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Community Programs Coordinator Posted Jan 10
Walking Mountains Science Center , Avon, CO
Job Type: Permanent
Salary Details: 32-37K DOE
Deadline: Jan 13, 2020

Position Overview: The Community Programs Coordinator (Early Childhood) has an important role in training and supervising Walking Mountains Science Center’s seasonal Naturalist interns. They are responsible for the organization’s early childhood environmental education programs, including instruction and coordination of programming. They also oversee the Walking Mountains Science Center Exhibit Hall and campus-based programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Personnel Management

Supervise day-to-day work of Naturalist interns, providing support through training, observations, professional development, staff meetings, and evaluations
Serve as a mentor and role model to Naturalist Interns in the development and design of educationally relevant and mission-driven interpretive and environmental education lessons
Support and mentor Naturalist interns in developing and documenting age-appropriate, place-based lesson plans and curriculum
Collaborate in the hiring process of Naturalist interns

Program Instruction

Create and deliver high-level program content for a wide variety of audiences
Regularly instruct early childhood environmental education programs at a variety of locations, including preschools and community centers
Plan, prepare, and teach all Community Programs offerings
Fill in for other CP staff as needed
Private/custom or irregular programming
Staff public facilities (WMSC, NDC, VNC, and USFS) alongside or in lieu of Naturalist intern staff
Host seasonal guest presenters, workshops, and other special programming for children

Facility Management

Oversee general and day-to-day operations at the WMSC campus and Exhibit Hall
Upkeep of exhibits, interpretive signage, and learning spaces
Maintain, organize and order specimens and other teaching resources
Front desk procedures and program registration
Collect and analyze visitor and program data
Donation box and cash drawer management
Oversee program and visitor interaction for quality assurance
Establish, maintain, and accomplish tasks outlined in the WMSC Strategic and Annual Plans
Along with Community Programs Director and other Community Programs Coordinator, manage VNC and USFS Ranger Station gift stores

Program Administration

Collaborate with the Community Programs Department staff to create new and improved educational opportunities for the community
Coordinate program logistics and registration systems
Schedule, contract, and promote programs
Perform quality control for scheduled programs
Primarily responsible for the planning and quality control of campus-based programs such as early childhood, interpretive walks, fee-based environmental education programs, and other special programs
Assist other Community Programs staff with oversight and planning of all CP programs.
Assist in planning the budget, and maintain and track a variety of Community Programs budgets
Work with Community Programs Director to develop and implement program evaluations
Coordinate early childhood environmental education programs with Eagle County Schools’ preschools and ensure that Eagle County School standards are met
Maintain and promote partnerships with other early childhood programs and facilities, including private and public preschools


BA/BS in science, interpretation, education, or an environmental science-related field
At least 1-2 years of field experience in environmental education and/or interpretation
At least 1-2 years of field experience with early childhood education
At least 1 year of supervisory experience
Excellent public speaking skills and willingness to present to a variety of audiences
Self-motivated and works well independently and within a team
General knowledge of the natural and cultural resources of the Rocky Mountains
Specialized knowledge or interest in a natural science field preferred
Walking Mountains Science Center hires positive, energetic, friendly people
Preferred: current Wilderness First Responder certification
Preferred: Fluent in Spanish language
Preferred: Certification through National Association for Interpretation
Ability to work a full time, flexible schedule with variable hours and occasional evening and/or weekend responsibilities

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