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Event and Volunteer Coordinator Environmental Ed & Res Center

Kentucky State University
Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Mar 6, 2024
TITLE: Event and Volunteer Coordinator-Environmental Education and Research Center

DEPARTMENT: College of Agriculture Community and the Science

REPORTS TO: Manager of Environmental Education and Research Center

CLASSIFICATION: Staff-12 months


STANDARD WORK HOURS: 37.5 hours per week




The Event and Volunteer Coordinator - Environmental Education and Research Center in the Kentucky State University (KSU) Land Grant Program and College of Agriculture, Community and the Sciences will support Research and Cooperative Extension programs at Kentucky State University’s Environmental Education and Research Center by conducting and scheduling educational programs in areas of environmental education and natural resource conservation.

The Event Coordinator will support existing Research and Cooperative Extension programming and collaborate with program staff to maintain EERC facilities and ensure conservation practices are carried out. KSU’s EERC goals are to: 1) facilitate education programs for students of all ages in Environmental Science and other STEM subjects; 2) facilitate research projects for researchers from Kentucky State University and other partnering entities; 3) Utilize land management practices to conserve land and ecological resilience. This position will address these goals through scheduling and conducting Environmental Education programs.

  • Serves as a primary contact for EERC programs and activities including Environmental Education Programs in K-12 classrooms
  • Serves as a resource on environmental issues and programming for classroom teachers, school groups, after school programs, summer camps, and other groups.
  • Leads outdoor recreation activities, hikes, and other activities that demonstrate safe and appropriate learning in a natural environment.
  • Works alongside specialists and agents within the Kentucky Cooperative Extension System to implement environmental education programming at the EERC and area schools.
  • Interacts spontaneously with visitors and center staff to ensure an inviting atmosphere for the facility, answering visitor questions and providing assistance to guests when needed.
  • Manages volunteer programs and citizen science related to Environmental Education and Natural Resources
  • Assist in EERC research and extension activities, and land management activities
  • Maintenance and care of the EERC as assigned
  • Travel to schools, project sites, and meetings statewide, as needed.
  • Other related duties as assigned.
  • Knowledge in the field of environmental education.
  • Prior experience teaching K-12 students in informal or formal settings.
  • Must have the ability to lead groups over rough terrain and be able to work both cooperatively and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and respect diversity of ethnic, cultural, linguistic backgrounds and, physical and mental disabilities.
  • Ability to use a personal computer and a variety of related software applications.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Ability to build and maintain forest trails.
  • Experience with and ability to implement natural areas management, wildlife habitat management, or land management practices in an outdoor setting.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a positive work environment and effective working relationships.
  • Ability to travel statewide as necessary.
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, punctuality, and ability to work independently and with a team are essential.
  • Ability to work outdoors in adverse conditions for multiple hours at a time.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.
  • This position does not have supervisory responsibility.
  • Work will frequently involve exposure to outdoor and indoor conditions. This could involve exposure to unusual elements such as high and low temperatures, rain, snow, dirt, pollen, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, fuel, herbicides, and/or loud noises.
  • Working non-traditional hours on occasion, including evening and weekend hours.
  • Work will involve exposure to poisonous plants, stinging insects, ticks, snakes, and similar wildlife.
  • Requires standing, walking, and hiking in cold, hot, wet, and dry conditions in difficult terrain.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Frequent travel during work hours and occasionally overnight travel within Kentucky required.
  • The position will perform other duties as needed.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Biology, or a related discipline.
  • One to three years of experience working in the field of environmental education, environmental science, or related disciplines.
Licensing and Certifications:
  • Must have or be willing to acquire KAEE Membership and Environmental Education Certifications (WET, WILD, PLT, etc.)
  • Valid driver’s license.
Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. At this time, Kentucky State University is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa.

Internal and External candidates are encouraged to apply.


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KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.

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