Position type: Part-time (16-20 hrs/wk), exempt employee; Temporary position ends June 30, 2022
Salary: $18 – $20 / hour
Location: Mostly virtual work, with occasional in-person activities in Algona and Seattle
Start date: October 25, 2021
Position is open until filled, but candidates that submit materials prior to September 27th, 2021 will be given priority. Applicants who live within 5-10 miles of Algona or Pacific are strongly encouraged to submit an application.
For 30 years, Futurewise has worked to protect the natural environment by encouraging a sustainable and equitable built environment in Washington State. With the state’s Growth Management Act (GMA) as a lens, we use policy development, advocacy, community engagement, data analysis, and legal tools to protect farms, forests, and water resources, and encourage livable cities through affordable housing, access to transit, and green infrastructure. To achieve these outcomes, our staff of planners, scientists, lawyers, educators, and organizers work with every level of government, within every geographic scale, together with hundreds of local organizations and activists to advance community-based solutions to land-use and environmental challenges.
About the Livable Communities Program
The Livable Communities program provides supportive technical services to place-based organizations and local governments to encourage better land-use planning. Historically, our focus areas have included a wide variety of subject areas, including climate resilience, green infrastructure, open space, equitable development, and multimodal transportation systems. Our projects often support or complement public processes that involve land use policy (e.g., an update to a city’s comprehensive plan).
As part of the Liveable Communities Program, the Community Environmental Stewardship Coordinator (CESC) is part of a community engagement plan to cultivate a community stewardship group for the Algona Wetland Preserve. The engagement plan has three stakeholder groups: Alpac Elementary School, residents and businesses located nearby the wetland, and the Algona Community Center (which serves members of the Algona, Pacific, and Auburn communities). The CESC’s primary responsibility is to work in collaboration with the Liveable Communities Coordinator in developing an educational curriculum for the Alpac Elementary School’s community (students, teachers, parents, etc.), supporting outreach to the wetland’s neighbors, and engaging the public at community events.
Primary outreach and coordination activities include:
- A minimum of four (4) lessons for Alpac Elementary’s 4th and 5th-grade classes. These lessons will introduce students to the multitude of benefits that wetlands bring to a community. And facilitation of a “green team” student environmental and sustainability group.
- Outreach to residents and property owners in the vicinity of the Algona Wetland Preserve in the form of three (3) door-to-door outreach canvassing sessions to inform nearby residents about the project, discuss their priorities/concerns, and encourage them to participate in the stewardship group.
- Community engagement through a partnership with the Algona Community Center to plan engagement activities that will be added to the Center’s schedule of public events in the remainder of 2021 through 2022
Qualified candidates will have significant experience in at least one of the following skill sets and an interest in developing their competency in all of them:
Desired Skill Sets:
- Community organizing
- Community engagement
- Teaching/environmental education
- Stewardship group coordination
- Availability: 16 – 20 hours per week
- Ability to attend and facilitate in-person activities in Algona, occasionally on evenings and/or weekends
- Willingness to work on all three tasks in the project scope (outreach, engagement, education)
- Capable of taking on responsibility and working independently
- Significant connection to South King County (desired but not required)
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and at least three references in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please make the subject of your email “(Last Name) –Liveable Communities CESC” and address the cover letter to the Hiring Manager.
Please label any submitted materials, including the cover letter, resume, and references with your last name.