Thurston Conservation District is currently hiring!

South Sound GREEN Watershed Educator – Applications Due August 21, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Thurston Conservation District’s South Sound GREEN Program seeks a driven, creative educator with a passion for the natural world to support local teachers and students in water quality monitoring, habitat restoration and creating community connections leading to watershed protection. The South Sound GREEN Watershed Educator will serve in a well-established, place-based environmental education program housed at Thurston Conservation District. Through water quality sampling and data analysis, the Watershed Educator will split time between the classroom and field sites, often working outdoors at local Puget Sound beaches, marinas, wetlands, creeks, lakes and other outdoor learning environments. The Watershed Educator will engage students through water quality monitoring, nearshore experiences, restoration and other service learning projects, and through the Annual Student GREEN Congress where students will present and analyze data on more than 50 monitoring sites. They will assist teachers by increasing their skills and confidence with watershed education and assisting with teacher professional development opportunities.

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Community Outreach Assistant – Applications due August 21, 2019 at 4:30 pm

Thurston Conservation District is looking for a dynamic, energetic, and creative communicator and thinker with a strong work ethic to become part of a cohesive team of passionate individuals in a fast-paced, hands-on and rewarding work environment. Since 1947, the Thurston Conservation District has been promoting non-regulatory and voluntary stewardship among private landowners and operators in Thurston County. We are a cohesive team of passionate individuals committed to finding and coordinating resources that meet the needs of local land-users while conserving soil, water and other natural resources. The Community Outreach Assistant will join our education and outreach staff to bring conservation and working lands education to residents of Thurston County. The Community Outreach Assistant will work closely with the Education & Outreach Specialist to bring educational programs and hands on conservation volunteer opportunities to youth and adults in Thurston County. In particular, this position will assist with volunteer recruitment and coordination, the Conservation District’s social media and public communications, and regular outreach events.

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Executive Director- Application Period Closed

The Thurston Conservation District seeks to hire a full-time Executive Director. The Executive Director provides the leadership and vision to implement the mission and values of the District as defined by the Board of Supervisors and coordinates all aspects of the District’s work. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, which incorporate a collaborative style, are essential for managing the organization and advocating and promoting sustainable conservation interests. A keen awareness of organizational, community and political dynamics will also be necessary in this role. Equally important will be sensitivity and empathy for all stakeholders, both large and small, who have a vested interest in the goals of the District. Solid administration and management skills are necessary to ensure smooth operational continuity within this small, diversified organization. A high level of integrity, honesty, and professionalism are critical core values required in this role.

The ideal candidate will have a strong working knowledge of conservation districts, conservation practices and regional environmental issues, particularly within the Puget Sound area. A strong understanding of budgets, finance, grant procurement and program administration, and experience in sustaining and engaging regional partners are absolute requirements, as well as an ability to oversee day-to-day operations. This position requires a proven track record of successfully working with a Board of Supervisors and other elected and/or appointed officials, in addition to cultivating a team of professionals to excel in program delivery is required. This includes working with the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners and staff.  The Executive Director will have a record of previous results demonstrating the ability to adhere to the mission of the District while leading the Thurston Conservation District into the future.

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We sincerely thank you for your interest in joining the work we do at Thurston Conservation District!