations, display information clearly and with high impact, and reflect professionally on TEP
  • Participate in TEP fundraising efforts
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in environmental/biological sciences or related STEM discipline; or a Bachelor’s degree in education, communications, or related discipline (Equivalent experience may be considered substitute for Bachelor’s degree)
  • Minimum of two years of experience implementing education programs and projects (Master’s degree may substitute for one year of experience)
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Adobe or other similar software
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Proof of valid driver’s license and current auto liability insurance at time of appointment (and maintained throughout employment with TEP)

 

Attributes and Requirements for Consideration

  • Comfortable working with all age groups and abilities
  • Creative and self-motivated
  • Work harmoniously with others and effectively complete tasks in an open office environment
  • Interact with staff, Board Members, and public with a high level of professionalism
  • Demonstrate a concern for accuracy (e.g. regularly produce accurate, thorough, professional work)
  • Demonstrate a concern for effectiveness (e.g. proactively analyze current procedures and offer suggestions for possible improvements)
  • Effective communications (e.g. respectful and courteous in all verbal and non-verbal communications)
  • Willing to carry out tasks and respond to situations as they arise with minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritize tasks to manage multiple projects, adapting as needed to changing priorities, deadlines, and instructions
  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior
  • Works in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner
  • Displays a positive attitude toward and enthusiasm for functioning as a part of a high-performance team
  • Experience working with diverse populations, rural communities, and private landowners
  • Understanding of 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 partners and the general public
  • 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 literacyz\
  • Eagerness to continue professional development through attending workshops, trainings, annual conferences, and independent study

 

Work Environment and Compensation

Work shall be performed in both an office environment and in the field.  TEP full time staff work four 10-hour days each week, typically Mondays through Thursdays.  Evening and weekend work may be required occasionally to support TEP.

Work 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. 

The CE&E Coordinator shall be expected to follow covid-19 safety protocols.

Travel (>100 miles per month), mostly local, is often required.  The CE&E Coordinator shall need to have a personal vehicle, show proof of a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance, and maintain a valid license and insurance for the duration of employment with TEP.  TEP reimburses its employees for their personal vehicle usage during company-related travel, excluding commuting to and from work, at the IRS standard mileage rate.

This position is subject to the Employee Handbook, Safety Policies, Fiscal Policy, and all other TEP policies.  This position is subject to periodic background checks.

Project work may be required at TEP’s Native Plant Nursery, which is located adjacent to a minimum security youth detention facility.  The CE&E Coordinator may engage with at-risk, incarcerated youth who are under guarded supervision by the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA).

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.

 

Application Process:

To apply, please submit by 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), Monday, June 7, 2021.   Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please email application materials to Claudine Rehn, Deputy Director at claudine@tbnep.org.  TEP’s office is currently closed due to covid-19 restrictions so mailed paper applications will not be accepted.

TEP will contact all applicants by June 30, 2021 to advise the status of your application.  The preferred start date for this position is August 2, 2021 or sooner.

 

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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