Assistant Youth Outreach & Education Coordinator

Website The Arizona Trail Association

The Assistant position provides support in developing and executing environmental education for hundreds of youth in Southern Arizona, assisting with two EE programs including one internship program. The two programs are titled Seeds of Stewardship and the Arizona Trail Ambassador Program (internship program.) Beyond providing formal types of information and teaching techniques, the Assistant will also utilize non-formal methods to help connect youth with nature. The goal of both programs is to develop in youth sincere connections to nature through a kaleidoscopic approach, offering a variety of topics, activities, and opportunities in order to make those connections. This is an experiential program, meaning most of the work exists outdoors, though planning, studying, and preparation mainly occurs in town. Applicants should have experience outside and are capable of moving over and through rough terrain, able to handle high and low temperatures for extended periods of time, and capable of maintaining composure despite hunger or unfavorable circumstances. Outdoor education is inherently risky. Applicants must be comfortable with risk and risk management. We are seeking a person who is highly motivated to practice independent learning and professional development.

 

Duties & Responsibilities
● Assist in organizing and leading outings (day trips, work projects, and optional multi-day
backcountry trips) and manage logistics associated with outings (transportation, food,
routes, activities, materials, etc.).
● Assist in the development of environmental education lessons.
● Document outings through photographs.
● Assist with managing Seeds of Stewardships Instagram (@aztsos) by uploading photos
from trips within the week they were held.
● Report hours biweekly to Administrative Director and Coordinator.
● Submit credit card receipts by the first day of each month.
● Be an exemplary representative of the Arizona Trail Association and its mission.
● Routine cleaning and maintenance of the Seeds of Stewardship Ford Transit 15-passenger
van, and storage unit.
● Other duties as assigned by Coordinator and Executive Director.

Compensation
● $20/hour during the school year (maximum of 30 hours/week). The schedule is flexible
and sometimes highly variable.
● $0.56/mile for personal vehicle use

Benefits
• Arizona Trail gear (shirt, hat, socks, bandana, guidebook and other swag)
• Full tuition for advanced wilderness medical certification (Wilderness First Responder is
preferred for this position)
• 50% off all Arizona Trail merchandise sold through the ATA
• Pro deal discounts through select manufacturers (Kühl, Big Agnes, etc.)
• Use of credit card for all program expenses
• Healthcare benefits may be available after a six-month evaluation

Skills & Experience
The ideal candidate has education and experience in the following fields:
• Education, including curriculum development and lesson planning
• Earth sciences
• Place-based outdoor education
• Outdoor leadership
• Youth development
• Natural and cultural resource management
• Trail maintenance, public lands management, and/or volunteerism
• Sustainability
• Leave No Trace ethics
• Driving 15 passenger vans

Applicant must have strong written and verbal communication skills in English. Proficiency in
Spanish and/or native languages are beneficial.

Requirements
Applicant must pass a criminal background check and have an exemplary driving record. Applicant
must enjoy working with youth, have a broad base of outdoor skills, and be able to work
independently without direct supervision. Applicant must have current certification in Wilderness
First Aid or more advanced wilderness medicine, or be able to obtain certification before accepting
the position.

To Apply
The Arizona Trail Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested individuals are
encouraged to apply by sending the following documents by email to Matthew Nelson, Executive
Director (matthew@aztrail.org) and Treven Hooker, Youth Outreach and Education Coordinator
(Treven@aztrail.org)
● Letter of Interest
● Current curriculum vitae with relevant education, professional experience, and current
certifications
● Three references, including name, telephone number, email, and context of professional
connection

Applications will be accepted immediately and the position will remain open until filled – ideally
before the 2022-23 school year begins in August. Interviews will be conducted in person or by
video conference. Qualified applicants can expect two to three interviews. If you enjoy working
outdoors with youth and are interested in a leadership position within a nonprofit organization
making a big impact on individuals, families, and communities throughout Arizona, please apply
today.

To apply for this job email your details to treven@aztrail.org