Education Program Coordinator, Native Plant Nurseries

San Francisco, California
Will depend on experience, includes benefits
May 09, 2017
Jul 08, 2017
Employment Type
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The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit support partner of the Golden Gate National Parks—84,000 acres of national parkland throughout the Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. Park projects and programs include the Crissy Field Center, the promoting of leadership and environmental justice training for youth; the Native Plant Nurseries, which grows over 100,000 plants annually to restore habitat; Trails Forever, which is at work building and rehabilitating miles of trails throughout the parks; and volunteer programs that inspire over 25,000 people annually to take action in support the parks.


Position Overview

The Education Program Coordinator serves a range of youth audiences by developing and delivering programs using the Park Nurseries as outdoor classrooms. This position cultivates strong relationships with park partners, teachers, schools, and community groups. The ideal candidate has previous experience in making ecological and/or scientific concepts relevant to local youth, is enthusiastic and adept at welcoming, teaching and inspiring multicultural audiences, and is committed to equitable access to quality learning opportunities.

The four nurseries of the Parks Conservancy are hubs of vibrant community and education programming in the Marin Headlands, the Presidio of San Francisco, Fort Funston, and at Oceana High School in Pacifica. The Park Nurseries support the mission of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area by providing native plants for restoration efforts, serving as a community and educational resource, and inspiring community land stewardship.


Key Duties and Responsibilities
Program Coordination

  • Coordinates education program delivery schedule and classroom visits with teachers, group leaders, nursery colleagues, and National Park Service staff.
  • Collaborates with park partners, NPS, Presidio Trust, and San Francisco Unified School District; serves as a liaison.
  • Recruits, trains, and mentors two Education Program Interns.
  • Coordinates transportation and access for eligible schools.
  • Manages, maintains, and updates program files, photos, teaching and outreach materials. Maintains and reports on program statistics.
  • Manages Education Program budget. Maintains program supplies and equipment.

Program Development and Delivery

  • Develops and delivers curriculum-based programs at each of the nursery sites, using these facilities as experiential classrooms for students primarily of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and middle school grades.
  • Promotes service-learning opportunities for K – college audience.
  • Works with nursery colleagues to identify stewardship and educational opportunities. Facilitates nursery-based activities such as potwashing, transplanting, pruning, and outplanting.
  • Develops and updates program curricula for relevancy, impact, and to meet education standards. Engages in program quality assessments and evaluations.
  • Models safe practices and ensures safety of participants, interns, and staff.

Program Outreach

  • Identifies opportunities to engage and welcome historically excluded groups.
  • Engages with both new and existing partners and in developing relevant education programs.
  • Cultivates relationships with teachers, schools, and community leaders, prioritizing Title 1 and under-resourced public schools.
  • Participates in community outreach events and develops outreach materials.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Teaching Experience and Educational Approach:
    • Multicultural Education: Ability to design and deliver culturally inclusive educational experiences that consider the intersectional identities of students.
    • Youth Development: Understands and implements youth development practices.
    • Experiential Programming: Experience in delivering inquiry-based, place-based, and service-learning education.
  • Interpersonal skills: Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful, and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations; displays exceptional communication skills.
  • Community Relationships: Knowledge of and experience working with underrepresented communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Organization and Quality: Able to manage multiple projects at once and maintain flexibility; conducts work with attention to detail, accuracy and thoroughness; is effective when working independently with little or no supervision.
  • Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well.
  • Scientific Understanding: Interest in botany or horticulture of local native plants, propagation and restoration methods. Ability to translate scientific and ecological concepts into inspiring, age-appropriate curricula that is relevant to diverse audiences.

Qualifications, Education and Experience

  • Ability to work effectively in diverse settings and with a diverse range of people.
  • 2 or more years of experience in community engagement and teaching youth.
  • Multilingual: able to speak language(s) other than English relevant to Bay Area communities.
  • Relevant training or education such as a degree or professional experience.
  • A valid California Driver’s License. Must be eligible for coverage by Company insurance carrier.
  • Proficiency in computer applications and ability to learn specific programs and database systems.
  • CPR and First Aid certification. (May be obtained in first 6 months).

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Work is performed in an office and outdoor setting. Primary office location is Fort Mason, San Francisco. Uses company vehicle to drive to various program locations and secondary work sites.
  • Regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment 6 to 8 hours per day.
  • Work is primarily performed standing or walking. Work requires squatting and kneeling.
  • Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Terms/Compensation: Full-time, competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.


To Apply: Submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume including personal and professional experience that is relevant to this position. Apply no later than May 29, 2017.

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.