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Statewide Partnership Coordinator
Education, Partnership & Volunteer Section
P 303.291.7252| C 720.498.0472 | F 303.291.7113
6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216
Environmental Educator Needed by Eco-Cycle’s School Recycling and Environmental Education Program
Eco-Cycle, administrator of the award-winning Boulder County School Recycling and Environmental Education Program, is seeking an environmental educator for presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics in K-12th grade classrooms. (A full description of the program is available on Eco-Cycle’s website at cyndra.
Job Responsibilities –
1. presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics for K-12th grade students using classroom, field trip and assembly formats
2. assist with:
a. phone surveys, web research and mailings
b. preparation of fliers, reports, letters, etc.
c. monitoring school progress in collection of recyclables and compostables
d. tabling, lunchroom monitoring and other outreach for Green Star (Zero Waste) Schools
e. other special projects
3. miscellaneous duties such as purchasing supplies, delivering materials to schools, maintenance and cleaning of program equipment
4. help sort and deliver books for the Children’s Used Book Project
1. dedication to environmental work
2. experience teaching in a classroom setting
3. love of working with children, including a wide range of ages
4. writing and computer skills
5. ability to organize time well and be flexible with changing tasks
6. reliable vehicle to provide own transport to schools (mileage paid)
7. enjoy wearing costumes, including an elf and a superhero
Working Conditions and Benefits –
1. full-time position with full benefits
2. leave without pay, June through August, annually
3. mileage reimbursement for use of own car
4. all program preparation and driving time is included as part of paid hours
5. job requires lifting loads up to 50 pounds, carrying materials up and down stairs, transferring materials in and out of a car or other vehicle
Green Star Schools® Project Manager
P.O. Box 19006
Boulder, CO 80308
Volunteer to pick local native grass and forb seeds to enhance Rocky Flats!
1st Pick: October 3, 8:30-12:30
2nd Pick: October 17, 8:30-12:30
3rd Pick: October 31, 8:30-12:30
Lunch on us!
Jefferson County Nature Association’s 2015 volunteer seed picking efforts are scheduled in
the Rocky Flats area between Golden and Boulder near SH93. If you register with Jean (see
below), she will contact you about a week prior to each event with exact directions to the
seed picking location, as they will be different for each pick. JCNA will provide lunch to all
who register by the Thursday prior to each pick. If we have bad weather on a pick date, we’ll
have a makeup pick on the very next Saturday, all other details being the same.
We promise a gorgeous view of the Front Range and the company of friendly likeminded
people who want to improve the environment.
Seeds collected will be used to enrich or help restore the original prairie present
before Rocky Flats was developed.
Before each pick, brief training will be provided by experienced Crew Leaders who
will show how to pick seeds, identify prairie plants, and the noxious weeds to avoid.
Wear layered clothing that won’t accumulate plant particles and hiking shoes. As
many of these plants are short, ensure you can bend over or kneel comfortably (and
repeatedly) in your outfit, though you can concentrate on taller species if you choose.
Bring a full water bottle, sunscreen, and thin gloves that protect your fingers but are
flexible enough to handle small seeds and of a material the seeds won’t stick to.
Bring scissors and wear heavier gloves if you prefer to cut the seed heads off rather
than strip them of seed by hand.
Please contact us to make special arrangements if your group is large or
you are bringing kids younger than 12 years old.
Adults must sign a waiver at the site. THOSE UNDER 18 MUST BRING A WAIVER
SIGNED BY A PARENT. Jean will send you a blank waiver when you register.
Last year of the program….Don’t miss it!!
REGISTER with Jean Tate (firstname.lastname@example.org; use JCNA in Subject line)
(name, email, date(s) attending, ## adults/youth, address, phone)
Contact Jean or Paul Kilburn (PDKilburn@msn.com) if you have questions.
Congressional FY 2016 Appropriations Support Letters
for Environmental Education
Action Needed Now: First Deadline Thurs., March 18th
As with the excellent ongoing efforts to gather cosponsors for the No Child Left Inside Act (NCLI), outreach to ask our legislators to sign letters of support for environmental education appropriations holds great opportunities this year, and some big challenges, and the deadlines for various funding items are all before the end of March.
Congressional appropriations committees and subcommittees will be considering the FY 2016 budget shortly, so now is the time for all of us to advocate for the environmental education programs we know are critical to our communities and the country. The primary way our voices are heard by decision-makers in Congress is via a set of letters we ask our legislators to endorse that are addressed to the appropriations committees. We all need to ask our Senators and House members to sign these letter by the mid- to late-March deadlines.
The materials you will need – detailed instructions for you, the appropriations letters for the legislators’ endorsement, background briefings and instructions for them, and an update on NCLI – can be downloaded from www.naaee.net/advocacy. We have not gotten all of the materials from the Legislature yet, so do check back on Monday and Tuesday, and we’ll email you when we post more… but don’t wait to get started!
And it’s very important that we advocate for our cause with all legislators, even those who we know will not sign these letters. Reasons include: they are in the appropriations leadership and have policies not to sign any of these letters; they don’t want to go on record supporting these items; or they have a less than positive view of environmental education… but they none-the-less really value the good work your local EE institutions and schools do. Engaging these non-signing lawmakers, to make sure that they at least understand what environmental education looks like in their community is as important as getting the needed signatures.
This is also a great time to ask for No Child Left Inside legislation cosponsorship. NCLI and the environmental education appropriations complement each other with the range of programs and audiences.
Thank you in advance for helping to secure the future of environmental education and please pass this on to your colleagues today!
Thanks to you and our colleague organizations, the No Child Left Inside act (NCLI) got a great start this year. We feel that with another round or two of followups to engage addition legislators who needed more time and encouragement to sign-on, our Congressional champions will be able to position the provisions of NCLI to be considered for inclusion into the larger Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Bill numbers: H.R. 882 & S. 492, introduced on 2/11/15 & 2/12/15. More about them at www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/882 and www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/492. You can sign up there to get an alert about any official actions. Note that as of today, the bill names on Congress.gov are the formal, “A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 in order to improve environmental education…” We have been informed that it will be administratively changed to “No Child Left Inside Act of 2015” shortly.
Cosponsors: Thanks to you and the coalition of our friends, including the NCLI Coalition, National Wildlife Federation, and others, 42 House members are original cosponsors, plus sponsor Rep. Sarbanes (MD-3), compared to 43+1 for all of the last Congress…great work! On the Senate side, we were level with the last Congress for initial cosponsors, with five plus Sen. Reed (RI). In both chambers there are many additional legislators who have supported us in the past, including every one who cosponsored last time in the Senate; see below. Support spread sheet attached. (One more House cosponsor was added this morning, bringing us even with the House total from the last Congress!)
What’s next? Thank you notes + requests for our initial cosponsors to help us with recruiting some of the additional cosponsors we need. Please send your thanks via email to all legislators and staff you connected with who cosponsored, or even if you hadn’t contacted them… if they stepped up, then send a thank you. We also need public thank yous – have your state environmental education (EE) association mention our champions in their newsletter, blog, twitter feed, etc. Request that other organizations with whom you are friends, do the same: local league of conservation voters, Audubon Societies, the zoo and aquarium, etc. Sample social media language attached.
We still need more NCLI cosponsors in these categories:
– Senators – We are thin with their support so far. There are 16 who have cosponsored in the past but not yet this year… mostly because they weren’t asked again!
– Other past EE supporters, Senate and House, of NCLI – we have plenty of friends of environmental education who just need a little reminding of the importance of EE to their state and country, and of their past support. There are an additional 10 House members who cosponsored last term and haven’t yet done so this one, and 30 more who cosponsored in other previous Congress and not yet this time, and plenty more who have signed appropriations support letters.
– Freshmen – We need new champions; we only have two so far. Some of these new legislators don’t know what EE looks like in their district or state, or they may know and love your school/organization, but don’t think about the connection between your good work, EE, and NCLI. For freshmen profiles see http://info.cqrollcall.com/NewMemberGuide2014.html (you must provide your email address to download this).
– Education committee members – In the House we have 9 of 16 already cosponsoring on the Democratic side, and 4 of the those remaining 7 have supported EE in Congress in the past. On the Senate HELP Committee, we have only 3 cosponsoring ed committee members so far, but again, almost all of the rest of the Democrats on the committee are friends of EE.
– At least one cosponsor from every state – We are almost 1/2 way there with 23 states and D.C. represented… let’s try for this!
– Republicans – We simply need more connections with them.
With all of the above groups, we know in some cases there might be a low probability of an individual legislator willing to be on the record cosponsoring NCLI, so the goal becomes having them make that positive link between your good work and support of EE, so that the Senator or Representative will at least say that they won’t vote against us!
In the coming few weeks: Congressional EE appropriations support to request. For most of us, it makes sense to combine our appeals to our legislators with several appropriation items for Congress. More on this shortly.
Thanks again for a great start!
Chair, Advocacy Committee, NAAEE