OARS is hiring a summer Education Coordinator and Summer Outreach Field Assistant

Exciting opportunity to join our team in a dynamic environmental nonprofit


OARS is seeking a motivated, collaborative, and organized professional for the part-time summer position of Education Coordinator. This position is responsible for supporting OARS’ objective to inspire the next generation of river stewards. They are responsible for leading, organizing, and presenting OARS’ education programs, primarily the Water Wise Workshops, a hands-on series of outdoor environmental workshops designed for ages 5 to 10; and other educational activities and outreach events. The focus is on children, with adult and family education possible.

The Education Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director, works closely with the Outreach, Education, and Recreation Committee and supervises one summer intern/assistant. This position is 15 hours/week on average totaling 80–100 hours over the mid-June to mid-August period: flexible hours, approximately three workshops per week over several weeks, plus training and preparation time. Workshops are hands-on and offered outside.

Core Responsibilities

  • Leading outdoor educational programs ensuring safety and excellence for participants and intern
  • Training and supervising a summer intern (high school or college student) to assist with the workshops
  • Scheduling and promoting (advertising) the workshops and other events
  • Coordinating with other staff to ensure efficient operations consistent with goals
  • Refining and revising the program, curriculum, and workshop handbook as needed
  • Collecting and evaluating feedback, writing summary report
  • Participating in team-based office culture where all chip in on a variety of tasks
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    Teaching experience is highly desirable, preferably in science and/or environmental education. Certified teachers and first-aid certification are encouraged. A demonstrated knowledge of, and interest in, the environmental conservation field and working with youth is preferred.

    Candidates must have strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, be very well organized, and be able to work independently. They should be comfortable supervising high school or college student interns. Travel between the OARS office and workshop locations is required and reimbursed.

    OARS is seeking a Summer Outreach Field Assistant to help coordinate community volunteer days, assist the Education Coordinator with educational activities for children including, Water Wise Workshops, and help with watershed-wide events (including walks, paddles, and festivals). The Outreach Field Assistant will interact with the public to improve the management of the rivers, promote the organization and its events, and assist with publicizing activities.

    This is a paid part-time (20 hours/week) position from June 5 to August 16, 2023. It is also available as an Internship. OARS is based in West Concord, but some work can be done remotely, and some will be in the field; schedule is flexible. Attendance at events on occasional evenings and weekends is required. Boating skills a plus.

    To Apply
    Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to education@oars3rivers.org. Include "Edu Coordinator [last name]" or "Summer Field Assistant [last name] in the subject line. No calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

    About OARS:
    OARS is the nonprofit watershed organization for the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers in MetroWest/Central Massachusetts. OARS uses research, advocacy, and education to ensure that these beautiful rivers will continue to provide clean and abundant water, exceptional recreational opportunities, and rich wildlife habitats for the benefit of all our communities—all within a short drive of Boston, Lowell, and Worcester. For 35 years, OARS has had a major impact on cleaning up our rivers and building climate resiliency.

    As an equal-opportunity employer, OARS aims to be an inclusive workplace that is representative of the people we serve. We encourage applications from all interested candidates and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, creed, religion, personal appearance, national origin, citizenship, age, gender, or sexual orientation.