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Education Program Specialist

Job Title: Education Program Specialist
Reports To: Youth Education Manager
Category: Seasonal Full Time; up to 7 months (April - November 2020) - with possibility of longer-term employment
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Salary: $15 - $19/hour DOE
Application Deadline: Open until filled; priority goes to those that apply by February 14th, 2020

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

Wallowa Resources (WR) is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, WR has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. We strive to balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of its resources, preserving each rural area’s heritage of making a living from the land. 

JOB SUMMARY

Wallowa Resources (WR) is seeking an experienced, fun-loving, hard-working, service-oriented person to join our staff community and serve as the Education Program Specialist. This position will assist the Education Manager in developing and implementing place-based, relevant, hands-on curriculum in natural resource and STEAM education through a range of outdoor programs serving our K-12 community. Our youth education programs are designed to provide young people with hands on exposure to the natural history of the region, stimulate interest in stewardship of the region’s diverse working landscapes, promote youth workforce development and augment the natural science curriculum of the schools. Program Specialists will provide leadership and could work in several of our key program areas. See www.wallowaresources.org for more information on programs.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Lead and teach hands-on, outdoor, environmental and natural resource based education programs, including but not limited to Sustainable Forestry and Forest Ecology, Watershed Ecology, local flora and fauna, place-based natural and cultural history/ethnobotany, and
  • Safely lead groups of youth into remote wilderness areas on day hikes and overnight camping adventure programs
  • Assist Program Manager with development and implementation of environmental education curriculum
  • Assist with grant writing, reporting and fundraising efforts to support programs
  • Assist with general maintenance and inventory of education program gear and supplies.
  • Other duties as assigned, which support Wallowa Resources mission and team, including assisting with communication and outreach efforts

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

The following are the minimum levels required to successfully perform the Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities.

  • Experience in teaching in outdoor/experiential education or classroom setting
  • A genuine fondness for and desire to work and interact with children and young adults
  • Ability to adapt to a varied schedule
  • Willingness to learn, collaborate and reflect, while working independently and in a team
  • Ability to maintain a positive, solutions-oriented attitude as challenges arise, such as inclement weather conditions or unexpected programmatic or facility changes.
  • Clear and effective written and oral communication skills
  • Empathetic demeanor, exhibiting strong interpersonal skills
  • Capable of working long hours outdoors in typical and inclement weather
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a criminal background check
  • Possess a minimum of CPR/First-Aid certification OR ability to acquire

Desired Qualification: 

  • A degree in education, natural sciences, environment studies, or related fields OR equivalent real-world experience
  • Understanding of trauma-informed teaching practices and able to empathetically work with a diverse group of students from different backgrounds
  • Advanced wilderness first aid training (ie: WFR, WAFA, etc..) and experience safely leading groups into backcountry situations
  • Knowledge of local flora, fauna and natural and cultural history of Wallowa County
  • Strong background in classroom and/or group management practices with an emphasis on community building and team building approaches

WORKING CONDITIONS

Environment and Physical Requirements: The Education Program Specialist works in an office and outdoor environment. During the summer months the position works primarily in outdoor education locations including parks, forests, camps, and other locations. Those outdoor locations are subject to a variety of extreme weather conditions including heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, and dust. The position frequently requires daily travel by car, with occasional overnight travel. The Youth Education Specialist interacts constantly with staff, visitors, program participants, parents, government agencies, and others. The position sits, stands, walks, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours. The incumbent must be able to lift, push, pull and move files and equipment in excess of 40 pounds.

Hours: Typical office hours are full time from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., Monday through Friday. The Education Program Specialist may be required to work extended hours during the peak program months.

Other Duties and Responsibilities: This job description is a summary of the essential duties and responsibilities for this job, and it does not necessarily represent an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities, tasks or procedures. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instruction or assignments. Nothing in this description restricts WR’s right to assign or reassign duties at any time.

Accommodation Statement: Essential job duties and responsibilities are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform the job successfully, an incumbent or applicant must possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty and responsibility proficiently. If you require an accommodation in order to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, please contact the WR Executive Director.

TO APPLY

Please send (1) an introductory email highlighting your experience in relation to the responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job description and (2) an up to date resume, including 2 professional references to:   Human Resources at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wallowa Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Wallowa County Firewise Community Coordinator

Job Title: Wallowa County Firewise Community Coordinator (includes mentorship/training on Firewise Community development)
Description: Contractor to assist in development of Firewise Communities in Wallowa County

Category: Contractor/paid training/mentorship
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Total Compensation: Approx. 50 hours per month (front loaded in Spring/Summer) for 18 months @ $1000/month = $18,000 (not to exceed) by October 2021.
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

POSITION SUMMARY

Wallowa Resources, on behalf of the Firewise Community Subcommittee of the Wallowa County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) Committee, is seeking an individual with a background in landowner outreach, meeting facilitation, fire, forestry, natural resources and/or another relevant field to assist in the development of 3 Firewise Communities and to provide technical assistance to the Lostine Canyon Firewise Community in Wallowa County under the mentorship of the Wallowa CWPP Committee and an experienced Firewise Community Consultant.

A Firewise Community is a neighborhood or group of landowners working together to reduce their collective wildfire risk.

NOTE: This is a pilot program – while a background in Firewise Community development is desired, it is not required. We are seeking a highly motivated individual who is willing to learn and adapt as the program grows.  On the job training/mentorship on Firewise Community development will be provided.

THIS OPPORTUNITY WILL INCLUDE:

  • Paid Training/Mentorship:
    • Required training with CWPP Members and experienced Firewise Community Consultant to (1) build relationships with the members of the CWPP committee (2) learn basic Firewise Principles (2) understand Firewise Program & familiarize with resources/materials (3) learn how to perform Firewise Community Assessment, Structural Assessments & Property Assessments and (4) steps for organizing a Firewise Community
    • Attend Wildfire Home Protection Strategies Training in Bend, OR – Thursday, April 2 or Friday, April 3, 2020 – Mileage covered
    • Complete Online Training Courses
  • Deliverables:
    • Organize 3 new Firewise Communities and provide technical assistance to the existing Lostine Canyon Firewise Community in Wallowa County. To include, but not limited (for each community):
      • Consultation and coordination with CWPP Committee to organize approx. three community meetings with each landowner community to explain wildfire risk, Firewise, understand the community’s goals and objectives, etc.
      • Coordinate with local fire chiefs
      • Perform, assemble & assist in submittal of Firewise Community Assessment/Application
      • Delivery/presentation of the Assessment to the community
      • Creation of community map
      • Identification/organization of “landowner coordination group”
      • Educate landowners on Firewise Community basics
      • Assist with Community’s Action Plan
      • Perform structure and property assessments for landowners
      • Assist in organization of one community work day/training & plan for maintenance
    • Other deliverables may include but are not limited to:
      • Assistance in development of Wallowa County Firewise Community Program
      • Attendance at CWPP & Firewise Subcommittee Meetings
      • Assemble, streamline & rebrand for Wallowa County – Wallowa Firewise Community Toolkit, outreach materials, assessment templates & landowner resources
      • Work with CWPP committee to put resources onto County Website
      • Maintain clear & open communication with partners
  • Flexible work schedule: Work schedule is highly flexible, but will be coordinated with the CWPP Committee & Wallowa Resources
  • Total compensation: Approx. 50 hours per month (front loaded in Spring/Summer) for 18 months @ $1000/month = $18,000 (not to exceed) by October 2021. Includes:
    • Training/Mentorship
    • Assist with development of 3 new Firewise Communities/ 1 existing Firewise Community assisted
    • Assist in development of Wallowa County Firewise Community Program/materials
    • Attendance at CWPP and Firewise Subcommittee Meetings

WHO CAN APPLY:

  • Applications should be highly motivated & willing to learn and adapt as the program grows
  • Applicants must be physically capable of working out-of-doors in forested terrain with uneven footing & have their own vehicle
  • Availability to complete training process and development/maintenance of 4 Firewise Communities by October 2021 (approx. 900 total hours over 18 months)

DESIRED BACKGROUND/SKILLSETS:

  • Individuals with (1) forestry, natural resources or fire degree and/or (2) comparable experience
  • Strong community outreach skills
  • Willing to learn
  • Passionate about/ interest in wildfire mitigation and preparedness
  • Understanding of & familiarity with Northeast Oregon forests & wildfire, communities and natural resource/wildfire partners
  • Strong written, speaking and presentation skills in formal and informal settings
  • Interpersonal and conflict resolution skills
  • Experience working with rural landowners of diverse backgrounds
  • Active listener
  • Volunteer coordination/management
  • Facilitation and meeting agenda setting experience
  • Adaptive, flexible work style
  • GIS/mapping skills
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat and basic design/report making skills
  • Familiar with grant programs available for small and large landowners

APPLICATION PROCESS: 

Submit your application/questions package to:

Alyssa Cudmore

Wallowa Resources 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
503-428-3777

Include: 

  • Resume summarizing your education & work experience with forestry and natural resources, planning & organizing meetings, and other related experiences.        
  • Include personal contact information.        
  • Letter (2 pages maximum) describing your interest in the program       
  • Names and contact information for three professional or personal references

 All applications received by March 3, 2020 will be considered. Extended Period Consideration:Applications received after March 3, 2020, may be considered

 

The contractor will be contracted by Wallowa Resources. Wallowa Resources is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, Wallowa Resources has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. Headquartered in Wallowa County, we strive to help communities throughout Northeast Oregon balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of their resources, preserving each rural area’s heritage of making a living from the land. We work with a wide range of public and private partners to undertake collective efforts that reduce wildfire risk, improve forest and watershed health, develop natural resources work forces, and increase effective collaboration among the region’s many interest groups. Wallowa Resources is nationally recognized for its leadership and on-the-ground results in land stewardship, watershed restoration and education. https://www.wallowaresources.org/ 

Wallowa Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer