Environmental Educator

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POSITION: Environmental Educator
POSTED DATE: January 13, 2023
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled; best consideration by February 19, 2023
REPORTS TO: Program Manager
JOB TYPE: Temporary, Part Time; March 2023 – November 2023; 15-25 hours a week
SALARY RANGE: $16/hour – $20/hour DOE
DESIRED START DATE: March 20, 2023 (flexible)
LOCATION: Ability to commute to our office in Cedar Crest, NM


Talking Talons Youth Leadership (TTYL) is seeking an energetic and organized environmental Educator (Educator) to support our education programming in 2023. This is a temporary, part-time hourly position, with the potential to be extended after the initial contract period. The successful candidate will have a flexible schedule, and will need to be comfortable with inconsistent weekly schedules including some weekend program work.

Due to the nature of the grant that funds this position, some weeks and months will have more hours available to work than others. You can expect to work 40-65 hours per month (currently, April and May are our busiest months). Aside from scheduled programs, hours are flexible and we are happy to work with your schedule. There is an option of an unpaid summer break. For the right person, this position may be extended and further developed, pending funding.

The Educator will work closely with the Program Manager and the Executive Director to support an exciting year of programming, with multiple projects at hand.  You will have the unique opportunity to support a Watershed Stewardship field trip program, community events at Carlito Springs Open Space, a summer Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, and the development of a new long-term climate education and youth leadership program model. As the Educator, you will be encouraged to contribute your skills and ideas as a critical part of a small, supportive, and energetic team.

Talking Talons Youth Leadership (TTYL) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a 30-year history of delivering high-quality environmental education programming in Albuquerque and the East Mountains. TTYL also operates a thrift store in Cedar Crest, providing local jobs while raising funds to support the operation of our youth programs. More information can be found at talkingtalons.org.

In 2023, TTYL is launching a new climate education and youth leadership program. TTYL believes that the most critical strategy for securing a sustainable and equitable future is to invest in the mentorship and training of emerging young leaders.

Summary of 2023 programming:

– TTYL is funded by the EPA to implement 18 watershed stewardship field-trips and 12 on-site watershed stewardship programs for middle and high school students in 2023.
– TTYL runs a Youth Conservation Corps program in the summer, providing entry-level employment in the conversation field to high school students and supporting our partners to complete on-the-ground conservation projects.
– TTYL is piloting a climate change education after school program for 5th graders at three schools.
– TTYL is developing a new summer program and a new middle school program.


EPA Watershed Stewards Field Trip Program:

Assist Program Manager in the implementation of 18 watershed stewardship field trip programs between March and October 2023.
Coordinate with partners to schedule field trips and on-site education/ stewardship sessions, including partner presentations and bus transportation.
Facilitate watershed stewardship activities and lessons for middle and high school students, both on site and in the field.
Lead the planning and implementation of a watershed stewardship community volunteer day.
Support all grant-related activities and reporting.

Carlito Springs Open Space Programming:

Design and deliver four (4) weekend community events at Carlito Spring Open Space. These events can include, and tour and oral history of the site; ecology hike; stewardship activities; facilitated activities in an area of the Educator’s interest, etc.
Coordinate event activities and marketing with partners at Carlito Springs Open Space.
Support all grant related activities and reporting

General Program Support:

Support the implementation of the summer YCC program as directed.
Support the Executive Director and Program Manager to implement TTYL’s new program model.
Contribute to the planning and delivery of a climate education summer program for 5th graders.
Contribute to the planning and delivery of a climate education middle school program.
Create and facilitate presentations, events or activities for diverse audiences.
Contribute to the development of outreach and education materials.
Support program assessment, tracking and reporting, other administrative tasks.
Other responsibilities as directed by the Executive Director or Program Manager.

At least 2 years of professional work experience in areas such as environmental/outdoor education, youth development, conservation, community organizing, or program coordination.
Passion for teaching youth about environmental topics, watersheds in particular.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
Eagerness to learn new skills: a self- starter with an excellent work ethic.
Ability to stay organized while managing and prioritizing multiple different projects in a fast-paced, dynamic working environment; attention to detail.
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule with some occasional weekend hours.
Willingness to work outside in various weather conditions.
Valid NM State driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Ability to spend up to a full day standing, hiking or leading others in the outdoors with reasonable accommodations.

Working knowledge of current trends in education, youth development, the conservation field, social movements and/or climate change issues
Ability to build and maintain strong professional relationships while coordinating with diverse groups and partners, including teachers and parents
Experience working with, leading and/or educating youth (5th – 12th grade)
Experience developing and facilitating curriculum or lesson plans
Experience coordinating volunteers, especially at community service events.
Experience working with Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).
Bi-lingual skills, Spanish in particular; multi-cultural experience appreciated.
Strong interest in tackling the challenges of climate change.
Knowledge of natural and cultural history of New Mexico and local environmental issues.

For best consideration, send your application to sstimson@talkingtalons.org before February 19, 2023. The position will be open until filled. In your application email, please include:
Updated resume/CV
Cover letter
Subject line reading: TTYL Environmental Educator Applicant

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about the position or the organization.  If you have any questions about the position, you may reach Shelby Stimson, the Executive Director, at sstimson@talkingtalons.org or (505)-604-0098. Thank you for your interest.

Talking Talons Youth Leadership is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and promote an inclusive culture. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer base with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, those who have been formerly incarcerated, and other members of underrepresented and marginalized groups.

To apply for this job email your details to sstimson@talkingtalons.org