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College of the Environment has an outstanding opportunity for a Continuing Education Coordinator. The Continuing Education Coordinator for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington (DDCSP@UW) participates in an effort to transform conservation practice and inclusiveness on a national scale. DDCSP@UW is a two-year summer immersion program for students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in the conservation profession. Students are immersed in five iconic landscapes in Washington State in their first year. In their second year, returning students participate in internships with faculty and conservation practitioners across the Pacific Northwest to address management- and policy-relevant issues in conservation.
DDCSP@UW is a partnership among university faculty, conservation practitioners, and environmental education specialists focused on under-represented minority communities. The program aims to accomplish the following:
Explore biodiversity conservation through four resonant themes (ecosystems, water systems, food systems, and climate systems).
Place conservation in a relevant local context, including both urban and natural landscapes as well as in regional and community contexts responsive to environmental justice, environmental integrity, and ecosystem services.
Connect students to the skill sets and disciplinary knowledge that most engage them and guide their discovery of how these academic pursuits point towards a career in conservation.
Mentor students and help them build a solid network of DDCSP fellows, conservation professionals, and academics.
This position will assist the Director of DDCSP@UW with the logistics of running the program, executing a successful summer experience for Classroom in the Field and Conservation Practice Teams. The general scope of responsibilities includes but is not limited to:
Coordinate student and program faculty travel to and from Seattle, making flight and other transportation arrangements for over 40 people.
Manage vehicle rentals and other transportation for local travel between program sites.
Organize special events involving student, university and community partners and external funders.
Arrange room and board for students and staff for the duration of the summer program, including camping accommodations for time spent in the field, housing in Seattle, and meals/groceries.
Track field gear inventory. Purchase, maintain, organize and transport items to field sites.
Identify the most efficient, cost effective, quality services and products available for all the aforementioned.
Regularly communicate with students from the start of the application process through the end of the program. Onboard students when they arrive in Seattle.
Update website using WordPress, revise and distribute outreach materials, maintain databases of institutional and community partners and students.
Participate in Curriculum Design, Implementation and Evaluation Team:
In direct collaboration with the Curriculum Design, Implementation and Evaluation Team, support the development and delivery of curriculum content that includes the four resonant themes of Climate, Water, Food and Ecosystems set within the context of conservation of biodiversity in Washington's ironic landscapes.
Coordinate workshops and visits with host site partners. Support data collection on student learning outcomes during program.
Aid in development of program orientation materials and activities.
Support the implementation and organization of various evaluation tools, such as surveys and recorded interviews. Assist in identifying critical information and trends that can inform curriculum development.
Applicant recruitment, evaluation and review:
Review and refine interview questions as necessary. Coordinate and conduct on-line or in person interviews with Director, notify students of application status.
Recruit application reviewers, and serve as a resource to them through the evaluation process. Contribute to the development of training materials that will help reviewers minimize the impacts of bias in the application review process.
Advise students on critical career development pathways, including mentorship and development of professional networks
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Conditions of employment: This position is a 50% FTE position September through March, and 100% FTE April through August. During the April-August period, the Continuing Education Coordinator must be fully engaged with DDCSP@UW activities. This will require approximately 50% travel from mid-June - August, fieldwork, and working through some weekends. Travel will be in state, and will be for as long as two weeks at a time. Fieldwork will involve camping, hiking, kneeling, lifting up to 30 pounds, and driving for up to five hour stretches. This position comes with a high level of responsibility, self-direction, and the expectation to use the utmost ethical judgment and course of action.
Bachelor's degree preferably with a focus in conservation or environmental studies
Familiarity with social and environmental justice issues
Strong communication skills, including writing, speaking and interpersonal
Familiarity with the region and the ability to navigate and manage logistics across both the city of Seattle and the state of Washington with little to no guidance
Experience arranging travel, lodging, catering and events.
Must be available to travel to program sites throughout the state. Travel will occur approximately five out of eight weeks from mid-June through August, and one trip may last up to three weeks.
Professional level competency with social media, web conferencing, general MS Office applications, e.g, Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and ability to learn new software applications as necessary
Valid driver's license
Ability to lift up to 30 pounds
Two to three years related experience
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
Work and/or volunteer experience in the conservation workforce
Experience in an instructional role in outdoor and classroom settings
Knowledge of human dimensions of conservation within thematic areas of Climate, Water, Food and Ecosystems
Demonstrated knowledge of issues of diversity and inclusion in conservation
Experience working with underrepresented students in STEM
Interest and ability to engage in and/or lead conversations related to the relationships between social justice, conservation and what inclusive conservation practice can and should look like
Team mentality, conflict management skills and strategies, compassion and the ability to listen
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Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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