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Education Coordinator

To apply, submit an email expressing interest and a resume to jobs@americanprairie.org. This position remains open until filled. American Prairie is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

START DATE: ASAP
DIVISION: External Relations
REPORTS TO: Director of Public Access
SUPERVISES: None
LOCATION: Lewistown, Montana
HOURS: Part-time varied hours averaging 20 hours per week
BENEFITS OFFERED: 401(k) after 1 year of employment

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the employee. Employees are expected to be responsible for and assist with additional tasks and duties as needed. Job descriptions may change to meet the business needs of the organization.

JOB PURPOSE: This position oversees education programming for American Prairie’s signature education program, the American Prairie Field School. Based at the National Discovery Center in Lewistown, Montana, the Education Coordinator works closely with our partner Montana Outdoor Science School to deliver residential programming to up to 10 middle schools each year. In addition, the role coordinates participation in the program from researchers and teachers from the Smithsonian, Aaniiih and Nakoda tribes. This role is key in supporting American Prairie’s mission and initiatives through educational programming to increase knowledge and awareness of the unique grasslands ecosystem and environmental conservation.

PRIMARY JOB DUTIES:

  • Manage American Prairie review of curriculum written by MOSS.
  • Develop one-hour APR-specific curriculum blocks with APR staff.
  • Direct all logistics for food and lodging for education groups at Antelope Creek “Field Campus”.
  • Coordinate collection of paperwork required from participating students for APR purpose.
  • Oversight of program delivery by education partner (MOSS).
  • Oversight of seasonal support staff working on program.
  • Conduct post-program assessment with participating schools.
  • Manage seasonal (January-June) operations budget for Field School programming.
  • Serve as main point of contact for education inquiries.
  • Assist with National Discovery Center front desk operations as needed.
     

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Enthusiasm for and positive representation of APR’s mission, values, goals, and culture.
  • Highly skilled and experienced in planning, coordinating, scheduling, and organizing.
  • Highly adaptable and skilled in trouble-shooting and problem-solving.
  • Outdoor education experience (minimum 2 seasons or school years); preferably experience delivering interpretive programming in a natural science setting.
  • Outdoor leadership experience or traveling school experience.
  • Experience (at least 2 seasons or school years) with program development.
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills.
  • Proficient with current technology devices and software including cloud-based software.
  • Able to work a variable schedule, including weekends, and evenings.
  • Ability to travel to the Reserve and possibly other Montana locations.
  • Valid Driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and ability to drive.
  • CIG (certified interpretive guide) certification preferred.
  • Natural science or education undergraduate degree preferred.