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SFI is now accepting applications for Youth Education Coordinator position
Monday, February 24, 2014

Job Title:
Youth Education Coordinator, Siskiyou Field Institute (SFI)

Pay rate: Job Status:
$14.50-$15.50 / hr, D.O.E. Non-exempt

Silver level ACA health plan, premium paid by SFI, individual only, begins after 30 days.
6 paid holidays & 2 weeks paid vacation per year.

40 hours/week, including some evenings and weekends.

Probationary Period
SFI retains the right to cancel this employment in the first 90 days at its discretion.

Executive Director, Siskiyou Field Institute and Deer Creek Center

Position Description:

The Siskiyou Field Institute is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization located at 1241 Illinois River Rd. in Selma, Oregon. SFI is based in the Deer Creek Center, a field research and education facility co-owned by SFI and the Southern Oregon University Foundation.

The Siskiyou Field Institute (SFI) Youth Education Coordinator is responsible for creating and delivering environmental education programs for K-12 students. Working in collaboration with schools, government agencies and non-profit organizations the EE Coordinator educates students about the beautiful and unique Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. The Youth Education Coordinator position is funded by multiple grants and works closely with other environmental education providers in Jackson and Josephine counties.

Duties: (Duties subject to change depending on requirements of grant sources but will be Environmental Education related in scope and focus).
Schedules classroom and field visits for SFI educators, coordinates with school teachers.
Gives classroom presentations on SFI education programs.
Designs and delivers field instruction on SFI educational programs.
Trains, supervises, guides SFI Youth Education Instructors.
Writes reports, tracks budgets on SFI Youth Education Programs.
Designs curriculum for new programs and modifies curriculum for existing programs.
Coordinates with educational partners, as necessary.
Coordinates with other SFI staff members, as necessary.
Lead/coordinate summer educational overnight multi-day backpacking trips.
Represents SFI at relevant educational tabling events.
Maintain inventory of Youth Education Program equipment.
Serve as back up for the office staff by helping with occasional receptionist duties, especially answering the phone.
Other duties, as required.

Basic Qualifications: Education and Experience
Bachelors Degree or higher in environmental education, science, natural resources, recreation or a related field and/or commensurate work experience.

Minimum of two years experience with outdoor education and/or natural history programming.

Current First Aid and CPR certification (or ability to obtain within first month of employment). Wilderness First Responder certification highly desirable.

Must provide and maintain own transportation, a valid driver's license, and meet minimum insurance requirements. Work-related mileage will be reimbursed at 80% of the federal rate.

Ability to successfully pass a criminal history background check

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Strong organizational and logistical skills, including keeping detailed records of grant budgets, ordering educational materials and supplies, setting measurable goals and objectives, and ability to meet deadlines. Attention to detail and ability to multi-task in a busy office environment.

Experience conducting educational programs in both the field and classroom settings. Demonstrated knowledge of teaching methods. Highly skilled in delivering conservation and outdoor education to young audiences in a variety of settings.

Able to craft engaging experiences for the students and keep them active while learning. Experience writing curriculum according to state science standards.

Strong desire to understand science of our region and communicate it in a fun way. Strong interest in natural history.

Willingness to work some evenings and weekends and travel as needed throughout southern Oregon and Northern California. Ability to represent SFI to the public, partners, and grant funders in a positive manner.

Work well with others as a member of a team as well as on your own. Highly motivated to succeed and to ensure that the programs succeed. Very resourceful and creative in accomplishing goals.

Excellent written and oral communications skills and ability to convey complex information simply to a variety of audiences. Public speaking experience.

Ability and willingness to supervise interns and volunteers. Assist with the development of contracts, assigning tasks, providing feedback and evaluating performance.

Proficiency with computer programs (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Positive and capable outlook in both calm and challenging situations. Brings a positive attitude to the work place.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or materials. The position requires mobility. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 50 pounds on a regular basis, such as files, books, and outdoor tools and teaching equipment, and working outdoors in inclement weather.  Occasional Saturdays, or overnight stays at our site or on backpacking trips, is required.

Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 50% of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard and other standard office equipment. The noise level in the work environment is typical of most office environments where the public is routinely entering and transacting business.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to by Sunday, March 9, 2014, 8 p.m. P.S.T.  Email questions, no phone calls please.

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