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Outreach Coordinator Part-Time

at Harris County

Posted: 7/24/2019
Job Status: Part Time
Job Reference #: 2518106
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Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Position Description

The Outreach Coordinator professionally plans and implements all aspects of the Harris County Precinct 4 Outreach Program through Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.
 

  • The incumbent must have the ability to work independently to schedule and plan the itinerary of weekly work assignments and programs.
  • The outreach coordinator regularly presents educational programs to large groups of people from various backgrounds and of all ages.
  • Good communication skills and willingness to interact with the public and volunteers are essential traits.
  • This position evaluates program needs, relays suggestions to the park director, keeps a log of programs and hours, interacts and receives input from park and departmental staff, and carries out goals and objectives.
  • The outreach coordinator also updates and publishes the annual Outreach Program Directory.

       Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Adapts to a variety of situations, personalities, and available resources. 
  • Maintains alert to public safety and work hazards at all times.
  • Answers correspondence and questions from the public related to park programs, facilities, and outreach presentations.
  • Assists naturalists in educational programs, events, and projects as needed.
  • Conducts advance planning of work itineraries.
  • Coordinates and presents displays and exhibit booths at various events.
  • Develops, designs and maintains quality appearance of the park, projects, displays, and exhibits.
  • Disseminates information on local plants, wildlife, and natural history.
  • Fosters learning in environmental education.
  • Maintains, updates, publishes, and distributes the Outreach Program Directory for educators.
  • Networks with other local environmental organizations.
  • Plans and helps execute special events and festivals held throughout the year.
  • Presents various natural/living history programs throughout the year to local schools, libraries, community centers and organizations.
  • Promotes local community resources especially in Harris County Precinct 4.
  • Publicizes Harris County Precinct 4 programs through presentations.
  • Works directly with staff, and at times oversees interns and a variety of volunteers in assigned duties, projects, and programs.
  • Works varying shifts including weekends and evenings.
  • Writes press releases for Jones Park programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
 

Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Natural or Environmental Science, or a closely related curriculum and
  • One (1) year of experience in Natural/Environmental Science, Outreach, Public Relations, Communications, Program Administration or closely related position or field of work.
OR
  • Associate of Science degree in Natural or Environmental Science, or a closely related curriculum and  
  • Three (3) years of experience in Natural/Environmental Science, Outreach, Public Relations, Communications, Program Administration or closely related position or field of work.
OR
  • High diploma or G.E.D. and
  • Five-years (5) minimum experience in a similar position or field of work.
PLUS
  • Basic computer knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite: Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • General knowledge of local natural history, flora and fauna.
  • Knowledge of publication techniques.
  • Nature interpretation skills.
  • Patient and experienced working with children and the public.
  • Flexible personality, open to new ideas, and suggestions.
  • Good observation skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Initiative and perseverance to complete projects.
  • Polite communication and direction to general public.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as science-related articles, procedure manuals and operating and maintenance instructions.
  • Ability to write routine reports, correspondence and informational articles for publication and program publicity for the media; maintain records; speak effectively before public groups of visitors, both formally and informally.
  • Ability to adapt to a variety of situations, personalities, and available resources.
  • Ability to work with others; team oriented.
  • Ability to analyze, generate, research and refine programs.
  • Valid driver's license (Texas by hire date) and acceptable driving record.

Environmental and Physical Requirements:
  • Physical ability to perform job duties including: regularly standing, walking, using hands and fingers to handle, feel and reach with hands and arms; frequently sitting, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling; talking or hearing and tasting or smelling.
  • Must regularly lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to forty (40) pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Periodically exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high places; fumes or airborne particles; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat; vibration; night-time shifts; and routine use of a computer monitor.
  • The noise level in the work environment is normally moderate.
 
The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

NOTE: To qualify for this position, required education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration.

Preferences

  • First aid training.

General Information

HOURS:   

  • Average of 20 Hours per Week / Flexible / Maximum of 1040 Hours per Year
  • Must Be Available on Weekends and Evenings 
SALARY: 
  • Commensurate with Experience
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Harris County Precinct 4 strives to maintain a drug and alcohol-free environment in the workplace. All new employees are required to pass a drug and alcohol screening test and may be subject to random testing as a condition of continued employment.

Requires a post-offer criminal history record check.
Employment is contingent upon passing a background check.

Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date.