Environmental Education Lead

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Jobs - Full Time
Minneapolis, MN

Environmental Education Lead

Salary: $63,377.60 - $74,859.20 Annually

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Job Type: Full Time (Certified)

Division: Environmental Stewardship

Job Number: REQ00295

Closing: 11/26/2018 10:00 AM Central


Role Summary

Responsible to lead, coordinate, and ensure implementation of city-wide environmental education and aquatics invasive species (AIS) inspections and education programs. Responsible for environmental education and AIS program internally and externally in a manner that is consistent with MPRB mission, values, goals, and comprehensive plan.  This work is accomplished to ensure the needs and interests of diverse communities are met while exhibiting cultural proficiency in meeting the needs and interest of underserved and under-represented communities.



Performs under the general supervision of the Environmental Education Manager and is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:


Essential Duties:

  • Responsible to plan and ensure city-wide development, implementation, and evaluation of environmental education and AIS programs, activities and curriculum to meet the Environmental Education goals and needs of the MPRB and community.
  • Responsible to proactively oversee and evaluate the Environmental Education programs and services of contractors, vendors, and partners for preschool, children, young adults, families and adults.
  • Responsible to ensure proactive development of quality curriculum and evaluate content of environmental education programming for people in all age groups and multiple demographics.
  • Responsible to proactively oversee timely and effective implementation of the AIS Program, including staffing, evaluation, and communication to the appropriate audiences, including MPRB staff, Superintendent and Executive team, users, and the Board of Commissioners. 
  • Effectively representing the MPRB's environmental education program and aquatic invasive species program with public and private community agencies to assure quality joint programs that meet each organization's needs.
  • Effectively implement successful grant proposals that enhance or expand Environmental Education programs or Aquatic Invasive Species programs.
  • Accurately and in a timely manner prepare reports and databases; including financial, administrative, and registration reports to measure programs delivery, progress and success.
  • Effectively monitor payroll, revenue and budget for assigned area.
  • Effectively lead, coordinate, schedule and assign the work of staff while working with them in providing programs.     
  • Effectively organize daily work projects, assign work to staff, coordinate work activities, and oversee quality of work assignments.
  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff, interns, contracted personnel, and volunteers in environmental programs.
  • Train staff to allow them to fully perform job requirements and enforce Park Board policies, procedures and work/safety rules in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service in a diverse work environment; encourage staff to focus positively on the customer and foster an environment where customer service is a priority.
  • Enforce compliance with local, state and federal guidelines relative to Environmental Management and AIS activities in a fair and equitable manner.
  • Ensure that the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations are met or exceeded where applicable.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for cultural differences and develop professional and effective work relationships.
  • Establish and maintain an effective, respectful, and productive work environment and encourage professional development for all employees.
  • Efficiently and in a timely manner manage purchases and perform associated accounting in compliance with MPRB and purchasing policies.
  • Courteously and promptly respond to public inquiries as needed.
  • Keep the Environmental Education Manager promptly informed of matters as they relate to the unit, department, division and MPRB.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

Related Work:

  • Effectively work with recreation staff to establish environmental education programming based on community needs and adapting needs of each recreation and community center.
  • Effectively work with Asset Management and Aquatics staff to establish logistical support needed to provide environmental education and aquatic invasive species programs.
  • Respond effectively and in a timely manner to administrative and Board requests.
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively and jointly to provide quality seamless customer service.
  • Remain current in industry best practices and apply knowledge to best serve the MPRB.
  • Effectively maintain recurring funding agreements with partner organizations and expand on resources. Participate in neighborhood, community, city and state groups and committees to promote park programs, identify resources, build relationships, and remain current on best practices of child development.
  • Establish and maintain effective, respectful, and productive working relationships with a diverse customer base and in a diverse work environment.
  • Negotiate and meet deadlines and prioritize issues, identifying which issues require immediate attention and taking effective and appropriate action based on that determination
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Work is conducted primarily in an office setting.  Also involves traveling to and from various sites and frequent attendance at meetings, including occasional meetings that may be conducted during the evening or on weekends, and irregular hours as necessary to meet deadlines and achieve objectives.



Minimum Qualifications

  • Training and Experience (position requirements at entry)
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Environmental Education, Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Administration, Recreation Programming, or closely related field.
  • Increasingly responsible experience in operating and leading environmental education programs and services:  at least four (4) years
  • Increasingly responsible experience in writing and delivery of environmental education curriculum: at least four (4) years
  • Experience coordinating the work of others:  at least two (2) years
  • Increasingly responsible experience in AIS management: at least two (2) years (preferred)
  • Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry)
  • Valid driver's license


Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
  • Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, driving, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
  • Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.  If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.
  • The ability to safely operate a motor vehicle as incumbents are subject to local travel to and from work locations.  Operating office equipment requiring continuous or repetitive hand/arm movements.  The ability to remain in a sitting or standing position for extended periods of time.
  • The incumbent may be required to traverse on rough, uneven terrain, as well as wet and slippery surfaces
  • Normal office environment 90% of the time.  10% of the time out in the field to attend meetings and events, lead occasional public programs, and to evaluate staff.


Other Qualifications

  • Knowledge of (position requirements at entry)
  • Best practices for environmental education programs
  • Best practices of aquatic invasive species inspection programs
  • Occupational health and safety practices including OSHA / MNOSHA compliance.
  • Pertinent federal, state, county and city laws, ordinances and regulations.
  • Cultural competence in engaging with people from diverse communities.
  • Outstanding customer service principles and practices and standards for a diverse customer base.
  • Contemporary marketing principles and practices for diverse customer base.
  • Contemporary principles and practices of parks and recreation.
  • Geographical knowledge of the City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park System.
  • Duties, responsibilities, and protocols for leading the activities of a work team.
  • Skills and Ability to: (position requirements at entry)
  • Professionally write and deliver quality curriculum based on best practices.
  • Stay current on program participant recruitment best practices and apply knowledge to best serve the MPRB.
  • Accurately and in a timely manner write and/or administer grants.
  • Manage multiple deadlines with competing priorities in limited time and resources.
  • Train staff to safely use and operate equipment necessary for the performance of duties.
  • Plan and develop tracking systems to handle details and carefully navigate staff relationships.
  • Provide both oral and written communication that is easily understood and direct in its content.
  • Maintain a polite demeanor when confronted by an upset resident or employee; ability to handle a verbal confrontation professionally and calmly.
  • Listen effectively to thoroughly understand the intended message.
  • Effectively solve problems and practice good decision making that is consistent with the mission, goals and values of the MPRB.
  • Establish and maintain effective, respectful and productive working relationships in a culturally diverse work environment.
  • Understand and follow work rules, policies and procedures.
  • Motivate and provide positive feedback to staff, work in a team environment, and adapt to changing conditions and situations.
  • Provide outstanding customer service to both internal and external customers with a diverse customer base. Set appropriate priorities while coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Negotiate and meet deadlines and prioritize issues, identifying which issues require immediate attention and taking effective and appropriate action based on that determination.
  • Solve problems and effectively handle critical, controversial and/or sensitive policy issues; maintain confidentiality in work-related matters.
  • Work in a team environment, ability to balance independent and team work, and ability to adapt to changing conditions and situations.
  • Demonstrate attention to detail, with strong documentation skills.


Additional Information


A criminal background check is necessary for positions with this job title.  Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, the applicant will be asked to sign an informed consent allowing the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to obtain their criminal history in connection with the positions sought.  View the MPRB Background Check Policy at https://www.minneapolisparks.org/_asset/9585u2/2013-Background-Check-Pol... (Download PDF reader)



To apply for this full-time civil service position, applicants must complete an online application with supplemental questions at www.minneapolisparks.org/jobs.  The examination/selection process for this position will consist of a rating of training and experience based on application materials and supplemental questions (30%) and an oral examination (70%).  Minimum passing score for each testing component and as an overall score is 70.00.  Because the rating of training and experience is based on application materials and supplemental questions, applicants are encouraged to be complete and thorough in their answers.  Applicants may choose to attach a cover letter or resume to their application; however it is not a substitute for the completed application and supplemental questions.  Late applications will be rejected.  HR reserves the right to limit the number of people invited to successive testing events. References, including verification of employment and work performance, may be considered.  Eligible list will expire in six (6) months.


The MPRB is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The MPRB is a tobacco-free workplace and park system


Service Department: Environmental Management

Accountable to: Environmental Education Coordinator

FLSA Status: Exempt

Union Status: Non-Represented

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