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- April 10, 2024 -

CURRENT JOB OPENINGS

 

We are looking for people that are passionate about science and education to join our team. 

Headwaters Science Institute- Program and Marketing Assistant (Bay Area)

Reports To: Executive Director, Communications, Program Coordinators
Status: Hourly $25-$28 per hour, 30-40 hours per week (potentially more at busy program times)
Location: East Bay Area (work from home, travel to schools, in-person summer camps).

Overview
Headwaters Science Institute is seeking a motivated, detail-oriented person to join our team. We need someone who is excited about non-profit work and can help with teaching students fieldwork, database management, invoicing, basic marketing and communications tasks, customer service, and general program assistance. 

The ideal candidate enjoys a variety of tasks, is proactive, highly organized, able to work independently, curious, connected to our mission of fostering curiosity through science, and easily connects with teachers and colleagues.

Essential Job Duties

  • Potential first point of contact for teachers, parents, and donors
    • Provide them with excellent support and customer care
    • Point them to the right program or person to talk to 
    • Teacher communications
  • Work with Program coordinators, and communications person to help prepare media and send accurate and engaging parent, and teacher communications e.g. e-newsletters, campaign materials, printed materials, social media messaging etc. 
  • Teach, mentor, and organize school and camp programs
  • Program Marketing
    • Research new Schools/School Districts for new prospective programs
    • Set up meetings for the program director 
  • Help with fundraising and outreach events
    • Planning and logistics
    • Onsite support and execution
  • Upkeep of the database
    • Properly accurate inputting of teachers, parents, donors 
    • Database culling
    • Administer data inputting, amendments, running reports, and creating data queries as necessary 
  • Support the Programs
    • Invoice and track school and parent payments
    • Input and track receipts from staff
    • Answer questions about programs and direct people to the right program
    • New employee paperwork

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications/experience:

  • A passion for science and education
  • Organized
  • Achievement-oriented — enjoys taking on challenges
  • Experience teaching science classes or working at camp (formal or informal education is ok)
  • Background or experience with scientific research and fieldwork is a plus
  • Bachelors & 1-2 yrs experience or Associates &  3-4 yrs experience
  • Wilderness First Aid (8hrs+) certification or more 
  • Strong Customer Service skills: People-oriented — enjoys interacting with people
  • Enthusiasm and drive for marketing for a great cause is essential; experience is desirable but not essential
  • Aptitude for working with databases, ideally in a customer care environment 
  • Strong attention to detail and focus on accuracy
  • Comfortable using many types of technology and a willingness to learn new software as needed
  • Energetic, can-do approach to work
  • Good problem-solving skills at a practical level
  • Engaging personal skills, both written and verbal, to support marketing and customer care with schools and parents
  • Flexible and Adaptable with changing task prioritization
  • Distributing mailed, and electronic fundraising appeals and marketing info to engage teachers, and program parents
  • Self-motivated and disciplined to regularly set and achieve work goals
  • Enjoy connecting with people electronically, over the phone, and in person.

Be part of a high-functioning, collaborative, and dynamic team.

 All interested parties should submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and brief (1-page maximum) statement on how you would contribute to our goal of making education a more equitable and inclusive space to our executive director Megan Seifert, Ph.D. meg@headwatersscienceinstitute.org 

Science Mentors and Camp Educators (Tahoe Area)

Headwaters Science Institute is hiring science mentors and educators for summer camps June-August 2024. These instructors will be working with a variety of age groups (5-13 years old). Our programs are located at different field sites around Lake Tahoe. 

We are hiring for our summer season June 24th-August 16th. Summer camp sessions run weekly and rotate among three locations: one day camp location near Kirkwood, CA and two day camp locations near Truckee, CA. Summer camps are a mix of hands-on science and fun activities. Mentors should be prepared to be with their group for the full day and carry out activities. A typical day runs from 8:00am-3:30pm with some variation. Camps are either 5 days/week or 4 days/week depending on location. Applicants do not need to be available for the full summer, but it is a plus if they are. 

Lead Mentor Job Description ($20-24/hr depending on experience):
Each day instructors will work with a cohort of ~10 students. Throughout the week they will help their group through the scientific process: create a testable research question, create a hypothesis, create a methods plan, collect data, and analyze and discuss data and results. Supplemental activities including group games and art projects. Lead mentors should feel comfortable instructing assistant mentors, guiding groups of students, and working with students in an outdoor setting as our camps occur fully outside. Rather than a wealth of knowledge around the specific project topic area, the most important attribute we are looking for is comfort building and executing scientific research projects as well as the ability to help students do the same.

Lead Mentor Qualifications:
  • a background in science is required: minimum associates degree or comparable undergraduate coursework, bachelors preferred
  • experience working with youth: formal or informal teaching/outreach, previous summer camp experience is a plus
  • CPR certified and basic first aid training required
  • Aligned with our mission to create informed citizens who positively impact society through engagement, curiosity, and applications of the scientific method.
Assistant Mentor Job Description ($17-19/hr depending on experience):
The assistant mentors will collaborate with the lead mentors to facilitate the students’ self-driven mini research projects and provide support with behavior management. Additionally, the assistant instructors will distribute materials and assist with game instruction and participation.

Assistant Mentor Qualifications:

  • a background in science is preferred: undergraduate coursework
  • experience working with youth is preferred
  • Aligned with our mission to create informed citizens who positively impact society through engagement, curiosity, and applications of the scientific method.
 
If interested, please send a resume of relevant teaching or scientific experience to our camp manager morgan@headwatersscienceinstitute.org and we will follow up with an interview. Please reach out to Morgan with additional questions as well. 
 
If you are interested in working with Headwaters but don’t have field science experience, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with field days. Please fill out this form to show interest in volunteer opportunities: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhI5VH_Y2-cGFx8gjpZ2DKHMsGM_3knoarH8au_MYxe7pBAw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Part-Time Field Science Mentors 

Headwaters Science Institute is seeking science mentors with prior field science research experience and/or education experience who are passionate about outdoor science education to assist with field days associated with school programs in Truckee/Tahoe/Reno/Sacraemento and the Bay Area. Headwaters Science Institute is a science education nonprofit based in Soda Springs, CA that works with students to bring them through the entirety of the scientific process. We aim to use local scientists to give students a glimpse into relevant science research that is happening in their communities. As a science mentor, you will assist students with data collection for the research question they will have designed. Methods for data collection will vary based on student questions but will most likely include things like quadrat and transect sampling, soil chemistry testing, water quality measurements, and other simple techniques students will be able to practice in their short time in the field. The pay rate for these field days is $150-$175/day or $22-$26 per hour.
 
 
Contact Meg Seifert meg@headwatersscienceinstitute.org for more information.
 
 

If you are interested in working with Headwaters but don’t have field science experience, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with field days. Please fill out this form to show interest in volunteer opportunities: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhI5VH_Y2-cGFx8gjpZ2DKHMsGM_3knoarH8au_MYxe7pBAw/viewform?usp=sf_link