Careers

Position Openings with the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation

Do you love Mission Trails Regional Park? Put your professional expertise to work supporting one of the largest urban parks in the United States, enjoyed by more than 2 million visitors annually.

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the park since 1988, is hiring a part-time Lead Educator, full-time Communications and Operations Assistant, and a freelance Gift Shop Manager as we rebuild our staff and prepare for the reopening of the MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center. If you’re a creative, knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about preserving wild spaces, we encourage you to apply for these positions by Sunday, August 1.


Lead Educator

Position Overview

Oversee the MTRP Foundation’s education program for school field trips, organize and run the Day Camp program, and create in-person and online educational programming for adult and youth audiences.

Description of Duties

  • Develop age-appropriate curriculum that meets California State standards and complements classroom instruction for school groups visiting Mission Trails
  • Coordinate school visits, ensuring optimal educational experience, scheduling and coordinating Education Assistants as needed
  • Create, deploy, and analyze post-visit surveys from teachers and students for school visits and parents/guardians and participants of Day Camps and other youth programs
  • Maintain clear records and details about visiting groups for reporting of outcomes
  • Conduct outreach to schools and other groups about MTRP Foundation Education Program
  • Monitor inventory of interpretive materials. Develop and produce new materials and research and secure educational equipment as needed
  • Collaborate with MTRP Foundation colleagues to develop free and fee-based public programs including lectures, workshops, online programs, and outdoor experiences
  • Oversee the MTRP Foundation’s Day Camp program, Girl Scout badge workshops, and other programs, as developed
  • Write articles for MTRP newsletter, website, and other outlets
  • Contribute content for MTRP social media channels

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in education and/or nature-related area of study
  • Minimum of 3 years’ teaching experience
  • Ability to develop and deliver age-appropriate educational programming
  • Demonstrated leadership skills to include excellent teaching and presentation abilities, and planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent public speaking ability and expertise in engaging groups
  • Possess strong written and interpersonal skills, professionalism, and tact
  • Ability to organize work, handle multiple priorities, and effectively interact with staff, visitors, and stakeholders at all levels
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Adept at using Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Google Forms

Work Site

Temporarily remote and at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center offices occasionally when the facility reopens. Lead groups on the trails from the Visitor and Interpretive Center and other locations in the park. Required to work in indoor and outdoor environments and some evenings and weekends.

Hours/Wage

Up to 20 hours per week with potential for more, primarily on weekdays; $26/hour

Supervisor

Executive Director, Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation

Submit resume and cover letter by August 1, 2021, to mtrp@mtrp.org. In the email subject line, please write LEAD EDUCATOR POSITION.


Communications and Operations Assistant

Position Overview

Working with the Executive Director and other MTRP Foundation staff, responsible for the MTRP Foundation’s communications and donor recognition activities and provide operational support.

Description of Duties

  • Create and execute communications calendar to support MTRP Foundation and park programs and initiatives
  • Develop social media content and post on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube
  • Write, build and deploy regular electronic communications and write content for local news outlets
  • Write and distribute press releases and pitch coverage of MTRP Foundation activities
  • Develop marketing strategies and programs to increase awareness of Kumeyaay Lake Campground, MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center, Gift Shop, and facility rentals
  • Create and continually update content on the MTRP website
  • Write content for MTRP newsletter, assist in production, and coordinate mailings
  • Organize/coordinate speaking engagements and participation at outreach events.
  • Develop invitations and marketing materials for MTRP Foundation events and programs
  • Help execute MTRP Foundation donor stewardship and other events
  • Provide analysis and reports of Marketing Communications activities as needed
  • Create and customize thank-you letters and coordinate monthly donor renewal mailings
  • Maintain and ensure correct recognition for individual donors, granting agencies, and other funders on donor boards, MTRP website, and in printed materials
  • Field incoming MTRP Foundation phone calls, respond to voice mail and e-mail messages, and take thorough follow-up action
  • Attend to inquiries at the Front Desk and assist volunteers as needed
  • Maintain inventory of MTRP Foundation-produced brochures, and volunteer shirts and jackets, reordering as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or related field
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Experience using various social media platforms, creating engaging posts
  • Ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and deadlines
  • Skilled at developing relationships and effectively interacting with stakeholders at all levels
  • Ability to maintain flexibility with respect to assigned tasks due to changing deadlines, deliverables, and task priorities
  • Computer skills using Microsoft Office, Google Docs and Google Forms

Hours/Wage

Full time, 40 hours/week; $22/hour

Work Site

Temporarily remote, then at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center when the facility reopens. Availability to work some evenings and weekends.

Supervisor

Executive Director, Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation

Submit resume and cover letter by August 1, 2021, to mtrp@mtrp.org. In the email subject line, please write COMMUNICATIONS/OPERATIONS POSITION.


Gift Shop Manager

Position Overview

On behalf of the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) Foundation, this individual will manage the MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center Gift Shop including the purchase and merchandising of items, online order fulfillment, bi-annual inventories, online and Gift Shop special events.

Responsibilities Include

  • Manage Gift Shop merchandise and make recommendations pertaining to Gift Shop inventory in accordance with MTRP Foundation guidelines
  • Select vendors, and purchase items in cooperation with MTRP Foundation staff
  • Create attractive merchandise displays, keeping to the theme of the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor and Interpretive Center
  • Prepare a complete Gift Shop merchandise inventory two times a year (approximately January 31 and June 30)
  • Assist in the creation of Gift Shop promotions, including for social media and other channels
  • Develop and execute special Gift Shop sales events in collaboration with MTRP Foundation staff

Qualifications

  • Prior retail experience required, including buying, merchandising, and completing inventories
  • Must be creative and possess strong interpersonal skills
  • Must have initiative, working mostly remotely and unsupervised
  • Proficient in point-of-sales systems and tech savvy, with experience in Excel
  • Be able to provide professional references

Compensation and Work Site Information

This is an independent contractor position, $700/month, working mostly remotely but at the MTRP Visitor and Interpretive Center twice weekly for merchandising and online order fulfillment.

Supervisor

Executive Director, Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation

Submit resume, cover letter, and merchandising photos by August 1, 2021, to mtrp@mtrp.org. In the email subject line, please write GIFT SHOP MANAGER.