Utah State University

Program Coordinator I

City Park City
Posted Date 4 months ago(3/10/2020 6:32 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
US-UT-Park City
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Swaner EcoCenter
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The position runs a wide range of conservation programs focused on managing and restoring the 1200 acre Swaner Preserve, while supporting community partnerships.
The program coordinator also collaborates with other team members on related education, outreach, and volunteer programs at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, including those detailed below. This position requires some evening and weekend work and reports to the Director of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter.


Conservation Duties (Approximately 65% of time)

  • Design and implement land management and conservation plans. For example:
    • Plan and organize stream restoration projects. This includes projects such as willow harvest, willow planting, installation of streambank conifer revetments, beaver dam analogs, and potentially others.
    • Manage all aspects of weed management, including working with a contractor for herbicide application, engaging and managing volunteer groups, and internally addressing small infestations.
    • Plan and implement revegetation and reseeding as necessary.
  • Independently address management concerns (often rural-urban interface issues including recreation, wildlife, domestic pets, neighbors, etc.) as they arise
  • Anticipate future and long-term challenges to the Swaner Preserve and recommend strategies to address them
  • Explore innovative and emerging land management strategies that may further Swaner's goals of restoring and maintaining native ecosystems for wildlife habitat and water quality
  • Initiate and manage relevant research work on the Preserve, and cultivate research partnerships
  • Monitor weed populations and treatments, restoration projects, and Preserve conditions to understand changes and influence future land management work
  • Coordinate water quality station and display operation by training and managing volunteers and working with our USU Water Quality Extension partners
  • Collaborate with volunteer coordinator to recruit, organize, train, and manage interns and volunteers for land restoration projects
  • Lead effort to implement new mapping system for Swaner Preserve
  • Work with conservation easement holders to ensure monitoring is completed and requirements are being met
  • Other projects as needed or as directed by the Director. Current projects include camera trapping and beaver dam analog construction and monitoring.

Education and Outreach Duties (Approximately 20% of time)

  • Collaborate with Visitor Experience Manager to design, plan, and implement adult education programs such as the community series of lectures and tours and Master Naturalist Classes
  • Represent Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter at public and private events through presenting, tabling, interacting with attendees, or other means
  • Assist with Preserve-based education opportunities as needed, which may include both youth and adult programs.

Other Expectations (Approximately 15% of time)

  • Promote conservation efforts and accomplishments in conjunction with Swaner team through local media outlets and social media
  • Maintain accurate and up to date information regarding conservation and adult education programs on the website and other outreach materials
  • Build strong relationships with community members, including individuals, organizations, and other conservation professionals
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other Extension Agents and Specialists on programming and other resources
  • Respond promptly and professionally to client requests for information or assistance
  • Build a positive professional reputation at the county level
  • Assist with the writing of grants on topics relevant to area of work
  • Manage the budgets for adult education and conservation
  • Collects and maintains program records and data
  • Assist with other Swaner projects, that may require the work of the whole team, as directed.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. in related field. Related fields include but are not limited to environmental science, environmental studies, ecology, natural resources, recreation resource management, and watershed sciences.
  • Ability to do rigorous activity, including snowshoe, hike, walk through wetlands, carry heavy loads of equipment, carry out long days of outdoor physical activity in hot and cold temperatures, wet conditions, etc.
  • Must be a team player and work effectively with coworkers, visitors, volunteers, and other professionals.
  • Must display strong human relation skills and be able to pleasantly interact with a wide variety of individuals.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Skilled in the use of personal computers and related software.
  • Organized and able to manage many projects and jobs simultaneously.
  • Ability to solve complex problems using prior knowledge and creativity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in a related field OR B.A. or B.S. in related field plus two years experience.
  • Strong knowledge of ecology, botany, wildlife biology, or watershed sciences.
  • Experience using GIS and remote sensing.
  • Experienced naturalist.


Fundamental Abilities:


The conservation coordinator is expected to possess and demonstrate the following abilities:
1. Communicating: Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing.
2. Problem solving: Analyzes information and evaluates results to select the best solution and solve problems.
3. Monitoring: Measures performance of self; makes improvements and takes appropriate corrective action.
4. Critical Thinking: Comes to well-reasoned conclusions, solutions, and approaches to problems.
5. Team Building: Works to create a team-based environment. Consistently demonstrates cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and customers.
6. Active Listening: Gives full attention when others are speaking; listens to understand, asks questions as appropriate, and does not interrupt.
7. Service Orientation: Actively seeks opportunities to help others.
8. Conflict Resolution: Acts professionally when encountering customers who, at times, may be frustrated.


Core Characteristics:


As representatives of Utah State University and primary contributors to its mission, all employees are expected to demonstrate the following characteristics:
1. Take initiative.
2. Maintain confidentiality.
3. Be accountable.
4. Behave ethically.
5. Be honest and trustworthy.
6. Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
7. Be inquisitive.
8. Be detail oriented.
9. Be self-motivated.
10. Efficiently manage multiple tasks.
11. Be a team player.
12. Be committed to improving USU.

This position description indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in You Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work in an office environment and are protected from weather conditions or contaminants, but not necessarily occasional temperature changes. However, in certain instances employees may work outdoors and may not be protected from weather conditions. Employees could be exposed to hazardous chemicals.  Employees nearly continuously sit and often use repetitive hand motion (such as typing).  Bending and stooping is occasionally required. Employees nearly continuously listen, hear, and talk.

University Highlights

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 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. 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 here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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