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Perfect Earth Project - Organic Landscape Educator 

Background Information
The Perfect Earth Project (PRFCT) is a nonprofit initiative focused on raising awareness about the dangers of lawn and landscape chemicals to humans, pets and the environment, and providing educational opportunities in toxin-free land care for homeowners, decision makers and landscape professionals. Founded in 2013, PRFCT has already made great strides with its outreach and education programs. It offers a no-cost, readily available opportunity for everyone to take an effective environmental action and make a real, measurable difference; a very appealing and increasingly popular message.

Position Description
In a small (3 person) office, the Director of Education will work directly with the President/Founder and Environmental Outreach Coordinator to advance the PRFCT mission and projects. The office is located on an idyllic 5-acre waterfront property with extensive gardens which provide a living classroom and laboratory for toxin-free land management. The Director of Education (a new position) will guide PRFCT in promoting and supporting educational programs that ensure accessible learning opportunities for homeowners, students and professionals to become skilled and knowledgeable in toxic-free (organic) land care; to promote careers in toxic-free land management, and to promote a worldwide community of responsible land stewardship.

Responsibilities include but are not restricted to: creating long term strategy for establishing and meeting PRFCT educational goals; creation and dissemination (with Outreach Coord.) of educational materials, videos and public appearances; filling the role of PRFCT in house expert, supporting expanded PRFCT educational opportunities nationwide; promoting greater commitment to toxic-free in current educational programs; and promoting interest and careers in nature based landscape management. The position offers an unusual opportunity for a candidate with a wide range of experience in toxin-free landscape, turf management and education to collaborate with major artists, musicians and influencers; it is full time and based in East Hampton, NY.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create basic educational models for different audiences in PRFCT (toxin-free) lawn and landscape management. 
  • Build and distribute a national database/network of PRFCT educational opportunities for professional training.
  • Plan and coordinate local (Springs and Bridgehampton schools) in-school curriculum which act as models for large scale distribution. 
  • Promote greater commitment to teaching PRFCT practices across the educational spectrum. 
  • Work with landscape professional organizations, local governments and non-profits to promote interest and education in PRFCT practices.
  • Create a network of PRFCT educators, trainers and experts to advise PRFCT and to connect to communities nationwide to help insure success of their commitment to reducing toxic inputs. 
  • Manage the PRFCT professionals program 
  • Explore and organize potential for certification programs for PRFCT professionals.
  • Explore and organize mentoring and intern programs to support education. 
  • Provide concepts and content (to Outreach Coordinator) for ongoing educational and outreach, social media, print and web based materials including videos and webinars to support community actions. 
  • Act as PRFCT in house expert for on line/on phone/in person/media and public advice. Create and collaborate with a wide network of experts to support the program and assure dissemination of relevant, nationwide, accurate information. 
  • Coordinate on going PRFCT lawn expert program at the Bridge Gardens (Peconic Land Trust) facility. 
  • Provide on-site fee-for-service consultations
  • Represent PRFCT at fairs, symposiums and public speaking events. 
  • Develop PRFCT Earth landscape and garden as a living laboratory and learning center. 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years’ hands on experience in Ornamental Landscape and Turf management with emphasis on organic/toxic-free/nature based practices. 
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in education, teaching and public speaking. 
  • Minimum Undergraduate degree, preferably in landscape/turf management, horticulture, plant sciences, environment, landscape architecture, or related field 
  • Strong connections with Landscape/Turf management and national community of Horticultural educators and practitioners
  • Excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Energetic and outgoing selfstarter. 
  • Experience in communications/education/outreach or environmental programming 
  • Strong relevant computer skills: internet research, MS Office, Excel. 
  • Good writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail and problem solving 
  • Creative and enjoys “startup” atmosphere
  • Willingness to work occasional overtime/weekends
  • Passion for the environment, plants and human health.

Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Full health benefits available.

Application Procedure

Please submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your experience, qualifications, match of skills to the position, hobbies and special interests, and availability. Include video or audio of public speaking experience if available.

Email your application to: jobs@perfectearthproject.org with position title in the subject line. Please let us know how you heard about this job.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; deadline March 15, 2018

The Perfect Earth Project is an equal opportunity employer