Interpretive Specialist for the Watershed Watchers Program – San Jose (Alviso) California

Agency
San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society
Location
1751 Grand Blvd, San Jose, CA 95002
Job Category
Full time Positions
Salary
TBD
Start Date
01/10/2022
Last Date to Apply
12/05/2022
Website
https://sfbayws.org
Description
Interpretive Specialist for the Watershed Watchers Program San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society Staff Position POSITION DESCRIPTION Full-time, 40 hours Through June 30, 2022 with an opportunity to extend https://sfbayws.org MAJOR DUTIES This position is located at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Alviso (San Jose), California. Each year the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Watershed Watchers Program Administrator (funder) develop an annual Watershed Watchers scope of work. The employee is responsible for ensuring that all of the programs and projects outlined in the scope of work are completed each quarter. The employee's main duties include: working with Refuge staff and volunteers to develop, implement, and evaluate interpretive programs for a diverse audience, especially those addressing urban runoff pollution prevention; engaging the urban audience in projects that inspire behavior change i.e. citizen science; implementing watershed enhancement projects; trash clean ups; native plant gardening; conducting off site programming to reach new audiences; staffing the EEC, both during the week and on weekends (Saturday) [this in-place requirement depends on when EEC will open to public, depending on pandemic restrictions]; serving as a resource for other interpretive facilities in Santa Clara County; conducting on-going visitor surveys and program evaluation; and writing comprehensive narrative reports. SPECIFIC DUTIES Interpretive Programs and Events (50%) Works with Refuge staff and volunteers to develop and present high quality interpretive programs at the EEC that address urban runoff pollution’s effect on wildlife habitats. Programs types will be both formal and informal, virtual and in-person, and will be such that they are appropriate for broadly diverse audiences (including but not limited to: parents and tots, Scouts, science clubs, singles groups, church groups, senior groups, garden clubs, corporate groups, and etc.) Produces appropriate materials, including props and visual aids for programs. Is the lead person working with other staff and volunteers to plan, coordinate, and conduct special events. Works to advertise interpretive programs and events by writing program descriptions for Tide Rising (SFBWS Quarterly newsletter), designing and distributing flyers and advertisements using online resources, and making contacts both on and off site to advertise programs. This includes social media posts in the SFBWS Facebook page, YouTube channel, and other social media as appropriate. Conducts tours, walks, hikes, and auditorium slide shows and talks, incorporating the message of urban runoff pollution prevention. On-Refuge events are limited to outside activities at this time, depending on pandemic restrictions. Otherwise, the programs are virtual using Zoom. Works with Refuge staff to develop and implement hands-on habitat enhancement projects focusing on planting native plants and gardening without chemicals. This includes planning projects work groups (i.e. corporate groups, service clubs, etc.). On-Refuge events are limited to outside activities at this time; depending on pandemic restrictions. Otherwise, the programs are virtual using Zoom. Works with Refuge staff to develop and implement citizen science projects that engage local visitors with the natural world at the Refuge (i.e. e-bird, phenology, etc.). EEC Staffing and Administration (30%) NOTE: On-Refuge portions of these requirements are limited to outside activities at this time; depending on pandemic restrictions. The EEC is not yet open; though during the coming months, this is expected. Primary staff person for weekend visitors. Provides information to walk-in visitors and responds to phone inquiries, both on weekends and during the week. Compiles public use statistics on visitation and program attendance. Works with supervisor to ensure facility maintenance, including, but not limited to, grounds, building, and equipment. Keeps the facility clean and presentable throughout the workday. Assists with Nature Store sales. Conducts visitor surveys and program evaluations. Writes reports, including quarterly reports and end of year reports, submitted to supervisor, employer, and funding agency. Volunteer Coordination and Associate Supervision (15%) NOTE: On-Refuge portions of these requirements are limited to outside activities at this time; depending on pandemic restrictions. The EEC is not yet open; though during the coming months, this is expected. Works with the EEC staff to recruit volunteers and organize orientations and training opportunities that increase program capacity for this program. Coordinates with and supervises volunteers assisting on interpretive programs and events at the EEC. Coordinates volunteer orientations to recruit and match volunteers with the most appropriate volunteer “job”. Provides training and educational opportunities for volunteers and interns i.e. weekend desk volunteers, citizen science volunteers, docents leading Watershed Watchers Programs, and associates assisting with Watershed Watchers programming. Recruits and supervises associates to support the Watershed Watchers program. Designs a meaningful and educational position for associates based on program needs. Supervises day to day activities of the associates, supervises their assigned project or program, writes an evaluation for each associate. Program Coordination (5%) Develops relationships with other agencies, non-profit organizations, corporations and private citizens in response to special requests, including program development -- local travel may be required. Maintains cooperative working relationships with many different private groups, agencies, and individuals, including all levels of the Watershed Watchers Programs and their community; Federal, Regional, State, County, and City agencies; the local community of Alviso; and groups from a variety of private corporations, organizations, and institutions. Participates in Refuge staff meetings and appropriate meetings conducted by the Watershed Watchers Program, or other local organizations. WORK ENVIRONMENT and PHYSICAL DEMANDS NOTE: On-Refuge portions of these requirements are limited to outside activities at this time; depending on pandemic restrictions. The EEC is not yet open; though during the coming months, this is expected. Approximately 15% of the job is performed outdoors, where the employee is subject to the vagaries of weather; most of the remaining time is spent in the EEC or in an office setting. Hiking/walking is required while leading tours and conducting programs. Lifting of heavy objects (approximately 30 to 40 lbs), such as boxes and tables, is sometimes required. A full COVID-19 vaccination status and proof is required per US Fish and Wildlife Service policy.
Qualifications
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED Basic management skills including leadership, creative problem solving and the ability to delegate responsibilities to volunteers to allow the EEC to function smoothly and to support the concurrent execution of diverse activities. A BS/BA degree in park management, environmental studies, environmental education, physical or natural science, resource management, or equivalent. Substantial knowledge of interpretive principles and techniques and the ability to apply them creatively and in various media. Understanding of natural resource management philosophies and the general principles of ecology. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing, including making group presentations. General and specific knowledge of environmental topics and issues. Ability to effectively organize and monitor a series of concurrent activities. KNOWLEDGE DESIRED General and specific area knowledge of salt marsh ecology; and San Francisco Bay natural history, flora, fauna, geology, and civil history. Ability to read, write, and speak a foreign language, especially Spanish. Experience with a variety of word processing programs, and desk top publishing. Microsoft Office is the SFBWS standard for materials within the organization and with USFWS. Other applications can be used at times as needed. General knowledge of fund-raising strategies and ability to write grants. Certified Interpretive Guide Training (can be done on the job). SUPERVISORY CONTROLS This position is a staff position within the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, funded by Santa Clara Valley Urban Pollution Prevention Program and works at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) facilities. The employee is under the day-to-day supervision of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Manager, who provides guidance, monitors, and reviews performance. Formal interim reviews will be provided as well as an annual appraisal on the status of the scope of work. The Service will provide an orientation to the Refuge and make in-house training available to the employee on the appropriate subject matter and interpretive techniques. GUIDELINES Interpretive programs shall be conducted in accordance with those stated in the Watershed Watchers proposal; additionally, programs and activities will align with the mission of the Service and be in accordance with the Refuge’s standard operating procedures as determined by the Refuge Manager. Employee shall work 8 ½ hours per day (which includes ½ hour for lunch), five days each week, to include Saturday. [NOTE: during pandemic restrictions, the work week days are flexible.] Employee shall engage in general and interpretive activities as outlined in the SCVURPPP (Watershed Watchers) contract and in the Friends Partnership Agreement with the USFWS. Employee shall be required to provide and wear a uniform (distinguishable from the Service uniform), as determined and approved by the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society. Educational and interpretive materials used or created must meet San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, Watershed Watchers, and Service standards and be approved prior to use. Employee shall exercise reasonable care to prevent theft or damage to any and all Government, San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, and Watershed Watchers property used by the employee, and shall, insofar as possible, protect all such property. PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION The DESFBNWR Refuge Manager and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society shall keep the Employee informed as to the success, scope, and direction of the interpretive program. SUBMIT APPLICATION Please email resume highlighting relevant experience, unofficial transcripts, and three references to Ceal.Craig@SFBayWS.org and Mary.Deschene@SFBayWS.org with Subject: SFBWS WW Interpretive Specialist application Deadline is December 5, 2021.
Contact Person
Mary Deschene
Contact eMail
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