Education Program Coordinator
What will I be doing in this position?
Note: Part of the compensation will be provided in housing. The fellow will be housed in a four-room apartment in a house on D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center campus. Heat, electric and gas are provided; the fellow will be responsible for phone, internet, cable. The house is surrounded by 70+ acres of parkland with walking trails, meadows, a stream and woods.
The job will involve several key areas of focus:
- Development of health-related programming ideas and advancement of selected partnership programs for delivery at the Johnson Education Center and on D&R Greenway preserves. This may involve use of apps, securing speakers and preparing graphic presentations.
- Visionary planning for exhibits and physical features on D&R Greenway's Conservation Campus with an eye to inspiring curiosity and commitment in visitors as future collaborative partners. This involves working with an architect, a committee and senior staff.
- Interaction with partnership programs including River Days that involves 23 nature centers working together to inspire stewardship actions in the Delaware River Watershed.
- Volunteer coordination through communications that highlight all aspects of D&R Greenway's work and by matching interests and needs in collaboration with all staff.
What skills and qualifications do I need to be successful in this position?
The fellow should:
- Be comfortable working in a forward facing positions with all different kinds of people
- A good sense of humor and the ability to work collaboratively
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong writing and research skills
- Experience with volunteer management (could be from an extracurricular experience)
How will this position help me grow professionally?
The fellow would gain organizational skills required for working in a nonprofit, and would learn about the complexities of land trusts including working with partners to implement common goals.
The work, described in detail earlier in the application, is challenging and will create a lasting impact - both on the organization and on the region.
What is the organization's mission and history?
D&R Greenway Land Trust's mission is to Preserve and Care for Land, and to Inspire a Conservation Ethic, Now and Forever. Founded in 1989, we have preserved 20,000 acres in NJ, an area larger than the world's two smallest countries! Our Johnson Education Center in Princeton is surrounded by Greenway Meadows Park. We host educational programs and lectures by thought leaders and art and educational exhibits that move visitors to take action for the environment. We are a leader among land trusts in connecting health and nature, and the arts and nature. Under leadership of a Project 55 fellow, we have established a 2 acre award-winning urban farm in Trenton that serves a diverse, underserved neighborhood. Our programs have won awards at national, state and local levels.
What are the organization's programs?
Inspiring a Conservation Ethic is accomplished through a variety of programs that will be developed by the fellow with a new emphasis on health and nature. A new book coming out in February 2017, the Nature Fix by Florence Williams, shares research on why nature makes us happier, healthier, and more creative. A partnership on D&R Greenway's campus with the YWCA Breast Cancer Resource Center, provides a base for collaboration. The fellow will grow this beginning partnership through joint initiatives and explore opportunities to emphasize this in development of the full campus plan. At Capital City Farm, a fellow will focus on bringing in new partners to deliver nutritional programs, will develop a marketing plan that will engage local businesses and farmers markets and will work with the Advisory Council to grow a sense of ownership by people who live in the neighborhood.
Why does this organization want a PP55 Fellow? What long-term impact will I have?
We are seeking two fellows for two distinct roles: 1) to work with our President on development of our conservation campus to advance connections with health and environment and to strengthen partnerships with complementary nonprofits. This includes arts and education programming to advance our mission of land protection and stewardship. 2) to work with our Vice President on advancing the vision plan for Capital City Farm through its second growing year to advance our social justice and food mission in an urban area. Both roles will strengthen the fellow by providing opportunities to develop both technical and leadership skills and to network with many nonprofits and the public.
What is the organization's culture?
Our office is located in D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center, a place open to the public that hosts environmental art exhibits and lectures, and meetings. This creates an interesting atmosphere with lots of potential for interaction with people who care about the environment from differing perspectives, ie, science, arts, social justice, gardening, sustainability and local business. Within the office we work collaboratively on projects, guided by a high profile, skilled Board of Trustees and board committees. There is ample opportunity to observe the various functions of a nonprofit and participate and learn from all aspects of our work. We work well with outside partnerships and this expands the opportunity to learn in a meaningful fellowship experience.