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ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

Explore Ecology Environmental Education Program (North and South County)

Environmental Educator

Full Time

An Environmental Educator’s primary role is to conduct field trips and in-class lessons focusing on water quality and waste reduction and to educate and inspire the next generation of elementary-aged environmental stewards.

Main duties include: leading field trips and in-class lessons, data tracking and reporting, maintaining teaching supplies and field trip sites, educational event preparation and implementation, and more as assigned. The Environmental Educator reports to the Environmental Education Program Coordinator.

Pay and Benefits

  • Hourly Pay: $17-$18 per hour
  • Annual pay increase opportunity and bonuses based on performance
  • Full-Time Employees: 30-40 hours per week
    • Health benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
    • 2 weeks per year of paid vacation
    • 9 days per year of sick time
    • 8 paid holidays per year

Role and Responsibilities

  • Lead environmental education lessons, both on school campuses and at various field trip sites
  • Drive to various school and field trip sites located throughout Santa Barbara County
  • Perform administrative duties related to tracking of student performance and teacher satisfaction
  • Track litter cleanup data during certain lessons and events
  • Assist and support the Coordinator in marketing and scheduling lessons and field trips
  • Maintain all teaching kits in a well-stocked and clean condition
  • Staff occasional evening and weekend special events
  • Additional administrative roles as assigned

Work Environment

  • Position is in-person, with the option to work remote as appropriate for certain administrative portions of the job
  • Standing, bending, and stooping, for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours)
  • Extensive contact with the public and children
  • Walking and climbing as required
  • Unassisted heavy lifting (up to 30 lbs)

 Scheduling

  • Full Time and part-time opportunities available: 20-40 hours per week
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends (Saturday and/or Sunday), as scheduled

 Additional Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • A degree in Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, Resource Conservation, related field or equivalent experience and/or experience working in a school setting or leading groups of students ages 5-13
  • Must pass LiveScan (fingerprint background check) and TB test
  • Self-starter, motivated to lead an innovative environmental education program and inspire the school community to follow through with techniques learned during the presentations
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (Spanish language skills desirable)
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple responsibilities
  • Excellent rapport with children; experience with primary school setting, including a familiarity with curricular standards, and classroom activities
  • Ability to supervise and engage small and large groups of elementary students
  • Comfortable working from multiple locations and traveling between job sites and Explore Ecology offices
  • Able to provide prompt transportation within Santa Barbara County and provide proof of insurance
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, e-mail and internet (daily access to email, Google Calendar, and Google Drive)
  • Ability to attend regular staff meetings
  • Ability to commit at least 30 (full time) or 20 (part-time) hours per week, including occasional weekends

 Preferred Skills and Characteristics

  • Environmental knowledge of waste reduction, water quality, and composting systems with an understanding of how environmental issues and ecology are related
  • Strong teaching skills and experience in conducting in-class presentations to groups of elementary-aged students
  • Excellent administrative and data entry skills: accurate, detail oriented, organized, time efficient, self-directed, able to multitask
  • Ability to be flexible and work both independently and as a team
  • Quick to learn multiple environmental lesson presentations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to work with coworkers and students of diverse backgrounds

 About Explore Ecology

Explore Ecology is a Santa Barbara based non-profit organization that educates over 38,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store, Environmental Education Program, Watershed Resource Center, and School Gardens Program. While Explore Ecology is based in Santa Barbara, we serve schools throughout Santa Barbara County and encourage applicants from throughout the county!

Explore Ecology actively promotes an environment of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We support all employees regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, national origin, creed, marital status, disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, and/or physical disability that does not inhibit the performance of the specific core tasks of this position.

Underrepresented people are less likely to apply unless they meet 100% of a job’s requirements. We believe in hiring people, not checklists, and encourage you to apply even if you do not check all of the boxes.

ART FROM SCRAP PROGRAM

Art From Scrap Creative Reuse Store

Art From Scrap Creative Reuse Store Cashier and Store Associate

Art From Scrap (AFS) is a retail store located in downtown Santa Barbara. The store operates by accepting donations from businesses and homes in our community, and providing a space for patrons to discover these unique finds and treasures that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. Art From Scrap is a program of Explore Ecology, a non profit providing environmental education to the Santa Barbara County community.

The AFS Cashier & Store Associate’s primary role is to operate the cash register, help maintain the store and provide a smooth and pleasant experience for customers. Main duties include: assisting customers on the floor, operating the cash register, organizing and maintaining the store retail space, and helping with opening and closing tasks when relevant.

Hourly Pay: $16.00 per hour

Role and Responsibilities
Customer Service
Greet patrons when entering or leaving the establishment
Provide courteous, friendly and efficient customer service
Provide customers with accurate, positive information about the Art From Scrap Creative Reuse Store and Explore Ecology’s programs
Guide customers and provide relevant information, resolve or escalate customer complaints

Cash Register & Checkout
Customer checkout: ring up sales, bag items, collect payments, issue change, and give receipts
Operate the cash register: handle cash or credit transactions with customers using cash register system
Count money in cash drawers at the beginning/end of shift to ensure amounts are correct

Other Store Duties
Accept donations during scheduled drop off times
Process items according to AFS pricing procedures
Ensure item pricing is correct: research items to allow for accurate pricing and file items in appropriate locations on the sales floor
Communicate with the team in a productive and professional manner

Work Environment
Standing, bending, and stooping, for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours)
Extensive contact with the public
Unassisted heavy lifting (up to 40 lbs.)
Comfortable interacting with children

Scheduling
Shift Work Exclusively.
Part Time: approximately 20-25 hours per week, Tuesday – Saturday / Must be able to work on weekends, as scheduled.

Additional Qualifications and Education Requirements
High School or GED preferred

Preferred Skills
Previous customer service experience
Technical experience operating a cash register
Basic knowledge of art supplies and materials

About Explore Ecology
Explore Ecology is a Santa Barbara based non-profit organization that educates over 38,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store, Environmental Education Program, Watershed Resource Center, and School Gardens Program. While Explore Ecology is based in Santa Barbara, we serve schools throughout Santa Barbara County and encourage applicants from throughout the county!

Explore Ecology actively promotes an environment of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We support all employees regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, national origin, creed, marital status, disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, and/or physical disability that does not inhibit the performance of the specific core tasks of this position.

Underrepresented people are less likely to apply unless they meet 100% of a job’s requirements. We believe in hiring people, not checklists, and encourage you to apply even if you do not check all of the boxes.

***TO APPLY PLEASE COMPLETE THIS GOOGLE FORM:
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SCHOOL GARDENS PROGRAM

EXPLORE ECOLOGY SCHOOL GARDENS PROGRAM


Garden Educator Position (GE)

Full time

A School Garden Educator’s primary role is to engage and educate students while maintaining the school’s garden and outdoor classroom. Main duties include: coordinating with teachers, planning and teaching lessons in outdoor classrooms to K-8th grade students, and planting, harvesting and maintaining organic garden space. The School Garden Educator reports to their assigned Garden Coordinator.

Pay and Benefits

  • Starting Hourly Pay: $17.50 per hour
  • Bonus Potential: Annual increase opportunity and bonuses based on performance
  • Full Time Employees: 30-40 hours per week
    • Health benefits include: Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
    • 2 weeks per year of paid vacation
    • 9 days per year of sick time off
    • 8 Paid Holidays per year

Role and Responsibilities

  • Lead weekly garden education lessons in your school’s organic garden for K-8th grade students
  • Maintain and submit weekly reporting
  • Use a portion of your weekly assigned hours to maintain your school garden(s), growing a diverse mix of seasonal crops and perennials
  • Continue to build your school’s connection to the garden through garden work parties or campus beautification days, outreach to the PTA or Wellness Committees, recruiting and managing community volunteers to help with the garden, and by distributing produce harvested in the garden to the school community
  • Communicate regularly with your Garden Coordinator, attend monthly and/or weekly staff meetings focused on team building, staff development, and training

Work Environment

  • Outdoors and on a school campus
  • Standing, bending, and stooping, for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours)
  • Extensive contact with the public and children
  • Unassisted heavy lifting (up to 40 lbs.)

Scheduling

  • Shift Work Exclusively.
  • Full Time: 30-40 hours per week / 5 shifts
  • Part Time: approximately 15-25 hours per week / 3 shifts
  • Must be able to work occasional evenings and weekends (Saturday and/or Sunday), as scheduled.

Additional Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Degree in relevant subject including but not limited to Environmental Education, Elementary Education, Horticulture, Botany
  • Experience working with groups of Elementary aged students
  • Must pass LiveScan (fingerprint background check) and TB test
  • Spanish Speakers are encouraged to apply

Preferred Skills and Characteristics

  • A passion to cultivate children’s connection to nature, healthy food, and culture through hands-on garden-based education
  • Experience teaching and working with elementary-age students
  • Experience with growing produce
  • Ability to work independently, setting own schedule, while maintaining clear communication with assigned Garden Coordinator
  • Strong organizational skills

About Explore Ecology

Explore Ecology is a Santa Barbara based non-profit organization that educates over 38,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, Environmental Education, Watershed Resource Center, and School Gardens.

Explore Ecology actively promotes an environment of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We support all employees regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, national origin, creed, marital status, disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, and/or physical disability that does not inhibit the performance of the specific core tasks of this position.

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Administration

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Explore Ecology is a Santa Barbara based non-profit organization that educates over 38,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Explore Ecology programs include the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store and Gallery, Environmental Education, Watershed Resource Center, and School Gardens.

Explore Ecology actively promotes an environment of respect, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We support all employees regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, race, ethnic origin, color, religion, national origin, creed, marital status, disabled veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, and/or physical disability that does not inhibit the performance of the specific core tasks of this position.

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