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Keeping water clean, safe, and healthy is the heart of our mission.

We work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. We hope you’ll join us!

 

Openings at The Watershed Institute

Watershed Educator - Full-time

The Watershed Institute is seeking an experienced educator with strong knowledge about water and watersheds for its award-winning environmental education program. The base for this work is the LEED-Platinum Watershed Center, on the 950-acre Watershed Reserve in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. Education staff conducts approximately 400 programs annually, reaching 10,000 people. Among these environmental science and ecology-based programs are school field trips addressing the Next Generation Science Standards, children’s and family programs for the public, teacher workshops, virtual programming, and a summer environmental education day camp.

The Watershed Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color.

Salary range is $40,000 to $45,000.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver a range of education programs for schools and the general public.
  •  Assist in expanding programming to advance equity and inclusion in the outdoors, so that all young people can foster a meaningful, life-long connection with nature.
  • Assist with the care and maintenance of educational displays, including live reptiles, fish and insects.
  • Engage visitors at the Watershed Center and offsite events, addressing inquiries about the natural world, water quality and the environment; and promoting the Institute’s mission, programs, and activities.
  • Develop, secure and maintain equipment and materials for education programs.
  • Assist in mentorship and supervision of interns and volunteers;
  • Assist staff on occasional facility maintenance, office tasks, and other projects as necessary for the smooth operation of the facility.

General Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental education, education, the life sciences or related majors, and at least one year of work experience. Individuals with equivalent knowledge/experience and enthusiasm to learn on-the-job may also apply.
  • Experience working with children in outdoor, educational settings
  • Strong interest and enthusiasm for the environment and desire to share it with others, especially youth
  • Knowledge of water, watersheds, and natural history
  • Experience working with volunteers and/or interns
  • Experience designing environmental education programs
  • Good organizational skills; ability to multitask
  • Excellent communication skills; written, verbal and listening
  • Strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time, health, dental, and life insurance, and 403(b) retirement savings. Regular working hours are flexible, some evening and weekend hours are required. Dormitory housing at the Watershed Reserve may also be available.

To Apply: Submit your resume, cover letter and two letters of recommendation to The Watershed Institute at [email protected]. Please reference Watershed Educator in your email subject heading.

 

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Education Manager: Full-time

The Watershed Institute is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated person with strong knowledge about water and watersheds for its award-winning environmental education program, located in the LEED-Platinum Watershed Center, on the 950-acre Watershed Reserve in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. Education staff conducts approximately 400 programs annually, reaching 10,000 people. Among these environmental science and ecology-based programs are school field trips addressing the Next Generation Science Standards, children’s and family programs for the public, teacher workshops, and a summer nature camp. The Watershed Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color, and historically unrepresented communities.  

Applications Deadline September 24, however, interviews are rolling and will begin immediately. The position begins in early October.

Salary Range: $45,000

Benefits: Health Insurance, Life & LTD Insurance, PTO and 403B Retirement Plan. Staff housing (dormitory style) is available on the Watershed Reserve (applicants can inquire during the interview process).

 

Role Responsibilities:

  • Manage program bookings for schools and birthday parties by scheduling groups appropriately, managing spaces and staff, invoicing, processing payments and keeping records. Remain knowledgeable on all offerings for these programs.
  • Manage public program scheduling, publishing, registrations, recordkeeping, and payments, using the organization-wide calendar (Google Calendar) and the organization-wide registration and member management system (DoubleKnot).
  • Coordinate with financial department, Camp Director, and Assistant Director of Education to manage scholarship program for summer camps and academies.
  • Assist with all departmental job announcements, employment applications, and interview scheduling. Collect and process new hire onboarding paperwork
  • Coordinate with development and communications department on education program promotion by providing program reports and supplying public program content as requested for the quarterly newsletter, website, weekly email marketing, and social media.
  • Record departmental income and expenses. Provide reports to financial department as requested.
  • Create weekly, monthly, and yearly reports of program attendance and income.
  • Create and update departmental brochures as needed.
  • Manage and maintain accurate records in donor/member databases (DonorPerfect, DoubleKnot) as they pertains to education programs.
  • Attend mandatory annual events (Butterfly Festival, FEST, and Annual Meeting).
  • Assist at the Welcome Desk as needed to process shop sales and program registrations.
  • Develop systems for using Doubleknot for school programs.
  • Assist in mentorship and supervision of interns and volunteers;
  • Assist staff on occasional facility maintenance, office tasks, and other projects as necessary for the smooth operation of the facility.

Core Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2-5 years of leadership experience overseeing educational programs
  • 2 years office management experience, preferably non-profit
  • 2 years of experience supervising staff and volunteers
  • Current First Aid and CPR/AED certification

 Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and adherence to deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work with computer systems and databases
  • Pleasant, efficient, and knowledgeable customer service skills
  • Able to learn new skills and systems quickly
  • Able to solve problems and resolve customer issues
  • Experience teaching outdoor programs
  • Good safety awareness and judgment
  • A strong spirit of cooperation and teamwork

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Walking: to move throughout the facility and on the trails outdoors
  • Talking/Hearing: to communicate face-to-face and over the telephone
  • Sitting: to attend meetings; to operate a computer
  • Reaching: to write at a desk, to retrieve files or supplies
  • Pulling/pushing: to open and close drawers, doors; to move equipment
  • Stooping/crouching: to retrieve files at lower levels, to put supplies away
  • Seeing: to obtain visual information from written material, to greet guests
  • Lifting: to put supplies away; to move tables and stack chairs

How to Apply:

Please forward a cover letter and a resume to [email protected] and in the subject line reference Job Code EM4000. The cover letter should include a statement describing what contribution you will make to strengthen our diverse working and learning environment. Finalists for the position must provide three professional references.

Nature Shop Manager: Part-time

Nature Shop Manager Part-Time Position 10-15 hrs/wk

Pay Rate: $15/hr.

The Watershed Institute, a dynamic and multifaceted nonprofit conservation organization, is seeking a part-time Nature Shop Manager, located inside of the Watershed Center. The Watershed is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

Manage Inventory:

  • Purchase inventory wholesale
  • Enter new inventory into Doubleknot
  • Label new inventory and set out for display
  • Store inventory not currently on display
  • Create seasonal inventory displays
  • Create new Barcodes when needed
  • Adjust inventory prices as needed
  • In January, conduct a complete inventory of all items currently in stock and adjust Doubleknot as needed
  • Maintain weekly shop sales report log

Manage Cash:

  • Prepare daily cash deposits
  • Manage the cash register drawer
  • Maintain a bank of $67.50
  • Maintain a useful mix of coins/bills either through making the change from petty cash or going to the bank
  • Create and manage a separate bank for Butterfly Festival

Manage Shop:

  • Create seasonal display on cabinets
  • Update supplier and artist wall as needed
  • Keep displays looking attractive
  •  Tidy up shirts, books, jewelry, etc.
  • Rearrange shelves to grab attention
  • Find new ways to display items
  • Remove empty boxes/baskets

When the room is rented:

  • Remove all floor displays to the electrical room or basement (other than shelves)
  • Store shelves under hanging cabinets.
  • Set store back up
  •  Take down can take 3 or more hours depending on help
  • ·Set up can take 5 or more hours depending on help

Special Projects:

  • As needed, acquire items for special events.
  • Attend conferences when possible and set up a satellite shop

To Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to The Watershed Institute at [email protected]

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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