Employment Opportunity: Education & Outreach Director

03 January 2019 Published in News & Events

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake Seeking Education & Outreach Director

Education & Outreach Director

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake (FRIENDS) is a membership-based, non-profit organization that strives to preserve and protect the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the lake through education, research, advocacy, and the arts. FRIENDS is seeking a full-time Education & Outreach Director to oversee the educational and community outreach initiatives of the organization and support the organization’s general administration.

FRIENDS is based in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The selected candidate will be expected to work from the FRIENDS office and will regularly commute within Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas of Utah to conduct FRIENDS business, attend meetings, and lead education and outreach efforts. Work will generally take place during standard business hours, Monday through Friday, although occasional evenings and weekends will be required.

Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • (60%) Manage FRIENDS education programs, under the guidance of the Executive Director and FRIENDS Education Committee, including:
    • Lead the Lakeside Learning field trip program for 4th grade students at Antelope Island State Park (approximately 30-40 field trips per year) and the South Shore Marina (approximately 30 trips per year).
    • Recruit, train, and supervise seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers
    • Develop new educational programming as needed, including summer camps, summer field trips, school programs, etc.
  • (30%) Coordinate public outreach, including:
    • Create outreach opportunities for the organization
    • Assist in managing FRIENDS website (www.fogsl.org) and coordinate social networking efforts
    • Represent FRIENDS at community events (presentations, festivals, etc.)
  • (5%) Provide support for general administration, examples include:
    • Coordinate FRIENDS-sponsored meetings and events
    • Manage FRIENDS merchandise and supplies
    • Work with program budgets, insurance, etc.
  • (5%) Assist Membership and Programs Director with membership and fundraising
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Environmental Science, Biology, Education, or related subject
  • Experience working with children in an outdoor and/or educational setting
  • Effective at communicating with a variety of audiences
  • Experience designing curriculum and educational activities
  • Knowledge of principles of ecology and geology and a willingness and ability to quickly learn new concepts
  • Enjoy working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Able to walk short distances (1 mile) over uneven terrain and lift moderate loads (25 pounds)
  • Proficiency with computers (including MS Office Suite)
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Excellent written, analytical, and oral skills
  • Valid driver’s license, car insurance, and regular access to an automobile for personal transportation and/or transporting staff and volunteers

The ideal candidate will also possess:

  • Knowledge of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem and local conservation, education, and management groups
  • Supervisory experience
  • Proficiency with Joomla, Adobe, CRM databases, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.
  • Experience with Mac computers

Compensation & Benefits:

  • This is a full-time, 40 hr/week position, with a starting salary of $30,000 - $37,000/year, depending upon qualifications
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave
  • Reimbursement for mileage and cell phone expenses
  • People Keep­ – Contribution of $150/month to a Health Reimbursement Account


How to Apply:

  • Email a resume and cover letter, along with the names and contact information of three professional references, to mail@fogsl.org.
  • This position will close at 5pm on Friday, February 1, 2019.
  • Please note: Any offer of employment will be conditional, pending the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Why We Care

  • Years ago the Great Salt Lake was a entertainment destination for the people of Salt Lake City. One of my ancestors had a vacation home near Black Rock, where he would take his family to escape the heat and cares of the city. That was a long time ago and a lot has changed since then. For many reasons the lake is not as popular as it once was. But it has been a source of peace, contemplation, and inspiration to me. I reflect on photos I have seen of the grand days of Saltair and the love of floating in the lake. I have done this myself on numerous occasions. I love the sensation of effortlessly floating. And we can escape the cares of the world.

    Clinton Whiting, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant