The Preserve at Bull Run Mountains is a living laboratory and open-air museum in the backyard of the nation’s capital. The Outreach Assistant will increase metrics of outreach and engagement, through both online engagement and direct interaction with the communities that the Bull Run Mountains Natural Area Preserve serves. The person selected for this role will work with the Preserve Manager to increase and enhance public engagement metrics by co-developing a suite of engagement initiatives, public programming, and interpretive signage. They will also provide support to the Preserve Manager and Preserve Specialist with day-to-day operational, land management, and research-based activities.
Start Date: The chosen candidate would need to start sometime before July 1st, 2021.
Position Status: 12-month temporary position with full benefits. There is a strong likelihood that the position will move to full-time status once permanent funding is finalized.
Salary range: $35-$41,600 a year.
Weekly schedule: The Preserve hosts scientific and educational activity seven days a week, but its trails systems are open to general access on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays - year round. As a result, this position requires consistent weekend work and the Outreach Assistant will typically work four 10 hour days a week (Thursday - Sunday).
1. Provide regular site presence and public engagement.
2. Execute public programs, lead volunteer activities and student workshops, perform presentations and programs in person and via Zoom/Skype.
3. Act as coordinator for events and volunteer projects.
4. Engage with local and underserved communities.
5. Develop educational and interpretive material/content, under the supervision of the Preserve Manager.
6. Collect visitation/program data and perform routine evaluations and analyses of identified metrics to measure efficacy and efficiency of outreach.
7. Develop and execute digital and social media objectives, under the supervision of the Preserve Manager.
8. Assist with the development of new partnerships and maintain current partnerships with community members, local institutions, schools, non-profits, and other special interest groups.
9. Provide routine technical support to the Preserve Manager and Preserve Specialist.
10. Provide on-call support related to “unexpected/after-hours” management needs (which is occasionally unexpected site-based support, but most typically via phone, email, and social media communications).
11. Support all aspects involved with or related to the management of a state-designated Natural Area Preserve. This includes all activities related to the protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources, scientific research, organizing events and programs for the benefit of the communities that we serve, routine land management duties, and other tasks as assigned. Examples of these duties include invasive plant removal work, trail maintenance, archaeological and biological survey work, stream restoration, stream monitoring and trout release work, geospatial mapping, etc.
1. A bachelor’s degree in a field related to environmental science, history, communications, education, or a relevant field.
2. A willingness to consistently work weekends and provide routine trail site presence.
3. The ability to work independently and autonomously the majority of the time. This role demands a person with a high level of responsibility and self-accountability
4. Someone with a comfortability and preference of spending the majority of their time outdoors.
5. Experience in interpretation, outreach, or science communication. Though a relevant graduate degree will also be considered as job experience.
6. Interest, or previous experience, working on issues of diversity, inclusivity, representation, and equity.
7. An outgoing, enthusiastic, charismatic personality.
8. Someone who enjoys nature, history, and trail hiking.
9. Possess a community-based approach to conservation and a team player outlook.
10. A genuine interest in assisting with scientific studies and distilling that information into engagement content.
11. Someone equally comfortable interacting with both adults and children.
12. Someone fully comfortable with being filmed and making video content.
13. Someone that possesses a solid work ethic.
14. Someone with a comfortability working largely in the field. This includes all weather conditions that are expected within a calendar year.
15. Someone who enjoys working directly with and for the communities we serve.
16. A comfortability with Microsoft Word applications and other standard computer software.
17. Experience producing quality results with limited resources, changing time availability, and unexpected circumstances.
18. Flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances in pursuit of shared goals.
19. Someone with the ability to consider and be thoughtful of often competing interests from a variety of stakeholder/user groups.
1. An ideal candidate will possess multi-lingual or bilingual abilities.
2. An ideal candidate will have a deep interest, and/or experience in, issues of inclusivity, representation, and diversity - and will utilize these skills by building relationships with underserved communities and special interest groups (such as Latino Outdoors and Outdoor Afro) that we serve within the DC/Maryland/Virginia area.
3. Experience, or skills, in photography and/or videography.
4. Interest, or previous experience, creating professional social media content.
5. Someone with an interest in storytelling and developing narratives.
6. Field naturalist skills, an interest in community science, and a familiarity with invasive plant removal is a plus.
7. A familiarity with the iNaturalist app and an interest in participating in BioBlitzes!
1. Applications will begin being reviewed immediately and will remain open until filled. Selected candidate will need to start sometime before July 1st.
2. To be considered for this position, candidates must submit a resume/cover letter and three professional references with their application.
3. Qualified candidates will be contacted to set-up a brief phone interview and will be required to submit a 1-3 min oral video presentation on why they are the best qualified to be our next Outreach Assistant.
4. The most qualified candidates from those interviews will be offered an opportunity for a 2-hour in person field interview with our hiring panel.
Reasonable Accommodation: During the selection process, applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation.
The Virginia Outdoors Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.
Physical Requirements: Must be able to sit and stand for long periods of time. Must be able to walk/hike over varied terrain and in changing weather conditions. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.
Questions or requests related to the position can be emailed to the Human Resources Manager, Sara Brooks at email@example.com or Preserve Manager, Joe Villari at firstname.lastname@example.org.