The Program Educator is responsible for facilitating a variety of water-focused environmental education programs provided to school-age youth throughout Solano County. The work of the Program Educator is to ignite curiosity and inspire children and teens to explore, understand, and care for their local watershed.
This position will manage and implement several Solano RCD watershed education programs throughout Solano County, which may include two or more of the following programs: the Watershed Explorers Program (3rd grade), the Suisun Marsh Watershed Program (6th grade), the Biomonitoring Program (High School) and the School Water Education Program (K-12). Major responsibilities include:
80% K-12 Student Engagement
Provide classroom lessons through prepared in-person (or virtual presentations) and hands-on activities based on discussions, modeling, and problem solving.
Engage groups of 10-15 students in an outdoor setting through prepared field trip activities. Take students on a nature hike and provide activities such as nature journaling, making and recording observations, finding evidence to draw conclusions, etc.
Support development of new or existing program activities by providing feedback and ideas.
Work to ensure that program participants feel safe and included.
15% Meetings, Trainings and Supply Coordination
Participate in weekly staff meetings and trainings on ecology, teaching techniques, field safety, and student management.
Coordinate and maintain program supplies and equipment.
Occasionally deliver supplies to schools, trip sites, the Dixon office, or other staff.
Complete and submit timesheet and mileage forms.
Respond to work-related phone calls and emails.
Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in ecology, biology, environmental science, K-12 education, environmental education; or a sufficient background consisting of relevant experience or skills transferable to the position (minimum 2 years’ experience in relevant field).
Strong ability to lead and excite K-12 students in classroom and nature-based settings.
Knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of outdoor science and environmental education.
Basic understanding of the natural resources, water resources, and cultural history of Solano County.
Strong capacity to interact with communities that are typically underrepresented in outdoor spaces.
Interest and ability to learn and present program curriculum and basic ecological and watershed science concepts.
Strong time management and organizational skills.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with a collaborative team as well as independently.
About Solano Resource Conservation District
Solano Resource Conservation District (Solano RCD) is a special district to the State of California which works closely with a variety of local and regional partners to enhance and protect Solano County watersheds through strategic restoration activities, water education and outreach programs, and by offering conservation planning and watershed coordination services to local residents and landowners. Solano RCD staff and its Board of Directors strive towards excellence, equity, inclusion, collaboration, and appreciation in the work performed and welcome candidates who share these same values.