Job Opportunity: Middle School Summer Program Instructor – Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy LogoMiddle School Summer Program Instructor
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Location: San Francisco, California

Interested in social and environmental change?

Crissy Field Center is a multicultural urban environmental center that primarily serves children, youth and families that traditionally have had little, if any, access to their national parks. Our programs encourage new generations to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthy communities and a more environmentally just society.  Currently housed in a LEED platinum green building, the Crissy Field Center is also a certified Green Business.  Its facilities include a media lab, sustainability arts workshop, urban ecology lab, gathering room and teaching garden.

The Crissy Field Center is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust.  The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that has worked for 33 years to help preserve the Golden Gate National Parks and enhance the public’s awareness and enjoyment of these areas.  The Parks Conservancy works hand-in-hand with the National Park Service and Presidio Trust to revitalize park sites, enlist volunteers, support educational programs, develop community programs and offer services to park visitors.

Position Overview:
The Middle School Summer Program Instructor’s primary responsibility is to lead groups of middle school aged youth in an exciting and popular environmental leadership programs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Through a rich combination of outdoor excursions, restoration work, fun team builders, hands-on projects, and interactive workshops, participants will gain leadership skills, explore issues relevant to them, and connect to their National Parks.  Participants will work with volunteers to repair trails and habitats in the park, learn about environmental and sustainability problems and build skills to improve their lives, communities, and environment.  The Summer UTB program accepts 66 middle school students.  The Middle School Summer Program Instructor will oversee a team of 11 middle school students and 2 high school assistants the entire session.  The session includes 2 overnight trips (to rob hill camp ground and a 4 day, 3 night trip to Yosemite) and culminates in a final presentation about the environmental, teamwork and leadership skills that the youth have learned.

The Middle School Summer Program Instructor position reports to the Middle School Program Manager.

This is a seasonal full time position that runs from May 31st to August 3rd 2016.  It is a Monday through Friday schedule.

Apply online: job board

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach, mentor and supervise a team of 11 middle school youth and 2 high school interns.
  • Works with the Middle School Program Manager in the design, development and implementation of daily teambuilding and education activities based on outlined themes.
  • Responsible for the physical and emotional safety of the youth participating in the program at all times.
  • Coordinate and implement the end of the program celebration with friends and family.
  • Lead restoration projects, field trips, special projects, and 2 overnight trips.
  • Meet with parents and guardians and provide open door for communication and progress of their child.
  • Perform administrative tasks associated with job and other duties as needed.
  • Mentor one on one  high school and middle school age students.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Multicultural Environmental Education: Knowledge of issues related to the urban communities, ability to make connections between the urban and natural environment, cultural history and current events in order to make education relevant to diverse audiences.
  • Experience working with middle school age youth from underserved communities in San Francisco.
  • Strong group management skills and ability to build a strong team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Background in environmental studies, education, child and adolescent development, recreation, or related field preferred.
  • Experience teaching in an informal setting preferred (afterschool, youth leadership, youth development).
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and efficiently complete tasks.
  • Ability to work in a partnership setting with a range of personality types.
  • Commitment to diversity in the workplace.
  • Valid CA Driver’s License with 2 years of driving experience with safe driving record.
  • Ability to hike 5 miles on uneven terrain.
  • Work is performed mostly in an outdoor setting.
  • Work is primarily performed walking and standing.
  • Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel.

Education and Experience:

  • High School diploma and completion of some college coursework preferred.
  • CPR and First Aid certification- will assist upon hire.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or Chinese a plus!
  • Class B Driver’s License- can assist in obtaining but must have prior to program start.
  • Past youth program participants (I-YEL, Project WISE, and LINC) are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.


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