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Environmental Education Program Coordinator - Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative (Hybrid)

Employer
West Virginia University
Location
Morgantown, West Virginia, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Feb 13, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research, Training / Education
Field
Education / Training
Discipline
Genetics
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Description

The Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative is currently accepting applications for an Environmental Education Coordinator.

About the Opportunity

The Environmental Education Coordinator is a role that encompasses providing program support to the Science Adventure School (SAS), hiring, training, and supervising Environmental Educators, designing and delivering environmental education curriculum, and supporting projects for the Brad and Alys Outdoor Economic Collaborative (OEDC). The Environmental Education Coordinator will be expected to coordinate SAS program from field locations throughout the fall, occasionally serving as onsite director. Although the OEDC and SAS departments are based in Morgantown, regional remote work while program is not in session can be arranged under strict university guidelines.

The Science Adventure School is rapidly growing, so the EEC will be expected to work independently and with the coordinator team, take initiative to identify areas of opportunity, and be flexible with areas of responsibility as needs develop.

The Science Adventure School is rapidly growing, so the EEC will be expected to work independently and with the coordinator team, take initiative to identify areas of opportunity, and be flexible with areas of responsibility as needs develop.

We strongly believe in work-life balance and keeping time for things we love outside our work. WVU offers generous benefits, including:
  • 13 paid holidays (staff holiday calendar)
  • 24 annual leave (vacation) days per year
  • 18 sick days per year, and the flexibility to use that time to care for immediate family members
  • WVU offers a range of health insurance and other benefits
  • 401(a) retirement savings with 6% employee contribution match, eligibility to continue health insurance, and other retiree perks. Looking for more retirement benefits information? Check out retirement health insurance benefits, retirement income, and FAQ's.
  • Wellness programs

What You'll Do

Site Supervision
  • Serve as an on-site administrator for during operating season.
  • Be responsible for creating recurring professional development programs for staff.
  • Cultivate a culture of support during programming sessions for guides, students, and teachers.
  • Be able to support team members' growth by auditing their lessons and providing feedback.
  • Independently handle stressful situations and make quick, informed decisions under pressure.
  • Hold and direct weekly staff team meetings including facilitating personal and program feedback.
  • Vet and approve of seasonal staff program curriculum changes, operating location changes, and other variable aspects of the program.
  • Be diligent about insuring staffs' adhesion to policies and procedures.
  • Take initiative to do whatever is necessary to deliver a high quality of program.

Curriculum Development
  • Develop hands-on, interactive curriculum and a plan for implementation.
  • Collaborate with lead educators to implement a cohesive curriculum delivery across all areas.
  • Identify and fill in gaps in programming.

OEDC Support
  • Work with larger OEDC department to determine and advise on programming opportunities.
  • Support OEDC efforts that are congruent with SAS mission.
  • Support other WVU programs, courses, and initiatives by partnering on projects and events.


Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree with preference for specialty in environmental studies, education, natural sciences, biology, or related field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Master's degree in relevant field preferred.
  • Have a minimum of three (3) years of professional in-field experience in at least one of the following:
    • Teaching environmental education course work/curriculum.
    • Teaching science in outdoor class setting.
    • Outdoor/Experiential Camp Leadership.
    • Other similar education experience.
  • Expertise in delivering high-quality structured curriculum in a program setting.
  • Experience with middle school aged students.
  • Experience managing camp programs or comparable experience.
  • Supervisory and staff training experience.
  • Familiarity and comfort with living and working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions and seasons and for an extended period of time.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Thorough understanding of core science concepts relative to WV grade standards.
    • A minimum of two (2) years of in-field experience with middle school aged youth.
    • Experience working with public schools and students.
    • Experience creating and coordinating logistics for educational programs.
  • Expertise in delivering high-quality structured curriculum in a program setting.
  • Familiarity and comfort with living and working in the outdoors in a variety of conditions and seasons and for an extended period of time.
  • Thorough understanding of environmental education program models, theories, and practices with emphasis in outdoor experiential education.
  • Have experience in developing and facilitating training and staff development.
  • Demonstrated experience in communications with a wide range of people, including adjusting communication to meet the level of the individual.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, good ability to prioritize and manage time, and capacity to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to supervise and support multiple teams of staff members.
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt quickly under pressure.
  • Highly organized and willing to create new systems where needed.
  • Ability to work independently and very closely and collaboratively with SAS team members for extended periods of time.
  • Have familiarity with LNT Principles.


At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu. View current career opportunities at careers.wvu.edu.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.
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