The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With 37 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,000 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader in the Sierra headwaters for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, addressing climate change and drought, water security and water quality. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the summit to the sea.
SYRCL’s Education Program aims to educate people of all ages to be informed and passionate stewards and lifelong advocates of the Yuba River watershed. The program primarily targets K-12 students, with additional opportunities for life-long learners. The Education Manager will be responsible for implementing all of SYRCL’s current education programs, developing new programs, and assisting with fundraising to sustain the education program.
SYRCL’s active education programs include: salmon and water conservation school programs and assemblies; Salmon Expeditions rafting and walking trips; a science-based summer field program for high school students; teacher trainings; and school programs associated with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. The program aims to align all of its curricula and programs with current California and National Next Generation Science Standards, and also works with local Native American Tribes to integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) into its curricula as well. The Education Manager will implement existing and develop new curricula, work collaboratively with local teachers, partners, volunteers, young leaders and the SYRCL Education Committee, and work with part-time contractors to implement education programs.
The Education Manager will be supervised by SYRCL’s Communication & Engagement Director. The position requires a flexible schedule due to the seasonal nature of education programs with busier summer and fall months. This position is based in Nevada City, CA. The position requires travel throughout the watershed. Must be available to work some nights and weekends.
All of the below responsibilities have, and will continue to, require significant pivoting to virtual models during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This position requires frequent computer use and occasional lifting of up to 40 pounds. Other physical requirements may include leading educational hikes over rough terrain and river rafting. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Annual salary of $54,500 plus 14 days paid time off (PTO), 3 sick days, 8 paid holidays, and 100% individual health insurance benefits.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applications received by December 31. We recognize this is a challenging time for hiring, both for the organization and candidate due to COVID-19. First contact will be a phone screen interview; finalists will be invited to video call panel interview; a COVID-appropriate in-person interview for the finalist will occur. Anticipated start date is early January 2021.
This position is open until filled.
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SYRCL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status. Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
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