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Title: Ecology Center job opening for Environmental Educator
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Job Announcement
Environmental Educator

The Ecology Center, a regional environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, is seeking a talented and motivated Environmental Educator to deliver and develop classroom and community education programs.

Organization
The Ecology Center is a regional nonprofit organization that works for a clean and just environment through grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and demonstration projects. Founded in 1970, the Center has approximately 4,000 members and supporters, 10 staff persons, several part-time consultants and interns, and an 11-person Board of Directors.  In recent years, the Center has led successful campaigns to close down Michigan's largest medical waste incinerators, improve the environmental performance of the auto industry, and save thousands of acres of precious natural areas.  Our award-winning GEE-WOW! environmental education program has given classes to over 100,000 students and teachers over the past decade.  The Ecology Center is the parent organization of Recycle Ann Arbor, also a nonprofit organization, which operates the premier recycling program in the state of Michigan.
 
Job Responsibilities
The Ecology Center is seeking a talented, motivated, and experienced environmental educator.  The position is primarily responsible for the Ecology Center's development and delivery of preschool - grade 12 classroom programs.  The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop new and exciting environmental education programming.

At the outset, the position's primary responsibility will be providing classroom programs about recycling, solid waste, and environmental issues to students in the Ann Arbor schools.  These classes are provided by the Ecology Center under a contract with the City of Ann Arbor, and the candidate will be responsible for administering the contract, scheduling with teachers, as well as working with students.

In addition, the position will have the opportunity to design and develop new environmental education programs.  During the past decade, the Ecology Center has developed and provided numerous classroom-based and community-based environmental education programs, including multi-day groundwater festivals for elementary school students; semester-long programs to encourage middle school students to bus, bike, or walk to school; and, curricula and teaching units on many topics.

The position also has some shared organizational responsibilities and office duties.  Ecology Center staff are organized as a unionized collective, and actively participate in organizational decision-making.  This position is a great opportunity for a creative person to do meaningful work for a terrific public interest organization.

Qualifications
o Teaching experience in formal and/or non-formal settings.
o Academic training in environmental education or related field.
o Proven ability to work creatively and independently.
o Ability to work effectively in a collaborative workplace.
o Ability to develop environmental education programs and materials.
o Commitment to service in the public interest.   

Compensation
Starting half-time salary is $17,500 per year with generous benefits, including medical, dental, vacation, disability, and retirement.  Hours are flexible.  This job has the potential to become a full-time position.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to Mike Garfield, Ecology Center, 117 N. Division, Ann Arbor, MI  48104.  Alternatively, please fax to (734) 663-2414 or email to michaelg@ecocenter.org.  For more information, please call (734) 761-3186.

Application Deadline
Please apply before July 30.  Applications received prior to July 30 will be given priority, but we will continue to receive applications until the position is filled.
People of Color and Women are Strongly Encouraged to Apply
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Mike Garfield
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
(734) 761-3186 ext. 104
(734) 663-2414 (fax)
michaelg@ecocenter.org
www.ecocenter.org