Houston Environmental News Update October 9, 2019

Wild About Houston Film Festival, Prairies and Pollinators, Environmental Disasters in Harris County Forum, Climate in Crisis lecture, Green Jobs, and more

Please join us on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, for the Wild About Houston Green Film Festival, the October installment of the Houston GREEN Film Series at Rice Media Center. The festival will showcase local short films that tell environmental stories. At 6 p.m., before the films, enjoy a free guided tour of Rice’s Holistic Garden (next door to the Media Center). Tacodeli will be on hand to sell scrumptious tacos. Films start at 7 pm. 

Secure a ticket or register to host an exhibit table on Eventbright. This event is organized by the CEC and sponsored by Armand Bayou Nature CenterBayou Land ConservancyGalveston Bay FoundationHouston AudubonHouston Parks BoardHouston Arboretum & Nature CenterOne Breath Partnership, and Houston Metro. After the festival’s premiere, CEC will be taking the show on the road; please contact [email protected] if you would like to host a screening.

November’s Green Film Series, on the 20th, event will be an introduction to how to tell your environmental story with film and video. Come learn from the pros–from do-it-yourself hacks all the way to how to work with a professional.


Environmental Educators Exchange: Kickerillo Mischer Preserve

Environmental Educators, unite! All are welcome on Nov. 6, 2019 at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve for the fall meeting of the Environmental Educators’ Exchange. Come and go as your schedule allows. Canoe from 3:30 – 5 pm., network from 5 – 5:45 p.m., and take a night hike from 5:45 – 6:30 p.m.. Our goal is to provide a space to rejuvenate, network, and learn about trends in environmental education. All are welcome (including children). RSVP on Eventbrite or contact [email protected].

Earth Day Houston

Earth Day Houston, part of the 50th worldwide observance, will be held at Discovery Green on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Volunteer opportunities are available at earthdayhouston.org/volunteer/. Opportunities to sponsor and exhibit will be available soon.

Interested in serving on the CEC Board or a Committee?

CEC is seeking individuals who might be interested in joining our board of directors in January 2020 or volunteering to serve on one of our committees starting this year. Join CEC on October 15 for an information session for prospective board and committee members to learn more about the commitment and opportunities. For more information (including directions to our top secret world headquarters), please email [email protected]

Scroll down to read notes from our member organizations and the community, or view the emailed version of the newsletter, which includes a green job listing.

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EarthShare of Texas seeks Executive Director

EarthShare of Texas (ESTX) is a nonprofit organization that provides a powerful way for Texans to support conservation and healthy communities.

Mission: EarthShare of Texas conserves natural resources and builds a healthy and sustainable environment by leveraging financial contributions to our member organizations, employers, and the community. We support more
than 40 of the most respected conservation and environmental organizations in Texas.  From air quality to wildlife rehabilitation to the development of green building technology, our members work to protect our environment. EarthShare of Texas raises and distributes funds to environmental charities that qualify for membership.


EarthShare of Texas is currently seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead our efforts in Texas.

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management, fundraising and marketing of the organization, including but not limited to:

  • External Communications: Represent ESTX in a variety of forums, venues, and meetings with business, community, or conservation allies.
  • Staff Management: Manage staff and contractors to optimize their effectiveness and professional development.
  • Fundraising: Sustain existing funding for ESTX, and work to cultivate and secure support from new funders. Oversee workplace fundraising efforts for member groups, including major donor cultivation, corporate matching gifts and cause marketing campaigns.
  • Financial Management: In collaboration with the Board of Directors, ensure effective and sound accounting of organizational funds.


The Executive Director of EarthShare of Texas will be a knowledgeable, collaborative, and action-oriented person with a compelling presence and exceptional relationship-building skills. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in fundraising, networking, and management within the non-profit community.

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • A committed environmentalist, personally passionate about the issues ESTX member groups address.
  • Strategic leader, with a minimum of three (3) years of management experience within a non-profit organization.
  • Significant knowledge of environmental and/or workplace-giving non-profits is desirable, with knowledge and experience in the Texas business community and corporate decision-making.
  • Demonstrated/evidence-based success in fundraising and/or business development.
  • Persuasive written and oral skills are essential, as is the ability to plan, execute, and follow up on comprehensive, goal-oriented programs and campaigns based on ESTX mission.
  • Willingness to travel within the state as needed to meet the organizations goals.
  • Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree in a relevant field preferred (education does not take the place of robust/relevant work experience).


To express your interest in this role, please submit a thorough resume and a cover letter to [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. EarthShare of Texas is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $68,000 – $72,000/year, commensurate with experience.

The Woods Project seeks School Year Program Coordinator

The Woods Project is seeking a School Year Program Coordinator, who aids in the input of club instructor data, weekend trip paperwork, weekend trip pack-outs, and other duties as assigned. Maximum of 10 hours a week. Scheduled position duration runs from early October to early December and early January to early May. The ideal candidate will have strong communication skills, experience and a desire for working with youth, and a passion for the outdoors, and will be a strong team player. For full job description and application instructions, visit thewoodsproject.org.