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Community Engagement Manager  

Applications due by Monday, February 14th

ESC is committed to becoming an inclusive, anti-racist, multicultural organization and creating safe and affirming outdoor classrooms for everyone in our community. We are seeking candidates who demonstrate shared values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism. Black, Indigenous, and people of color, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Employment at ESC is based wholly on qualifications, competence, experience, training and fitness for the job.

About ESC:

The Environmental Science Center promotes environmental stewardship and academic achievement through science-based education. Founded in 2000, the Environmental Science Center (ESC) is a non-profit organization offering experiential environmental education programs at local beaches, streams, forested areas, and in classrooms throughout south King County. Our programs increase science literacy, provide an opportunity for more diversity in STEM career fields, and increase healthy everyday choices that affect the Salish Sea. ESC recognizes that many communities in south King County – particularly Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrant/refugee, and low-income communities – have been systematically excluded from safe, positive outdoor experiences, and we are striving to change that. We aim to remove some of the barriers to these experiences by providing free or low-cost programs, and by working to create a safe and affirming space within our programs and in the broader community.

Our team is small but mighty at the Environmental Science Center, we have a strong belief in our mission and are driven by the work we get to do. Over the years, ESC has steadily grown the number of programs it offers promoting environmental stewardship to thousands of people through collaborations with a growing number of school districts and community-based organizations as well as speaking engagements, festivals, and workshops.

Nature of the work:

As ESC expands its outreach, the Community Engagement Manager is critical to our success. This individual is committed to expanding our outreach and support in the community by articulating the organization’s mission through community events and programs.

Under the direction of the Environmental Science Center’s (ESC) Executive Director, the Community Engagement Manager supports ESC through building community support and awareness.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Include but are not limited to the following:

● Coordinate community and outreach events in Burien and Renton
● Coordinate and manage youth and adult volunteers
● Develop and coordinate in-center community programs in Burien and Renton including collaborating on building permanent hands-on exhibits
● Participate in outreach events and public presentations led by other organizations
● Track volunteer hours and community contacts in Little Green Light database
● Organize fundraiser talks or symposiums to share messages and successes within organization
● Responsible for material management and transport to various locations in King County
● Collaborate with the Development Team on external communications including social media, newsletters, and press releases

Required knowledge, abilities, and skills:
● A passion for ESC’s mission
● Ability and willingness to build strong partnerships between organizations
● Ability and willingness to work irregular hours on occasion, including some evenings and weekends at different sites in King County
● Highly organized and self-starting with the ability to handle multiple projects and priorities with attention to detail
● Ability to self-manage, work independently, and work with a team
● Proof of COVID vaccination is required

Desired knowledge, abilities, and skills: 
● Bilingual skills
● Experience in environmental science-related field
● Experience working in youth educational programs
● Experience partnering with community organizations
● Experience managing volunteers or paid educators
● Experience with educational program coordination and management
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
● Demonstrated ability to use computer tools such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Adobe, and database programs
● Strong ability to maintain effective working relationships
● Experience or willingness to learn how to deliver both in-person and virtual programming

Salary and benefits: 
The ESC Community Engagement Manager is a 35-hour per week position with 70 hours of paid time off each year and medical/dental/vision benefits starting 90 days after hire date. Additional hours may be made available for teaching in-school and after-school programs, if desired. Flexible work schedules, ability to work from home, opportunities for professional development, and discounts on outdoor gear are additional ESC employee benefits. Compensation $22-25/hour DOE

Applications due by Monday, February 14th

ESC in an Equal Opportunity Employer and treats all employees and volunteers in a non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, amnesty, national origin, disability, genetic information, or status as covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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Beach Naturalists 

Applications due by Friday February 18th

About ESC:

The Environmental Science Center (ESC) is a non-profit organization offering experiential environmental education programs at local beaches, streams, forested areas, and in classrooms throughout south King County. Our goals are to foster environmental stewardship actions in all participants of our programs, and to offer knowledge and resources for communities to deepen their relationship with their local environment. ESC recognizes that many communities in south King County – particularly Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrant/refugee, and low-income communities – have been systematically excluded from safe, positive outdoor experiences, and we are striving to change that. We aim to remove some of the barriers to these experiences by providing free and low-cost programs, and by working to create a safe and affirming space within our programs and in the broader community.

Our team is small but mighty at the Environmental Science Center, we have a strong belief in our mission and are driven by the work we get to do. Over the years, ESC has steadily grown the number of programs it offers promoting environmental stewardship to thousands of people through collaborations with a growing number of school districts and community-based organizations as well as speaking engagements, festivals, and workshops.

Nature of the work:

We are currently hiring Beach Naturalists for our spring 2022 Beach Heroes Program. Naturalists will be teaching on-site at Seahurst Beach in Burien, WA, with the potential for some virtual programming as well, as needed due to COVID guidelines and school requirements.

The two-part Beach Heroes program introduces students in grades K-3rd to the local Puget Sound beach habitat and the organisms that live there. During the 1-hour classroom lesson students are introduced to proper beach etiquette and stewardship while learning about marine invertebrates and their relationship to the beach habitat. The 2-hour field study features student-centered beach exploration, and structured activities through which students learn about the seawall removal and habitat restoration that has taken place at Seahurst Beach. ESC curriculum is provided for all components.

Responsibilities:
• Facilitate 2-hour student-centered Field Lesson programs at Seahurst Beach focused on common intertidal marine organisms, the ecological importance of the nearshore habitat, connection with the outdoors, and beach stewardship.
• Model appropriate stewardship behavior.
• Guide groups of 10-15 students during field study programs.
• Give feedback on programs and contribute to staff debriefs.

Qualifications:
• Experience teaching youth in outdoor or informal settings.
• Knowledge of the Puget Sound nearshore habitat including marine invertebrate identification, tide zonation, and ecological relationships.
• Willingness to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
• Exceptional interpretive skills.
• Ability to teach in a language other than English a plus.
• Must be able to pass a Washington State background check.
• COVID-19 Vaccination required per Washington State mandate

Compensation: $18.00/hour – $19.50/hour DOE

Time Commitment: Part-time/seasonal, based on demand from schools. Will be scheduled primarily for Field Lessons with the potential for other work. Estimated 3-6 shifts per week, every other week (following the low tides).

The ESC Beach Heroes season starts in late March and runs through the end of the school year in June. Field studies are typically scheduled Monday – Friday between 9:00am and 2:30pm. There may be special weekend programs and projects on occasion. Beach naturalist time commitment per shift is approximately 2.5 hours. Attendance is required at the training sessions on March 22nd and 23rd at Seahurst Park in Burien.

Supervisor: Rosie Wilson-Briggs, ESC Program Coordinator.

Work Location: Seahurst Park, 1600 SW Seahurst Drive, Burien, WA 98166

Applications due by Friday, February 18th. For more information, please email Rosie.

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ESC in an Equal Opportunity Employer and treats all employees and volunteers in a non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, amnesty, national origin, disability, genetic information, or status as covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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We are an equal opportunity employer and value equity, anti-racism, and hiring staff who reflect the communities we work with.

All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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