Job Opportunity: River Education Coordinator – South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) LogoJob Title: River Education Coordinator
Reports To: River Science Manager
Company: South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL)
Location: Nevada City, CA
Website: http://www.yubariver.org
Apply to: rachel@syrcl.org
Job Type: Paid Job
Job Status: Part-time, Variable

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), a watershed conservation organization, is located in Nevada City, CA. Founded in 1983, SYRCL unites the community to protect and restore the Yuba River. With more than 3,500 active members, donors, and volunteers, SYRCL implements our River Science, River People, River Advocacy, River Education, and Wild & Scenic Film Festival programs with substantial community support and involvement.

SYRCL’s River Education Program aims to educate people of all ages to be informed and passionate stewards and lifelong advocates of the Yuba River watershed. The program primarily targets K-12 students, with additional opportunities for life-long learners. The River Education Coordinator will be responsible for implementing all of SYRCL’s current education programs, developing new programs, and assisting with fundraising to sustain the education program.

SYRCL’s active education programs include: water conservation school programs and assemblies; Salmon Tours rafting and walking trips; a science-based summer field program; and school programs associated with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.

The program aims to align all of its curricula and programs with current California and national science standards. The River Education Coordinator will develop curricula, work collaboratively with local teachers and the SYRCL River Education Committee, and work with part-time contractors to implement education programs.

The River Education Coordinator will be supervised by SYRCL’s River Science Manager. The position requires a flexible schedule due to the seasonal nature of education programs. The required number of hours per week will vary. The term of employment is one year, with possible extension subject to funding.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
o Implement and coordinate SYRCL’s:
o K-8 school assembly program, including developing curriculum, fundraising for, scheduling, and staffing assemblies.
o Salmon Tours rafting (Class 1 boating) and walking excursions that utilize volunteer naturalists to educate students (4th-8th grade) and the general public about the salmon life cycle, habitat requirements, and water management issues on the Lower Yuba River.
o Wild & Scenic Film Festival School Program, including film selection, school scheduling, and curriculum development for both the Home and On-Tour Program.
o Field science program, including the Earthwatch Mountain Meadow Summer Research Fellowship program for high school students, which aims to educate students about river and meadow ecosystems, the scientific method, and ecosystem restoration.
o High school internship program that integrates high school age students into SYRCL’s programmatic work.
o Seek collaborative opportunities to develop educational programs in the watershed with local partners.
o Ensure that all curricula and programs are developed and implemented with national and state science standards in mind.
o Staff SYRCL’s River Education Committee and work collaboratively with dedicated volunteers.
o Write, or supervise the production of, pamphlets, web copy, e-news posts, etc.
o Write grant proposals and fundraise to help fund sustainable programs.
o Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience developing dynamic environmental education curricula and programming for K-12 youth. Knowledge of California Common Core and Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) standards. Experience writing and teaching curricula. Experience in outdoor and/or environmental education is preferred. Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides follow-through on areas of responsibility, and is detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills. Experience working in a high-energy office setting and a drive to do what it takes to get the job done well; non-profit work experience a plus. Ability to work cooperatively with staff and volunteers. Computer skills required, including proficiency with Word, Excel and basic graphic design programs (e.g. Publisher, Photoshop, InDesign, etc.). Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Bachelor’s Degree required in an educational or environmental science related field. Teaching credential preferred. Positive, self-motivated, and quick-learning performer highly valued. This position requires confidentiality and a sense of humor is a must.

Occasional evening and weekend work is required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
This position requires frequent computer use and occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds. Other physical requirements may include leading educational hikes over rough terrain and river rafting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

COMPENSATION:
Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION INFORMATION:
This position is open until filled.

Submit your cover letter and resume electronically to Rachel Hutchinson, River Science Director, rachel@syrcl.org. No phone calls, please.

SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer

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