AmeriCorps Member – Adult Environmental Education Coordinator
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Times of day
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St.
Location: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle, WA
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The University of Washington Botanic Gardens is a leading center of botanical research, education, and outreach. With more than 320 acres of gardens and natural areas in the heart of Seattle, UW Botanic Gardens is home to internationally significant plant collections, award‐winning restoration ecology and conservation programs, and popular public programs serving youth, adults, and professionals. We have two sites: the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture.
General Duties/Description: Serve as a member of the UW Botanic Gardens adult education team. Assist with the development and facilitation of a wide range of interpretive programs at the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture. Particular emphasis will be placed on the expansion of programming related to ecological restoration, native plants, and sustainable gardening practices. Participate in program planning committees, coordinate with class instructors, recruit and manage volunteers, attend and possibly deliver classes, plan and develop future education program offerings, and help update class evaluation surveys and analyze evaluation data.
Most work will occur in an indoor office environment, but applicant must be willing to work outdoors occasionally in all types of weather. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) Individual Placement AmeriCorps Member position, serving a six-month term of service through the Washington Service Corps. Term of service runs February 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018.
- Research existing educational opportunities, past courses and participant surveys to develop and implement a plan for programming in the identified subject areas.
- Support advisory committee to develop workshops for restoration ecology professionals. Schedule and participate in monthly committee meetings, compile notes, and lead development of new courses.
- Design and implement pre- and post-class surveys to measure learning and participant intent to change behavior, and to better understand existing audiences.
- Recruit and manage volunteers.
- Conduct or assist with interpretive programs outdoors and in all kinds of weather.
- Ensure safety and well-being of program participants.
- Organize and maintain program supplies and equipment.
- Participate fully in staff meetings and professional development opportunities.
- Perform a variety of clerical tasks related to volunteer management, evaluations, class planning and class support.
Requirements: High school graduation or equivalent AND two years of experience working in public programming or in an office environment that involved extensive contact with the public. Excellent organizational skills, excellent oral/written communication skills and ability to work outdoors in all types of weather. Education, skills and/or prior experience with environmental education, teaching/tutoring, and public speaking. Position will require knowledge of and use of computers/technology, program recruitment, and event organization. Must pass a criminal background check. Passion for equity and inclusion in environment and education.
Desirable: Bachelor’s degree or formal education in environmental education, restoration, horticulture, botany, biology, or a related field. Experience working with volunteers and education program development. Experience supporting an educational program, overseeing and executing event planning and office operations. Computer proficiency with variety of software programs such as Microsoft Office, desktop publishing, and electronic communications.
Compensation: Monthly living stipend of $1,202.86 (before taxes). $2,907.50 Education Award upon successful completion of 6 month term of service and 900 hours. Health insurance. Subsidized childcare. Student loan forbearance on qualifying loans.
How To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to Adult Education Supervisor, Jessica Farmer, at email@example.com by Monday January 8, 2018.