Ecological Education Coordinator 2: Oregon

Institute for Applied Ecology
Corvallis, Oregon
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Full time Positions
$25.00/hr. plus benefits
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Job Title: Ecological Education Coordinator 2 Office Location: Corvallis, Oregon Status: Regular, full-time, time limited (1 year) with potential to extend past first year Compensation: $25.00/hr. plus benefits Closing date: June 20th, 2023. Description: The Institute for Applied Ecology ( is seeking to hire a full-time ecological education coordinator, level 2, to help lead efforts in our ecological education program. This person will be based in Corvallis, OR, though occasional travel will be required. Our Organization: The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) is a dynamic nonprofit organization founded in 1999 whose mission is to conserve native species and habitats through restoration, research and education. We fill a unique niche among nonprofits and work with a diverse group of partners including federal, state, and county agencies and municipalities to accomplish our mission. We maintain an open and convivial office environment with over 20 regular staff in our main office in Corvallis, OR and a branch office in Santa Fe, NM. We are committed to diversity and equity in our work place and the communities we serve. Our Department: The Ecological Education Program at the IAE offers educational opportunities for students of all ages from K-12 to adult community members and specialty audiences, such as teachers or adults in custody. Through outreach activities and informal science education, we engage people in meaningful place-based active education conducted in schools, camps, prisons, and in the wider communities that we serve. We work with other nonprofit partners, community members, departments of correction, schools, granting organizations, and federal agencies to deliver education focused on connecting people to nature. Our efforts are primarily focused on underserved, under-resourced, and diverse audiences. Our Projects: Tasks associated with this role are shared among other department staff from our Corvallis office and project sites in ID, WY, and NV. For this reason, there is some flexibility in the exact duties of this role. Job duties will fluctuate seasonally, but here is a general breakdown of what to expect out of the work: Project Coordination - 60% Sagebrush in Prisons Project - This is our largest program, growing around 500,000 sagebrush seedlings per year at 9 medium and minimum security prisons across the West. Corvallis staff collaborate with our remote staff on program-wide projects. This may include bulk ordering for supplies. Conservation in Prisons - At three prisons near Corvallis, we grow Viola adunca, Plantago lanceolata, Lupinus oreganus, and Castilleja levisecta in support of three endangered or threatened butterflies. At one facility, incarcerated crew members raise butterfly larvae of the Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly, released just before pupae are formed. Our Corvallis staff visit weekly (for captive rearing, less often for plant growth) to provide training and other ongoing support for the program. Parkify your yard - As an example of a new project we are beginning to build. Parkify will engage neighborhood association members to create a peer network focused on increasing the prevalence of native plants in urban landscapes. Some portion of your work with this could include grant writing. Teaching - 20% Juvenile detention - We provide ecological education lessons to two juvenile detention centers in the Willamette Valley. You would be responsible for preparing and delivering one or two lessons a month. Adult Education - Education is also an important part of our adult prison work. You would be responsible for providing lessons and horticultural training for our sagebrush and butterfly crews. This includes classroom settings, hands-on training, coordinating guest speakers, and other approaches. Administration and other projects - 20% Admin - As an IAE employee, you will participate in staff-wide meetings, conferences, and other professional development opportunities. Administrative work may include collaborating with other IAE departments, relationship building with IAE’s many partners, writing grants, creating outreach materials like blog posts or media releases, developing new projects, etc. Other partnerships - We have ongoing partnerships with local schools and nonprofits that sometimes result in shorter-term programs. Examples of this include bilingual birding lessons with local elementary schools, organizing field trips at nearby natural areas, or workshops with high school educator apprentices. Occasional participation at volunteer events and other public outreach events are also possible. Specific Job Responsibilities and Duties ● Manage parts of the Sagebrush in Prisons (SPP) programs that include building and maintaining connections with partners and funders, developing new programs, and hiring staff. ● Be the go-to expert in plant propagation of plants in the project including all aspects of plant growth and development including watering regimes, daily plant care, IPM, seed collections, data collection, and prep for plant outs – with the potential to be involved in actual planting. ● Coordinate with prison officials and media for earned press stories of SPP. ● Plan and implement ecological education projects to include coordination with project partners and/or funders, develop and maintain project work plans, implement project objectives, and fulfill grant agreements and deliverables in a timely manner. Adapt to changing project needs. ● Design and deliver classroom and field trip lessons to prison audiences and juvenile detention centers, develop curriculum, design and manage educational evaluations, and process, analyze, and report data. ● Potential to supervise specific staff, volunteers and subcontractors, and participate in the hiring of contractors. ● Develop and write reports, newsletters, and publications with support from supervisor; effectively communicate in appropriate format to multiple audiences and write for blogs and websites in English. ● Participate in identifying and developing grant proposals/agreements (with assistance), develop proposal budgets, and cultivate relationships that result in project funding. ● Other duties as assigned, which may include conducting tours, workshops and presentations for funders, partners, and the public, assist with other EE projects as requested, and participate in inter-department education programs.
QUALIFICATIONS ● A minimum of three years of educational teaching (formal or informal) experience. ● A strong background in biology/ecology related field, including an experience in native plant propagation. ● Able to pass a background check and Department of Corrections background check. ● Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Suite. ● Ability to work some weekends and ability to lift 25 pounds. ● Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience managing and coordinating several projects simultaneously. ● Positive attitude and excellent oral and written communication skills. ● Current U.S. driver’s license. DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES ● Technologically savvy – including the ability to develop videos (including storyboards, filming, editing), create written works, and work in GIS (Storymapping and other needs). ● Experience teaching K-12 and bilingual students. ● Experience working with incarcerated people, or other marginalized groups. ● Bilingual in English/Spanish. Studies have shown that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, and other marginalized groups are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and qualifications for the role. VACCINE REQUIREMENT: In compliance with federal guidelines, IAE has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to employment. Employees may request exceptions and reasonable accommodations for medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Any offer of employment will be contingent on complying with this policy. HOW TO APPLY To apply for this position, submit: 1. Cover letter that includes a summation of your interest in the position and start date. 2. List of three references, one of which should be a past employer. Please state that we may contact them. 3. Resume. Applications must be received by 9:00am June 20th, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Non-US residents must include a copy of their work visa. Applications considered upon receipt. Get yours in soon! Email materials and/or questions with subject line – EE2 Corvallis - to: IAE supports diversity and equity, and we encourage applications from all groups of people. We recognize that the strength of IAE is in our people and we believe that every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and harassment. IAE does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices and our commitment to equal employment opportunity applies to every aspect of the employment relationship.
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