Job Opportunity: Wilderness Education Specialist – Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) LogoWilderness Education Specialist
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Location: Asheville, North Carolina

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is looking for an active, hands-on individual with an enthusiasm for protected public lands to join our team.

Position Title: Wilderness Education Specialist
Position Duration: May 16 – November 11, 2016
Status: Temporary/Seasonal
Compensation: $14 per hour
Position Supervisor: Program Manager
Location: Asheville, NC

About Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS)
We are a passionate team of employees, volunteers, and supporters, dedicated to a mission of educating, cultivating, and empowering an engaged public for the stewardship of protected public lands. We pride ourselves on being a transformative conservation non-profit, serving as a resource to our local partners and the federal land managing agencies we work with.

SAWS was founded in 2010 to respond to a regional need for stewardship focused on federally designated wilderness. We work with the national forests in the mountain regions of Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to provide stewardship through our four program areas: field crews, wilderness rangers, volunteers, and education.

Position Summary
Under the supervision of the Program Manager, a Wilderness Education Specialist’s work may include, but is not limited to:
·         Work closely with U.S. Forest Service personnel
·         Identify education challenges in the Southern Region
·         Outline issues, target audiences and messaging for specific areas
·         Identify priority education needs
·         Revise and update existing Education Plans
·         Develop new Education Plans where needed
·         Outline education techniques and outreach practices
·         Create templates and “best practices” for Education Plan development in the Southern Region

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
·         Collect, manage, and report work output
·         Assist in developing and maintaining strong, positive relationships with US Forest Service personnel, partner organization staff, and partner organization volunteers
·         Create media (blogs, photography, video, etc.) to share for reporting and documentation
·         Follow and practice SAWS organizational policies
·         Maintain a fun, safe, and positive working environment
·         Maintain high standard levels for project completion

·         Strong written communication skills
·         Familiarity with natural resource education and interpretation
·         Working knowledge of federally designated Wilderness
·         Experience with education planning and outreach desired
·         Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
·         Enthusiasm for the SAWS mission, environmental conservation, and public lands
·         Desire to be a vibrant member of an enthusiastic working team and transformative non-profit organization and to make a difference for the surrounding landscape and communities

This position is eligible for the Public Lands Corps Resource Assistant Hiring Authority

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume online at Questions regarding the application may be submitted via email to David Cohen, Program Manager, at

SAWS is an equal opportunity employer and provides a drug-free workplace.

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