Forestry Education Coordinator

Recruitment #210806-UNCE-506

Introduction



Location
: Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is seeking a full time Forestry Education Coordinator in Forestry Services .This is a unclassified position (PIN #0400856) in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. The State of Oklahoma offers a comprehensive Benefits Packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $40,500.00 based on education and experience.

Position Description:
Oklahoma Forestry Services' Education Programs Coordinator is a professional position working to plan, develop and administer a comprehensive statewide forestry education program. This position coordinates the diverse elements of the agency's educational program to assure their cohesiveness and effectiveness in bringing a balanced forestry message to students, educators, and internal/external audiences across the state.

Typical Functions:
*Develop and oversee all OFS forestry educational messaging for programs, classroom visits and materials. Includes developing educational packaged curriculum, outdoor classroom activities and presentations for internal staff to use throughout the state. Work with staff on presentation/training skills as needed. Develop educational lessons and make available online for internal and external use.
*Represent OFS, providing technical assistance and collaboration on environmental education board(s) and committees. This includes Oklahoma Green Schools, Oklahoma Environmental Education Association, Oklahoma Division of Society of American Foresters, Southern Group of State Foresters Education subcommittee, ScienceFest.
*Identify, develop, and implement Oklahoma Forestry Services' education programs to strategically reinforce the organizations' goals. Work with others in the Communications & Outreach group to support goals and integrate efforts to achieve them.
*Provide project management on assigned statewide and local forestry outreach events - Work with Communications Manager and Forestry Leadership group to determine educational needs for the events in which OFS chooses to participate (i.e. Governor's Septemberfest in OKC, Robber's Cave Fall Festival in Wilburton, ScienceFest, career fairs)
*Coordinate the Oklahoma Forestry Services Annual Youth Camp - Organize, coordinate and direct the annual, week-long Youth Camp at Beavers Bend State Park. Activities will include establishing and facilitating a planning committee, organizing, and scheduling the educational activities and program, soliciting sponsorships, arranging for facilities and meal service, promoting attendance and serving as on-site Camp Director.
*Coordinate and deliver Oklahoma's Project Learning Tree program. This may include but not be limited to the following: organize and present educator workshops to increase use of PLT materials in the classroom; develop a mutually beneficial partnership with ODAFF Market Development and incorporate PLT activities in Ag in the Classroom programs; promote the program to expand the influence of PLT in Oklahoma; prepare reports, coordinate with the National PLT office.

Education and Experience:
Bachelors of Science degree in forestry or a closely related field, environmental science or the natural sciences; OR a degree in education, with classroom or non-formal teaching experience in the natural sciences.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Experience teaching outdoor/environmental education and teaching (formal or non-formal) experience with children and adults. Develop training and educational curriculum, presentations, and activities. Effective event and program management experience. Camp management experience is a plus. Ability to create interesting and enjoyable training presentations/programs for children and adults; ability to effectively present and train others; organized and thorough; strong communication skills, both written and spoken. Excellent interpersonal skills required, including the ability to relate well to diverse groups.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:
Work is generally conducted in an office or classroom environment. Employee must be capable of lifting and moving boxes of supplies, brochures or books; office furniture or equipment; exhibit cases; and forestry and hand tools, using appropriate equipment as necessary. Work may be performed outdoors, occasionally in cold, windy or inclement weather, and expose employee to dust, pollution, soil or pollen and insects, as well as infectious diseases and minor illnesses, such as colds, flu, etc. Travel may expose employee to hazardous driving and traffic conditions.

Travel and Special Requirements:
Travel time varies considerably, depending on time of year, funding, and activity. Occasional overnight travel is expected. The employee will travel frequently in-state to conduct workshops and occasionally to attend meetings of the agency or organizations and may attend out-of-state conferences.

Conclusion

Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.