This is a part-time (20 hours a week) position through the Washington State University (WSU) Extension division of Thurston County's Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department. Overall responsibilities include use of technical recycling/composting/gardening knowledge and skills in the implementation, revision, and coordination of programs. Implementing strategic planning efforts to build community awareness, education, and outreach activities.
The Education and Outreach Specialist I
position will work on behalf of both programs. Some essential functions include:
This class specification reflects the general concept and intent of the position and should not be construed as a detailed list of responsibilities.
- Help train, support and retain current volunteers. Including recognition events.
- Assist Thurston County residents and community organizations with local recycling, composting and gardening resources.
- Create educational materials and displays. Including developing workshops and trainings that teach environmentally-friendly practices and sustainable gardening, composting and recycling to community members.
- Conducts education seminars, workshops, and "training the trainer" sessions in a group or individual setting.
- Create marketing materials, update program websites, social media sites, and sites to maintain an internet presence.
- Maintain volunteer and program records and databases. Help implement a new online volunteer management system.
- Staff outreach booths, make presentations to community groups, and help coordinate community service projects.
- Offer follow-up support to newly trained volunteers including: processing training benchmarks, helping volunteer's access educational resources; sending out e-mail notifications; assisting with volunteer trainings and orientations etc.
- Inventory, prepare, and put away program/event supplies.
- Monitor and update statistical information and performance measures.
- Conduct special projects and research.
- Researches and drafts policies and procedures and contributes to preparation of grant proposals.
- Coordinates activities and efforts to maximize program success in the community.
- Assist with functions sponsored by our non-profit fundraising arm, the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County.
- Bachelor's degree in environmental science, public administration, education, volunteer management, communication or other closely related field. Additional experience can be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
- Must have three years of experience closely related to the duties of this position; OR an equivalent combination of education and related experience. Desired experience working with the general public and volunteers, leading recycling/composting/gardening presentations, or other related field experiences.
- Must have the ability to utilize a personal computer with related software to perform the essential functions of the position.
- Current Washington State Driver's License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
We are especially interested in candidates who also have the following qualities:
- Provides excellent customer service skills both internally and externally;
- Is a self-starter with the ability to multi-task and achieve goals. Can be collaborative as well as be self-directed;
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with the public and within all levels of the organization;
- Excellent organizational and follow-up skills. Precise attention to detail is strongly desired;
- Ability to be effective with time management, flexible, dependable and strategic;
- Is resourceful, but can also follow County and University policies;
- Knowledge of local recycling procedures and;
- Experience composting, growing plants, food and/or other gardening practices in the Pacific Northwest.