Employment Opportunities

 

Education Coordinator

Job Summary

The Education Coordinator provides leadership and support for a wide variety of educational offerings at the Nature Center, including K-12 school programs and field trips, afterschool programs, summer camp programs, activity-based family programs, and themed special events throughout the year. The Education Coordinator will serve as the lead educator for the K-12 educational program by developing curriculum and teaching lessons both onsite and offsite. This position will also serve as an integral member of the Nature Center team, by assisting with daily operations, including visitor services and animal husbandry. 

This is a permanent, year-round position scheduled for 40 hours/week, March through October and 30 hours/week, November through February. Work may include evenings, holidays, and weekends. Compensation is $15/hour with benefits. The anticipated start date is February 15, 2018.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop curriculum for the Nature Center’s K-12 programming in alignment with Next Generation Science Standards and serve as the primary educator for these programs throughout the year. 
  • Act as registrar and main point of contact for K-12 programs. Ensure that program metrics and evaluations are collected, accurate records are maintained, and data are reconciled in a timely manner for all programs.
  • Create, schedule, and lead a diverse, year-round palette of non-K-12 program offerings including, but not limited to, summer camps, afterschool programs, scout programs, evening programs, and tours to engage wide audiences at the Nature Center.
  • Participate in the development and execution of organization-wide special events including the annual Wildflower Show, Fungi Fest, and others.
  • Deliver live animal presentations (raptors, herps, and invertebrates) to various audiences both on and offsite.
  • Provide support for the daily operation of the Nature Center. Tasks may include interacting with visitors, assisting with front desk operations, and participating in animal husbandry. 
  • Train and supervise employees and volunteers in their roles. 
  • Conduct outreach, identify educational opportunities and resources, and cultivate beneficial partnerships.
  • Provide insight to the marketing team to support the development of promotional strategies for education programs, especially outreach to teachers.
  • Order, maintain, and replenish educational supplies.
  • Contribute to the development of informational/interpretive displays, signage, and exhibits on campus. 
  • Assist with other projects in the Nature Center as assigned. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental sciences, or related degree.
  • A minimum of two years of experience developing and delivering environmental education or science programs to K-5 populations. Experience teaching children in outdoor or field-based settings is preferred.
  • Previous experience handling animals, especially raptors, is valued.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, dependable vehicle, and be willing to travel in the region for offsite programming.  

Skills and Abilities

  • Strong grounding in the natural sciences including local flora and fauna.
  • Strong classroom management skills.
  • Excellent communication skills; written, verbal and listening. 
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to multitask.
  • Conscientious and detail-oriented; must be able to follow through with record-keeping.  
  • Excellent customer service skills, with ability to build relationships with constituents and partners based on integrity and trust.
  • Strong work ethic and personal integrity displaying initiative and ownership.
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible with quickly changing environments.
  • Strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork with strong interpersonal skills and a good sense of humor. 
  • Willingness to learn about and participate in various aspects of Nature Center operations including animal husbandry.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time and lift up to 50lbs. 
  • Must be able to work outdoors in hot, cold, wet and/or dry conditions and engage in sustained physical activity throughout the day during all seasons.

Certifications, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Oregon state driver's license.
  • Clean background check and driving record.
  • Adult and child CPR and First Aid certification are required. 

How to Apply 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, in a single pdf file, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 22, 2018 for full consideration. 


Facilities Maintenance Manager

Job Summary

The Facilities Maintenance Manager provides strategic leadership with a hands-on approach to ensure that the grounds and facilities of the Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory’s 8-acre campus and the Second Tern Thrift Store are well maintained, attractive, and safe. The Manager leads efforts to ensure that all equipment, grounds, and building components are maintained and functioning at optimum levels and that the safety of visitors, staff, and volunteers on campus are protected. The individual will collaborate with members of the leadership team on campus improvement and expansion projects and will develop and lead a sustainability initiative aligned with the organization’s mission. 

This is a permanent, full-time position. Compensation starts at $17/hour, DOE, with benefits. Work may include evenings, holidays, and weekends. The anticipated start date is March 1, 2018.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Facilities, Grounds and Equipment Maintenance

  • Maintains exceptional standards of cleanliness and functionality for Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory (SNCO) buildings, grounds, equipment, and vehicles. Manages daily and routine custodial tasks.
  • Leads regular inspections of SNCO owned and controlled property, including buildings, grounds and parking areas; identify, document and report items to be addressed; and lead efforts to correct or address items. Defines and implements metrics for continuous improvement. Manages operating checklists, and ensures all permits are up to date.
  • Takes a hands-on role by troubleshooting issues and performing custodial, maintenance, and minor construction work when needed.
  • Reviews building operations, maintenance and new construction projects to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, codes and guidelines. Identifies and implements new standards, policies and procedures, as needed.
  • Develops and executes a long-term vision and annual operating plan for the maintenance and overall care of the facilities, grounds, and equipment.

Project Management

  • Oversees SNCO campus projects in cooperation with members of the leadership team. Coordinates efforts with colleagues, as needed, in the development and construction of new exhibits, features, and other visitor experiences.
  • Proactively works with appropriate staff to prepare specifications and bid packages for work to be contracted. Establishes clear processes and consistent practices to identify and solicit bids from qualified vendors and contractors, evaluate the resulting proposals, contract for the work to be done, as well as document, monitor and approve the contracted work.
  • Arranges for the timely and cost-effective purchase of materials and services necessary for campus projects.
  • Monitors progress and delays in the implementation of new SNCO projects. Works with appropriate staff to adjust tasks and objectives accordingly. Regularly evaluates the status of work in progress and revises the schedule, if necessary, in order to proactively meet goals and deadlines. Communicates the status of the production openly and regularly to all persons involved in the implementation process.
  • Interface with numerous community partners including city and county government, Sunriver Owner’s Association, vendors, and contractors.

Operations & Safety

  • Proactively partners with other departments to ensure that SNCO is consistently a safe environment, including adherence to: OSHA, workplace safety requirements, fire regulations, and visitor accessibility requirements (particularly with respect to ADA).

Sustainability 

  • Leads SNCO’s sustainability efforts through the use of products and systems that balance environmental, social, and economic considerations. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervise employees in the Facilities Maintenance Department including year-round and seasonal staff.
  • Supervise volunteers in tasks related to the Facilities Maintenance Department. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; relevant work experience may substitute.  
  • Five or more years’ experience in successful facilities management overseeing human and material resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of custodial maintenance, grounds keeping, painting, electrical, mechanical equipment, HVAC, building codes, and best practices in facilities management/maintenance.
  • Demonstrated experience in the planning and implementation of projects and development and administration of project budgets.

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong organizational skills.
  • Conscientious and detail-oriented; must be able to follow through with paperwork, record-keeping, and documentation.  
  • Working knowledge of safety regulations and a demonstrated concern for safety issues. 
  • Ability to work cooperatively to prioritize tasks and negotiate conflicting demands.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time and lift up to 50lbs. 
  • Must be able to work on ladders, roofs, and ledges.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in hot, cold, wet and/or dry conditions. 
  • Ability to be on call for emergencies.

Certifications, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Oregon state driver's license.
  • Clean background check and driving record.

How to Apply 

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references, in a single pdf file, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 31, 2018 for full consideration.