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Damariscotta River Association/ Pemaquid Watershed Association

Environmental Education Assistant

About Damariscotta River Association

Since its founding in 1973, the Damariscotta River Association (DRA) has worked to promote the health of the Damariscotta River Estuary and the human communities that rely on it by conserving and creating access to cherished properties and islands, monitoring and promoting water quality, and providing opportunities for learning about the region’s rich natural, cultural, and historical heritage.

Impact

DRA-PWA currently provides experiential ecology and natural history programs for more than 3,800 people of all ages annually. The water quality monitoring and other environmental monitoring programs provide science-based information to the community and engage citizen volunteers.

Position Summary

The Environmental Education Assistant worksdirectly with the DRA-PWA Education Director on a year-round, half-time basis to create, schedule, promote, teach, and evaluate a wide variety of school group and public programsfor people of all ages. Program topics include natural history, ecology, Wabanaki culture, raising oysters, invasive species, outdoor living skills, and water quality. This position requires the candidate to be proficient in natural sciences and be an excellent teacher.

Duties and Responsibilities

•Coordinate summer nature day camp in collaborationwith EducationDirector. This mayinclude; developing curriculum, scheduling contract instructors, managing registrations, conductingprogramsin the field, managinga councilor-in-training program for young teensand evaluatingall aspectsof the program.•Teach school group and public programs(preschoolers to adults) on a wide variety of natural history and cultural history topicsinboth indoor andoutdoor settingsandin a variety of weather conditions. •Work with Communications Managerto promote programsin printed schedules, press releases, website and Facebook.

Additional Functions

  • Assist with the maintenance of equipment and supplies.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with other non-profits, universities,and government agencie to support educational goals.
  • Participate in staffmeetings, education committee and related meetings,as well as DRA-PWAevents as needed.
  • Assist in coordinating education program volunteers. This includes volunteer scheduling, training, and communication to ensure quality programming.
  • Translate science for the general public both orally and in writing, with a focus on watersheds, water quality, and estuarine ecology.

Qualifications

Qualifications: BA/BS or Masters (preferred) Degree in a natural science, environmental education or related degree and at least two years conducting related work. A demonstrated ability to teach, work independently, write effectively, and work as a team player within a groupare required.Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:Hold a Wilderness First Aid certification or be willing to obtain one.

Language Skills

Excellent oral communication and presentation skills. Ability to read, analyze,and interpret general science periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to take meeting notes, edit reports, and conductrelated correspondence by email and other electronic and written methods. Ability to effectively respond to requests and questions from DRA-PWA staff, representatives ofparticipating schools, and the general public.

TechnicalSkills

A demonstratedthe ability to use appropriate technology to process, store, and retrieve data.This includesappropriate software skill levels for word processing,spreadsheets, visual presentations, and telecommunications.

Physical Demands

Must be able to swim, walk 3 miles at a rigorous pace, and lift up to 50 lbs.

Additional Helpful Skills

  • Captain’s license, lifeguard certificate and/or Maine Guide license
  • Grant-writing experience•Proficiency withMicrosoft Excel
  • Ability to interpret water quality and ecological population data

Work Schedule

Approximately 18hours weekly. Flexibility in hours will be essential as some evening and weekend hours are occasionally required.

Compensation Salary Range

$18-$22/hour, depending on experience.

To Apply

Submit a letter of intent, résumé, and three references to Sarah Gladu. At least one reference must be from someone who has observed you teaching children. Deadline to apply is April 15 at 5pm.