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The Chopps. Photo by Heather Perry.

The Chopps. Photo by Heather Perry.

JOB TITLE

Communication & Education Coordinator (C&E Coordinator)

ORGANIZATION, LOCATION & WORKING CONDITIONS

The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) office is located in Bath, Maine. KELT’s mission is to conserve, restore and instill appreciation of the land and water resources of the Kennebec Estuary to benefit today’s communities and future generations. The C&E Coordinator position is office and field based, with fieldwork required throughout the nine towns in KELT’s services area (Bath, West Bath, Arrowsic, Georgetown, Woolwich, Bowdoinham, Dresden, Richmond, and Westport Island).  KELT’s communications include print materials and digital media to communicate to a wide audience (donors, businesses, adults, families, etc.) about land trust membership, programs, events, and project progress. KELT’s Education Program provides nature-based programs for adults, families, and students to connect people of all ages to the natural wonders of the Kennebec Estuary.

SUMMARY OF POSITION

This is a full-time position with responsibilities in general communications and education work. The C&E Coordinator reports to the Program Director to implement communication campaigns and database management as well as assist with educational programming and donor and member relationship tasks. Occasional travel may be necessary outside of the KELT service area.

 

General communications tasks include working with staff and board to:

  • create and implement strategies for communicating via print, newsletters, email, media outlets (social media and the press), events, presentations, and in-person conversations

  • design and produce print and online communications

  • support event planning

  • track progress and results including creating reports to share with staff and the board of directors

  • update and maintain KELT’s database with new or changing information on donor and volunteer information

  • build and maintain donor and volunteer relationships

Education work includes community and/or school programming. These tasks include:

  • assisting the Program Director to organize, publicize, and/or lead educational programs for adults, children, and families

  • helping to maintain and build partnerships with community organizations, businesses, individuals, and groups supporting outreach opportunities

  • teaching students with KELT’s nature-based educational programs at area schools, in multiple grades, either in the classroom or outdoors

  • coordinating with local educators to create, redesign, or use existing programming for students both in the classroom and outdoor field trips

 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES

  • Bachelor’s degree or minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience in biology, conservation, education, communications, or office management

  • Strong speaking, writing, and listening skills

  • Competent with standard computer software, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite

  • Competent with social media platforms including Facebook and Instagram

  • Experience with or ability to learn Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack platform (KELT’s database program)

  • Able to pass a complete background check

  • Confident and capable of leading a group of children (ages range from pre-K to high school)

  • Experience organizing, leading, and/or teaching audiences of various sizes, ages, and abilities

  • Ability to hike (sometimes on rough terrain, on and off trail, in adverse conditions) while leading a group of people of diverse ages and abilities

  • Demonstrated proficiency in managing multiple projects at the same time

  • Access to a reliable automobile

  • Self-motivated professional with an attention to detail

  • Ability to work with diverse people and develop positive working relationships, especially with co-workers, donors, and other local stakeholders

  • Practical problem-solving and organizational skills for detailed record-keeping

  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends

  • Willingness to take on work outside of the immediate job description when opportunities arise at KELT

DESIRABLE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES

  • Office management with database experience

  • Graphic design experience using the Adobe Suite software

  • Website design experience using WordPress or SquareSpace applications

  • ESRI ArcMap software experience

  • Familiarity with the land and waters of the Kennebec Estuary

  • Natural resource knowledge: plant and animal identification; natural community identification

  • Training or certification in public interpretation and/or environmental education

  • Certification in first aid or wilderness first response (please provide date of training)

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with experience (KELT is working toward meeting salary levels consistent with Land Trust Alliance (LTA) and Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) averages.) KELT offers a benefits package including health/dental/vision insurance, retirement savings plan, paid vacation time, paid holidays, and somewhat flexible scheduling.

TO APPLY

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to info@kennebecestuary.org with the subject line “Communications and Education Coordinator.” Incomplete applications will not be considered. Phone calls can be directed to KELT’s Program Director, Becky Kolak, at 207-442-8400.

Application deadline:

Wednesday, July 31 at 11:59pm. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interested parties are recommended to apply early.

Becky Kolak