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Education Fellowship, Mobile Lab (Quarterly)

Announced May 1, 2018

URBAN GREEN LAB

Urban Green Lab’s mission is simple: We teach communities how to live sustainable, healthy lives.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2011 and based in Nashville, we envision a world where everyone understands the basics of sustainable living, with a focus on energy, material, and food waste in our classrooms, households, and workplaces – places where culture begins.  Together with our frontline partners, we facilitate dialogue, advance curricula, and build measurable life skills that empower, save money, protect health, inspire responsibility, and conserve our incredible earth for generations to come.

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION

The Education Fellowship is a quarterly (three-month) paid fellowship with Urban Green Lab's Mobile Lab program.  Education fellows support Urban Green Lab's Sustainable Living Educator with implementing Mobile Lab visits in Nashville area middle and high schools, delivering sustainable living education to students who need it most.  Education fellows are paid by the day ($40/day) and should expect to work with Urban Green Lab every Thursday and Friday, with occasional weekends or early evenings.  The quarterly fellowship is renewable and fellows are eligible to continue their fellowship in consecutive quarters (by resigning an agreement).  

THE Mobile lab program

Urban Green Lab’s Mobile Sustainability Laboratory (“Mobile Lab”) is a custom-built, state-of-the-art, 40-foot classroom on wheels delivering access to holistic sustainable living education in school communities.  Started in 2016 with support from Nissan and other sponsors, the Lab is our ultimate vehicle of inspiration, traveling to schools throughout Nashville and beyond to fill a gap in sustainability education by strengthening waste reduction literacy (food waste, water waste, energy waste, etc.), fostering behavioral change strategies in the classroom, household, and future workplaces, and instilling a greater sense of personal responsibility for protecting resources.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Percentages of effort may evolve with time.

1. Mobile Lab implementation (80%)

  • Assist the Sustainable Living Educator in implementing all aspects of the Mobile Lab program during visits to schools (mostly), festivals, and other special events.  Serve as the Sustainable Living Educator's point person for all visits.     
  • Guide students through the Mobile Lab experience, including how to interpret educational panels, and use workbooks and interactive exhibits.  Answer questions, troubleshoot, and help create a fun, inspiring space for learning, connecting, and growing.  
  • Interact with teachers and school officials as necessary.  Help build relationships with schools and explain the benefits of the Mobile Lab program for classrooms, including how the Mobile Lab ties into established curricula and supports state Science standards.  
  • Help set up and take down the Mobile Lab with the Sustainable Living Educator, including negotiating tricky parking. The Education Fellow will not be expected to drive the Mobile Lab, though may assist with directions and operations.
  • Supervise any interns or volunteers in helping implement the Mobile Lab program as necessary.  Offer direction and advice.

2. General & administrative Support (20%)

  • As necessary, support other core functions of the Mobile Lab program, including possible data collection and analysis, procurement or construction of new educational materials, and entering information into contact, organizational, or event databases. 
  • Support other Urban Green Lab staff with related educational projects as necessary, including attending certain staff or team meetings, and contributing to the overall values and mission of the organization.  

Attributes

The candidate will ideally possess the following attributes and professional qualifications:

  1. Passionate commitment to Urban Green Lab’s mission and values
  2. Great passion for educating, guiding, and inspiring youth and teachers
  3. Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills, and high sense of integrity
  4. A positive, flexible attitude, intellectual curiosity, and capacity to adjust to change
  5. Diplomatic, with excellent community relations, listening, and learning skills
  6. Self-reliant, proactive, dependable – a team player to the core
  7. Humility and grace under pressure, a sense of humor

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Experience working with youth and students, especially middle and high
  2. Understanding of education and teaching, and diverse scholastic environments
  3. Interest in sustainable living and protecting natural resources through lifestyle change
  4. Familiarity with nonprofits and grants management (including reporting) a plus
  5. Clear oral and written communications, and experience with presentations

Stipend, Bonus, & Hours

Education fellows are paid $40 per day, and are expected to work two days each week, mainly Thursdays and Fridays throughout the quarter.  There are approximately 2-3 Mobile Lab visits per week between 3-9 hours each with rotating classes of students. Some weekend and evenings may be requested in place of a Thursday or Friday workday. 

Quarters run as follows: 

Summer: May (ASAP)-August 31

Fall: September 1- November 30

Winter: December 1- February 28 (No Fellowship offered Winter Quarter)

Spring: March 1- May 31

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Most of the Education Fellow's time will be spent at area public and private schools with the Mobile Lab, which involves both indoor supervision and outdoor games in various seasons.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Please submit an application here. Position posted until filled.  Background check required.  No phone inquiries, please.  All correspondence is confidential.  Urban Green Lab is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants with a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas to apply.