The Environmental Curriculum Specialist (“Specialist”) is an exciting and unique grant-funded position that will develop and coordinate field-based curriculum customized for the Robert Redford Conservancy (“Conservancy”) and the Robert J. Bernard Biological Field Station ("Field Station”). The Specialist will conduct independent research and develop six (6) discrete lesson plans/modules with the following requirements:
Tailored specifically to the Conservancy and Field Station; Field-based; Geared for elementary school students in grades 4 and 5; Designed for four (4) hours of programming each; Incorporating consideration for the needs of underserved elementary school students to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion; and With virtual (online) adaptations for most or all the lesson plans/modules; and In line with California State Standards.
The Specialist will establish positive and productive relationships with administrators at one or more underserved elementary schools in the local area (i.e. Ontario, Montclair, and/or Pomona), and will develop plans for fun and interactive field visits to the Conservancy and Field Station, either on-site or virtually, to carry out the lesson plans developed. The Specialist will also train college-aged students to organize and conduct the field visits and lesson plans to continue the program.
Some on-site visits to the Conservancy and Field Station will be required for research and, when appropriate, to lead fields visits. Will be required to observe physical distancing, wearing a mask, and other safety protocols.
Work Hours: This is a part-time, temporary position working flexible hours not to exceed 19 hours per week nor 8 hours per workday, and approximately 325 to 420 hours in total. These hours may vary due to needs of the College or department.
Important: View the essential functions and requirements for this position here.
WHO IS THE IDEAL CANDIDATE?
The ideal candidate is an educational professional who is passionate about and educated in environmental issues with demonstrated experience developing lesson plans or modules, preferably including field-based, interactive, multi-media, and/or virtual educational experiences. This position requires an individual who has subject matter expertise in environmental education and can adapt it for 4th and 5th grade students. We especially welcome individuals who can create curricular modules that involve or focus on topics such as: indigenous knowledge and land use practices, natural history, the ecological and social components of water issues, environmental design/art, native flora and fauna, and environmental access, justice, and equity.
The top candidate will also need strong technical skills to convert the lesson plans to a virtual environment using video conferencing technology, photographs, video, and other media as appropriate. Creativity, time management, resourcefulness, and a positive and outgoing personality are critical traits for a successful candidate.
Education: Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in a related field such as environmental analysis, education, or another relevant field. A master’s is preferred.
Experience: Must have demonstrated experience developing lesson plans or field-based educational modules for elementary age children, plus experience training and directing the work of others.
Rate of Pay: The hourly pay rate will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The pay rate range will be available to interviewed applicants by request to the Human Resources office.
Benefits: Due to the temporary, par-time nature of this position it is only eligible for mandatory benefits, including: 1) 24 hours of California sick leave after 30 days of employment and eligible on the 90th day of employment, 2) workers’ compensation, 3) social security, and 4) Medicare. No other benefits. Relocation is not covered for this position.
Priority Deadline: See our Staff Jobs recruitment page linked below for the deadline. Review of applications will commence immediately.
Instructions: Please visit our applicant portal at https://www.pitzer.edu/human-resources/staff-jobs/. You will be asked to create an account to provide your information securely. Complete your online application and upload the following required materials:
Cover Letter: Please briefly describe the following:
Your skills and experience for developing environmental curriculum for as described in this position; and
Your knowledge and experience working with educational technology to convert lesson plans/modules to a virtual (online) format.
Resume or CV: Please include dates of work experience.
Professional References: will be required for applicants selected to move forward in consideration.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.