Lead Trainer

Organization Background
Founded in 1976, the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project (MBSTP) is a 501 (c ) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and enhancement of the native salmon and steelhead populations of the greater Monterey Bay area. To accomplish its goals, the MBSTP has developed three programs:

  • Coho Salmon and Steelhead
  • Chinook Salmon Enhancement
  • Salmon and Trout Education (STEP)

Salmon and Trout Education Program (STEP)
STEP is an in-depth collection of K-12 science lesson plans with a salmonid theme, run by MBSTP and aligned with California and Next Generation Science Standards. It was developed to provide students with a chance to learn “hands on” about salmon and steelhead and the habitats in which they live. Teachers are offered the tools and ideas for integrating science, math, language, and visual arts. To support STEP, we offer a certificated 2-day streamside training annually for teachers, utilizing lessons from the curriculum, and provide classroom and field support during the school year. Teachers will learn the methods and techniques for working with groups of students streamside and how to process streamside experiences back in the classroom. Results include increased science knowledge in teachers, and skill in conducting meaningful science field studies with students. Students increase their knowledge of anadromous fish, learn their threats to survival, and develop stewardship values of the species and their environment. Periodically, trainings are offered to area docents and volunteers. The program and this position are funded by grants and community donations.

Position Responsibilities
• Take the lead in planning and delivering a two-day streamside teacher training that will strengthen the pedagogy skills of teachers, so they deliver meaningful watershed educational experiences in the field, and effectively teach environmental science in a place-based learning structure. To be supported by MBSTP staff and volunteers.
• Attend a train-the-trainer session prior to any other training activities.
• Provide classroom lesson delivery support to teachers throughout the school year at eight hours per teacher so teachers will gain increased comfort and skill in delivering lessons and gain increased science content knowledge in local watershed and estuary science. • Provide support to teachers during field study experiences and periodically during community stewardship activities with students. Subjects likely to be included are: water sampling with physical and chemical testing, benthic macroinvertebrate surveys to assess stream health, field studies at an estuary, and participation in Coastal Cleanup Day or another stewardship activity planned by the teacher.
• Encourage participating teachers to guide students in forming environmental stewardship clubs on school campus and engaging in periodic community-based environmental restoration and stewardship activities.
• Collaborate with Education and Outreach Coordinator to complete evaluation activities and collect data for reporting purposes.
• Promote knowledge and support of the mission of the Project, with the objectives of public outreach, growing teacher participation and training, and increasing membership and volunteerism.

Required Qualifications
• BS or above in a science-related field, preferably in the life sciences
• Current teaching credential, single subject science preferred
• Prior training and certification in STEP
• Some experience with k-12 field studies
• Demonstrated strong presentation skills
• Proficiency in Email, Word, Excel, and file sharing technologies such as Google.docs
• Passion and interest in salmonid preservation

Desirable Qualifications
• Enjoy training and staff development
• High degree of professionalism, energy, integrity, empathy, maturity and enthusiasm • Significant desire to help educators and students succeed
• Strong verbal and written communication skills

This is a 50%-time contracted position in 2018-19, funded by grants and donations, with a planned start date of August 2018. No benefits. In subsequent years, percent effort may be increased, dependent on grant funding. Salary shall be commensurate with qualifications and experience, with a range of $25,000 – $37,500 for 50% time.

To apply
Submit a cover letter and resumé via email to:
Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project
Attn: Executive Director
ed.mbstp@gmail.com and cc education.mbstp@gmail.com


Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project


Santa Cruz, CA


$25,000 - $37,500 for 50% time

Date Posted

March 16, 2018

Job Type

Part Time