ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR/VOLUNTEER AND STEWARDSHIP COORDINATOR
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is seeking a full-time Environmental Educator/Volunteer and Stewardship Coordinator to work closely with our Executive Director and Board to (1) be responsible for the delivery of our environmental education offerings, (2) work with our volunteer corps to oversee their meetings and to coordinate their volunteer services in support of our mission, (3) oversee the stewardship efforts in support of our partners’ trail and conservation projects. We are looking for an outgoing and energetic team member that can help us in our mission through the presentation of high quality, engaging programs that will inspire people to become better caretakers of our environment.
The major focus of the Environmental Educator/Volunteer and Stewardship Coordinator is to develop and present environmental education programs and the administrative work that is needed to accomplish this. The Environmental Educator will also facilitate and participate in conservation projects relating to the habitats and species of the Saratoga Sandplains and Saratoga County and facilitate and participate in stewardship activities related to trail work and activities that support outdoor recreation. The position includes the following:
- Teaching educational programs in outdoor conditions or traditional classroom settings for toddlers to adult audiences at the Preserve & Park and in community settings;
- Assisting the Education Coordinator in the development of new programs, promotional materials, and media and assisting in the preparation of student activity materials, including cleanup and proper storage;
- Handling animals as part of the instruction and assisting with their care during the week;
- Registering public program attendees and sending confirmation emails to registrants;
- Promoting public programs through press releases;
- Participating in the planning, preparation, and participation in recreation events like the Moonlight Hikes, Winter Recreational Rentals, and the Wildlife Festival;
- Managing the volunteer corps, maintaining lists of volunteers, hours they have volunteered, and planning, and running the monthly volunteer meetings;
- Coordinating volunteer participation in school group and public programs, Karner blue butterfly restoration efforts; e.g.: seed collecting, lupine planting, Citizen Science studies: e.g.: American woodcock, FrogWatchUSA; trail stewardship, and in administrative and fundraising tasks;
- Assisting with trail work and winter grooming.
- A college degree in Environmental Education, Education, Environmental Studies/Science, Biology, Sustainability or Conservation or related field are preferred. Other fields may be considered.
- At least two-years teaching experience, or equivalent, in a classroom or in the field of environmental education.
- Must be flexible and adaptable to change. Work will be in a dynamic setting with shifting responsibilities. Should be comfortable and enjoy working in a fast-paced creative environment that can include occasional weekend or evening work.
- Excellent organization and time management skills, must be able to work on multiple tasks and provide high attention to detail.
- Ability to work in all weather conditions. This position requires indoor and outdoor work including, but not limited to, leading interpretive hikes, lifting tables and supplies, and walking on trails with mixed terrain. Some programs involve working with and handling live animals.
- Strong communication skills are required. This includes public speaking as well as writing, editing, and demonstrated comfort and skill in delivering public presentations in small and large group settings.
- The ability to work in a team-based environment, multitask, and problem solve.
- Proficiency with computer programs including, Microsoft Office Suite, Canva, Squarespace, and social media platforms.
- Familiarity with the natural environments of the region.
- A valid driver's license and a dependable motor vehicle (mileage for work purposes is reimbursed).
The position is 40 hours per week and is a year-round position. The work week varies seasonally, and flexibility of working hours is essential. Some remote work is allowed. This is a salaried position of $41,600/year. Benefits include paid time off, paid holidays, and health insurance if needed. Start date is expected to be in September 2022, but the specific start date is flexible. Background check is required.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the Executive Director, Margo Olson
(firstname.lastname@example.org) with “Environmental Educator/Volunteer and Stewardship” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through August 31, 2022 or until the position is filled.
Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to conserve ecological systems and natural settings while providing opportunities for environmental education and outdoor recreation. WWPP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. These goals are focused on ~2400 acres of protected land base in the Saratoga Sandplains, which encompasses ecologically significant habitats, rare plant communities, endangered and threatened wildlife, and public trails. The protected lands that comprise WWPP are owned and managed by the Town of Wilton, The Nature Conservancy, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Saratoga County.