Wild Ambassadors: Education and Outreach Team: Leader

Education and Outreach Team Leader

This position has already been filled for the 2013-2014 Academic year

General Description:

The Education and Outreach Team Leader will be responsible for leading the Education and Outreach Team in all their activities, including the planning and execution of Wild Campus’ annual community celebration of native wildlife, Wild Family Day and the execution of our local grade school outreach program, Adopt-a-Wild-Flat, in which children will be growing flats of native plants for our restoration projects.

Responsibilities of all Team Leaders:

  • Member of Executive Committee (1 hour weekly meeting).
  • Interview and choose your Team Members.
  • Serve as liaison with your team’s Advisors.
  • Represent your team at Executive Committee meetings—especially in communicating any problems your team may be having—and disseminate any information from the Executive Committee meetings to your Team Members.
  • Organize weekly team meetings and attempt to include everyone if possible.
  • Outline an Action Plan (template provided) for your team for the year and set the dates for the deadlines of the tasks outlined in your team’s Action Plan.
  • Enforce the deadlines that you have set, as well as any set by your Director.
  • Understand the importance of delegation of work and actively delegate; you should all be bearing an equal share of the workload.
  • Manage team expenses and handle all purchases/reimbursements in coordination with the Finance and Fundraising Director.
  • Maintain organized digital documentation of your team’s activities as well as resources used during the year and regularly load them to the Smartsite.
  • Maintain list of people that your team encounters to further expand Wild Campus’ network using the template provided in the Wild Torch document.
  • Send a detailed update about your team’s activities to the Communication Coordinator every other Thursday by 5 pm.
  • Coordinate with the Photographer about any activities that may result in a good photo, with a minimum of two photo-documented team activities by the end of the year (more is better).
  • Familiarize yourself with all of your Team Members’ various duties, and regularly check in on their progress and provide feedback (mostly positive).
  • Put all of your Team Members’ deadlines in your calendar and send reminders to them as the deadlines approach.

Responsibilities of the Education Team Leader:

  • Introduce the Education and Outreach Team Members to the basic guiding principles of Environmental Education.
  • Lead the Education and Outreach Team Members in the creation of engaging native wildlife focused lesson plans for Wild Family Day booths.
  • Create presentation schedule and organize presentations at local schools participating in our Adopt-a-Wild-Flat program (all materials and lesson plans provided by the Putah Creek Council.
  • Organize a presentation to the Wild Woodshop students about the importance of their contribution of constructing Wild Homes.
  • Work with the Event Coordination Advisor to plan for Wild Pic-nic Day.
  • Work with the Event Coordination Advisor to plan for Wild Family Day.
  • Coordinate Wild Campus’ participation in WFCB’s Picnic Day exhibit, Wild Pic-nic Day.
  • Organize all groups’ involvement in Wild Family Day, as well as the general operation of the event. 

Qualifications:

  • EDU 142 preferred but not required.
  • Must be good with children, and enjoy teaching them about wildlife conservation.
  • Passionate about wildlife conservation and it’s dissemination to the public.
  • A genuine aspiration to change the world for the better.
  • A belief that individuals can make a difference, and that the difference is worth the effort.
  • Ability to stay level headed when the unexpected occurs, and lead your team toward a solution.
  • Ability to see the big-picture, as well as work at the ground level.
  • Ability to speak to and work with faculty and staff members in a respectful, but self-assured fashion.
  • Ability to break a complex goal into a sequence of steps to achieve the goal.
  • Ability to delegate tasks in order to successfully carry out multiple projects.
  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Actively seeks help from more knowledgeable sources and/or fellow members.

 

Timeline:

Fall Quarter:

            {Pre-team Preparation Phase}

  • Meet with Advisor(s) and discuss upcoming year’s activities.
  • Interview and select Team Members to be brought on in Winter Quarter.
  • Meet with local elementary schools to arrange presentations in Winter Quarter to local grade-school classes that are participating in our Adopt-a-Wild-Flat program.
  • Decide on format and number of presentations.
  • Schedule Adopt-a-Wild-Flat presentations for Spring Quarter.

Winter Quarter:

            {Team Planning Phase}

  • Attend Orientation Meeting and welcome your Team Members to Wild Campus. Be sure to set up first meeting with Team Members for early Winter Quarter.
  • At the first meeting, create a meeting schedule for the rest of the quarter and introduce the Education and Outreach Team Members to the basic guiding principles of Environmental Education.
  • Meet with the Event Coordination Advisor to check in about Wild Family Day details.
  • Oversee the coordination of presentations of Adopt-a-Wild-Flat lesson plans (provided by Putah Creek Council) to local grade-school classes in Winter Quarter.
  • Decide on objectives and brainstorm ideas for lesson plans.
  • Set up meeting with your team’s Education Advisor(s) to discuss your team’s ideas.
  • Decide on the lesson plan(s) content and begin working on them.
  • Organize a brief presentation to the Wild Woodshop students about the importance of their contribution of constructing Wild Homes.
  • Meet with the Event Coordination Advisor to discuss Wild-Pic-nic Day, and begin creating an Event Action Plan using the template provided.

Spring Quarter:

            {Plan Implementation Phase}

  • Begin giving presentations to participating Adopt-a-Wild-Flat classes.
  • Start to prepare for Wild Family Day early on in the quarter.
  • Meet with Event Coordination Advisor to discuss plan for Wild Family Day.
  • Check with the Graphic Designer about the status of the Wild Pic-nic Day photo-op banner.
  • Present lesson plan(s) to your team’s Education Advisor(s).
  • Encourage your team members to incorporate Advisor feedback into the lesson plan(s).
  • Lead your team in designing and finalizing the lesson plan(s).
  • Register Wild Campus to participate in the Picnic Day wildlife exhibit by filling out the application they post in Spring Quarter on picnicday.ucdavis.edu (check often or you might miss it!) and coordinate with the Wild Home Program Coordinator about receiving permission to sell Wild Homes during Picnic Day.
  • Have your Education and Outreach Team Members signup for shifts to volunteer from approximately 9am to 2pm on Picnic Day and make sure the Wild Home Program Coordinator will be bringing Wild Homes to sell.
  • Ensure members are practicing their lesson plans with one another in preparation for Wild Family Day.
  • Organize the Education and Outreach Team’s, the Wild Naturalist Teams’, and other groups’ involvement in Wild Family Day, as well as the general operation of the event.
  • Oversee general event coordination the day of the event.
  • Turn in Wild Torch document (template provided) as your team’s final project.

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