The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With 37 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,000 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader in the Sierra headwaters for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, addressing climate change and drought, water security and water quality. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the summit to the sea.
SYRCL’s Education Program aims to educate people of all ages to be informed and passionate stewards and lifelong advocates of the Yuba River watershed. The program primarily targets K-12 students, with additional opportunities for life-long learners. The Education Manager will be responsible for implementing all of SYRCL’s current education programs, developing new programs, and assisting with fundraising to sustain the education program.
SYRCL’s active education programs include: salmon and water conservation school programs and assemblies; Salmon Expeditions rafting and walking trips; a science-based summer field program for high school students; teacher trainings; and school programs associated with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The program aims to align all of its curricula and programs with current California and National Next Generation Science Standards, and also works with local Native American Tribes to integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) into its curricula as well. The Education Manager will implement existing and develop new curricula, work collaboratively with local teachers, partners, volunteers, young leaders and the SYRCL Education Committee, and work with part-time contractors to implement education programs.
The Education Manager will be supervised by SYRCL’s Communication & Engagement Director. The position requires a flexible schedule due to the seasonal nature of education programs with busier summer and fall months. This position is based in Nevada City, CA. The position requires travel throughout the watershed. Must be available to work some nights and weekends.
All of the below responsibilities have, and will continue to, require significant pivoting to virtual models during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Plan and manage outreach and logistics for implementing and evaluating the following SYRCL Education Programs:
- K-8 School Assembly Program: This includes developing curriculum, fundraising for, scheduling, and staffing assemblies.
- Salmon Rafting and Hiking Expeditions that utilize volunteer naturalists to educate students (4th grade through high school) and the general public about the salmon life cycle, habitat requirements, and water management issues. These expeditions include daily school field trips, and several public trips, between October and November.
- Wild & Scenic Film Festival School Program, including film prospecting and selection, marketing, scheduling and curriculum development.
- Summer field science expeditions for high schoolers which includes leading multi-day mountain meadow summer research expeditions for high school fellows each summer.
- Supervise the Assembly Presenter (a part-time, seasonal position), including scheduling regular-check-ins, coordinating their availability with scheduling assemblies and working with them to refine the Assembly Program curricula
- Co- supervise SYRCL’s Outreach & Education AmeriCorps Coordinator with SYRCL’s Community Engagement Manager
- Seek collaborative opportunities to develop educational programs in the watershed with local partners.
- Ensure all curricula and programs are developed and implemented with National and California Next Generation Science Standards in mind.
- Review applications and award the annual SYRCL Youth Environmentalist of the Year Scholarship
- Spearhead SYRCL’s Education Committee, including designing meeting agendas, facilitating monthly meetings and integrating committee member feedback into programming (where appropriate)
- Recruit, onboard and train dedicated volunteers for programs.
- Design, or supervise the production of, all programmatic materials.
- Prospect for and write grant proposals to help fund sustainable education programs.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Strong belief in the power of collective action amongst youth and community to effect change.
- Proven track record of volunteer management and student behavioral management.
- Proven track record of building trust with people from varying backgrounds and beliefs.
- Passion for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion a must.
- Experience developing and refining dynamic environmental education curricula and programming for K-12 youth. Knowledge of California Common Core and Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) standards is preferred.
- Experience teaching K-12 environmental science and stewardship curricula; outdoor and/or environmental education experience is preferred.
- Ability to manage multiple deadlines and requests simultaneously; detail oriented, strong project management and organizational skills required
- Experience working in a high-energy office setting and a drive to do what it takes to get the job done well.
- Ability to work collaboratively, and in a leadership role with staff and volunteers. This could include making decisions independently of other SYRCL staff for the physical and emotional health of volunteers and participants.
- Computer skills required, including proficiency with Microsoft Suite, Google Drive and basic graphic design programs (e.g. Publisher, Canva, InDesign, etc.).
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Bachelor’s Degree required in an educational or environmental science related field. Teaching credential preferred.
- Positive, self-motivated, and quick-learning performer highly valued; a sense of humor is a must.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends and travel across the watershed as needed.
- A valid driver’s license is required. Access to reliable transportation is highly preferred.
This position requires frequent computer use and occasional lifting of up to 40 pounds. Other physical requirements may include leading educational hikes over rough terrain and river rafting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Annual salary of $54,500 plus 14 days paid time off (PTO), 3 sick days, 8 paid holidays, and 100% individual health insurance benefits.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applications received by December 31. We recognize this is a challenging time for hiring, both for the organization and candidate due to COVID-19. First contact will be a phone screen interview; finalists will be invited to video call panel interview; a COVID-appropriate in-person interview for the finalist will occur. Anticipated start date is early January 2021.
This position is open until filled. Submit your cover letter and resume electronically online.
SYRCL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status. Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.