Environmental Education Program Coordinator

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Address:

Morgantown, WV
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

The Environmental Education Coordinator is a role that encompasses providing program support to the Science Adventure School (SAS), hiring, training, and supervising Environmental Educators, designing and delivering environmental education curriculum, and supporting department projects. The EE Coordinator will be expected to coordinate SAS program from field locations throughout the fall. While SAS is based in Morgantown, regional remote work when program is not in session can be arranged.

The Science Adventure School is rapidly growing, so the EEC will be expected to work independently and with the coordinator team, take initiative to identify areas of opportunity, and be flexible with areas of responsibility as needs develop.

Duties and Responsibilities

Site Supervision 

  • Serve as an on-site administrator for during operating season.
  • Be responsible for creating recurring professional development programs for staff.
  • Cultivate a culture of support during programming sessions for guides, students, and teachers.
  • Be able to support team members’ growth by auditing their lessons and providing feedback. 
  • Independently handle stressful situations and make quick, informed decisions under pressure.
  • Hold and direct weekly staff team meetings including facilitating personal and program feedback.
  • Vet and approve of seasonal staff program curriculum changes, operating location changes, and other variable aspects of the program. 
  • Be diligent about insuring staffs’ adhesion to policies and procedures.
  • Take initiative to do whatever is necessary to deliver a high quality of program.

Curriculum Development 

  • Develop hands-on, interactive curriculum and a plan for implementation.
  • Collaborate with lead educators to implement a cohesive curriculum delivery across all areas. 
  • Identify and fill in gaps in programming.

OEDC Support 

  • Work with larger OEDC department to determine and advise on programming opportunities.
  • Support OEDC efforts that are congruent with SAS mission.
  • Support other WVU programs, courses, and initiatives by partnering on projects and events.

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with preference for specialty in environmental studies, education, natural sciences, biology, or related field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Have a minimum of three (3) years of professional in-field experience in at least one of the following: 1) Teaching environmental education course work/curriculum. 2) Teaching science in outdoor class setting. 3) Outdoor/Experiential Camp Leadership. 4) Other similar education experience.
  • Expertise in delivering high-quality structured curriculum in a program setting.
  • Experience with middle school aged students.
  • Experience managing camp programs or comparable experience.
  • Supervisory and staff training experience.
  • Familiarity and comfort with living and working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions and seasons and for an extended period of time.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Thorough understanding of core science concepts relative to WV grade standards.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of in-field experience with middle school aged youth.
  • Experience working with public schools and students.
  • Experience creating and coordinating logistics for educational programs.
  • Expertise in delivering high-quality structured curriculum in a program setting.
  • Familiarity and comfort with living and working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions and seasons and for an extended period of time.
  • Thorough understanding of environmental education program models, theories, and practices with emphasis in outdoor experiential education.
  • Have experience in developing and facilitating training and staff development.
  • Demonstrated experience in communications with a wide range of people, including adjusting communication to meet the level of the individual.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, good ability to prioritize and manage time, and capacity to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to supervise and support multiple teams of staff members.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt quickly under pressure.
  • Highly organized and willing to create new systems where needed.
  • Ability to work independently and very closely and collaboratively with SAS team members for extended periods of time.
  • Have familiarity with LNT Principles.

Requirements 

Required:

  • Hold a WFA and CPR certification (or be able to aquire quickly after hire)
  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred:

  • Valid driver license and comfort driving large vehicles (12-15 passenger vans or large trucks) and hauling trailers.
  • Holds or willingness to obtain any of the following certifications: Bike Instructor Certification Program Level 1, AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor and/or Single Pitch Instructor, Swift Water Rescue, ACA National Paddlesports Instruction in Canoeing or SUP, Bowhunters Safety Course, ACCT Level 1 Challenge Course.
  • Demonstrated proficiency maneuvering a trailer behind a pick-up truck for transport of program materials.

How to Apply:

Please visit WVU's hiring page to apply: https://wvu.taleo.net/careersection/staff/jobdetail.ftl?job=18437&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

Review for the position will begin 1/7.

Job Compensation:

Salary

Compensation Information:

Salary begins at $50,000.

WVU benefits include:

  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
  • 18 sick days per year, and the flexibility to use that time to care for immediate family members
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits  
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks.
  • Wellness programs

Contact Email:

alice.morgan@mail.wvu.edu