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Tolowa Dunes Stewards
Education Programs Manager

Job Summary

Tolowa Dunes Stewards (TDS) is a small, dynamic environmental non-profit association. We are dedicated to re-wilding and protecting coastal habitat and increasing community awareness and participation through environmental education and volunteer opportunities. Our geographic focus is Del Norte County and Adjacent Tribal Lands, with emphasis on the 12,000 public trust acres of Tolowa Dunes State Park and the Lake Earl Wildlife Area.

The part-time Education Programs Manager position is centered around curating, planning, implementing, and pursuing funding for educational and stewardship programs for youth, families, and the public. In addition, the Manager will create and seasonally coordinate programs for educating and involving our community to protect wintering and nesting areas for threatened shorebirds called Western snowy plovers. This is a pivotal role at TDS, with opportunities for advancement and the potential for nearly full-time work if desired, in approximately three seasons. (Hours can be increased by joining the fun team in our ongoing nearshore dune and estuary habitat restoration project.)

Our programs explore a diversity of landscapes, including rocky intertidal zones, ocean beaches, sand dunes, dune ponds and forests, and the largest estuarine coastal
lagoon in the lower 48.

This is a hybrid position: working from home via phone and computer, as well as in the field, classroom, and attending some meetings and activities in person. Hours and percentage estimates of roles given below are approximate.

Responsibilities and Duties

• Sierra Service Project (SSP) coordination; 5-75hrs/mo., 30% of role
o Collaborating with SSP staff to provide youth environmental education through hands-on stewardship for 5-7 weeks each summer
▪Schedule dates for Beachgrass and English Ivy removal
▪Keep track of dates and participant numbers before, during, and after field season
▪Communicate with staff regarding expectations and needs
o Managing field days
▪Coordinating with two TDS contractors who are in supportive positions
▪Distributing and collecting gear (shovels, gloves, bins, etc.)
▪Demonstrating removal methods
▪Giving safety talks
▪Driving to and from the site, opening and closing locked gates
▪Setting up and taking down field toilet
▪Marking and assigning work zones
▪Guiding and encouraging participation
▪Judging field games and assigning prizes
▪Short nature excursions for interested participants
▪On the fly interpretation as needed
o Additional duties
▪Provide presentations prior to field days that cover history and importance of project and how SSP has been a vital component
▪Field gear maintenance (washing gloves, oiling shovels, etc.)
▪Maintaining LEWA building facilities per MOU

• Tribal education program coordination; 5-25hrs/mo., 10-15% of role
o Respectful communication and collaboration with staff from Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation, Elk Valley Rancheria, Yurok Tribe, and Northern California Indian Development Council including but not limited to:
▪Scheduling and setting up meetings (zoom and in-person)
▪Scheduling and setting up field trips
▪Keeping track of contracts and hours
▪Requesting letters of support
▪Requesting feedback on culturally sensitive material
o Develop or co-develop events with Tribal staff, including but not limited to:
▪Pulling beach grass or other invasive plants
▪Hosting games like dune bingo
▪Bike rides or boating trips
▪Native plant walks and other cultural events
o Developing program materials such as plant lists, bingo cards, etc.
o Event logistics including timing, transportation, ice breaker games, materials

• Developing community involvement and education programs, in consultation with Wildlife Biologists, for protecting wintering and breeding habitat for the Western snowy plover, a threatened shorebird; seasonal, 5-40 hrs/mo., 5-30% of role

• Developing education programs with local schools and other local youth groups; 5- 15 hrs/mo., 5-15% of role
o Respectful communication and collaboration with staff and volunteers
o Develop or co-develop events with staff and volunteers
o Developing program materials such as plant lists, bingo cards, etc.
o Event logistics including timing, transportation, ice breaker games, material distribution, etc.

• Curating and planning community environmental education programs in coordination with Redwood Parks Conservancy (RPC); 15-25hrs/mo., 30% of role
o Outreach and coordination with potential presenters
o Coordinating with RPC and North Coast Redwoods State and National Parks staff on event logistics and advertising
o Creating materials for outreach including flyers and photos for social media events, social media posts, and email outreach
o Printing and distributing advertising materials where applicable
o Managing RSVPs when requested
o Introducing programs, organizations, and presenters the day of event
o Coordinating with RPC to deliver stipends to presenters

• Other duties, including but not limited to the following: 5-40hrs/mo., 20% of role
o Grant proposal writing and management (with support)
o Detailed observation and documentation (notes, photos, etc.) of all events for reporting and invoicing
o Coordinating with other TDS contractors to schedule planning meetings including preparation of agendas and setting up meeting locations (virtual and in-person)
o Participation in planning meetings to prep for programs
o Coordinating meetings and planning sessions with TDS Advisory Council
o Coordinating meetings and planning sessions with partner organizations
o Volunteer hours, grant match and event tracking as needed
o Social media engagement and management
o Drafting position descriptions, outreach, and interviewing potential contractors

Qualifications and Skills

• The ability to work independently, be organized and self-starting: tracking deadlines, communicating progress, and following timelines.
• Experience working with youth in an educational setting
• Experience with grant writing or willingness/ability to learn
• Experience in presenting motivational material or willingness/ability to learn
• Knowledge of Tolowa Dunes/Lake Earl ecosystems and/or willingness to learn
• Cultural Sensitivity and/or willingness to learn
• Knowledge of and concern for the environment, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
• Ability to be outdoors for long periods of time, sometimes in adverse conditions, and able to walk several miles on uneven ground.
• Knowledge and ability to use tools such as shovels, trowels, and weed wrenches
• Digital literacy and knowledge/understanding of the following programs
o PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Zoom, Teams, Avenza

• Strong communication skills and willingness to communicate via phone, text, or email
• Willingness to communicate using Facebook, Instagram and other social media
• Residency in Del Norte County & Adjacent Tribal Lands


• Contract position with an hourly wage starting at $25-$33 DOE (per TDS pay rubric)
• Hours vary depending on season, tasks, and grant deadlines, ranging from as little as 10 hours/month in winter months to nearly full-time in the summer. In an effort to offer as much consistency and stability as we can with these grant-funded positions, TDS can discuss setting a minimum number of monthly hours with candidates during the hiring process. We can also discuss expanding the position to include habitat restoration responsibilities which might make this position close to full-time during approximately three seasons of the year.
• This is an independent contractor position which does not provide health insurance or unemployment and workers compensation benefits. Contractors must pay their own taxes, and it is recommended that contractors obtain their own workers’ compensation policies.

Habitat Restoration (a separate job description provided upon request).
• Tasks not included in aforementioned description:
o Rare plant counts (Phacelia, Gilia, Wallflower) using GPS and/or Avenza
o Research similar projects and methodologies
o Schedule meetings and site visits with consultants and contractors
o Take photographs for photo points, site changes, anything that needs to be documented (particularly illegal activity or rare plant sightings)

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: None
Minimum Hourly Wage: 25.00
Maximum Hourly Wage: 33.00