Educational Outreach AmeriCorps Coordinator

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This position is based in Sylva, NC with the Balsam Mountain Trust. The mission of the Balsam Mountain Trust is the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on Balsam Mountain Preserve and the Blue Ridge Mountain region, achieved through effective land management practices, scientific research and environmental education.

Before you apply, please “read the instructions carefully”: and include all relevant materials in your application. Applications that do not include all of the relevant items will not be considered. Please note that this is for an AmeriCorps position for 10-months with a pre-determined living allowance of $14,000 and other benefits that include: child care benefit, health care benefit for monthly premium coverage, and the Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the term of $6,095. All information can be found on the link provided above. 

CTNC is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual preference or familial status.

CTNC seeks to engage applicants from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. Connecting more diverse applicants to an employment pathway has led to greater equity, diversity and inclusion of all people in conservation.

Purpose of the position

The Education Outreach Coordinator (EOC) will develop, implement and evaluate school and public programs.  In our two target counties, the vast majority of schools are designated Title 1, with many unable to afford outreach programming.  The EOC will continue our Adopt-a-School program, which pairs local business sponsors with local schools, so that we can deliver hands-on, live animal programs to those schools at no cost.  The EOC will also work to administer and present the pollinator program initiated by our previous members. This program aims to engage the public in pollinator conservation (using monarch butterflies as a target species) through participation in hands-on activities and citizen science. Programming is currently delivered to elementary school students, local libraries, and REACH center for domestic violence. The EOC will also have the opportunity to coordinate and put on the Trust’s 4th Annual Migratory Bird Festival, another member-initiated program. 

The EOC will also develop and deliver public programs and/or special events that are new to the Trust. This will include development of a program that aims to reach our high school student population, by way of a field biology-based internship. Programs will prioritize getting members of our underserved population outdoors and developing and nurturing environmental conservation values.  New programs will depend on the skills/interest of the member and priorities of the Trust. The EOC will also be responsible for building/evolving partnerships with local community and nature based organizations.  This program is unique in that the member will be trained to handle the animals used on these dynamic educational programs! 

Position responsibilities and duties

Enhance and Expand Elementary School Outreach through Adopt-a-School (AAS) Program

  • Coordinate and deliver NC standard-based, AAS outreach programming for 4th and 5th grade students; evaluate and update programs
  • Seek out and secure funding from local business sponsors for the AAS program; continue to develop business recognition package
  • Update website and Facebook with AAS pictures and news
  • Receive training on handling education animals and program delivery

Grow Pollinator Program

  • Coordinate and deliver pollinator program to 1st and 2nd grade students at partner schools; evaluate and update programs
  • Create teacher kits including lesson plans and activities; evaluate use/impact of kits
  • Continue development and implementation of appropriate evaluation process to measure impact of program
  • Receive training on monarch citizen science techniques, monarch rearing/care, and program delivery

Develop Field Biology Internship for High School Students

  • Continue to develop, implement and evaluate pilot program 

Develop and Implement Community Educational Activities to Increase Awareness and Appreciation of Nature

  • Develop and implement other new events and programs for the public, with a focus on historically underserved populations
  • Continue to plan and oversee our International Migratory Bird Festival started by this term’s AmeriCorps member.

  • Market and share educational outreach programs via social media, BMT website and PSA

Recruit and Manage Volunteers for Community Outreach Programs

  • Recruit, train and manage Adopt-a-School and community outreach volunteers to assist with programming and events

Work as a team to support the Balsam Mountain Trust mission

  • Enthusiastically promote the Preserve’s and Trust’s mission and goals to the community at large
  • Work effectively, creatively, productively and professionally with other team/staff members

Qualifications (knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job)

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university related to this position or equivalent experience; certified North Carolina Environmental Educator (or equivalent) a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver fun, creative and entertaining environmental education programs for students of all ages is essential
  • Demonstrated ability to handle and care for a variety of live animals that includes, but may not be limited to: snakes, turtles, birds of prey, and an opossum (or enthusiastic willingness to learn)
  • Cursory knowledge of citizen science and enthusiasm for pollinator conservation (knowledge of native pollinators including ecology, conservation and identification are a plus)
  • Experience in event planning and business sponsorship solicitation (or enthusiastic wiliness to learn)
  • Background in volunteer coordination desired, but not essential
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively, creatively and effectively with people of all ethnic, socio-economic, lifestyle and cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrated computer abilities in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; webpage and social media background a plus
  • Above average level of physical fitness and ability; must have proof of current tetanus prophylaxis
  • Must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States; Must have a legal driver’s license and consent to a criminal history check

Essential Functions/physical demands

Essential Functions

  • Leading, coordinating, and interacting with diverse individuals in outreach and office settings
  • Developing and implementing educational outreach programs for elementary school students
  • Developing and implementing educational programs and events for the general public, with a focus on underserved communities (workshops, events, outings, etc.)
  • Training, supporting, coordinating and recognizing volunteers for conservation-based volunteer opportunities
  • Using computer software and online programs for conservation-based education and outreach initiatives, including social networking, written articles and press releases
  • Handling education animals, including: raptors, snakes, turtles, and an opossum

Physical Demands

  • Above average level of physical fitness ability; must be able to keep a busy schedule, complete desk work, lift equipment, lead hikes, and be actively engaged with K-12 students and the public at large

Preferred schedule

Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (days/hours may vary depending on bookings and events, including working a number of Saturdays)

Location: Sylva, NC
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