Now Hiring an Environmental Education Specialist
Posted on Feb. 8th, 2022
Environmental Education Specialist
The Environmental Education Specialist is an integral part of TEP’s Education team, Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS’ Education Team, and the Tillamook County Stem Partnership. This is a shared position with job responsibilities performed for TEP and Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS. The position will report to TEP Staff, but annual work plan/job tasks are jointly agreed upon between the two organizations. Primary activities shall align both with TEP’s and Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS’ missions. To learn more about these organizations, please visit: www.tbnep.or or www.netartsbaywebs.org
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
- Build Capacity for Partner Organizations Environmental Education Specialist
To be effective in this position, the Environmental Education Specialist will need to coordinate, implement, and lead programs. Specifically, the Specialist will need to do the following:
- Oversee the implementation of the Environmental Education goals within TEP’s Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) and Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS’ mission
- Work with TEP and Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS in the development and implementation of TEP’s CCMP and both organization’s annual work plans
- Maintain close working relationships with local and regional K-12, community college, and university educators
- Implement environmental education in-classroom presentations and outdoor field trips– including but not limited to: communications, volunteer management, logistics, leading activities, and developing programming in line with current Oregon State Science Standards
- Develop and standardize procedures/methods to improve the efficiency/effectiveness of K-12 environmental education programming
- Coordinate Tillamook County STEM Partnership initiatives
- Expand current Tillamook County Stem Partnership programming to all Tillamook County School districts to ensure equitable access
- Develop grant applications and manage awarded grants to fund environmental education programs as needed
- Communicate TEP’s, Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS, and Tillamook County Stem Partnership achievements through press releases, reports, quarterly newsletters, website content, social media postings, and radio recordings
In order to contribute to the success of TEP and Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS as organizations, the Environmental Education Specialist will need to do the following:
- Maintain close working relationships with local, state, and federal partners, scientists, educators, and special interest groups
- Maintain close working relationship with all Tillamook County School Districts’ personnel
- Represent TEP and/or Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS at meetings, committees, conferences, workshops, and events as needed
- Write reports and give presentations that meet audience expectations, display information clearly and with high impact, and reflect professionally on TEP and Friend of Netarts Bay WEBS
- Any other duties as assigned
Attributes and Requirements for Consideration
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental/biological sciences/related STEM discipline or a Bachelor’s degree in education/related discipline or Associate’s Degree with relevant vocational training certificate or military experience
- Minimum of two years of experience implementing education programs and projects
- Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish preferred and highly desired
- Prior K-12 teaching or environmental education programming experience desired
- 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 school district personnel
- Eagerness to continue professional development through attending workshops, trainings, annual conferences, and independent study
- Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe or other similar software
- 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
- 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
- Valid driver’s license and current auto liability insurance throughout employment with TEP
Work Environment and Compensation
Work Environment and Compensation
A hybrid work model is currently in place with work performed in the field, at the offices in Garibaldi or Netarts, and from home. Full-time staff work a 40 hour week, typically Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend work may be required occasionally to support TEP or Friends of Netarts Bay.
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. Travel (>100 miles per month), mostly local, is often required.
This position is subject to all TEP policies including, but not limited to, those provided in the Employee Handbook, Safety Policies, Fiscal Policy, and COVID safety protocols. This position is subject to periodic background checks.
Work vehicles are not provided. The Environmental Education Specialist shall need to have a personal vehicle and show proof of a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance. 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.
The salary range for this position is $35,000 - $47,300. Actual offer of compensation shall be dependent upon experience. This position is eligible for health insurance, holidays, vacation, sick leave and is eligible for enrollment in TEP’s retirement program.
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), Friday March 11th, 2022. 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.
The preferred start date for this position is May 1, 2022 or sooner.
Tillamook Estuaries Partnership is an equal opportunity employer.