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Program Coordinator (Southeast PA)

Summary: Pennsylvania Master Naturalist seeks a part-time Program Coordinator to coordinate the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program in Southeast PA and be located in the Northern Piedmont ecoregion. This person will manage all aspects of this volunteer training and service program including recruitment, selection, core training, and service and continuing education activities of volunteers; assisting with fundraising; providing support to volunteers; and working in corporation with partnering groups and community organizations.

About Pennsylvania Master Naturalist: Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization with its central administrative office located in Elysburg, PA. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a cooperative program based on a national initiative that connects people with their local ecosystems through intensive natural science training and local conservation service work. It is a venture directed toward developing local corps of “master volunteers and service providers” to offer education, outreach and service dedicated to the understanding and management of natural areas within their communities. . It was founded on the belief that to sustain the state’s natural resources for future generations, cooperation among organizations and citizens is imperative. By cultivating partnerships and training volunteers, the program will have a broad, synergistic impact; it will expand the reach of regional organizations to new audiences, facilitate the critically needed stewardship of urban and suburban ecosystems, empower citizens to make responsible environmental choices, and promote volunteerism and community action. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a year-round program with three core components: intensive natural science training, continuing education and conservation volunteer service.

Essential Functions:
• Overseeing all functions of the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program including program administration, marketing, program development, and volunteer recruitment, training and supervision.
• Cultivate and manage, and coordinate productive relationships with a broad spectrum of natural resource and education professionals and partnering organizations in the administration of Pennsylvania Master Naturalist.
• Oversee curriculum development working with related committees and advisors to ensure academic content.
• Evaluate all aspects of the program from training of coordinators and volunteers to the participant assessment.
• Design and implement strategic marketing objectives to ensure programmatic sustainability and growth.
• Research and write programmatic and educational materials grants.
• Write press releases and coordinate public relations and communications for Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program.
• Maintain and manage program database and contact records.
• Work to achieve Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program’s educational goals and objectives.
• Work closely with President of Board of Directors as well as board committees to administer the Master Naturalist program.
• Must be willing to travel throughout southeast Pennsylvania regularly and across the state as needed for meetings associated with the Master Naturalist program.

Other Functions:
• Assist with development of program budget and track program finances.
• Set up and staff informational display at various conferences and events
• Assist in the planning and coordination of Annual Meeting for Pennsylvania Master Naturalist participants.
• Other program administrative functions as needed.

Required education:
Bachelors Degree at time of appointment with five years of experience related to position responsibilities. At least one degree in education, natural resources, environmental education, or a closely related field.
Preferred Experience:
• Experience in adult education and non-formal education.
• Experience in volunteer recruitment, training, and support.
• Experience in developing science curricula with emphasis on environment or natural sciences
• Experience in evaluating program outcomes and impacts.
• Experience in developing and managing external funding sources.
• Experience with digital media and communication technologies.
• Experience with graphic programs helpful (Adobe Illustrator and InDesign)
• Experience with databases

Required skills and abilities:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to develop, deliver, and evaluate educational programs.
• Evidence of skills in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.
• Ability to work effectively with new and diverse audiences
• Good organizational skills and ability to work independently and as a team
• Must be self-motivated and goal-oriented.
• Experience in grant writing and fundraising.
• Ability to handle multiple demands and stay calm.
• Experience problem solving
• Experience with Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel

Physical Requirements: This job requires the ability to perform the essential functions contained in this description. These include, but are not limited to, the following requirements.
• Ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 40 lbs.
• Ability to stoop, bend and walk on uneven surfaces outdoors and perform standard full range of motion activities.
• Ability to walk distances of .5 to 5 miles.
• Ability to work in natural areas including wetlands, forests and fields.

Compensation: This role is a part-time, hourly position (15-20 hours/week); nonexempt and reports to the President/Executive Director but works across departments, supporting fundraising and communications. This is both an administrative and program position that may be asked to conduct work in the outdoors (varies by season). The person in this role is expected to travel to training and partner sites via their own transportation, occasionally transporting materials and supplies as well. Hourly stipend will commensurate with qualifications including education and experience. Benefits include meaningful work outdoors, a flexible work schedule, and paid training in all aspects of programming.

Location: The position is based at home and the candidate must be located in the Northern Piedmont ecoregion of Southeastern Pennsylvania

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three professional references by email by October 27, 2021 to Michele Richards at Position will remain open until filled.

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability in any of our policies or programs.

Local Training Coordinator (Volunteer, unpaid)

A local Training Coordinator is a volunteer who uses the PA Master Naturalist curriculum, tools, and resources to plan, coordinate, facilitate, and serve as the host of a 50-hour training course for adult volunteers.  Participants will learn about Pennsylvania’s ecosystems, natural resources, and techniques to educate others. They will be introduced to resources that will help create connections between volunteers and conservation projects. This position may serve as the instructor of classes and/or seek expert instructors to teach the class and field course content. Training Coordinators will receive required training, at no cost, and a manual that describes the roles and responsibilities of their position in detail.

To become an Training Coordinator you must hold a minimum of either a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, education, or related field OR be able to demonstrate comparable practical experience providing natural science or related education programs. Training Coordinators usually work for an organization, agency, or group that places a priority on natural science-based environmental education. We refer to this organization as Coordinating Partner or Host Organization.  This organization must also be willing to support you as an Training Coordinator and be willing to offer a PA Master Naturalist volunteer training course.

For more information, please contact Michele Richards at if interested.