Natural Resource Outreach Educator

Allegheny County Conservation District

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Employment

Outreach/Community Relations

Full time

Nov 22

POSITION TITLE: Natural Resource Outreach Educator (NROE) 

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW 

Allegheny County Conservation District (ACCD) is part of a national regulatory network and plays an important role in how communities in Allegheny County preserve, protect and restore natural resources. ACCD is a progressive district with a creative approach to conservation work and has a diverse portfolio including urban and rural agriculture, watershed and wetland stewardship and improvement, as well as regulatory enforcement of four state laws that protect soil and water health. 

POSITION SUMMARY 

ACCD is growing, which has led to the creation of this new, exciting position. The Natural Resource Outreach Educator (NROE) will be ACCD’s outreach and education specialist tasked with stakeholder engagement related to soil and water conservation issues. The successful candidate will develop relationships with key partners including: nonprofit, governmental agencies, municipalities, elected officials, the public and members of the agricultural and development sector. The goal is that those audience members will apply the new knowledge to daily activities or professional endeavors. 

The successful candidate will develop, implement, and evaluate programs, participate in team grant writing and management, complete administrative duties, and possess excellent project management skills. Duties include brainstorming potential partnerships or methods for engagement, maintaining a calendar for outreach events and working closely with staff and partners to plan and execute various outreach events. This position will also run the Envirothon program, represent ACCD at relevant meetings and events, scout engagement and funding opportunities, organize workshops, conduct community soil testing events, support municipal outreach efforts, and stay conversant on complex issues related to natural resource management, agriculture, land use and built environment and ecosystem impact related to climate change. 

This position reports to the Chief Program Officer, collaborates across departments, and has no supervisory duties. 

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Outreach and Engagement (40% FTE):

  • Develop relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Represent ACCD at appropriate meetings, committees, conferences, workshops.
  • Discern opportunities for ACCD to pursue new partnerships, programs, or funding, and communicate details to staff.
  • Work with the Communications Director to create savvy content to draw audiences to the work that is being done or presented, using a variety of modes.
  • Develop and deliver outreach to landowners, stakeholders, government officials, and the public in strategically identified watershed areas related to agricultural conservation practices, water health, riparian ecosystems, and resilience consideration. This includes development of publications, fact sheets, websites, and/or presentations for ACCD staff as well as planning, managing, and delivering public outreach events to support the work and mission of ACCD.
  • Advance District partnerships with cooperating agencies, municipalities and partners including PADEP, DCNR, PA Fish & Boat Commission, Southwest PA Water Network, Penn State Extension, PACD, watershed groups, academic institutions, and other key watershed stakeholder groups.
  • Respond to stakeholder inquiries and conduct landowner outreach for project development purposes associated with implementation and strategic plan goals of ACCD’s Watershed Program, including site visits and various forms of communications to discuss conservation practice implementation and field research opportunities.
  • Assist other District staff with the training events, workshops, field days, and other educational activities.

Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation (35% FTE):

  • Work with District staff to understand existing outreach and education programming and plan for future programs.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate new outreach and education programs that will support ACCD’s mission and strategic vision.
  • Assist in management/creation of watershed partnerships to promote inter-watershed cooperation, outreach and implementation of projects that reduce non-point source pollution.
  • Fundraise through grant writing and other efforts to fund position and advance District watershed programs & projects.
  • Assist in expanding programming to advance equity and inclusion in the watershed and conservation programming throughout the county.
  • Assist with development, writing and management of grants.
  • Assist, or lead events coordination.

Envirothon Coordination and Outreach (15% FTE):

  • Organize the Allegheny County Envirothon and make resources available to those interested in participating.
  • Strategize and increase funding for the county event, transportation grants for school districts to participate in, and scholarships for winning team members.
  • Aid Envirothon Coaches participating in the county event and coordinate their participation at the State Competition.
  • Perform education and outreach activities to inform teachers/coaches about the Allegheny County Envirothon, relevant subject materials, and opportunities available for students by participating in Envirothon events.
  • Coordinate the release of scholarship funds to the continued education option chosen by the winning team members.

Administrative Duties (10% FTE):

  • Maintain records for all grants and delegated programs including quarterly reporting and reimbursement requests.
  • Prepare monthly activity report for the Board of Directors’ meeting.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Environmental Studies, Education, Life Sciences, Natural Resources and/or related field, plus five years of professional experience.
  • Content Knowledge: Fluency in natural resources including agriculture, water, climate change, resilience, best management practices, and green infrastructure.
  • Communication Skills: Both verbal and in writing to inform stakeholders of the organization’s purpose. Ability to understand complex information and synthesize that information to be understood and used by various audiences through various means (website, blog, fact sheets, social media, webinars, email campaigns. etc).
  • Project Management Skills: Set timelines, deliverables, and communicate and find solutions for changing situations.
  • Administrative Skills: Office skills are essential for an Outreach Coordinator because there are many issues and paperwork in coordinating events, budgets, and people.
  • Project Management: Ability to prioritize and multitask with several project details at once. Organize, coordinate, and manage meetings, events, tours, clinics, workshops, etc.
  • Self-Directed and Confident: Work with minimal supervision on difficult assignments, conferring with manager on unusual matters. Work with all levels of staff to understand subject matter, organizational goals, and impact metrics, to create a framework for developing educational material and programs.
  • Grant Writing and Management: Assist in the administration of external funds received from government, organizations, businesses, and individuals for the support of department / unit programs; obtain grants.
  • Time Management: The ability to juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines.

WORK CONDITIONS 

ACCD is a flexible, hybrid workplace that prioritizes employee and community health. The position will require field and office work and allows for some work from home. Fieldwork will require reliable transportation and the ability to work in all weather conditions and navigate uneven terrain. The office duties require traditional interpersonal and technological skills. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. ACCD encourages both prospective employees and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with ACCD. 

COMPENSATION OVERVIEW 

ACCD offers a highly competitive compensation package and a motivated but employee-centered workplace. Beyond salary, compensation includes a 3% Simple IRA match, health insurance with family coverage, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid sick, and a generous paid holiday and vacation package in accordance with the ACCD Employee Manual. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. 

ACCD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER 

ACCD is an EOE employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. ACCD follows Pennsylvania’s at will employment policy. People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  

Applicants must provide references upon request and pass background checks as one consideration of employment. These are just two factors in determining candidacy. 

ACCD requires staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning employment, unless an approved exemption is sought. 

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and three references with ‘NROE’ in the subject line to resumes@accdpa.org. The position will remain open until filled.

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