Citizens’ Environmental Coalition seeks Environmental Education Specialist

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The Environmental Education Specialist will work to connect formal and informal educators with each other and with learners. The Specialist will intentionally connect the environmental education community through strategic relationships. 

This is a staff position funded for one year; continuation is dependent upon securing additional funding. The position will be for 32 hours/week. Benefits include 30 days of paid leave (holiday, vacation, sick, etc.), a flexible work schedule, and both virtual and in-person work. Compensation will start at $4,000/month, commensurate with experience. The CEC office is located in a historic school building in Houston’s Old Sixth Ward.

Accepting applications until May 8, 2021, or until filled. To apply, send a résumé and cover letter to greenjobs@cechouston.org and with the subject “Environmental Education Specialist.” No phone calls please. 

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Citizens’ Environmental Coalition seeks Events Coordinator

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The Events Coordinator will organize and produce events in support of the organization’s mission. Ongoing programs currently include CEC’s Green Films and Festivals program, the Greater Houston Environmental Summit, and Earth Day Houston in partnership with Discovery Green Conservancy. Events are subject to change and are often held in partnership with other organizations.

This is a staff position funded for one year; continuation is dependent upon securing additional funding. The position will be for 32 hours/week. Benefits include 30 days of paid leave (holiday, vacation, sick, etc.), a flexible work schedule, and options for both virtual and in-person work. Compensation will start at $2,500/month, commensurate with experience.

Accepting applications until May 15, 2021, or until filled. To apply, send a résumé and cover letter to greenjobs@cechouston.org and with the subject “Events Coordinator.” No phone calls please. 

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Galveston Bay Foundation seeks Part-Time Environmental Educator

The Galveston Bay Foundation seeks a part-time Environmental Educator to assist its Environmental Education Team in delivering Environmental STEM Education programs throughout the Houston-Galveston region. The selected candidate can expect to work 5-30 hours a week, depending on the time of year, in a variety of environments (classroom, field, or office). The Educator will assist with the preparation of and implementation of education programs and perform data entry and will be trained in first aid, driving with a trailer, child abuse awareness, field safety, classroom and group management, as well as specific activities and lessons for education programs. For a detailed job description, including qualifications, requirements, and compensation, visit www.galvbay.org/jobs. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to cwilems@galvbay.org by June 11, 2021.

Bayou City Waterkeeper seeks Water Justice and Watershed Research Fellows

Bayou City Waterkeeper, a regional watershed organization based in Houston, is looking for two people to serve as Watershed Research and Water Justice Fellows through its paid fellowship program during the Fall 2021 semester. These fellowships are remote. The Fellows will analyze issues affecting local communities, and learn more about working at a small non-profit organization and help make an impact on local environmental policy. Candidates should be self-motivated and eager to learn, be strategic thinkers, like writing, be organized, and have a passion for advancing environmental and social justice. For the full descriptions and application instructions, visit bayoucitywaterkeeper.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on June 15 until filled. All interviews will be via Google Meet.

Houston Environmental News Update May 12, 2021

Urban Monsters, Pinkladies, Bike Month events, Future of Energy Economy, Bay Day, Bird Bash, Green Jobs and more

The Urban Monsters image–and the Alligator Snapping Turtle event it is promoting–is just too irresistible to not give it top billing.

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 7 p.m., join the North American Freshwater Turtle Research Group and Turtle Survival Alliance for a free, one-hour webinar. Register on Zoom.

Did you know that the United States’ 4th largest city is home to the largest freshwater turtle in North America? Living within its murky bayous, the Alligator Snapping Turtle is arguably Houston, Texas’ most awe-inspiring resident. With a truly prehistoric appearance, featuring a set of one of nature’s most powerful jaws, the Alligator Snapping Turtle is in a class of its own. And, Houston is home to one of the most robust populations of it in the United States—unusual, yet fitting for one of the country’s most robust cities. Learn all about TSA’s long-term research and conservation program for the Alligator Snapping Turtle in Houston, Texas, by joining Jordan Gray and Eric Munscher for “Urban Monsters: Alligator Snapping Turtles in the Bayou City,” a FREE webinar.

The Turtle Survival Alliance, a global turtle conservation organization, recently announced the capture, tagging, and release of the 100th Western Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) in Buffalo Bayou, Houston, Texas. The capture of this specimen represents a milestone for the TSA’s conservation initiative for this State Threatened species. The 99th turtle to be released was given the nickname “J.J. Watt” in honor of the former Houston Texans defensive end who donned the No. 99.

While the alligator snapping turtle was not among the species observed in the region as part of the City Nature Challenge 2021, the Houston-Galveston region did extraordinarily well. 1,206 observers made 33,524 observations of 3,357 species. That’s tops in Texas for species and observers, and in the top 6 worldwide in all three categories. Worldwide, 52,736 together made almost 1.3 million observations, identifying 45,612 species. It’s an awe-inspiring collaborative effort.

Photo of Pinkladies Oenothera speciosa, the most observed species in the region during the City Nature Challenge. (c) LBuffum, some rights reserved (CC BY)

CEC NOTES

Virtually Wild! Field Trips

Join the Environmental Educators Exchange for the last virtual meeting of the Spring on May 7 at 9:00 a.m. Email alicia@cechouston.org for the Google Meeting Link.


Environmental Educators Exchange

Let’s celebrate, educators! Bring your family and a friend to City Orchard, 1201 Oliver Street, on May 14, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. to hang out on the patio. Enjoy cool drinks, good food and celebratory fellowship. At 7 p.m., we’ll walk or drive a short mile to the Waugh Street Bat Colony to see (and smell) the bat emergence at dusk.


Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Engage your students with lessons outdoors. Over 30 workshops are in the regional summer professional development calendar to connect you with local resources. Sign up today at hereinhouston.org.


Celebrate Earth Month by shopping at H-E-B and supporting local environmental charities

Add your $1, $3, $5, or $10 donation to EarthShare of Texas at checkout in stores and online at H-E-B & Central Market. EarthShare of Texas supports 38 Texas-based environmental and conservation nonprofits, including the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition. April 14-May 25, 2021.
#MyEarthMyTexas #EarthMonth #EarthWeek #EarthDay #ShopLocal #HelpingHere #Texas


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