09 Sep Visitor Services Specialist – Latino Engagement Coordinator
• Stipend: $600/week + Health Insurance
- Timeframe: October 2021 – September, 2022
• Free housing is available
Applications Due: September 23rd, 2021
Purpose: Support and promote a Latino Engagement Program to build stronger relationships with the communities surrounding the Willamette Valley Refuges - weaving the Refuges into the local Latino culture as a resource, destination and asset.
- Increase the number of bilingual publications, signage and programming at the Refuge Complex. Specifically: Environmental education elements in Spanish and English; Ankeny Hill Nature Center interpretation and bilingual curriculum elements.
- Be a part of the development and implementation of Ankeny Hill Nature Center interpretation elements, operations, programming and curriculum. This new center needs to meet the needs of Latino families.
- Coordinate with the identified Latino Organizations in Benton, Linn, Polk and Marion counties to implement programming that benefits both parties. Foster these relationships.
- Use the Latino outreach list to promote bilingual efforts at the Complex.
- Help coordinate Winter Wildlife Field Day as a member of the steering committee. In 2021 we set a standard for accessible events and we want to keep that going! Instead of bringing a diverse audience to our Refuge(s) we brought these special places to them. All elements of the event will be bilingual. Experience with online platforms and experiences a plus!
- Continue the monthly Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool Program (January – May 2022).
- Host additional bilingual interpretation and/or environmental education events at the three Refuges in the Complex. This could be a continuation of the bilingual nature hikes and programs already developed or create your own passion projects!
- Create bilingual curriculum for the Woodpecker Loop Discovery Trail.
- As the Latino Engagement Program champion, serve on the Visitor Services team. This includes helping with environmental education events, outreach, and participation in other visitor services duties (e.g. rounds, brochure making, and volunteer coordination). Always be thinking of your audience. How can we reach more Latinos in the everyday visitor services activities we do?
- Together with the Visitor Services Manager, keep the Latino Engagement Action Plan updated.
Qualifications: We are seeking applicants that possess strong communication skills, a flexible and positive nature, willingness to learn and a passion for conservation and education. In addition:
- Latinx individual that is bilingual (Spanish/English both verbally and written). A native Spanish-speaker a plus;
- Must possess a valid driver’s license;
- Takes initiative, is hardworking and self-motivated;
- General computing skills. Experience with video editing and design software a plus;
- Desire to conduct education and outreach.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license;
• Takes initiative, is hardworking and self-motivated;
• General computing skills. Experience with video editing and design software a plus;
• Desire to conduct education and outreach.
The Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex of Oregon is comprised of three incredible Refuges: Ankeny, just south of Salem; Baskett Slough north of Dallas, and William L. Finley south of Corvallis. The Refuges’ seasonal wetlands and farmed fields provide important resting and feeding areas for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds within the Pacific Flyway, and support the core population of wintering geese in the Valley. In particular, the Refuges hold the largest number of wintering dusky Canada geese within their range. At peak numbers, the Refuges also hold more wintering ducks than any location in western Oregon south of the Columbia River. The Refuges support some of the largest and most ecologically significant blocks of native habitat in the Willamette Valley.
Visitors to the Refuges frequently view herds of Roosevelt elk, bobcats, a variety of bird species, and they enjoy a diverse number of habitats in which to hike and observe wildlife: oak savanna, wet prairie, upland prairie, riparian corridors, emergent and deep water marshes, and Douglas fir forests.