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Part-Time Education And Volunteer Coordinator

The Neponset River Watershed Association is the nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting water, wildlife and land in the 14 communities of the Neponset River Watershed located south and west of Boston.

Looking for a fun job, with a flexible part-time schedule, great colleagues, and a positive impact on protecting the environment? Join our team as part-time Education and Volunteer Coordinator in Canton MA.

• Help lead our established school outreach program that reaches 3,500 students every year with lessons on preventing water pollution, conserving water, and building climate resilience.
• Provide hands-on classroom instruction for 5th grade students and occasional programs for middle school and high school students.
• Coordinate program scheduling with schools and among several colleagues who assist with teaching duties.
• Help update and develop lesson plans that support NepRWA’s education goals, state curriculum frameworks, and school system needs.
• Help grow the program to include additional communities, grade levels, and key populations.
• Help manage and grow NepRWA’s volunteer program.
• Work with program staff to define opportunities for volunteers to advance NepRWA’s program goals and match volunteers with those needs.
• Ensure that NepRWA’s volunteer base reflects the diversity of our communities.
• Serve as the initial point of contact for volunteer inquiries from individuals, groups and businesses, and connect them with relevant volunteer opportunities.
• Help organize hands-on volunteer service events for community and/or corporate volunteers such as river cleanups, storm drain marker installation, habitat restoration projects, invasive species control, or greenway maintenance.
• Track and report on program accomplishments and assist with occasional grant writing and communications about the school and volunteer programs.

• Success teaching hands-on science and environmental concepts in a formal or informal education setting.
• Experience developing compelling lesson plans that support multiple objectives.
• Familiarity with basic environmental science concepts.
• Strong interpersonal communication skills (writing, speaking, presentation).
• The ability to build positive relationships with people and organizations from diverse backgrounds and deepen those relationships over time.
• Highly organized, with strong attention to detail and the ability to track and manage multiple contacts and activities simultaneously.
• Past experience organizing events and managing groups of people, ideally but not necessarily volunteers and volunteer service events, is preferred.
• Solid basic skills with Excel and Google Calendar, and willingness to lean simple database management skills.
• Must complete initial and periodic CORI checks consistent with school guidelines.
• Must have own transportation (reimbursement for work mileage).
• A genuine enthusiasm for the goals of reducing water pollution, protecting natural resources, and better preparing communities for climate change, and the ability to convey that enthusiasm to diverse audiences ranging from students to adults.

Schedule and Compensation
This is a permanent position with a part-time schedule (24-32 hours per week). The schedule is very flexible with some potential to work from home, but it does require being available for in-person teaching during normal school hours, and participation in occasional evening or weekend events. Pay is $23-27 per hour depending on experience, and includes 11 paid holidays, sick time, and vacation, as well employer match toward retirement plan. May be eligible for health insurance depending on number of hours worked.

NepRWA is an equal opportunity employer and applications are encouraged from candidates with a diversity of personal and professional background/.s.

How to Apply
To apply, send a resume, along with a cover letter outlining how the position would fit your interests and skills. Send responses to: Ian Cooke, Executive Director via cooke@neponset.org.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but we hope to make a hiring decision by late July.

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