Metro Toxics Reducation Educator (Closes Feb 2)

Toxics Reduction Educator and Outreach Specialist - temporary

Salary $25.15 Hourly

Location Portland, OR

Job Type Temporary

Department Property and Environmental Services

Job Number 2018-2025-PES-1

Closing 2/5/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Position Summary

Metro is looking for a passionate educator and program coordinator to develop and teach exciting, interactive educational and interpretive programming to youth and adults that will help them reduce or eliminate their use of products and materials that harm humans and the environment.
The ideal candidate is an outgoing, self-starter with exceptional oral and social communications abilities, able to provide demonstrable success educating youth and adults from culturally diverse backgrounds and skilled in collaborating with community based organizations.  We strive to be inclusive, meet people where they are, and provide information and participation tools that influence decisions and improve the community. As such, we seek a candidate who will help us to advance Metro's commitment to serving diverse audiences, both inside and beyond the building..
This temporary position works an average of 20 hours per week throughout the year. However, hours are variable based upon the season and typically increase during the summer and decrease during the winter. The final schedule is negotiable based upon programmatic and employee needs. Temporary employees are limited to 1040 hours in a 12-month period. 
Application Requirements
1) Complete application, 2) a cover letter describing your experience as it relates to the duties of this position, and 3) answers to supplemental questions. Applications without these documents will be considered incomplete.
At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.

Essential Job Duties

An employee in this position must be able to perform all the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation. This list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.

  • Builds partnerships and collaborate with community based organizations in order to develop and implement relevant toxics reduction education programming that addresses shared goals and objectives.
  • Delivers dynamic interpretive and educational programs to youth and adults that focus on toxics reduction (including natural gardening) and alternatives to toxic products.
  • Researches and creates new toxics reduction educational offerings and materials in alignment with program logic models, identified learning outcomes and specific behavior change goals.
  • Coordinates, schedule and conduct outreach and education at community events and other engagement opportunities.  This may include a range of delivery methods such as conducting workshops, staffing booths and roving interpretation during household hazardous waste collection events.
  • Collaborates with a team of educators and volunteers while also having a strong ability to work independently when delivering presentations or staffing events.
  • May schedule and oversee volunteers. May participate in training volunteers in a variety of duties.
  • May take photos and videos at events for use with social and web-based media.
  • Creates and maintains spreadsheets and databases, sorts and tabulates information and data to assist professional staff in tracking or evaluating project outputs and outcomes.
  • Assists with coordination of joint program efforts with natural gardening educators including development of consistent toxics reduction curriculum, presentations and educational kits.
  • Approaches work with a growth mind set and continually builds upon knowledge surrounding toxics reduction, natural gardening, conservation education and behavior change in order to help the team move our work forward.
  • Must be available for weekend & evening shifts.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

This position is not represented and is classified as an Education Specialist II (click to read the full classification). Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.


Minimum Requirements

Two years of experience in education or outreach working with diverse youth and adult learners, a bachelors degree in education, health, environmental science or another field relevant to the program area, or any combination of education and experience which would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job.
This position requires a valid drivers license and the ability to pass the Oregon Childcare Registry background check.
Preferred qualifications:
Experience and/or education that provides the applicant with an in-depth understanding of the issues related to impacts of toxics and other consumer/commercial waste materials.
Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of general teaching and interpretation methods for formal and informal settings
  • Knowledge of, experience in and enthusiasm for toxics reduction, natural gardening and waste reduction
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, Metro staff, other organizations, supervisors and the public and to work effectively with individuals and formal and informal teams with members from diverse communities and cultures.
  • Ability to plan and facilitate events, workshops and related public outreach opportunities
  • Ability to interact with the public and provide a favorable overall customer service experience
  • Ability to relate well to diverse youth and adult learners to build rapport in a short period of time
  • Ability to deliver interpretive/educational content repeatedly while keeping the material energized, fresh, and consistent
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member, contribute to a positive team atmosphere, and collaborate and commit to common agency goals and values
  • Ability to effectively organize work, manage time, prioritize tasks, and both provide and follow written and oral direction
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and program concepts both orally and in writing
  • Ability to lift and carry presentation and event materials, weighing up to 35 pounds, to and from events, storage areas and other work sites on a regular basis
  • Ability to monitor the work assignments of volunteers and staff participating in event projects
  • Ability to use standard office equipment including computers, printers, fax and copy machines, and computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings
  • Ability to fulfill Metro's employee values of Public Service, Excellence, Teamwork, Respect, Innovation, and Sustainability


Additional Information

Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.
Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources at 503-797-1570.
Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.
Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans' preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans' preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.
Criminal background check: In order to protect the wellbeing of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.
Equal employment opportunity:  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law. Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.
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