Youth Education Coordinator


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ABOUT TROUT UNLIMITED

Trout Unlimited is a national organization with 300,000 members and supporters organized into over 400 chapters and councils nationwide.  The Colorado Council (“Colorado Trout Unlimited” or “CTU”) has state offices located in Denver and 24 local chapters throughout Colorado.  CTU’s focus is on effective grassroots advocacy for river conservation, coupled with on-the-ground volunteer efforts that directly contribute to stream habitat improvement, native trout restoration, and youth education.  CTU’s mission is to conserve, protect and restore Colorado’s coldwater streams and their watersheds.

POSITION SUMMARY

DEPARTMENT:  Colorado Trout Unlimited

REPORTS TO:  Colorado TU Executive Director David Nickum

POSITION TYPE/HOURS:  Full time/40 hours

The Youth Education Coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director and will work with our 24 local chapters and other education partners to engage young people from elementary school through college-age groups with watershed education, conservation, and angling.  The position benefits greatly from experience in managing volunteers.  The Youth Education Coordinator will develop capacity for delivering established “Stream of Engagement” educational programs to target audiences, assisting chapters in strengthening their youth education programs, cultivating educational partnerships, and identifying and developing funding partnership to support these programs. The position is full-time and will be based in Denver, CO.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage established programs:  Manage communications and scheduling for existing programs among chapters and other educational partners. Identify program needs, develop outreach information and trainings, and maintain standardized program materials.  Build chapter capacity to deliver existing programs through outreach, volunteer management support, and training.
    • Trout in the Classroom.  Function as Colorado TIC coordinator, supporting existing sites and recruiting and evaluating prospective new sites.
    • STREAM Girls.  Function as statewide CTU coordinator with Colorado Girls Scouts Council, coordinating event delivery, volunteer training and management, program supplies and equipment.
    • RiverWatch.  Work with chapters and school-based RiverWatch sites to advance outreach of watershed education and water quality monitoring, including assisting with site visits for QA/QC purposes.
    • Youth camps.  Work with existing and future recruited volunteers to ensure successful youth camps on an annual basis including our one-week high-school summer camp, including maintaining state licensing requirements and assisting with camp administration, outreach, and recruitment.
  • Grant writing and donor cultivation: support fundraising efforts to cultivate potential donors and grantors for youth education programs, including identifying, researching, and submitting grant applications to prospective foundation and corporate funding programs.
  • Recruit and assist new sites:  develop relationship with mentoring organizations, school, and other youth-focused partners in order to bring Stream of Engagement programming to new audiences using a “gradual release” method by which CTU provides appropriate levels of support initially while local volunteers and leaders would gradually take on more responsibility for continuing programs.
  • Adapt programming for virtual delivery:  transform existing programming to virtual delivery and “do it yourself” family opportunities, exploring channels for maintaining significant outreach and personal connection with participants in such new formats.
  • Program evaluation:  develop, refine and distribute education evaluation tools for use both in tracking and improving CTU programming and as a resource for local chapters, partner groups and schools.
  • Communications:  provide relevant content on youth programming for the Colorado TU blog, website, social media outlets, and High Country Angler e-zine, and participate in core Colorado TU events such as the annual Rendezvous.

This is not an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelors or graduate degree in a related field.
  • Previous experience or demonstrated ability with development and/or delivery of youth education programs.
  • Strong communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in managing partnership programs or projects (e.g., relationships with agencies, nonprofits, etc.).
  • Fundraising and/or grant writing experience preferred.
  • Ability to recruit and manage volunteers.
  • Experience coordinating special events for community engagement.
  • Ability to travel statewide and to work some weekend and evening hours when needed.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google suites.
  • Background knowledge of watershed and fishery issues and dedication to conservation; specific experience with water quality monitoring is a plus.
  • Ability to lift and carry objects weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Candidates must pass a background check for involvement with youth programs.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please email cover letter and resume by June 19 to:  David Nickum, Executive Director, Colorado Trout Unlimited, at david.nickum@tu.org. No phone calls please.

TU is an Equal Employment Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer pursuant to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act & Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistant Act.

TU hires staff without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

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Double Your Impact
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