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Now Hiring – Environmental Education Facilitator

The Escondido Creek Conservancy is seeking a part-time, seasonal Environmental Education
Facilitator to develop and implement a new outdoor summer day camp program for
underserved youth in Escondido to become immersed in nature and scientific learning!

ABOUT US: Located in the County of San Diego, California, The Escondido Creek Conservancy is
a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the Escondido Creek
watershed. The Conservancy has protected over 7,000 acres of wildlands and is working to
improve creek water quality to enhance wildlife habitat. The Conservancy also supports
educational programs and compatible outdoor recreation within the watershed and in the Elfin
Forest Recreational Reserve—a 784-acre park featuring 11 miles of trails.

DUTIES: The Environmental Education Facilitator will work with the Conservancy’s Education
Director and Education Manager to help develop and implement a new summer camp
program—the Escondido Creek Adventure Camp—and will be the lead educator implementing
the program curriculum for Escondido children, ages 7-10. The Education Facilitator will
connect youth with nature via a series of fully immersive week-long outdoor camps that run
Monday-Friday and repeat each week.

Responsibilities include:
• Participating in paid orientation training
• Developing a variety of lesson plans that enable youth to explore the natural world by hiking, playing, and
conducting hands-on science; campers will learn about their local environment, the challenges it faces,
and what they can do to help
• Leading each camp and implementing the curriculum, primarily at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve
and Grape Day Park, located in Escondido, CA
• Managing volunteer helpers to support the activities
• Ensuring that the youth are picked up by their parents/guardians by the end of each day
• Helping to recruit Escondido youth to enroll in the camp program
• Administering pre- and post-camp evaluation surveys
• Carrying out other duties as assigned
While the plan is for the summer camp to take place in person, given the uncertainty still
surrounded the pandemic there is a possibility that the camp could need to be converted into a
virtual format. The Education Facilitator must be prepared to adapt for such a contingency.

QUALIFICATIONS: A background check and fingerprinting will be required. Must be first aid and
CPR certified before beginning work. This is an entry-level position for someone with at least 1
year of experience working with youth. Applicants should be team players comfortable
working in both indoor and outdoor settings, in hot summer temperatures. Patience working
with children and a positive attitude are both essential. Reliable transportation and flexible
weekday-morning availability are also required. Experience with curriculum development is
desired but not required. A bachelor’s degree in education, environmental conservation, or a
related field is beneficial, but not required. Similarly, familiarity with Southern California
ecosystems, national and state education standards (NGSS; Common Core), and inquiry-based
learning concepts are all a plus, but not required.

HOURS: Curriculum development and youth camper enrollment will begin by late April, and will
require approximately 80 hours of work on the part of the Education Facilitator, spread out
over several weeks as determined by the Education Director, according to the workload
required. After that, the Education Facilitator will spend 30 hours per week implementing
camps, for 8 weeks. Camps will occur Monday-Friday, 8:00-2:00, with the first 1-week camp
beginning June 21, 2021, and the eighth and final camp of the summer ending after August 13,
2021. After the camps have concluded, the Education Facilitator will have 10 hours allotted for
program evaluation. In total, the Education Facilitator should expect to spend approximately
330 hours in the role.

There is a possibility of additional hours for other programs occurring in the fall 2021-22 school
year, contingent upon funding.

PAY: The pay rate is $22/hour. Mileage between Grape Day Park and the Elfin Forest
Recreational Reserve will be reimbursed $0.56/mile (the 2021 CA Mileage Reimbursement
standard rate).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The position will remain open until filled. However, applicants should
submit resumes by April 11th to be considered.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and resume to simon@escondidocreek.org.

Internships

The Escondido Creek Conservancy provides hands-on learning programs for students learning to gain work or school experience. The Conservancy can utilize whatever skills you bring to the table whether it’s outreach, photography, graphic design, GIS, or education and can customize internships based on your interests. Below are some of our most successful internship programs.

To apply or for more information email Rita Petrekova: information@escondidocreek.org.

“During my time at the Conservancy, I learned how to use my love of nature to educate and empower others through outdoor education. The staff members led by example through excellent teaching abilities, organization, teamwork, and communication skills. Without this experience I wouldn’t be equipped with many of the skills I have today, which has allowed me to secure a full time job in an industry I love.” – Ana Lutz, Environmental Education Intern