Education Program Coordinator, Park Nurseries

  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
  • Jan 27, 2017
Full time Enviromental Natural Resources Non-profit-Social Services Education

Job Description

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit support partner of the Golden Gate National Parks—84,000 acres of national parkland throughout the Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. Park projects and programs include the Crissy Field Center, which promotes leadership and environmental justice training for youth; the Native Plant Nurseries, which grow over 100,000 plants annually to restore habitat; Trails Forever, which builds and rehabilitates miles of trails throughout the parks; and volunteer programs that inspire 35,000 people annually to take action in support of the parks.
Position Overview

The four nurseries of the Parks Conservancy support the mission of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area by providing native plants for Park restoration efforts, serving as a community & educational resource, and inspiring community land stewardship. The nurseries, which are located in the Marin Headlands, the Presidio of San Francisco, Fort Funston, and at Oceana High School in Pacifica, serve as hubs of vibrant community and education programs.

The Nursery Education Program Coordinator is engaged in the projects and priorities of the Nursery Program while overseeing and delivering quality education programming at each of the nursery locations.  Program coordination is done in close partnership with National Park Service and nursery colleagues, and through the mentoring and managing interns in program delivery. The Coordinator cultivates strong relationships with park partners, teachers, schools, and community groups.  The ideal candidate has previous experience teaching ecological and/or scientific concepts to a diversity of youth, is enthusiastic and adept at teaching and inspiring a multicultural audience, and is committed to equitable access to quality learning opportunities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities

Program Coordination
  • Coordinates all aspects of providing quality, interdisciplinary, outcome-oriented education programs at four nursery locations (across three counties). 
  • Coordinates education program delivery schedule, including classroom pre- and post- site visits, with teachers, group leaders, nursery colleagues, and NPS staff.
  • Recruits, trains, and mentors two Education Program Interns who deliver education programming.
  • Serves as liaison for and collaborates with park partners, National Park Service, Presidio Trust, and San Francisco Unified School District to ensure programs are of the highest quality and meet the needs of all participating partners.
  • Maintains detailed records of education program statistics in an on-line database and/or other formats, and performs regular data entry. Reports on program statistics.
  • Ensures required participant documentation is completed and processed.
  • Supports coordination of free and subsidized transportation for eligible schools.
  • Manages Education Program budget in consultation with Director of Park Nurseries.
Program Development and Delivery
  • Delivers and ensures quality and effectiveness of established service-learning and curriculum-based education programs at each of the nursery sites, using these facilities as experiential classrooms for students primarily of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, middle school, and high school grades.
  • Promotes quality and improvement of service-learning opportunities for K – college audience. Works with nursery colleagues to identify stewardship and educational opportunities. Facilitates nursery-based activities such as potwashing, transplanting, pruning, and outplanting in accord with nursery best management practices.
  • Models safe practices, and ensures that those under her/his supervision are working and behaving in a safe manner. Keeps up to date on safety requirements and best practices.
  • Manages, maintains, and updates program files, photos, and outreach materials.  Maintains program supplies and technical equipment.
  • Updates program curricula to address education standards.
  • Assists with program assessments and evaluations.
Program Outreach
  • Identifies mission-driven opportunities and partnerships with schools and community-based organizations.  Engages with partners and staff to develop new partnerships and education programs, and to strengthen relationships with underrepresented communities.
  • Cultivates relationships with teachers, schools, and community leaders.  Facilitates participation of a multi-age, multicultural audience. Prioritizes outreach and relationships with Title 1 Schools and under-resourced public schools.
  • Participates in community outreach events. Enhances education program materials and outreach tools.

Employment contingent on background check.
Preferred start date: early April 2017.

Terms/Compensation: Full-time, competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.

To Apply: Submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume describing your achievement of the requirements no later than February 20, 2017.

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.


Environmental Protection-Conservation, Program Management, General-Other: Project-Program Management


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
  • Teaching Experience and Educational Approach:
    • Multicultural Environmental Education: Knowledge of issues related to the urban environment. Ability to translate scientific and ecological concepts into inspiring, age-appropriate curricula that is relevant to diverse audiences. 
    • Youth Development: Understands and implements youth development practices and principles.
    • Experiential Learning: Experience in delivering inquiry-based, place-based, and service-learning education. 
  • Community Relationships: Knowledge of and experience working with underrepresented communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; varies communication style to meet needs of audience.
  • Organization and Quality: Able to manage multiple projects at once and maintain flexibility; demonstrates attention to detail, accuracy and thoroughness. Is effective when working independently with little or no supervision.
  • Interpersonal skills: Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful, and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations.
  • Leadership: Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well.
  • Scientific Understanding: Knowledge of botany or horticulture of local native plants, propagation and restoration methods.
Qualifications, Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in community engagement and teaching youth.
  • Multilingual: able to speak language(s) other than English relevant to Bay Area communities.
  • Experience in ecology, biology, nursery operations, or related field.
  • A valid California Driver’s License. Must be eligible for coverage by Company insurance carrier.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Applications, and database systems.  Competency in or willingness to learn InDesign.  Ability to use social media for outreach and communications.
  • CPR and First Aid certification. (May be obtained in first 6 months).
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
  • Work is performed in an office and outdoor setting. Primary office location is Fort Mason, San Francisco.  Travels to and works from other locations on a regular basis.
  • Work is primarily performed standing or walking.
  • Work requires squatting and kneeling.
  • Regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment 6 to 8 hours per day.
  • Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Regularly drives large vehicles.
  • Occasional work on nights and weekends required.