This position will report to the Swaner Extension Educator and will help him or her run the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter Education Programs. These programs are primarily environmental and outdoor education programs, and include school programs, public programs such as camps and family events, and afterschool offerings for youth ages 3 and up. Programming involves facilitating groups indoors, in addition to time outside, and focuses on positive youth development utilizing the 4-H model and inquiry-based exploration. This is a 100% time benefitted position 40 hours/week.
The position is located at the Swaner EcoCenter in Park City, UT. The EcoCenter is a LEED Platinum environmental education facility located on a 1200 acre nature preserve that contains valuable wetlands, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. Park City is located just east of Salt Lake City in a high altitude mountain valley in Summit County, Utah. Summit County consists of several small rural communities in addition to the recreation-based community of Park City, with a total population of 37,000 people.
School Programs: 45 %
• With oversight from the Extension Educator, coordinate, implement, and provide research-based education programs for both public and private schools, as well as youth development organizations, that correspond with clientele request, community needs, and emerging issues
• Work with formal teachers to schedule school programs; ensure all relevant information is communicated, including dates and times, packing list, expectations, etc.
• Write new curricula relevant to changing core standards, as well as requests from clientele.
• Collaborate and form partnerships with local/state/federal agencies and other appropriate entities
• Assist in documentation and report of impacts
Public Programs (such as camps, birthday parties, afterschool, etc.): 45%
• Develop and implement new youth education programs based upon community needs and requests
• Oversee recruitment and training of volunteers and hiring of seasonal staff, as well as provide direct oversight to these individuals during their time assisting with youth education programs at Swaner.
• Manage all aspects of existing programs, including Little Naturalist and birthday party programs. This includes creating new programming, managing supply inventory, scheduling, marketing, training and supervising volunteers, etc.
• Employ innovative approaches that reach diverse audiences. This may include social media, workshops, short courses, seminars, demonstrations, one-on-one consultations, news articles, emails, interactive video conferencing, etc.
• Document and report impacts of programs
• Work evenings and weekends as needed.
Misc. Administrative: 10%
• Assist Extension Educator in obtaining private and public funding to support Extension efforts. This will include writing grants collaboratively with other Swaner staff
• Assist with office-wide events, such as Earth Day and Members events, as needed
• Coordinate with USU and Extension faculty on campus and throughout the state as requested by Extension Educator.
• Respond to requests, office visits, telephone calls, emails, and correspondence promptly and professionally.
• Coordinate with office personnel to manage budgets, schedules, leave, and other job-related activities.
• Assist with other duties as assigned
• Some regional and state travel may be required.
1. 2 years of relevant work experience or a master's degree
2. Skills with:
• Program development
• Grant writing
• Youth education
• Adult education
• Curriculum development
• Social media
3. Experience with:
• The Land Grant University system
• Recruiting, supervising, and working with volunteers
• Low income and under-served audiences
• Environmental education
• Public and/or private school systems
4. Content knowledge in:
• Environmental studies
• Inquiry-based and experiential education
• Natural sciences such as watersheds, ecology, or zoology
5. Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish
Along with the online application, please attach:
2.Resume to be uploaded to the applicant profile
3.Transcripts to be uploaded to the applicant profile
Please do not attach cover letter. You will be instructed to copy and paste your cover letter in the application.
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, four regional campuses, two USU Eastern campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: https://www.usu.edu/about/at-a-glance/.
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