Employment

August 2022

Conservation Director

POSITION SUMMARY

Earth Discovery Institute’s mission is to inspire stewardship of San Diego's native biodiversity through environmental education and conservation.  Since its inception in 2008, EDI has partnered with public and private land management agencies to restore native habitats on conserved lands across San Diego County.  In the last two years, we have also developed new species conservation projects focused monarch butterflies and other pollinators, as well as bats. 

Earth Discovery Institute is a small but highly impactful organization, and we are growing quickly.  This is an exciting time for the right person to join our team.  As Conservation Director, you will manage ongoing restoration and conservation projects, as well as develop new projects that align with your interests and skillset.  Ultimately, you will have the opportunity to develop and execute an overall vision for EDI to help conserve biodiversity in San Diego County.  

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

• Provide vision and direction for EDI’s conservation department.

• Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of EDI’s conservation projects.

• Develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships with stakeholders and community partners, including federal, state, and private land managers, donor organizations, and other nonprofit organizations.

• Work closely with EDI’s Education Director to ensure student restoration activities are implemented effectively. 

• Work closely with land management agency partners to coordinate and lead volunteer and outreach activities on conserved lands.

• Engage the public in conservation by leading iNaturalist training events, nature hikes, and interpretive events.

• Oversee EDI’s annual native plant sale.

• Recruit, train and supervise support staff, interns, and volunteers.

• Stay abreast of current best practices for recovering and conserving native ecosystems, and species.

• Ensure the safety of staff and volunteers by maintaining comprehensive risk management protocols, and compliance with local and state regulations.

• Work with the executive director to support fundraising efforts through grant and report writing, and occasionally, meeting with donors.

• Develop programming budgets and projections.

• Represent Earth Discovery Institute during stakeholder meetings, and occasionally, with the press.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
• At least five years of experience in conservation biology, restoration ecology, or related field.
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology, ecology, or related field; master’s degree preferred.
• Knowledge of local regulatory framework as it pertains to natural resource conservation in San Diego County (e.g., Multiple Species Conservation Program and San Diego Management and Monitoring Program), strongly preferred.
• Strong knowledge of San Diego’s native flora and fauna, especially those designated threatened or endangered.
• Basic knowledge of seed collection, care, and storage.
• Experience with grant-writing and reporting.
• Demonstrated leadership, supervisory, and organizational skills.
• Data management skills.
• Commitment to connecting people with nature, and fostering stewardship of the natural world.
• Personal characteristics that will help you meet the challenges of the position include creativity; flexibility; tact; patience; organizational ability; problem solving ability; high degree of self-motivation with the ability to work independently, but also as a cooperative member of a team; and a sense of humor.
• Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially with respect to engaging underserved and underrepresented communities in nature and the outdoors.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to lift up to 50lbs and work under variable environmental conditions (e.g., rough, uneven terrain and inclement weather).
• Certified in First Aid and CPR, or willing to obtain certification upon hire.
• Maintain a valid California driver’s license.
• Willingness to work occasional evenings, and up to 2 Saturdays per month.

 COMPENSATION:

• Full-time, exempt. Starting pay: $70,000 - $75,000, with comprehensive benefits package:
• Full medical coverage;
• Retirement plan with employer match;
• Paid vacation starting with 3 weeks the first year, and 4 weeks thereafter;
• Ten paid holidays, plus the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

 TO APPLY:

Submit resume and cover letter to sarah@earthdiscovery.org.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but we would like to fill the position by September 19, 2022.

 

July 2022

Part-time Field Instructor

Earth Discovery Institute (EDI) is seeking part-time, seasonal Field Instructors to support environmental education programming and events during the 2022-23 school year.

BACKGROUND: EDI's educational programs and outdoor recreation events primarily serve communities in San Diego’s east county. One of our main flagship programs provides outdoor education for 4th graders and introduces these students to their watershed by exploring Crestridge Ecological Reserve in El Cajon and San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Chula Vista. There, students conduct experiments as scientists and discover the interconnections between humans and the natural world, and learn how to become advocates for a healthier watershed. We also facilitate outdoor recreational events for families to increase their access to nature.

DUTIES: Field Instructors will work with EDI’s Education Director to support programs and events. Responsibilities include:

• Participating in paid program training

• Leading groups of elementary-aged children on outdoor field trips, primarily at Crestridge Ecological Reserve and San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and other locations as needed

• Supporting special outdoor educational and recreational activities for families

• Facilitating classroom lessons as needed

• Carrying out other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: This is an entry-level position for someone with at least 1 year of experience working with youth. A passion for environmental education and working with children is essential. Applicants should be comfortable working outdoors, in classrooms, and in virtual settings. The ideal candidate would be able to lead diverse groups of students through a series of science/environmental-themed activities and a guided hike on an ecological reserve/open space. Training and curriculum materials are provided, but some knowledge of local native/non-native plants, animals, and ecosystems is helpful. Ability to follow standards-based lesson plans and adjust them to varying student abilities is also very helpful. Reliable transportation and flexible weekday availability are required. Successful applicants must undergo Live Scan fingerprinting and complete a background check. First Aid/CPR certification is also required but can be provided by EDI, if necessary. A bachelor’s degree in education, conservation, or a related field is beneficial, but not required. Familiarity with national and state education standards (NGSS) and inquiry-based learning concepts is a plus, but not required.

HOURS: The position involves approximately 0–20 hours of work per week over the course of the 2022- 23 school year, and is anticipated to begin in October 2022. Schedule is variable but field trips generally take place on weekdays 9:30am–1:00pm, 1–3 days/week. There is a possibility of additional hours to support other programs and events, contingent upon funding.

PAY: The pay rate is $21.30/hour.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must be received by August 10, 2022.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume to Simon Breen: simon@earthdiscovery.org

 

Part-time Education Coordinator

Earth Discovery Institute (EDI) is seeking a part-time Education Coordinator to support environmental education programs and events for students, families, and communities in the San Diego region. This is a new position that requires outdoor field trip support and indoor administrative responsibilities.

DUTIES: The Education Coordinator will work with EDI’s Education Director, primarily to support environmental education programs and conduct outreach. Responsibilities include:

• Communicate with teachers, schools, school district personnel, and community representatives to schedule and coordinate all aspects of EDI’s educational and recreational programs and events

• Keep EDI’s Education Google Calendar updated with all relevant field trips/events

• Schedule EDI staff and volunteers supporting education programs and events

• Help recruit volunteers to support EDI programs and events

• Assist with the development/refinement of lesson plans, curricula, and other resources; ensure curricula adheres to current standards

• Lead groups of students on educational and recreational field trips

• Assist with in-classroom lessons at schools as needed

• Participate in annual program assessments; help monitor and evaluate programs as needed

• Participate in paid program trainings

• Represent EDI while participating in outreach events

• Assist with implementing aspects of the EDI’s Strategic Plan relevant to education

• Review guidelines for relevant prospective grant opportunities

• Communicate departmental needs to the Education Director

• Carry out other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS: This is an entry-level position for someone with at least 2 years of experience working with youth and coordinating programs/events. Applicants should be highly organized and comfortable working in both indoor and outdoor settings. Patience working with children, attention to detail, and excellent communication are essential skills. Reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license are required. A bachelor’s degree in education, conservation, or a related field is beneficial, but not required. Familiarity with national and state education standards (NGSS; CA Environmental Principles & Concepts) and inquiry-based learning concepts is a plus, but not required.

HOURS: The position is as-needed, approximately 0–24 hours of work per week starting August 29th and is ongoing thereafter. Schedule is variable but field trips and events generally take place on weekdays 9:30am–1:00pm, 1–3 days/week, with some weekend events.

PAY: The pay rate is $23/hour.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must be received by August 11, 2022.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume to simon@earthdiscovery.org.

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