The Chesapeake Conservancy is hiring Bilingual (Spanish) Interpretive Outreach Assistants to develop and deliver culturally relevant and linguistically inclusive programming at selected parks within the Greater Baltimore-Washington region. Bilingual Interpretive Outreach Assistants will work alongside park staff to develop and lead programs in English and Spanish, connect with visitors, educate and inspire stewardship through the Es Mi Parque (It’s My Park) program.
This program will help create meaningful and trusting relationships with Latino communities in the Baltimore-Washington area and use existing connections and networks to build inclusive community programming at four sites: Sandy Point State Park, North Point State Park, Masonville Cove and Patuxent Research Refuge. These sites have prioritized engaging Latino communities.
These positions will be stationed at specific parks and will be required to travel to parks throughout the state of Maryland.
- Patuxent Research Refuge (Prince George’s and Howard Counties)
- Masonville Cove (Baltimore County)
- Sandy Point State Park (Anne Arundel County)
- North Point State Park (Baltimore County)
Successful candidates must be able to communicate (oral and written) in English and Spanish, work independently in the field and perform various interpretive, educational and administrative duties, including:
- Build relationships and meaningfully engage Spanish-speaking communities;
- Collaborate with park staff and partners to translate and develop programs, signs, brochures and other park materials that will resonate with Latino communities;
- Help develop program marketing materials and assist with community outreach;
- Cultivate a positive, fun and safe environment for audiences from all ages and backgrounds;
- Engage the Spanish-speaking community in hands-on activities, stories and other creative pathways that spark a personal connection to the environment;
- Track audience engagements during programs, and gauge the success of these programs and materials;
- Identify needs of the park in relation to effective outreach and communication for Spanish-speaking visitors;
- Assist in community outreach events with partner organizations geared to the Latino community such as Es Mi Parque, Latino Conservation Week and Hispanic Heritage Month events;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
This position is eligible for Sick and Family Leave but no other benefits. Work is performed indoors and outdoors under various weather conditions. Applicants must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays as scheduled. Shifts may be as long as 12 hours per day. Minimum of 30 hours per week, not to exceed 40 hours per week. Positions are seasonal summer positions with potential to go part time during the off-season.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Education: Possession of a high school diploma or high school equivalence certificate.
Experience: Hold solid communication skills in both English and Spanish; possess an interest in natural and cultural history; have experience working with the public; ability to follow oral and written instructions; and ability to work in a team setting.
- Age 18 or over
- Fully bilingual (English-Spanish)
- Adherence to all State and Federal laws and safety regulations
- Ability to work well and effectively on a team
- Ability to work independently with guidance from supervisors
- Ability to work with a diverse staff and engage with a diverse range of people
- Demonstrate exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to work in a virtual setting while at a home office or area away from the office
- Attendance at all required trainings and meetings
- Access to reliable transportation and ability to travel across the state of Maryland as needed
- Demonstrate oral and written proficiency and fluency in Spanish
- Passion for nature and protecting the environment
- Experience with engaging diverse communities
- Solid interpretation and educational skills
- Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion principles
- Ability to transport themselves to training, events and other activities when necessary.
Final candidates may be subject to a background check to check their driving records, as they may be asked to operate park vehicles (vans, trucks, SUVs, etc.) depending on their assigned park.
WE ARE COMMITTED TO BEING A DIVERSE AND WELCOMING WORKPLACE
The Chesapeake Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, refusal to submit to a genetic test or to make available genetic test results, or any other legally protected characteristic.
Chesapeake Conservancy understands that protecting and restoring the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed requires intentional commitment to inclusive practices and narratives within the conservation movement. Through our work we celebrate and elevate the people, places, and cultures of the region, especially by engaging underrepresented communities. Committing to the values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice is critical to achieve our vision of a Chesapeake that is healthy, accessible to everyone, and a place where people and wildlife thrive. To that end, we commit ourselves to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice both in our programmatic priorities and our internal organizational development through inclusive recruitment of staff and board members, and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.