Summer Learning Program Assistant

Type: Seasonal

County: Marin

Agency: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Agency Description:

The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) is a partnership made up of the National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin County Parks, Marin Municipal Water District and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. The TLC combines the expertise and resources of its partners to ensure the long-term health of Mount Tamalpais (Mt Tam) by advancing efforts to restore ecosystems, improve trail corridors, enhance visitor services, expand education and stewardship programming, and inspire community support through volunteerism and philanthropy. One Tam is an initiative in support of TLC goals.

One Tam, a community initiative in support of TLC goals, aims to help maintain the long-term health and preservation of precious resources of Mt Tam. Anyone who loves the mountain can get involved by volunteering, raising awareness for the initiative by talking to friends, colleagues, and joining the One Tam community online, or by donating to support priority conservation and restoration projects, education programs, and stewardship activities.


The Summer Learning Program Assistant is responsible for the successful implementation and development of the Summer Learning program and other interpretive programs which introduce and engage local youth to Mt. Tamalpais State Park and surrounding open space lands. Working as part of a team, the Program Assistant works to expand day trip program experiences, camping opportunities and hands-on service learning experiences for youth and their families to park sites. The Program Assistant provides program oversight, trains State Park seasonal staff, coordinates outreach and provides lessons in environmental education and creates other activities which encourage a connection to, and appreciation of, parks, open space and natural resources.

This position will be paid on an hourly basis; pay for this position will be commensurate with work experience, skills and educational background.
This seasonal position is not eligible for benefits.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with State Park staff to implement and coordinate development and organization of the Summer Learning program and other youth programs.
  • Sustain existing, and develop new, internal and external educational partnerships with local youth and community groups for the program.
  • Develop a working relationship, and attend meetings with other internal and external youth and community program leaders.
  • Support and assist with developing programming for educational camping and day trip programs for youth groups throughout the Marin County State Parks in collaboration with NPS staff at Muir Woods.
  • Plan and schedule camping and day trips with participating youth and community groups.
  • Expand youth comfort level in natural areas through guided activities, team building games and play.
  • Collect data in support of State Parks to support evaluation, tracking and fundraising efforts.
  • Assist with multimedia collection and social media publishing.
  • Support training of seasonal State Park staff which will include: familiarizing staff with programmatic structure, expectations and procedures that are in alignment with the Summer-Learning program protocol.
  • Provide regular feedback and evaluation.


  • Demonstrated ability to effectively inspire, lead and motivate diverse youth audiences.
  • Strong commitment to youth participation and stewardship in parks and open space.
  • Knowledge of environmental and social issues, especially those issues affecting the Bay Area. Understanding of natural and cultural resources of Mount Tamalpais.
  • Experience running environmental education programs that involve youth in the outdoors.
  • Creative, energetic and self-motivated, ability to take initiative and recognize what needs to be done.
  • Strong organizational and group management skills.
  • Enjoy working outdoors in all kinds of weather and site conditions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Friendly, welcoming and outgoing personality.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office and cloud-based software such as Google Drive
  • Ability to work Saturdays and attend overnights trips (6-7 per year). Frequent local travel will be necessary (vehicle provided).

How To Apply

Applications will be open until the position is filled. No phone calls please.
Desired start date is the end of April/beginning of May.

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.

Application Deadline: 4/20/2018

Name of Contact: Jaimie Baxter

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