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Position Announcement and Description

Position Title: Bilingual Education Director
Time Commitment: 30 hours/week, typically weekdays
Approximate Start Date: mid-May or early June
Organization: Gorge Ecology Outdoors (GEO)
Organization’s Mission: GEO is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit dedicated to nurturing ALL children’s sense of belonging, wonder, and connection within the greater Columbia River Gorge region through science and outdoor education.

Location: GEO’s office is located at 203 2nd St. in Hood River, Oregon. Most days will begin at the office, however, programs are run throughout the Gorge within a 2,000+ square mile service area and working some of the time remotely can be accommodated as the position allows.

Salary: $15/hour starting wage

Position Summary: The bilingual education director will help with all aspects of Gorge Ecology operations. We are a very small non-profit that relies heavily on community support. This position is dynamic and includes duties such as, but not limited to, coordination and implementation of educational programs, volunteer management, fundraising initiatives, equipment maintenance, file organization and record keeping, community outreach and communications as well as maintaining and seeking out partnerships with other organizations, agencies, and corporations. GEO currently has three employees, however, one employee is returning to school so the goal of this position is to replace that employee and enhance the effectiveness of the organization to better serve youth in the Gorge. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the human demographics of the region and how there can be systemic barriers to equitable education as well as an appreciation for the naturally occurring systems of the Columbia Gorge. The candidate also needs to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy working with kids! It’s a goal to retain the same person in this position for years to come and for that person to have satisfaction in their employment as well as advancement. We offer some non-traditional benefits, over a month of paid time off each year, and we strive for a happy and healthy workplace.

Responsibilities: The responsibilities of the bilingual education director are dynamic, varied, and evolving. A sample includes, but is not limited to:

50% - Program coordination and implementation:

  • Lead and assist with classroom lessons and coordination
  • Assist with and lead field trips
  • Maintain program quality and school partnerships
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers
  • Maintain and enhance on-going programs with schools
  • Track students served and achievements
  • Update, create, and implement programs and materials
  • Ensure proper maintenance of program supplies
  • Assist the executive director with grant proposals and management of programmatic grant funds

20% - Communications and outreach:

  • Provide written program updates, website updates, social media management, and email campaigns.
  • Table at various events in the community
  • Engage children and adults in activities
  • Engage community members in learning about GEO
  • Provide assistance to various partner organizations, including the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, and others.
  • Create materials and outreach systems
  • Work an occasional evening and weekend
20% - Fundraising:
  • Assist executive director in grant writing and donor relationships in addition to soliciting businesses as well as individuals for monetary and in-kind contributions
  • Organize and assist with fundraising events and campaigns
  • Record and track donors
  • Assist executive director and board of directors in creating and implementing fundraising plan
  • Secure funds to continue employment

5% - Office and supplies management:

  • Maintain all equipment and supplies
  • Assist the executive director to maintain accurate records.
  • Create filing systems that are methodical
  • Manage supplies inventory and organization
  • Clean and organize office
5% - Other duties as assigned:
       • Due to the nature of our work we are constantly adapting to meet the needs of our organization and our constituents. Other duties may include, but are not limited to, purchasing supplies, meeting with partners to acquire materials, running organizational errands, preparing social events, etc..

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent.
  • Experience teaching children and adults in both indoor and outdoor classrooms.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills with all ages and diverse audiences in both English and Spanish.
  • Ability to work independently, or on a team, as well as an ability to begin and complete tasks independently. Self- motivated.
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain several projects at once.
  • Physical fitness for outdoor work. Must be able to carry 40 pounds for three miles.
  • A valid driver’s license, clean driving record and ability to provide documentation.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Regular and reliable attendance.
  • Passion for our mission and core values.
  • Tolerance for adversity and uncertainty.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Understanding and knowledge of Columbia Gorge communities, both natural and built, and appreciation for the diverse cultures.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Energetic.
  • Respect and gratitude for the outdoors.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Lived experience as it relates to the children we serve.
  • Volunteer management.
  • Experience fundraising.
  • Other useful skills, knowledge, and experience: office administration, curriculum development, marketing, Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
  • Social Media, web, WordPress, and email marketing experience.
  • Creativity and artistic ability a plus.
  • First aid and CPR.

Compensation: Salary for this position is budgeted at $15/hour for up to 30hours/week. Additional hours may be available on an as-needed and approved basis. More than a month of paid time off each year will be provided through accrual of vacation time at a rate of 60 hours per year, paid sick leave at a rate of 30 hours per year and nine paid holidays each year (New Years Day, MLK Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day). Flexible schedule and ability to work remotely when programs are not in session. Ability to use GEO supplies and equipment for personal use with proper sign out, care, and return. Opportunities for career development.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and two references to info@gorgeecology.org by 8am on April 6th. The cover letter should be addressed to Drew Eastman (he/him) and should include any information about you that may be relevant to this position that is not highlighted in the resume and/or any negotiations you’d like us to consider. References should include name, email, phone, and your relationship to them. All documents should be in either Word or PDF. If you have questions please email our executive director, Drew Eastman, at drew@gorgeecology.org or by calling Drew at 541-387-2274.

Statement for Hiring: GEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We have a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and are seeking to create an organization that better reflects the communities we serve.

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We’ve updated our name!

Let it be said, let it be known, we’ve updated our name to GEO and we’re ready to be shown!

A topic that has come up a number of times during my eight years as an employee of Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute has been our name. I never really gave it much thought. After all, a name doesn’t really define an organization. However, a name does create a tangible way for others to address you. After a long-time volunteer told me last year that they had just figured out how to say “C-G-E-I” then I knew we needed the change. After a lot of discussion with several supporters, and some brainstorming amongst our board, we decided to change our name. I have a lot of appreciation for our former name, CGEI or Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, and I’m also very excited about this updated name, GEO or Gorge Ecology Outdoors. I think that it’s approachable, appeals to a wide audience, it’s simple, it’s catchy, it’s relevant, and it honors the years past.
When I asked our founder, Bill Weiler, to provide a quick thought about our updated name he commented, “We can usher in our new Gorge Ecology Outdoors name with fanfare and celebration.” Bill is also the person that taught me that a name doesn’t tell you much about something. For example, I can tell a student that we’re looking at an oak tree but that doesn’t inform the student of the many benefits that oak trees provide to an ecosystem.
Next year, in March 2021, it will mark 25 years of our programs nurturing wonder and connection with the Columbia River Gorge communities. We have taken on a few names in that time including Central Cascades Alliance, SECRETS Institute of Learning, Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, and now Gorge Ecology Outdoors. Just as it is in nature, the name doesn’t really tell you about the importance or connectivity of this organization. We have had more than 25,000 students go through our multitude of programs. We have served as a fiscal sponsor to help other programs and organizations get their footing. We have partnered with many volunteers, teachers, schools, organizations, agencies, and businesses. We have been at the foundation of many stories that were cause for celebration and we have persevered when faced with a variety of challenges.
All of that has been possible through your support, whether it was one day or one decade. We are a public charity that is truly supported by the public, and we are committed to serving the public regardless of our name.
It’s an exciting time to be involved with the organization and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.
We are beginning the lengthy process of changing our name on all of our materials and accounts. However, in the interest of sustainability we are going to use all of our old printed materials. Please have patience with us during this transition and please notify us if you happen upon a place where we haven’t updated the name. One of our new logos is below.
Bye-bye CGEI, hello GEO.

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A $10,000 Matching Opportunity!

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! We’re 95% of the way toward our year-end fundraising goal! Every little bit helps so please consider making a contribution. Help us soar into the new year!

Provided by CoolFundraisingIdeas.net

You can click on the donate button to the right or send a check payable to Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute PO Box 1104 Hood River, OR 97031.

Read below to learn more about what your support will provide and how we used funds this year.

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Interview with Steelhead

More about CGEI

Click on the link above to hear Drew, also known as Steelhead, talk about CGEI and what brings him back every year.

SECRETS Volunteer Interview

Click on the link below to hear Sedge, also known as Paul Moyer, talk about why he volunteers with SECRETS.

SECRETS Volunteer Interview

“I believe we must help, in whatever ways we are able to offer future generations an experiential understanding of how amazingly wonderful this planet earth is.” – Paul Moyer