Wild Basin Creative Research Center seeks a highly motivated, experienced, and accomplished Environmental Education Coordinator with proven success at executing a full range of environmental education engagement strategies and programs, including an ability to interact with participants of all ages and types in a welcoming and professional manner. The Environmental Education Coordinator will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating all environmental educational activities and events at Wild Basin Creative Research Center and Wilderness Preserve in West Austin. Wild Basin is a unique resource in Central Texas, as an urban wilderness preserve, research center, and environmental education hub.
Essential Responsibilities Include:
• Work independently and with the WBCRC and Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) staff to plan, deliver, and evaluate environmental education activities for K-12 age groups, families, and other visitors to Wild Basin. Education activities will include a focus on citizen science, connecting learners with the scientific research conducted at WBCRC, multi-media applications, and other approaches that build on Wild Basin’s existing efforts and strengthen its unique role as an urban wilderness preserve and research center associated with a university.
• Work with WBCRC and St. Edward’s personnel to create and implement an environmental education outreach plan that will raise awareness of Wild Basin’s educational programming among area schools, non-profits, and homeschool networks. Outreach efforts will give special attention to building awareness of the program among school groups and family organizations in low-income areas with limited access to natural.
• Collaborate with teachers, St. Edward’s School of Education, and other education leaders to design, implement, and evaluate specialized TEKS-focused (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) environmental education programming for the Austin Independent School District.
• As schedule allows, collaborate with teachers, St. Edward’s School of Education, and other education leaders to design, implement, and evaluate a college-level, elective course for undergraduate students to participate in the environmental education outreach plan along with volunteer docents and trail guides.
• Work with WBCRC staff and partners to accomplish deliverables of sponsored programs, developing education technologies, and conducting outreach to communicate the broader impacts of our education, land preservation, scientific research, and habitat conservation activities.
• Prepare funding proposals or sections of proposals for environmental education related programs.
• Provide ongoing training for volunteer docents, trail guides, WBCRC and BCP staff, and student interns who help to facilitate WBCRC environmental education activities.
• Create and sustain partnerships with local and regional community-based organizations and institutions with similar goals (urban ecology, environmental education, scientific research, and land and habitat protection).
• Conduct outreach to community members through presentations and networking to raise awareness about the educational opportunities offered by WBCRC.
About St. Edward’s University and Wild Basin:
St. Edward's University (www.stedwards.edu, SEU), founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross and located in Austin, Texas, is a liberal arts and sciences university committed to providing a diverse student body with an education that emphasizes critical thinking, social justice, global preparedness, and ethical practice. SEU serves ~4,600 students, including ~3,600 traditional undergraduates, ~400 nontraditional undergraduates, and ~700 graduate students, and has qualified as a Hispanic-Serving Institution for more than three decades.
Wild Basin, a 227-acre natural preserve adjacent to the rapidly developing areas just west of downtown Austin, contains three miles of hiking trails open to the public year round, and is home to two endangered species. Wild Basin is co-owned and co-managed with Travis County. The Wild Basin Creative Research Center (WBCRC) serves as a gateway to the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP), a 30,000-acre network of habitats set aside for endangered species conservation. Recent improvements to the 5,000 sq. ft. building at WBCRC include environmental education exhibits, a multi-media classroom for 40, laboratory space, and a conference room for 12. For more information about the Wild Basin Creative Research Center, please visit http://think.stedwards.edu/wildbasin.
How to Apply:
Qualified applicants are invited to submit an application online at: https://stedwards.applicantpro.com. Please attach a letter application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications submitted prior to 20 May 2017 will receive full consideration. The search will continue until the position is filled.
St. Edward’s University is an equal opportunity employer and hires only U.S. citizens and individuals authorized to work in the United States. Applications from minorities and women are strongly encouraged as we strive to increase the numbers of faculty members from groups traditionally underrepresented in the academy and the sciences.
Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Environmental Science, or related discipline essential; Master’s degree and Teaching certificate a plus;
• Proven success with curriculum and program development, assessment, and evaluation essential;
• Experience in planning informal education activities in outdoor settings essential;
• Experience working with children ages 3-16 essential;
• Comfort working outdoors in various weather conditions including rain, heat, and humidity;
• Working knowledge of interpretive techniques and program planning essential;
• Experience working with community members and local K-12 schools essential;
• Ability to build professional relationships within the community essential;
• Excellent communication skills and ability to work with a diverse audience and staff essential;
• Knowledge of Central Texas natural history preferred;
• Experience with science communication preferred;
• Experience with technology-mediated experiences with nature, multi-media approaches, and citizen science preferred; and
• First aid/CPR certification helpful but not required.
• Successful completion of a criminal and/or background check is required.
Additional Position Details
• Reports to: Wild Basin Creative Research Center Director
• Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and skills.
• Type: This position is currently grant-funded and will start at as a Part-Time, non-benefits eligible, hourly position, with the intention of increasing to a Full-Time, benefits-eligible, salaried position within 12 months. Current working hours are at least twenty hours per week, flexible to accommodate evening meetings and weekend events
• Physical Requirements: Ability to walk upon uneven terrain, work in a variety of weather conditions and carry moderately heavy loads of 20-30 pounds.
• Travel: Ability to travel, as required.
Barbara Dugelby, Director of Wild Basin Creative Research Center