Education and Outreach Specialist I (Master Recycler/Composter Program)

Thurston County - Olympia, WA4.5

30+ days agoPart-time
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:
  • 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.

This class specification reflects the general concept and intent of the position and should not be construed as a detailed list of responsibilities.

  • 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.