Youth Outreach & Education Coordinator

Accepting applications until filled – ideally during the month of May. Click here for application details. 

About the Arizona Trail Association

The Arizona Trail Association (ATA) is the nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect, maintain, enhance, promote, and sustain the Arizona National Scenic Trail as a unique encounter with the land. The ATA’s vision is a continuous 800-mile non-motorized path from Mexico to Utah connecting deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities and people. Formed in 1994, the ATA has been instrumental in the construction of the cross-state Arizona Trail and is responsible for its ongoing maintenance and protection. The trail received National Scenic Trail status in 2009, was completed in 2011, and has become one of the nation’s premier long-distance trails. 

Seeds of Stewardship

In an effort to engage youth in the organization’s mission, diversify the trail community, and inspire the next generation of trail stewards, the Seeds of Stewardship program was created in 2012. The mission of the Seeds of Stewardship program is to provide educational and meaningful outdoor experiences that empower youth to become the next generation of stewards of Arizona’s wild landscapes. 

Two Coordinators are employed within the primary gateway communities of Tucson and Flagstaff. The program engages middle school and high school age youth within communities statewide using a proven three-tiered approach of experience, education, and stewardship. Northern Arizona Coordinator is based in Flagstaff and works with youth from 10 to 12 schools between Payson and Page, with a primary focus in the Flagstaff area. 

All programs are provided at no cost to schools, with the ATA covering all expenses associated with compensation for Coordinator and co-leader, transportation, educational materials, healthy snacks, compensation for school to hire a substitute teacher (when requested), swag for participants, and other resources, materials and tools as needed. Our goal is to eliminate all barriers to participation so that youth can explore trails close to home, connect with landscapes on a deeper level, and be actively involved in the stewardship of public lands and the Arizona Trail. Program goals include five outings per youth group per school year (or semester, depending on school preference and Coordinator’s schedule), generally organized as experiential (two outings, preferably on the Arizona Trail); educational (two outings, with a focused educational component); and stewardship (trail maintenance, trail construction, invasive species removal or similar hands-on activity). 

More information about the Seeds of Stewardship program can be found online: aztrail.org/youth/seeds-of-stewardship/ 

Reading outing reports online and visiting our social media pages are ideal ways to learn about the program, the schools we have been working with, and typical outings and destinations. 

Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Outreach to schools and educational agencies within northern Arizona to identify groups of youth to participate in the program.
  • Meet with school or agency representatives to explain the program, set dates for outings, and facilitate an agreement of responsibilities. 
  • Organize and lead outings (day trips, work projects, and optional multi-day backcountry trips) and manage logistics associated with outings (transportation, food, routes, activities, materials, etc.). 
  • Seek out and oversee contracted co-leaders to help facilitate outings. 
  • Communicate with land management partners (USFS, BLM, NPS, etc.) to encourage their participation on outings, including environmental education activities or presentations.
  • Develop environmental education lessons, and whenever possible, integrate each teachers’ existing curriculum into the lessons and activities, with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). 
  • Document outings through photographs and field notes, and encourage youth to document their experiences through art, writing, video and other media. 
  • Post photo(s) and brief description of each outing to Instagram (@aztsos) along with an acknowledgement of program supporters. 
  • Identify potential funding sources to support the program and its growth, and work with ATA’s Development Director and Executive Director to apply for funding. 
  • Report hours biweekly to Administrative Director along with quarterly progress reports for ATA Board and Staff.
  • Submit credit card receipts by the first day of each month. 
  • Communicate with Southern Arizona Coordinator and Executive Director to develop the program, plan outings, lead trips, and other duties associated with the position.
  • Attend ATA Annual Members’ Meeting (Phoenix), annual Staff Meeting (Tucson), and other special meetings or events in the Flagstaff area as needed. 
  • Distribute Arizona Trail Junior Explorer Handbooks to various locations throughout northern Arizona and/or identify ideal locations for the resource’s ongoing distribution.
  • Be an exemplary representative of the Arizona Trail Association and its mission. 
  • Routine cleaning and maintenance of the Seeds of Stewardship Ford Transit 15-passenger van, and storage unit.
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director. 

Compensation 

  • $22/hour during the school year (average of 32-40 hours/week), with a possibility of summer programming. Schedule is flexible and sometimes highly variable. 
  • $0.56/mile for personal vehicle use 

Benefits 

Immediately:

  • Arizona Trail gear (shirt, hat, socks, bandana, guidebook and other swag)
  • Full tuition for advanced wilderness medical certification (Wilderness First Responder is preferred for this position) 
  • Partial to full tuition for continuing education opportunities that directly support the program and its mission 
  • Updated Microsoft Office Suite software 
  • 50% off all Arizona Trail merchandise sold through the ATA 
  • Pro deal discounts through select manufacturers (Kühl, Big Agnes, etc.) 
  • Use of credit card for all program expenses 

After an initial three-month evaluation: 

  • 50% of monthly personal health insurance premium through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Verizon cellular plan (100% of monthly coverage with no limits on data)
  • Paid time off (50 hours annually) 
  • Other benefits offered to all employees

Skills & Experience 

The ideal candidate has formal education and experience in the following fields:

  • Education, including curriculum development and lesson planning
  • Earth sciences 
  • Place-based outdoor education 
  • Outdoor leadership 
  • Youth development 
  • Natural and cultural resource management 
  • Trail maintenance, public lands management, and/or volunteerism
  • Sustainability 
  • Leave No Trace ethics
  • Driving 15 passenger vans

Applicant must have strong written and verbal communication skills in English. Proficiency in Spanish and/or native languages of northern Arizona is beneficial. 

Requirements 

Applicant must pass a criminal background check and have an exemplary driving record. Applicant must enjoy working with youth, have a broad base of outdoor skills, and be able to work independently without direct supervision. Applicant must have current certification in Wilderness First Aid or more advanced wilderness medicine, or be able to obtain certification before accepting the position. 

To Apply 

The Arizona Trail Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply by sending the following documents by email to Matthew Nelson, Executive Director (matthew@aztrail.org): 

  • Letter of Interest 
  • Current curriculum vitae with relevant education, professional experience, and current certifications 
  • Three references, including name, telephone number, email, and context of professional connection 

Applications will be accepted immediately and the position will remain open until filled – ideally during the month of May. Interviews will be conducted in person or by video conference. Qualified applicants can expect two to three interviews. If you enjoy working outdoors with youth and are interested in a leadership position within a nonprofit organization making a big impact on individuals, families and communities throughout Arizona, please apply today.