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Education Program Assistant


Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Napa County Resource Conservation District

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The Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Education Program Assistant (Assistant) to support environmental education as well as volunteer and outreach programs in Napa County, California. The Assistant will work directly with K-12 youth, adult volunteers, and RCD staff to implement education and volunteer projects focused on stormwater pollution prevention, oak woodland restoration, climate science, local fisheries, and other related topics. The Assistant will foster and maintain positive working relationships with partners and volunteers in the community and serve as a professional and positive role model for youth. The Assistant will report to the Program Director and will work closely with other RCD staff.
Primary Responsibilities:
Youth Programming:
• Assist with delivering the RCD’s LandSmart for Kids: Youth Stewards Program, a field-based environmental stewardship program for high school students that focuses on studying and restoring landscapes for climate resilience.
• Conduct in-class environmental presentations to K-12 school groups, prepare educational materials for youth and the general public, and represent RCD at community events in support of the Napa County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program.
• Support the RCD’s Acorns to Oaks Program, a field-based program that actively engages grades 4-12 and community volunteers in oak woodland restoration. In particular, assist with field trips, monitoring, volunteer coordination, and maintenance of oak plantings.
• Assist with delivering the RCD’s Napa Youth Stewardship Council, an extracurricular leadership club for high school students that focuses on service-learning, career exploration, and stewardship projects.
• Interact and maintain positive communications with numerous stakeholders (community groups, local, state, and federal agencies, educators, environmental and other non-governmental organizations, etc.).
Outreach & Volunteer Programming:
• Assist with management of the RCD’s website and social media accounts.
• Assist with coordination of RCD interns and volunteers as needed.
• Assist with other RCD events, projects, and programs as needed.
Minimum Qualifications:
• Coursework from an accredited college or university in one or more of the following disciplines: Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science, Education, or a related field.
• Experience instructing, supervising, or educating K – 12 youth.
• Passion for youth education and a commitment to environmental stewardship.
• Willingness to maintain a flexible work schedule, with occasional work on weekday nights and weekends being required.
• Ability to assist with field trips and other field work outdoors in rain, heat, and cold temperatures. Field trips and field work will involve hiking in uneven terrain, lifting up to 30 lbs., bending, and digging for short periods.
• Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to set priorities, manage time and multiple projects effectively.
• Ability to work well independently with a minimum amount of supervision and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of co-workers, participants, and partners.
• Competency with current computer technologies, software and applications including Microsoft Office Suite.
• Desire to embrace the mission of the RCD to promote responsible natural resource management through voluntary community stewardship and technical assistance
• Must possess a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and proof of insurance at the time of hire.
• Must successfully complete a background check.
Desired Qualifications:
• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a degree in Ecology, Agriculture, Biology, Environmental Science or a related field.
• Spanish fluency or proficiency.
• Experience in the field of environmental education and project-based learning.
• Experience assisting with restoration projects or environmental science field work.
• Demonstrated ability to engage and collaborate with diverse groups and stakeholders, including students of all ages, landowners, non-profit agencies, resource agencies, and the general public.
• Familiarity with the geography, ecology and environmental issues of concern in Napa County.
• Experience working with community and youth volunteers.
Organizational Background:
The Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) is a non‐regulatory special district that facilitates natural resource conservation through community involvement, education, technical expertise, and scientific research. Since its founding in 1945, the RCD has been committed to using voluntary, cooperative, and scientifically sound methods to ensure that the natural resources of Napa County are conserved, protected, and restored in a landscape that supports agriculture, urban areas, and wild spaces.

Compensation Information:

$22.82 per hour

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