High School Environmental Education Manager

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Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region (LCF-NCR)

High School Environmental Education Manager

The High School Environmental Education Manager is a valued member of the Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region team, with responsibility for providing environmental education for DC-area high school students, leading the education team that provides each program, and providing other educational and community program services for older youth. The High School Environmental Education Manager is responsible for overseeing the safety of the students and staff during our high school programs and ensuring the quality of standards based environmental education programming. This person must be an individual who is a self-starter, problem-solver, team player and is flexible to changing schedules and programs.  

The High School Environmental Education Manager reports to the Managing Director and will regularly receive both informal and formal feedback on job performance. LCF-NCR’s principal office is located at 515 M Street SE, Suite 223. The Kingman and Heritage Islands Conservation Area can be accessed from RFK Stadium Lot 6, off Oklahoma Avenue in Northeast DC. The James C. Dent House is in Southwest DC. Camp Fraser is located near the Potomac River in Northern Virginia, about four miles from the village of Great Falls.

Much of the school year work is expected to take place on school grounds of DCPS high schools with field trips to Kingman Island. Much of the summer work is expected to take place on Kingman Island, providing programming with the Junior Rangers, a cohort of high school students completing a six week internship. Additionally, the High School Environmental Education Manager will support any future GZEP (Green Zone Employment Program), SYEP (Summer Youth Employment Program), or other older youth programming. The High School Environmental Educators must be able to get to and work from any of these locations in a reliable manner.

LCF-NCR’s principal environmental education format is the “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE)” as developed by the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training program. MWEEs are learner-centered experiences that focus on investigations into local environmental issues that lead to informed action and civic engagement.

About the Kingman and Heritage Islands Conservation Area and Camp Fraser

Kingman and Heritage Islands is a 50-acre State Conservation Area in the Anacostia River near RFK Stadium. Living Classrooms has managed the area on behalf of the DC government since 2007. Camp Fraser is located about four miles from the town of Great Falls, Virginia, a 45-minute ride from downtown DC. Living Classrooms leases Camp Fraser from DC’s Calvary Baptist Church.

About Living Classrooms Foundation

Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region is the DC-based affiliate of the Living Classrooms Foundation, established in 2001. Living Classrooms works to strengthen communities and inspire people to achieve their highest potential through hands-on learning opportunities in education, workforce development, and health and wellness, often leveraging environmental assets and maritime resources to serve as “living classrooms.” For more information, visit livingclassrooms.org.

Core Responsibilities of Management:

·        Manages all high school and older youth environmental education programs, including supervising educators; providing feedback regularly to educators; communicating with teachers; and coordinating to improve lessons and overall student experience.

·        Schedule and supervise staff for all high school and older youth programs, being on site during programming to manage day to day programming or assigning lead staff during manager’s absence. When educators from other LCF-NCR programs are needed to support large groups, coordinate with other Education Managers to ensure all program staffing needs are met. Approve and submit timesheets for high school education staff.

·        Adhere to Living Classrooms’ and DCPS (District of Columbia Public School) emergency procedures regarding student/staff sickness, injury, overall safety, etc.

·        Always maintain professionalism as an important representative of Living Classrooms Foundation.

·        Regularly communicate with LCF-NCR and DOEE Kingman Island staff about use of facilities and equipment, as well as re-stocking of supplies.

·        Regularly communicate with District Department of Energy and Environment staff about Kingman education programs, resources, and facilities, including attending bi-weekly meetings with the Director of DOEE and other Kingman DOEE staff, as program schedules allow.

·        Regularly meet with LCF-NCR leadership for collaboration with other LCF-NCR programs.

·        Assist with providing professional input and facilitating youth and community input to long-term planning of Kingman Island outdoor classroom spaces and other LCF-NCR education facilities.

·        Be familiar with the grant deliverables for all high school and older youth programs. Maintain a work plan to complete all deliverables and complete narrative reporting in a timely manner as outlined by each grant.  

·        With support from the Managing Director, maintain budgets for all grants related to high school and older youth, tracking expenses.

·        Work with Managing Director and LCF Development to shape the long-term vision for high school and older youth education programs and in securing funding to support that vision.

·        With support from the Managing Director and other Education Manager(s), provide LCF-NCR educators with professional development opportunities throughout the year (especially during slow program times) that set expectations for professionalism, embrace creativity and fun, inform practice, improve team-building or resource sharing, and increase environmental education knowledge and skills.

·        Assist in other communication and fundraising efforts for LCF-NCR as requested.

·        Such other duties as are necessary for the operations of the program, the Foundation, or as assigned by the Managing Director.

Core Responsibilities for High School and Older Youth Programs

·        Provide comprehensive environmental education and field trip instruction primarily for high school students at Kingman Island or on school grounds of DCPS high schools. Instruction may also take place at Camp Fraser or the James C. Dent House with other grades as assigned. Deliver engaging, hands-on science-based lessons and programs as field trips, in-school visits, virtual, or any combination of those as restrictions and safety guidelines change. Ensure curriculum is implemented in a consistent manner across programs, while meeting the needs of different school communities.

·        Work with High School Environmental Educator(s) to develop curricula based on the Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE) model and create engaging educational lessons and activities and coordinate as needed with school staff to support their learning objectives.

·        Work with Environmental Educator(s) to manage and develop summer programs for Junior Rangers, GZEP (Green Zone Employment Program), SYEP (Summer Youth Employment Program), and any older youth programming that meets grant deliverables.

·        Communicate with teachers before, during, and after programs for scheduling and feedback and to ensure programs are effective, safe, and efficient. This includes any grant mandated evaluation - written, informal, or other.

·        Facilitate student feedback before, during, and after programs for comprehension and impact and to ensure programs are effective, safe, and efficient. This includes any grant mandated evaluation – written, informal, action project based, or other.

·        Provide teacher professional development to high school teachers engaged in the Anacostia Watershed High School MWEE program.

·        Maintain and build ongoing partnerships with schools, professional resources, higher education partners, and other organizations that support environmental student action projects, as well as robust programming and opportunities for career exposure.

·       Assemble and maintain educational supplies necessary for school programs, field programs, and community group participation by purchasing and organizing materials.

·        Following appropriate safety guidelines and guidance, plan and lead informal community events, volunteer activities, and field trips as needed.

·        Prepare, break down, and clean up facilities for students and visitors to Kingman Island.

·        Occasionally help to maintain trails and perform other outdoor maintenance duties on Kingman Island as needed to maintain a safe learning environment. 

Required Skills, Experience, and Other 

·        BA or BS degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in environmental science or education.

·        A passion for nature and working with youth in formal and informal settings.

·        Experience working with middle or high school youth in and out of the classroom, with an emphasis on youth from urban communities.

·        Demonstrated leadership, writing skills, and attention to detail.

·        Familiarity with Next Generation Science Standards and outdoor education.

·        Facility with the Microsoft suite of tools.

·        Friendly and engaging personality; excellent public speaking skills; ability to work collaboratively as part of the education and LC-NCR teams; outdoor classroom management skills.

·        Reliable access to a computer and the Internet for virtual teaching, if necessary, and virtual office, as needed.

·        Willingness to work outdoors as needed in all weather conditions.

·        Ability to pass federal and state background checks, drug, and TB tests; fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Living Classrooms Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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