Watershed Education and Volunteer Program Coordinator

Sunol, CA 94586
United States

Application Closing Date
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Experience Required
Degree Required
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From $6,346 To $7,716
Per Year    
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Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description


Watershed Education and Volunteer Program Coordinator

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Natural Resources and Lands Management Division, has two (2) vacancies, one based in the Alameda Creek Watershed and another based in the Peninsula Watershed.

Position 1.

About the Alameda Creek Watershed education and outreach programs:

The Alameda Creek Watershed Center (ACWC) is currently under construction on SFPUC property next to the town of Sunol, the Arroyo de la Laguna, and Alameda Creek. The property includes the historic Sunol Water Temple, the Sunol AgPark (an 18-acre organic farm that offers fieldtrips to 4-6th graders), and the Sunol Native Plant Nursery (that provides plants for the SFPUC’s watershed restoration projects).

The ACWC will partner with the Sunol AgPark and the Native Plant Nursery in providing programs for schools and the public and coordinating volunteer opportunities when it opens in 2022. The Alameda Creek Watershed includes 39,000 acres of protected SFPUC lands, part of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System that provides water for 2.7 million people in the Bay Area.

The Alameda Creek Watershed incumbent will assist with the development and implementation the ACWC Education Master Plan, including school, field trip, and public programs at the ACWC, as well as coordinating its natural and cultural history programs with those in place at the AgPark. Incumbent will also develop a volunteer program for the ACWC, AgPark, and Native Plant Nursery.


Position priorities before the ACWC opens to the public in 2022:

· Assist ACWC management and contactors in developing and piloting programs for school students and visitors to the ACWC.

· Develop a volunteer program.

· Assist ACWC Manager with preparations for opening the ACWC, including hiring staff, developing outreach materials, procuring supplies and materials. Setting up cloud-based program registration and volunteer management systems.

· Work with the AgPark’s Education Coordinator to promote and provide the AgPark’s established in-school and field trip programs (or a modified program due to COVID-19 restrictions). 

Position priorities after the ACWC opens:

· Implement and oversee programs for schools and the public

· Serve as the lead teacher for field trip programs

· Recruit and oversee volunteers for the various locations.

· Manage volunteers for the ACWC.


Work Schedule: When school programs are in session: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Monday – Friday, alternate hours may be possible between semesters. Once the watershed center opens, the schedule will change to include one or two weekend days instead of Monday and/or Tuesday and including occasional evenings.

Reporting Location: 505 Paloma Way, Sunol, CA 94586


Position 2.
About the Peninsula Watershed environmental education and outreach program:

The San Francisco Peninsula Watershed includes 23,000 acres of SFPUC lands. There are five SFPUC reservoirs and associated appurtenances along with other public utilities (PG&E, AT&T, local County Water Districts etc.). The watershed is protected and closed to public access except in areas approved for recreational access. 10 miles of trails are open to the public by reservation. San Mateo County Parks manages the 25-mile Crystal Springs Regional trail. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area manages 3 miles of trail on the Watershed. Six miles of additional SFPUC trail have been planned and will be constructed in 2021/2022. Trail leader Volunteers lead multi-modal trail events on the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail. Volunteer docents knowledgeable in the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula Watershed implement the Watershed Interpretive Master Plan. The Interpretive Master Plan is an overarching document which will provide guidance and specific interpretive activities associated with the Fifield Cahill Ridge trail program, the new 6-mile Southern Extension of the Ridge Trail and the Watershed overall. The Division also provides and intends to expand volunteer work projects focused on environmental resource related projects and citizen science activities.

The Peninsula Watershed incumbent is responsible for managing the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail Program, the watershed education and outreach program through implementation of the Peninsula Watershed Interpretive Master Plan, the Watershed Volunteer Program and supporting the Watershed Community Liaison who will supervise the position.

Work Schedule: 8 AM - 5 PM, Tuesday – through Saturday.

Reporting Location: 1657 Rollins Road, Burlingame, CA 94010

Nature of Work

Positions will require work on weekends and some evenings, and sustained physical effort, such as standing or walking for prolonged periods. Portion of the work duties will be outdoors which will expose the incumbent to inclement weather and potential hazards common in a wilderness environment or natural landscape setting such as rugged terrain, heat, wind, rain, rattlesnakes. Ability to hike 5 miles over rugged terrain and lift 25 pounds is required for the Peninsula Incumbent.

Job Requirements

If you are interested in a job like this, we are looking for people that have the following:

- Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
- One (1) year (2000 hours) of experience supervising, coordinating or directing volunteer services and/or community outreach services in an organization which provides services to the public.
- Possession of a Valid California Driver’s license.


Additional experience supervising, coordinating or directing volunteer and/or community relations services, as described above, may be substituted for up to two years of the required baccalaureate degree on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable Qualifications:

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

- Possession of a baccalaureate degree in environmental education, interpretation, field Biology, natural resources, environmental studies, wildlife management, park management, outdoor recreation or related field.

- Experience providing environmental education, agricultural education/training, natural history interpretation or similar programs, preferably in an outdoor setting.

- Experience working with youth and adult volunteers for an educational organization, such as a museums or outdoor programs.

- Experience working with underserved communities, English as a second language (ESL), including children, in a group setting.

- Fluency in Spanish.

- Experience with online programs and volunteer registration platforms.

- Certification in interpretation programs, such as NAI (National Association of Interpretation).

- Certification or ability to become certified in CPR and basic first aid.