Employment Opportunity

12 March 2015 Published in News & Events

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is seeking to hire an Environmental Education Coordinator. 

Title: Environmental Education Coordinator

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Status: Part-time, Year round

Compensation: $10-$12 hourly

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake (FRIENDS) was founded in 1994. The mission of FRIENDS is to preserve and protect Great Salt Lake ecosystems and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the Lake through education, research, advocacy, and the arts. The long-term vision of FRIENDS is to achieve comprehensive watershed-based restoration and protection for the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem.

The Environmental Education Coordinator’s primary responsibility will be facilitating the 4th grade Lakeside Learning field trip program at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake Marina State Park. This position will also participate in community outreach events, administrative duties, and other tasks as assigned by the Education and Outreach Director. 

The Environmental Education Coordinator works with a diverse population of students, in groups of 25-50, in remote outdoor settings; it is essential that the Environmental Education Coordinator be comfortable working in various conditions (biting insects, salt, sand, rain, sun) outdoors and be adaptable in the case of inclement weather.

Lakeside Learning field trips take place Monday through Friday, between 8am and 2pm during the months of April, May, June, September, and October at Antelope Island State Park and Great Salt Lake Marina State Park. 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 20-25 hours per week, the weekly time commitment will be variable.

The Environmental Education Coordinator 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 State Park.
    • 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
  • Co-lead Great Salt Lake Summer Camp (a week-long day camp for 4th and 5th graders)
  • Coordinate participation in public outreach events and festivals
  • Assist with preparations for and during FRIENDS’ 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:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Environmental Studies, or related discipline preferred (2+ years of job experience will be considered in place of education)
  • Capable of acting as a group facilitator
  • Comfortable working with youth in an outdoor setting
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and a calm demeanor in stressful situations
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-motivated and independent
  • Quick learner and willingness to learn environmental concepts, specifically those focused on Great Salt Lake
  • Ability to do moderate lifting and walk up to a mile over uneven terrain
  • Computer proficiency and access to a computer and internet
  • Experience on social media platforms
  • Valid Drivers’ License and own transportation (mileage reimbursement available when using personal vehicle)
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check, upon hiring

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience teaching environmental education
  • Prior experience working with youth in an outdoor setting
  • Familiarity with inquiry-based facilitation, place-based education
  • Knowledgeable of the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem and local conservation, education, and management groups
  • Safety training and certifications

How to Apply:
Email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to Holly Simonsen at mail@fogsl.org no later than Friday February 22, 2018.


Why We Care

  • The whole environment of Great Salt Lake is a place of wonder. Life abounds in water, on islands, and about the marshland edges where migratory birds find refuge during long flights north and south. It is also a source of income for companies around its rim (unfortunately). Challenges for the Lake today are balancing acts. We must continue to foster the generous gifts the Lake provides for wildlife, community, and visitors as well as make peace with the human intrusions that threaten not only the Lake’s beauty, but also its very existence as the bountiful center of a thriving community along the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains.

    Maurine Haltiner, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant