2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Sustainable Living Center

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Mission: To conserve resources for the future by encouraging and facilitating sustainable living practices in our community.

Project: The Education & Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for elements of the planning, preparation and delivery of the SLC’s 2018-2019 Public Workshop Series.  This series of workshops takes place from Fall-Spring and features monthly (minimum) workshops on sustainable and healthy living topics.  Examples of past workshops include: Gardening, Food Preservation, Composting, Energy Saving Strategies, Toxics-Free Home Cleaning and more.  The workshops help community members discover and adopt healthier practices, save money and positively impact our environment.  Workshops are held primarily at the WWCC Water & Environmental Center, but have also been held at other locations, as appropriate. The Whitman Fellow will collaborate with the Executive Director on developing content and scheduling of the series, will be responsible for the development and/or coordination of presentations, will arrange for needed supplies, conduct outreach and advertising, will assist with delivery of presentations, and evaluation of the workshops.

Job Description

This position is available to Whitman College juniors and seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018.

Title of Fellow: Public Workshop Series Facilitator

Proposed Hours of Work/Days of Week: TBD between supervisor and successful candidate (will vary), total of 150-160 hours for the academic year plus 20 hours for bi-weekly meetings with Fellow group

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info: Erendira Cruz, Director, director@slcww.org – (509)524-5228

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Review of application materials:
Email:  director@slcww.org
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis (last day to apply is Sept. 10th)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain knowledge of, and experience in, all aspects of the planning, promotion, delivery, and follow-up of a community based adult learning series in a fun and engaging manner
  • Learn about, or enhance knowledge of, topics related to health and sustainability that are actionable by individuals at the local level
  • Learn about the challenges of the project and may assist with developing strategies to overcome them
  • Build relationships with subject matter experts and workshop participants
  • Learn about rewards and challenges of small non-profit operations

Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of, or interest in, sustainable topics that relate to individual impact on health and environment
  • Basic proficiency with presentation software, word processing, form building, e-mail, and social media platform(s)
  • Ability to facilitate learning for workshop participants
  • Ability to engage potential subject matter experts to invite them as guest presenters
  • Comfortable with public speaking


  • Collaborate with SLC’s ED to finalize workshop topics and dates
  • Assist with developing and distributing workshop flyers and posters
  • Conduct marketing tasks specific to each workshop (website updates, press releases, e-mail invites, etc)
  • Develop and deliver workshop content (if applicable) OR facilitate workshops/presenters
  • Conduct follow-up tasks after each workshop


  • Desires to learn and grow in the position
  • Reliable and dependable – understands the program’s success is directly related to his/her performance
  • Maintains a professional demeanor in representing SLC
  • Strong communication on progress towards goals and responsibilities
  • Is able to work independently to achieve program targets

Student Fellows must be eligible, willing, and able to work entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018 (except for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks).

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