Employment Opportunity - Environmental Education Assistant (AmeriCorps)

04 March 2019 Published in News & Events

We're hiring for our 2019 Environmental Education Assistant (AmeriCorps)!

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Assistant to complete 450 hours of work (an average of 20 hours/week) during a 6-7 month time period (April through October, 2019). The Environmental Education Assistant will play a key facilitation role within our 4th grade Lakeside Learning field trip program at Great Salt Lake and will support education and outreach projects as well as the organization's special events.

Lakeside Learning field trips take place Monday through Friday, between 8am and 2pm during the months of April, May, September, October at Antelope Island State Park and the Great Salt Lake Marina. The ideal candidate will be available during these hours with some flexibility.

Additional work will generally take place during business hours, Monday through Friday, although some evening and weekends may be required. Although this position will average 20 hours per week, the weekly time commitment will be variable, with some weeks requiring up to 40 hours. FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake’s central office is located in Salt Lake City.

The Environmental Education Assistant will:

  • Assist in the coordination of our Lakeside Learning field trip program, including:
  • Lead groups of 4th graders through a series of outdoor educational activities at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake Marina
  • Coordinate field trip schedules with volunteers and teachers
  • Prepare and maintain field trip gear
  • Work with staff, volunteers, and program participants to evaluate Lakeside Learning and suggest ideas for improvement
  • Collaborate to develop new summer educational programming, such as seminars, field trips, and day-camp experiences for K-6 students. This may include research of feasibility and costs.
  • Co-lead Great Salt Lake Summer Camp (a week-long day camp for 4th and 5th graders)*Candidate must be available the weeks of June 10-14 and June 24-28, from 8:30am-5:00pm.
  • Participate in public outreach events and festivals
  • Assist with the coordination and staffing of the annual fall fundraising event (Event held on 10/10/19)
  • Assist with other FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake education/outreach efforts as needed, which may include:
  • Design and create outreach items and educational materials
  • Update existing curriculum
  • Plan/staff special events
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Adaptability
  • Bachelor’s degree (or working towards a degree) in Environmental Science, Biology, Education, Communications, or related subject
  • Experience working with children preferably in an outdoor and/or educational setting
  • Enjoy working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Effective at communicating with a variety of audiences
  • Experience designing curriculum and educational activities
  • Basic knowledge of ecology and geology and a willingness and ability to quickly learn new concepts
  • Able to walk short distances (1 mile) over uneven terrain and lift moderate loads (25 pounds)
  • Valid driver’s license, car insurance, and access to an automobile for personal transportation
  • Must have access to computer and internet
  • Social media platform experience
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem and local conservation, education, and management groups

Salary :

AmeriCorps members receive the following benefits for this 450-hour position: $3,317 living stipend paid in even disbursements throughout the term of service, about $450 per month. Approximately $1,556.14 Education Award (given upon completion of service – this award can be used for future schooling or federal student loans).

How to Apply: Email a resume and cover letter to Katie Newburn at pelican@fogsl.org no later than March 12, 2019.

Please note: Any offer of employment will be conditional, pending the candidate’s successful enrollment in Americorps/Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) and successful completion of a criminal background check. For more information about the UCC, visit www.usu.edu/ucc/


Why We Care

  • We should bill the lake for what it is—a place of grandeur and solitude, which nourishes our thoughts and heightens our sensitivity to nature. Seen in that light, the brine flies become a fascinating curiosity more than an annoyance. The Great Salt Lake offers a wilderness experience, not a beach party, and no amount of promotion and development will change that.

    Dean L. May, Images of the Great Salt Lake