Employment Opportunities

Environmental Education Assistant (AmeriCorps)

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is seeking a part-time Environmental Education Assistant to complete 450 hours of work (an average of 20 hours/week) during a 6-7 month time period (April through October, 2017). The Environmental Education Assistant will play a key facilitation role within our 4th grade Lakeside Learning field trip program at Great Salt Lake and will work to develop new k-6 educational programming.

Lakeside Learning field trips take place Monday through Friday, between 8am and 2pm during the months of April, May, September, October at Antelope Island State Park and the Great Salt Lake Marina. The ideal candidate will be available during these hours with some flexibility.

Additional work will generally take place during business hours, Monday through Friday, although some evening and weekends may be required. Although this position will average 20 hours per week, the weekly time commitment will be variable, with some weeks requiring up to 40 hours. FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake’s central office is located in Salt Lake City.

The Environmental Education Assistant will:

  • Assist in the coordination of our Lakeside Learning field trip program, including:
    • Lead groups of 4th graders through a series of outdoor educational activities at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake Marina
    • Coordinate field trip schedules with volunteers and teachers
    • Prepare and maintain field trip gear
    • Work with staff, volunteers, and program participants to evaluate Lakeside Learning and suggest ideas for improvement
  • Develop new summer educational programming, such as seminars, field trips, and day-camp experiences for k-6 students. This may include all or some of the following:
    • Research feasibility and costs, create a proposal and implementation plan
    • Develop new curriculum and coordinate pilot programs to collect feedback
  • Co-lead Great Salt Lake Summer Camp (a week-long day camp for 4th and 5th graders)
    • Candidate must be available the week of June 12-16, from 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Coordinate participation in public outreach events and festivals
  • Assist with the coordination and staffing of the annual fall fundraising event
  • Assist with other FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake education/outreach efforts as needed, which may include:
  • Design and create outreach items and educational materials
  • Update existing curriculum
  • Plan/staff special events
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Adaptability
  • Bachelor’s degree (or working towards a degree) in Environmental Science, Biology, Education, Communications, or related subject
  • Experience working with children in an outdoor and/or educational setting
  • Effective at communicating with a variety of audiences
  • Experience designing curriculum and educational activities
  • Basic knowledge of ecology and geology and a willingness and ability to quickly learn new concepts
  • Enjoy working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • Able to walk short distances (1 mile) over uneven terrain and lift moderate loads (25 pounds)
  • Valid driver’s license, car insurance, and access to an automobile for personal transportation
  • Must have access to computer and internet
  • Social media platform experience
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledgeable of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem and local conservation, education, and management groups

 Salary :

AmeriCorps members receive the following benefits for this 450-hour position:
$3,317 living stipend paid in even disbursements throughout the term of service, about $450 per month.
Approximately $1,527.45 Education Award (given upon completion of service – this award can be used for future schooling or federal student loans)

How to Apply:
Email a resume and cover letter to Janessa Edwards at pelican@fogsl.org no later than March 15, 2017.

Please note: Any offer of employment will be conditional, pending the candidate’s successful enrollment in Americorps/Utah Conservation Corps (UCC) and successful completion of a criminal background check. For more information about the UCC, visit www.usu.edu/ucc/

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Why We Care

  • Years ago the Great Salt Lake was a entertainment destination for the people of Salt Lake City. One of my ancestors had a vacation home near Black Rock, where he would take his family to escape the heat and cares of the city. That was a long time ago and a lot has changed since then. For many reasons the lake is not as popular as it once was. But it has been a source of peace, contemplation, and inspiration to me. I reflect on photos I have seen of the grand days of Saltair and the love of floating in the lake. I have done this myself on numerous occasions. I love the sensation of effortlessly floating. And we can escape the cares of the world.

    Clinton Whiting, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant