Job Opportunity: Education Director – Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC) LogoEducation Director
Organization: Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Address: Portland, OR
Website: Columbia Slough Employment Page

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Classroom Activities: Develop and present hands-on science activities to students.
  • Field Studies: Plan, prepare and lead student field studies, service learning, and restoration activities at sites such as Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, Smith & Bybee Lakes, Big Four Corners, Johnson Lake and Kelley Point Park.  Provide direction and supervision to students, teachers, education interns, and volunteers during field studies, service learning, and restoration activities.
  • Watershed & Community Action Projects:  Organize plantings, service projects, canoe trips, and watershed education events for students and watershed residents
  • Summer Programming: Offer several one day programs and partner with summer camp providers where youth will have the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor field experience
  • Professional Development for Teachers: Invite teachers participating in Slough School activities to professional development workshops and training sessions offered by the Council and others
  • Adult Workshops: Work with the Outreach Director to coordinate workshops for community members, including arrangements for speakers, location, and topics

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services and Water Bureau, City of Gresham watershed/stormwater education, Metro, MCDD, Portland Parks and Recreation, and other partners’ staff to provide educational programs and activities.
  • Lead canoe and kayak tours of the Columbia Slough with adults and youth
  • Research, develop and use science education materials and activities
  • Develop written materials such as newsletter articles, reports, and education resources
  • Represent Slough School and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at public and Council events to promote watershed education
  • Attend and participate in staff and council meetings and events.
  • Collect and organize photos and records of Slough School and other education activities
  • Maintain equipment, including maintenance of canoes and kayaks
  • Responsible for program budget management, fundraising, grant writing, and grant reporting
  • Responsible for organizing and working with the Slough School Advisory Committee.
  • Create measurements for program evaluation to evaluate program effectiveness and meet grant requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Education, Qualifications and Skills:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Natural Resources, or related field
  • Two years of work experience in education, with preference given to place based environmental education experience
  • Knowledge of watershed and water quality issues, natural history of the Pacific Northwest, and native plants and wildlife
  • Excellent verbal, presentation, and writing skills
  • Project and personnel management skills and experience
  • Understanding and working across cultural differences
  • Available in the evenings, weekdays, and/or weekends
  • Self-motivated, well organized, and interested in creating and carrying out a vision for watershed education.  Experience developing programs and materials, and coordinating complex schedules.
  • Ability to employ current and emerging technologies(software, internet, networks)
  • Valid driver’s license Certified in CPR and Basic First Aid (or acquire certification upon hire)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with a non-profit organization
  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, or other languages a plus
  • Knowledge of Portland’s, Gresham’s and Fairview’s neighborhoods and experience in working with local neighborhood organizations

For more information, see the full job posting.

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