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Join a team of scientist-educators in building civic engagement through community science and environmental stewardship. Engage with thousands of diverse New Mexico students. Learn from them as they share their stories, priorities, and knowledge with you. Hand in hand with those young people, work together to build personal connections to the Rio Grande and its watershed. Discover with them the river’s magnificence and cultural significance. Engage them in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) learning experiences leading to student action for sustainable and healthy environment, human community, and economy. Use your unique voice and life experiences to create inclusive and equitable learning adventures. Meaningfully contribute to an organization which actively seeks minority applicants, is LGBTQ friendly, and consciously supports all of its employees.
About the Organization
BEMP does science that matters beyond the classroom. From more than 60 schools and 30 field sites the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program (BEMP) gathers over a million data points every year to inform multi-million dollar management decisions of the Rio Grande and its watershed. Since 1996 this unique partnership between the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Bosque School has been essential to understanding the Rio Grande ecosystem. In BEMP our primary focus is tracking long-term change in the Rio Grande’s riparian forest, or bosque. BEMP’s mission (community science, education, and stewardship: equitable and inclusive hands-on student research essential to the management of the Rio Grande ecosystem) is advanced though student-led data collection, classroom education, place-based learning experiences, community outreach, independent student research projects, after-school programming, and meaningful collaborations with other organizations and agencies.
BEMP education, delivered by a team of scientist-educators, provides opportunities for hands-on science learning experiences in both the classroom and field to thousands of students each year. Participants engage in a wide variety of activities incorporating STEAM competencies and Next Generation Science Standards while learning about the Middle Rio Grande ecosystem and related ecological concepts such as riparian hydrology, succession, conservation, and climate change.
As an organization BEMP acknowledges that we are a guest on ancestral Puebloan lands. All of our field sites are on either tribal or public lands. Classroom programs take place in a variety of schools and other learning locations such as community centers and museums.
About the Position(s)
These positions are based at Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico and each works with public, private, parochial, tribal, charter, and homeschool groups throughout the Middle Rio Grande with an emphasis on Title I public schools.
BEMP seeks educators who are energized and passionate about education, conservation, and helping to create a new generation of environmental stewards. Successful applicants should be adaptable and reliable with strong organization and communication skills. BEMP actively seeks educators who reflect the diverse communities we work with and who are passionate about best serving all BEMP students, especially those from Native American, Hispanic, and Latinx communities.
These positions require the ability to meaningfully and equitably inform, engage, and inspire students of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to regularly being in the classroom, the scientist-educators will often be outdoors in the bosque, on and off uneven trails in a variety of weather conditions. The employee must be a cheerful and supportive team member in all field conditions and classroom settings. The work involves some evening and weekend assignments, with compensating time off when appropriate.
● Deliver BEMP’s content rich curriculum about the bosque ecosystem and related ecological concepts to students in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Albuquerque metro area during the school year, along with educational outreach during the summer.
● Participate in BEMP’s core community science, fieldwork, and research activities, especially Monthly Monitoring and arthropod pitfall trapping.
● Fully engage in professional development and practice demonstrating a commitment to the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity for all BEMP participants, partners, and colleagues.
● Coordinate, lead, and facilitate BEMP’s educational and field work related to ecology, climate, stormwater science, phenology, endangered species, and more.
● In cooperation with BEMP’s Education Coordinator, work to align BEMP’s educational curriculum and outreach with Next Generation Science Standards while also leading and developing vibrant and content-rich learning experiences that connect students to their local
watershed through developmentally and culturally appropriate student research and community science data collection.
● Manage the safety of and reduce the risk to BEMP participants, especially in field settings.
● Work in a collegial and positive manner with all BEMP partners and staff.
● Active participation in BEMP professional development opportunities, meetings, staff reviews, retreats, tours, events, and other special programs, as needed.
● Support and mentor BEMP college and high school education interns.
● Participate in, present to, and build relationships with local, state, and other environmental education, community science, and allied organizations.
● Work with and care for live organisms used in educational outreach and research.
● Support grant reporting, site visits, and related activities for BEMP funding partners including providing timely reports to BEMP’s Education Coordinator.
● Support BEMP’s parent organizations, Bosque School and UNM, with their missions and needs.
● Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Education Requirements
● For full time, five years of combined education, community engagement, and environmental experience creating the capacity to deeply and authentically connect with diverse New Mexico students and deliver content-rich and culturally appropriate environmental and community science education.
● For part time, three years of combined education, community engagement, and environmental experience creating the capacity to deeply and authentically connect with diverse New Mexico students and deliver content-rich and culturally appropriate environmental and community science education.
● A “can-do” attitude, an enthusiasm for taking on new projects, and a collaborative, flexible approach to working with others.
● A strong foundation of ecological knowledge in either or both an indigenous or western science perspective (southwest riparian ecosystems preferred).
● An ability to challenge and engage K-12 students with field, lab, classroom, and analytical learning experiences.
● An ability to analyze and communicate BEMP datasets.
● Demonstrated ability to write clearly and succinctly for a variety of audiences.
● Must successfully pass both a driving and criminal background check.
● Spanish, Keres, or Tiwa speaker.
● Experience working with a wide range of New Mexican students, especially those underrepresented in science including Hispanic, Native American and Latinx communities.
● Outdoor education experience.
● Wilderness first aid certification (can be acquired through BEMP if hired).
● Knowledge of New Mexico’s diverse ecology, culture, and history.
● Over 25 years old and willing and able to be trained to drive a 14 passenger vehicle.
● Based in Albuquerque, NM with duties across the Albuquerque metro and adjacent areas.
● Involves some evening and weekend assignments.
● Education and outreach occur at a variety of school, field, and community locations.
● All BEMP employee contracts are year to year with the option to renew dependent upon an annual performance review and continued funding. Salary scale determined by education and/or experience, with standard Bosque School employee health, retirement, and other benefits.
● The position is supervised by the BEMP Education Coordinator who is based at Bosque School in Albuquerque, but a successful candidate must be able to work independently with minimal direct supervision.
● A typical day might involve being in the field collecting data with a bilingual Spanish speaking elementary class in the morning, and then leading a water chemistry lab in an Advanced Placement high school class in the afternoon while finding time in between to respond to emails, arrange future classroom visits and communicate with the BEMP Education Coordinator.
About Bosque School
Founded in 1994 and located on a 45-acre site in the bosque along the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Bosque School’s mission is to prepare young men and women to become lifelong learners with the highest character values and academic goals in a natural New Mexico setting with strong family and community involvement. The school embodies the best of traditional independent education while embracing a progressive and inventive approach to learning. Currently, there are 475 students in grades 6 -12. There are over 50 faculty members with over 80% holding advanced degrees. The average class size is 18.
Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should not be a summary of the resume. Please clearly and succinctly tell us why you want the job and how you would serve our BEMP students. Preferred deadline for submission of applications is Sunday 1 September 2019. Positions are open until filled. Finalists will be asked to provide a professional writing sample(s), references, and lead a demonstration environmental education teaching lesson of a topic of the candidate’s own choosing. Starting Date - Prefer by 1 October 2019
Non Discriminatory Policy
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, or national origin. BEMP will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of physical or mental disability in regard to any position for which the employee or applicant for employment is qualified. BEMP agrees to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals with disabilities, and to treat qualified individuals without discriminations on the basis of their physical or mental disability in all employment practices, including the following:
i. Recruitment, advertising, and job application procedures;
ii. Hiring, upgrading, promotion, award of tenure, demotion, transfer, layoff, termination, right of return from layoff and rehiring;
iii. Rates of pay or any other form of compensation and changes in compensation;
iv. Job assignments, job classifications, organizational structures, position descriptions, lines of progression and seniority lists;
v. Leaves of absence, sick leave, or any other leave;
vi. Fringe benefits available by virtue of employment, whether or not administrated by the contractor;
vii. Selection and financial support for training, including apprenticeship, and on the job training under 38 U.S.C. 3687, professional meetings, conferences, and other related activities, and selection for leaves of absence to pursue training;
viii. Activities sponsored by the contractor including social or recreational programs; and
ix. Any other term, condition, or privilege of employment.
In addition, BEMP will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because he or she is a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran. Or Armed Forces service medal veteran in regard to any position for which the employee or applicant for employment is qualified. BEMP agrees to take affirmative action to employ, advance in employment and otherwise treat qualified individuals without discrimination based on their status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, pother protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran in al employment practices, including the nine points enumerated above.