Education & Outreach Program Assistant

New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 9, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Extension Services, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

Position Education & Outreach Program Assistant Full Time/Part Time Full Time Job Type Regular Position Summary
The position is responsible for supporting NMFWRI’s education and outreach activities in working with land managers, K-12 youth and educators, and post-secondary students. The majority of the work is in New Mexico, with occasional travel in the Southwest. This position works closely with the Education & Outreach Coordinator to support the development of programming and technical trainings for professionals and land managers, to conduct community and school outreach, and to increase awareness within the general public on topics related to forest and watershed ecology, management, and monitoring. Additionally, this position supports knowledge sharing and collaboration between staff, project partners, and interested parties. This is a new position. Duties and Responsibilities
· Collaborate and coordinate with other NMFWRI staff, especially the monitoring and GIS departments, as well as with local groups and potentially interested parties.
· Assist with developing education and outreach program materials, training guides, manuals, technical support materials, lesson plans, and activities covering topics on forest and watershed ecology, restoration, monitoring, and other work done by NMFWRI .
· Support the Education and Outreach Coordinator during outreach and technical training events and presentations, including delivering presentations when necessary.
· Aid in enhancing NMFWRI’s social media presence, including collaboration with other NMFWRI staff to curate regular posts on NMFWRI’s Facebook page.
· Support NMFWRI’s mission and goals through organizational coherence, responsiveness to partner needs, and promotion of professional development among staff.
· Research existing environmental education resources and programming across the Southwest and make recommendations for potential collaboration opportunities.
· Assist in the maintenance and organization of files, photos, documents, office resources, and field equipment.
· Maintain regular attendance and clear communication.
· Perform other duties as assigned. Minimum Job Requirements
· EDUCATION : Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, with coursework in dendrology, fire ecology, forest management, and related topics.
· EXPERIENCE : Familiarity with forest & watershed ecology, restoration, and monitoring methods and protocols.
· EXPERIENCE : At least 1-year experience working with an environmental conservation organization.
· EXPERIENCE : At least 1-year experience in education and outreach work, including work with K-12 youth. Preferred Qualifications
· EXPERIENCE : 1-year experience working with communities in New Mexico.
· EXPERIENCE : 2 seasons of field experience with NMFWRI or other SWERI monitoring crew.
· EXPERIENCE : Familiarity with SWERI’s and/or USFS .
· EXPERIENCE : Familiarity with forest and riparian monitoring protocols.
· Spanish language skills. Special Conditions for Eligibility
· Must have or be able to obtain and maintain a valid US Driver’s License and Defensive Driving Certificate.
· Must be willing to work overtime, weekends and evenings as required. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Familiarity with forest and ecological measurements and techniques.
· Knowledge of basic forestry and ecological science concepts.
· Experience working with diverse communities, especially communities throughout New Mexico.
· Ability to communicate scientific topics in written or oral form to various audiences in a clear and engaging manner.
· Creativity (particularly in developing programming) and enthusiasm for working with various audiences, including K-12 youth.
· Enthusiasm for monitoring, restoration, and working with the public.
· Ability to work as a member of a team with diverse skills and backgrounds and undertake tasks with minimal supervision.
· Willingness to learn new skills and acknowledge knowledge gaps; objection to sharing inaccurate or incomplete information.
· Willingness to learn and apply social and cultural considerations for inclusive education and outreach.
· Ability to maintain professional demeanor. Physical Demands
· Sitting Frequently
· Standing Frequently
· Walking (cross country) Occasionally
· Bending Occasionally
· Squatting Occasionally
· Climbing (difficult terrain) Occasionally
· Kneeling Occasionally Working Environment
  • Work is normally performed in an office setting;
  • Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as dirt, dust, and unpleasant odors, and/or noises;
  • Work with frequent interruptions;
  • Work with students, staff, and faculty during regular work hours.
Pay Rate $18.76 Hr. Work Location/Campus Center Las Vegas, NM Campus EEO Statement
New Mexico Highlands University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. We are committed to the University values of diversity, accessibility, excellence, and responsiveness.

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Posting Number AS513P Open Date 08/09/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant
A complete online application must include: 1) Letter of interest/cover letter; 2) Resume; 3) Names, telephone numbers and email address of three (3) professional references in online application, and; 4) Unofficial copies of transcripts. Candidates who are invited for on-campus interviews will be required to submit official transcripts. References will be contacted in conjunction with phone or on-campus interview. Upload required materials with online application. For disabled access or services, call (505) 454-3242 or contact Human Resources at NMHU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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