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Nature-Based Education Team Leader

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The Wildwoods Foundation is seeking a dedicated educator with excellent organizational and project management skills to serve as our Team Leader.  This is a part-time/flex-time job, with opportunities for growth. Reports to the Program Director.


Organization Description: 

With a slightly different focus than traditional environmental education organizations, all of our programs are built around our philosophy of "Building Community by Exploring Nature." The intent of our programs is that participants learn a lesson of nature that they can apply in a social context in their everyday lives: in school, at home and in their neighborhood. Or, as we like to say, "We’re not saving nature. Nature is saving us.”




Our programs take place across the Los Angeles region: online, in schools, and in parks.  They include:

  • A Drop in the Bucket – a water education program for 4 – 6 grade. Served 35,000+ students since launch.
  • Full Circle – intensive 7-week ecology program for 5th grade.
  • Seeds of STEM – Nature-based science education for early childhood.
  • Oakgrove – Student-led human relations program for high school.
  • Paseo – Monthly field trips for the families served by the Magnolia Community Initiative (see below).
  • Eco-X- A summer camp for children in foster care.

For more information about these and other programs, please visit our website: www.WildwoodsFoundation.org  

The Wildwoods Foundation is based at the Magnolia Place Family Center and is a member agency in the Magnolia Community Initiative (MCI), a collective-impact project of 70+ agencies and organizations that serve a 500-block catchment area sandwiched between downtown Los Angeles and the USC campus.  


Schedule:

The schedule is part-time/flex-time, based on demand, ranging from 10 to 20 (or more) hours, weekly. Our schedule reflects the Los Angeles school calendar.  Fall is the heavy season. Two weeks off @ Christmas. Very light summer. Occasional weekend and evening work. Moderate telecommuting possible.  Local travel (school visits) frequently required.  Mileage is paid.


Qualifications: 

  • Have experience teaching or coordinating outdoor or environmental education programs (or similar) with schools.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of basic scientific principles, especially ecology and regional habitats. 
  • Have an understanding of Earth Sciences at the elementary and middle-school level. 

  • Be familiar with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.
  • Possess knowledge of regional environmental and socio-economic/eco-justice issues. 

  • Be flexible and comfortable with managing last-minute schedule changes.
  • Be comfortable with working on the move.
  • Be okay with after-hours communication as needed.
  • Possess excellent project and equipment management skills.
  • Possess excellent organizational skills.
  • Possess excellent communication skills, particularly phone and email.
  • Have reliable access to email (mobile internet connection) and cell phone during business hours, Monday – Friday, with some weekend availability required.
  • Possess a working computer. 
  • Be familiar with the Google suite of apps (Contacts, Calendar, Drive) as well as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel).
  • Knowledge of working Mac and PC computers.
  • Knowledge of social media.
  • Have reliable transportation and the ability to transport program materials.  (Bikes don’t count.  Sorry.) 
  • Have a clean driving record.
  • Possess a healthy sense of humor.
  • Possess the ability to work independently, maintain a “big picture” perspective and self-monitor program support needs.  (In other words, work alone, think ahead, be prepared for the next task at hand – including maintaining all necessary resources, materials, and supplies.)


Preferred:

  • Formal classroom or school administration experience with a working knowledge of the school environment and culture. Credentialed teachers particularly preferred. 
  • Experience managing staff and/or volunteers.
  • Familiarity with systems thinking.
  • Fluency in Spanish.


Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining all program materials and supplies.  
  • Collecting and tracking participant data.
  • Visiting schools and program sites as needed.
  • Assist in staff training.
  • Filling in for program staff as needed (must know curriculum).
  • Maintain a professional demeanor with clientele (teachers, school staff and administrators) as well as staff, volunteers and board of directors. 
  • Participate in additional organization activities, including community relations, outreach, and fundraising.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Expected growth and expansion of duties, including program and curriculum development. 

Location: Washington Blvd. @ Hoover (South of Downtown Los Angeles, North of the USC campus).

Rate:  $21 per hour

If interested:

Please email your résumé, cover letter (detailing relevant past experience) to the attention of Julie Woodruff at JulieW@WildwoodsFoundation.org. Position is open if the post is active.  

Only people selected for interviews will be contacted. Interviewees must submit to and pass a background check, and provide references.

All resumes received will be held on file for consideration for 12 months from date of receipt. 


Inquiries from direct applicants only preferred - no recruiters or phone calls please.

Please note: The Wildwoods Foundation, which is a Project of Community Partners®, is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

 This job description is general in nature and is not designed to contain or to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of the position.


The Wildwoods Foundation is seeking a dedicated educator with excellent organizational and project management skills to serve as our Team Leader.  This is a part-time/flex-time job, with opportunities for growth. Reports to the Program…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    May 24, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Salary

$21/hourly

Benefits

  • Sick pay
  • Vacation
  • Sick pay
  • Vacation

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in English required.

Fluency in Spanish preferred.

Fluency in English required.

Fluency in Spanish preferred.

Location

On-site
1910 Magnolia Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007, United States
Suite 403

How to Apply

Please email your résumé, cover letter (detailing relevant past experience) to the attention of Julie Woodruff at JulieW@WildwoodsFoundation.org. Position is open if the post is active. 

Please email your résumé, cover letter (detailing relevant past experience) to the attention of Julie Woodruff at JulieW@WildwoodsFoundation.org. Position is open if the post is…

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