Interested in social and environmental change?
Overlooking a restored tidal marsh, Crissy Field Center is a multicultural urban environmental center that primarily serves children, youth, and families that traditionally have had little, if any, access to their national parks. Our programs encourage new generations to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthy communities and a more environmentally just society. Currently housed in a green building designed to meet LEED platinum standards, the Crissy Field Center is also a certified Green Business. Its facilities include a media lab, sustainable arts workshop, urban ecology lab, gathering room and teaching garden in addition to a café that supports the education programs of the Center.
The Crissy Field Center is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that has worked for 25 years to help preserve the Golden Gate National Parks and enhance the public’s awareness and enjoyment of these areas. The Parks Conservancy works hand-in-hand with the National Park Service to revitalize park sites, enlist volunteers, support educational programs, develop community programs and offer services to park visitors.
The Instructor, Urban Trail Blazer’s (UTB) primary responsibility is to lead groups of middle school aged youth in an exciting and popular environmental leadership programs in the Golden Gate National Parks. Through a rich combination of outdoor excursions, restoration work, fun team builders, hands-on projects, and interactive workshops, participants will gain leadership skills, explore issues relevant to them, and connect to their National Parks. Participants will work with volunteers to repair trails and habitats in the park, learn about environmental and sustainability problems and build skills to improve their lives, communities, and environment. The UTB Instructor will lead one of four teams of 12 middle school students for the entire session. The session includes three overnight trips and culminates in a final presentation about the environmental, teamwork and leadership skills that the youth have learned. This is a seasonal, full-time position that runs Monday–Friday from May–August.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Committed to the mission and values of the Crissy Field Center.
- Knowledge of issues related to the urban environment, ability to make connections between the urban and natural environment, cultural history, and current events in order to make education relevant to diverse audiences.
- Experience working with middle school age youth from underserved communities in San Francisco.
- Knowledge of adolescent development, able to implement youth development principles, able to respond to youth needs, knowledge of local community resources.
- Experience leading groups on outdoor and overnight trips.
- Able to work a flexible work schedule including overnights (Mondays are a prep day with instructors only, Tuesday–Friday are program days with youth).
- Valid CA Driver’s License with 2 years of driving experience.
- Competent in the use of Microsoft Office, especially including Word and Excel.
- Strong group management skills and ability to build a strong team with participants; exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well.
- Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations.
- Pitches in and contributes to achieving group goals; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; balances team and individual responsibilities.
- Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; can clearly explain reasoning for decisions.
- Creative, energetic and self-motivated, ability to take initiative and recognize what needs to be done.
- Ability to take direction and feedback in a constructive manner.
- Detail orientated, organized, and able to multitask.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
- Ability to hike 5 miles on uneven terrain.
- Work is performed mostly in outdoor setting.
- Work is primarily performed walking and standing.
- Frequently lifts, carries, and positions objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Teaches, mentors, and supervises a team of 12 middle school youth and two high school interns. The total Urban Trail Blazers crew includes eight high school interns and 48 middle school age youth each session.
- Works with the Coordinator of middle school programs in the design, development and implementation of daily teambuilding and education activities based on outlined themes.
- Responsible for the physical and emotional safety of the youth participating in the program at all times.
- Coordinates and supervises the end of the program celebration with friends and family.
- Leads restoration projects, field trips, special projects, and three overnight trips (Rob Hill campground in the Presidio, 4 day/ 3 night trip in Yosemite, Alcatraz).
- Meets with parent and guardians and provide open door for communication and progress of their child.
- Performs administrative tasks associated with job and other duties as needed.
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and a resume to:
Crissy Field Center / Instructor, UTB
1199 East Beach, Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
E-Mail: email@example.com Subject: Instructor, Urban Trail Blazers
Fax: (415) 561-7695