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John Harrod

1400 Delmarva Lane
Wilmington, DE 19801


Youth Development Coordinator – DEEC

Opportunity Type: Full Time, Exempt


Organization Description

Delaware Nature Society’s (DelNature) mission is to connect people with the natural world to improve our environment through education, conservation, and advocacy. We envision a healthy and sustainable environment.  Founded in 1964, DelNature, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for our educational programming, conservation, and advocacy. We provide the tools for communities to take action and promote the health of the environment through land preservation, wildlife protection, and watershed stewardship.

We manage over 2,000 acres of land, including four nature preserves, and operates four educational sites: Ashland Nature Center, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center, DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Coverdale Farm Preserve. Our organizational priorities are comprised of three pillars of engagement focused on:  Working & Natural Lands, Healthy Waters, and Protecting Habitats and Wildlife.

DelNature aspires to be inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity and is committed to understanding and addressing where we fall short. Diversity creates an awareness of and acknowledges respect for differences and translates into understanding and valuing of each other’s perspectives. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all who are qualified to apply.

Covid Requirements

DelNature requires that all staff be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Proof of vaccination (copy of vaccination card) is required prior to hiring. Applicants unable to vaccinate must submit a medical exemption (note) from their doctor, will need to test every 7 days, and will submit their test results to their supervisor.  Based on CDC guidelines, currently, the booster shot is not required to be fully vaccinated.

Job Description

A community ambassador of DelNature engaging Wilmington communities, the youth development coordinator works to emphasize the importance of caring for the outdoors and help DelNature better engage audiences of color in Wilmington, while designing and conducting activities to help address local environmental and social justice issues. Coordinator oversees DelNature’s Wilmington youth development programs, including Trail Ambassadors, a RENEW teen program that provides watershed education, leadership development, community engagement, and career exploration. Coordinator designs and delivers programs for the public and community, and conducts site-based social media and marketing.

As a community-based position, hours are Monday-Friday with regular evenings and some weekends per month.

This position reports to: Director of Outreach.


  • Develop, plan, prepare, and deliver the Trail Ambassador program, plus peer-to-peer network (fall/spring – Wilmington Youth Environmental Corps – extension of Green Jobs program) post-secondary exploration program.
  • Collaborate with community partners to develop programs. Development includes recruitment, interviewing, on-boarding, marketing, curriculum and lesson development and instruction, grant management, and logistics (transportation, speakers, payroll, purchase orders, database).
  • Participate in community learning, including attending community meetings and events.
  • Design and lead interactive nature-related programs for the public including trail and water-based activities.
  • Participate in data collection and evaluation of programs.
  • Supervise summer Watershed Fellowship program and collaborate with program partner, Alliance for Watershed Education, for trainings and activities.
  • Lead site-based social media and outreach including newsletters and flyers.
  • Assist with site’s field trips and related programs.
  • Ensure all DelNature policies and procedures, including health and safety protocols, are always implemented.
  • Promote and support DelNature’s mission, values, goals, activities, and membership
  • to a wide array of audiences.
  • Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to and passion for the mission of Delaware Nature Society.
  • Experience creating, developing, and delivering youth development programs.
  • Familiarity with social media. Familiarity with or willing to learn Canva, Constant Contact, and similar programs.
  • Excellent communication skills and enthusiasm for talking to individuals of all ages in a positive, professional manner.
  • Must have a team-focused attitude, flexible mindset, and dependability.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and share knowledge with others. Willing to learn outdoor recreation skills (canoeing/kayaking, biking, hiking, and/or camping)
  • Environmental science back not required.
  • Maintain current CPR and First Aid Certification. Training provided.
  • Valid Driver’s License

Work Environment and Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee frequently is required to sit and reach and must be able to move around the work environment.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and be able to carry, move and setup necessary supplies and equipment.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Ability to plan, lead, and participate in program activities in a variety of indoor and/or outdoor settings, weather, and terrains, including biking paved trails and canoeing/kayaking.

Salary and Benefits

Starting Salary: $40,000. Benefits: health care, dental and retirement plans; vacation, holidays, and sick time.

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