Creek Farm Education Program Coordinator

Position Announcement: 

The non-profit Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests seeks an enthusiastic, articulate and motivated individual for the position of Creek Farm Education Program Coordinator. The successful candidate will have excellent communications skills and a strong interest in representing the Forest Society in the seacoast community through educating adults and children in a range of programs.

This is a part-time seasonal position based on the Forest Society’s Creek Farm campus, located in Little Harbor, Portsmouth NH. 

 

The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is a statewide land conservation organization that was founded in 1901 to protect New Hampshire’s most important landscapes and promote wise use of its renewable natural resources.  Today, with 9,400 member households and over 40 employees, the Forest Society owns 172 reservations in 102 communities across the state, and has interests and monitoring responsibilities for 818 conservation easements.  With ongoing programs in advocacy, land protection and sustainable forest management, the Forest Society consistently ranks among the nation’s top land trusts and has been a leader in setting the standard for American land protection.    If you enjoy working both independently and in a cooperative team-approach in a challenging, at times fast-paced, but always rewarding, setting you may be the right person for this position.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the dedicated Forest Society staff email a resume and cover letter by May 1, 2020 to Dave Anderson, Director of Education (or mail a hard copy resume and cover letter to The Society for the Protection of NH Forests c/o: Dave Anderson) • 54 Portsmouth Street • Concord, NH 03301-5400. 

The Forest Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.   

No phone calls please.

 

Full Job Description

 

Reports to:  Senior Director of Education                      

Nonexempt / Part-time / Seasonal

Hourly rate: $20

Position Summary:

The Creek Farm Education Program Coordinator is responsible for the comprehensive design, development and delivery of outdoor education programs and partnerships at the Forest Society’s 35-acre Creek Farm Reservation located at the mouth of Sagamore Creek on Little Harbor in Portsmouth, NH.

Increase community visitation and public participation in scheduled education programs and special events on a range of topics for broad public audiences; includes youth, families, schools, camps and adult education audiences.

Cultivate cooperative education program partnerships with allied community organizations in the greater Portsmouth community, within the wider surrounding Seacoast region and southern NH.

Coordinate the various groups who use Creek Farm for their own educational programing and ensure MOU’s and payment are up to date.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Represent the Forest Society within Portsmouth’s environmental, sustainability, recreation, fitness, outdoor education and arts communities.

Attract new creative program partnerships resulting in a vibrant suite of public education programs at the Creek Farm campus.

Design and develop engaging education programs including seasonal lecture series, hikes, walks, tours, special events and community outreach as well as carry on programs that are already in place.

Coordinate all aspects of scheduling, promotion, delivery, budget management. Welcome, greet public, plan site interpretation, lead trail walks and special events.

Promote visitation and enjoyment of Creek Farm by NH residents. Target a wider public audience with a focus on youth education.

Track programs attendance and site visitation.

Establish interpretive trail highlighting specimen trees along the existing Little Harbor Loop Trail. Opportunity to develop new digital “Forest Explorer” property tour content.

Launch new outreach to camps, schools, youth groups and community organizations and create a new framework to encourage partner organizations to use of the Creek Farm campus for their own outdoor learning and recreation events. Keep track of MOU’s(Prepared by Policy & Reservation Stewardship Coordinator), insurance and mandatory donations from groups utilizing Creek Farm for their own programming purposes.

Ensure all activities are in compliance with the Conservation Easement Deed restrictions. Communicate with the Land Conservation Investment Program, which holds the Easement on the Property. Also, ensure all activities are aligned with Forest Society goals and missions by coordinating with the Reservation Stewardship Department.

 

Contributions/Outcomes:

Successful outcomes are defined by development of innovative new programs to increase visitation, foster wider community partnerships and engage new audiences within and outside the Seacoast region.

Carry on the existing programs that highlight Forest Society missions and goals while continually searching for new partnerships in the Seacoast region.

  • Attract people and partnerships to Creek Farm
  • Develop interpretive content including trails, signage, and written materials.
  • Promote Creek Farm as a destination for natural history education and recreation events (hiking, birdwatching, kayaking, picnics, group visits)
  • Schedule and lead tours, walks and special events.
  • Track visitation, programs attendance, budgets
  • Actively promote Creek Farm programs to wider audiences.
  • Work with Digital Outreach manager to promote Creek Farm events & partnerships

 

Qualifications and Skills Required:

The successful candidate will be personable, articulate, self-motivated, and enthusiastic while bringing a creative, visionary approach to development of Creek Farm as a Forest Society program center.

Prior work experience developing and leading environmental education programs for youth, adult and family-oriented outdoor education programs. Interpretive program experience preferred.

Possess strong oral and written communication skills. Prior public speaking and public presentation experience preferred.

Natural resources background including familiarity with NH forests, wildlife, marine ecosystems and ecology.

Community public relations, media relations and community networking experience preferred.

Possess strong organizational skills with a detail-oriented approach to tracking and measuring program outcomes.

Possess strong outdoor leadership and interpersonal skills to ensure successful field trip planning, leadership and safety. Recreation experience hiking and paddling preferred.

Bachelor’s degree or higher education graduate degree candidates preferred.

Driver’s license and personal transportation required.

Established community connections in Portsmouth and the greater Seacoast Region preferred.

Certifications in CPR, ACR Basic First Aid preferred. 

 

Working Conditions:

Includes frequent evenings/weekend work during the busy June to September season. Position is part-time, seasonal.

Physical Requirements:

Physical ability to hike, paddle and carry backpack over rough terrain including rocky shoreline and wooded hiking trails. Backpack will contain supplies such as first aid kit, extra clothing layers, rain gear, water, and snacks for self, and could also include additional snacks and water for participants.

Direct Reports: None