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FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake seeks a part time, temporary Environmental Education Assistant to help with our Fall 2014 Lakeside Learning field trips. Lakeside Learning brings fourth grade students to Great Salt Lake for 4-5 hours of outdoor, hands-on activities. The Education Assistant will also particiapte in community outreach events and other tasks as assigned by the Education and Outreach Director.

The successful applicant must love Great Salt Lake and be comfortable working with fourth grade children in an outdoor setting at the lake. He/she must maintain a positive attitude when faced with extreme weather conditions and biting insects. The successful applicant must be willing to get his/her feet wet (literally!) and tolerate sand, salt, and sun. He/she must be independent, reliable and capable of acting as a group leader with direct responsibility for groups of 10-25 children. This position requires the ability to do moderate lifting (25 pounds) and walk short distances (0.5 mile) over uneven terrain.

Applicants must have a college degree in Education, Environmental Science, or related discipline OR be currently enrolled in a relevant undergraduate degree program. 4+ years of job experience in a related field will be considered in place of education. Education Assistants will be expected to understand and teach environmental concepts, so they must possess an ability to quickly learn and retain this information. Prior environmental education experience is preferred, as is a background in inquiry based education. Education Assistants may be expected to obtain their own transportation to the lake (mileage will be reimbursed). This position requires successful completion of a criminal background check.

This position will begin in August and run through December 15, 2014. Work will generally take place between the hours of 8am-2pm Monday through Friday; Education Assistant will work 2, 3, or 4 days each week, depending on field trip schedule. Overall, Education Assistants will work 10-25 hours per week during this timeframe (approximately 20 hours per week on average).

Compensation: $10.00/hr plus mileage reimbursement.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to Janessa Edwards, Education and Outreach Director,  Our field trips occur between 8am and 2pm Monday through Friday. If you have any conflicts with these days/times, please detail this information within your cover letter. Applications must be received no later than August 5, 2014. Please note: We are willing to offer this position as an internship if the applicant prefers. Contact Janessa at with any questions.

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