As an Environmental Education Associate, you'll work in an entry-level role designed to offer you exposure to a career pathway in environmental education, mentorship, and professional development opportunities. You'll learn and grow on the job, building foundational experience in environmental education while meeting designated position objectives.
Environmental Education Associates support the City's zero waste and pollution reduction goals through outreach to PK-12 students-both within and outside of San Francisco's public and private schools-and through administrative assistance. You'll gain knowledge of environmental education outreach skills, environmental behavior-change strategies, public speaking, classroom-based and outdoor teaching opportunities, and program administration. Knowledge and experience gained will position you for success as an environmental educator and outreach professional equipped to serve San Francisco's PK-12 public and private schools-plus career advancement opportunities in related fields.
What You'll Do - The duties specified below are representative of the range of duties assigned to this position and are not intended to be an inclusive list.
Assist with implementing new and evolving remote educational programs (including but not limited to socially distanced learning and outdoor instruction) that increase opportunities for San Francisco's PK-12 schools to achieve zero waste
Deliver classroom presentations (in person and virtual) that teach about zero waste and water pollution prevention, primarily for grades PK-12
Assist with the creation of, and execute education strategies for, in-person instruction and remote learning that take into account current Public Health Orders and safety regarding COVID-19
Support the development of educational online presentations, videos, and other supporting materials
Deliver classroom presentations that teach about zero waste and water pollution prevention, primarily for grades PK-12
Assist with coordinating and implementing virtual teacher training workshops
Assist with updating directories, websites, curriculum and other department publications
Assist with public outreach and educational efforts, including staffing special events
Research, collect, and compile data, while learning to use Salesforce CRM
Perform administrative support and other duties and tasks as requested
Utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) to execute education strategies
Follow city department procedures
Mentors & Supervisors - During the period of employment, you'll serve as an active member of the Environmental Education team at SF Environment, attending regular team meetings and scheduled outreach and education activities. The successful candidate will be assigned a mentor and supervisor to guide and train them. In some cases, the mentor and supervisor may be the same person. Mentors and supervisors work closely together to provide incumbents with comprehensive, quality training and a rich experience in the fields of environmental education and personal behavior change.
Training Workshops - Successful candidates will receive training in public speaking and classroom management to deliver classroom presentations and assemblies. They will also receive training on how to successfully create visually dynamic presentations that are age-appropriate for K-12 students and inspire personal behavior change. Workshops, conferences, and trainings may also be attended to gain an understanding of general environmental education and behavior change strategies.
Successful candidates will receive training in public speaking and classroom management to deliver classroom presentations and assemblies. They will also receive training on how to successfully create visually dynamic presentations that are age-appropriate for K-12 students and inspire personal behavior change. Workshops, conferences, and trainings may also be attended to gain an understanding of general environmental education and behavior change strategies.
Exempt Employment Status - These positions are exempt appointments, with a duration of 1-2 years. A second year may be possible contingent upon City budget conditions, and demonstrated competence and professionalism in the first year of employment. Participation in this program does not guarantee a second year of employment or any future employment with the San Francisco Department of the Environment or the City and County of San Francisco. These positions are excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the appointing officer.