Conservation Community Coordinator
The National Aquarium is seeking a Conservation Community Coordinator to work closely with the residents of local communities to 1) both encourage and ultimately engage them in specific projects focused on improving environmental conditions within their communities; 2) empower and train then to become leaders within their community and stewards of the environment and; 3) connect them to opportunities to participate in local conservation efforts at local restoration and conservation areas. In addition to community-related work, the Community Coordinator will be responsible for 4) implementation of work plan including, partner communication and reporting 5) tracking of all technical and financial aspects of the project including budgets 6) communication of results through technical and lay presentations 7) evaluation of project results and preparation of summary reports including detailed financial reporting 8) coordinating multiple projects, each in different phases at once.
- Coordinates implementation of assigned Conservation projects including developing implementation plans, tracking budgets, acquiring resources, cultivating and maintaining new partnerships, and internal and external reporting.
- Develops and maintains relationships with community members and community leaders in order to actively engage them in local projects
- Maintains relationships with stakeholders and partner organizations to leverage resources and build opportunities for community engagement
- Motivates and mobilizes community members and leaders to participate in local community conservation activities and projects
- Attends select community, stakeholder and partner meetings in order to foster relationships and provide updates to both community members and project staff
- Leads and engages community members and leaders in a series of outreach events, focusing on environmental improvements to the community and connecting participants to local conservation efforts
- Recruits and trains community members to become leaders within the community
- Leads conservation programs in and adjacent to target communities and projects
- Conducts evaluation of project results and preparation of summary reports including financial reporting and summary assessment of results in light of project objectives and grant requirements.
- Manages multiple projects at once, requiring ability to address multiple tasks in different project phases, strong time management, effective communication both internally and externally and strong planning skills.
- Works collaboratively with the Director of Conservation Community Engagement in the preparation of grant proposals for Conservation Programs according to guidelines of granting agency
- Participates in Conservation Department Staff meetings
- Manages unpaid staff including interns, Aquarium Conservation Team volunteers and other episodic volunteers as directed by the Director of Conservation Community Engagement.
- Organizes and participates in Conservation internal and external meetings/events and other ad hoc meetings as necessary.
- Receptionist duties: correspondence, meeting and travel arrangements.
- Implements special projects as needed.
Qualifications/Basic Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in environmental science, social science or related field preferred. Should have experience working within diverse, underserved communities. Must have strong leadership and management skills. Must be able to drive passenger vans and perform strenuous field activities, including but not limited to: lifting 30lbs (with or without assistance), reaching, pushing, and digging. Should be prepared to perform in various outdoor terrains and weather conditions. Should be able to work weekends, evenings and holidays.
Competencies: Must be knowledgeable regarding environmental and ecological issues pertinent to estuary and tidal wetlands. Must have proficiency in clerical skills (word processing, filing, telephone etiquette). Must be proficient in use of Microsoft office software applications. Should possess aptitude for various environmental monitoring techniques/methods. Must be able to motivate and coach community members and volunteers. Must have excellent communication skills
Problem Solving: Must possess analytical and problem solving skills to implement conservation projects. Able to prioritize work assignments and recognize the need for additional guidance. Must be able to take appropriate individual initiative. Technical troubleshooting required.
Human Relations: Daily contact with volunteers, partners, community members, and Aquarium staff regarding conservation issues as well as telephone and digital communications. Frequent contact with vendors, colleagues and outside partners. Must have enthusiasm, passion and commitment for building strong community relations within the city of Baltimore and experience motivating and mobilizing community members to complete various projects. Must have the ability to instruct other staff and train community members on project objectives and tasks
Must have the ability to speak about community conservation projects to the general public and strong written and oral communication skills (Please Note: Ability to write and speak Spanish is not required but it is preferable).
- Responsible for supporting institutional and departmental missions as well as meeting goals set by Director of Conservation.
- Responsible for following Aquarium policy and ethics guidelines.
- Responsible for completing assigned work in an efficient and timely manner.
- Responsible for equipment, supplies, vehicles, facilities, and personnel associated with field projects.
Human Resources: Supervision of volunteers and interns at the Aquarium and at remote field sites as necessary.
Physical Requirements: The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally: sit, kneel, reach overhead/forward, travel/drive, be exposed to extreme cold, heat, water/dust and animals.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM
Recently named one of Baltimore's Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city's Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation's two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.
Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 36-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.
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