Community Water Center

Community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy

Water Education and Outreach Specialist

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Job Description                                                                                                                                     

Title: Water Education & Outreach Specialist (Temporary, Part-time)                                                        

Organization: CommunityWaterCenter

Location: Visalia, CA


The Community Water Center (CWC) acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy.  We seek to build and enhance leadership capacity and local community power around water issues, create a regional movement for water justice in the San Joaquin Valley, and enable every community to have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.    

The Center employs three primary strategies in order to accomplish our goals:

  • Educate, organize, and provide capacity building assistance to low-income communities and communities of color facing local water challenges.
  • Advocate for systemic change to address the root causes of unsafe drinking water in the San JoaquinValley.
  • Serve as a resource for information and expertise on community water challenges.

At CWC, we believe that safe, clean, and affordable water is a human right, not a privilege.  Our organizing and advocacy work, community collaborations, and organizational culture all reflect a concern for equity, mutual respect, appreciation for diversity, and environmental and social justice.  We are looking for candidates who share our values, who bring a willingness to contribute to our mission and to the growth of a new organization, and who are open to developing their skills.

Position Description:

The Water Education & Outreach Specialist is a temporary, part-time position that is responsible for providing community education and outreach on drinking water issues with residents of low-income communities and communities of color. Specific areas of responsibility include bilingual community outreach and education, engagement of residents in relevant project work focused in East Porterville, community meeting coordination, and conducting sampling of private wells. The Water Education & Outreach Specialist will report directly to the Community Water Solutions Coordinator and will work closely with the Co-Executive Director, other staff, and community partners. This is a non-exempt, temporary, part-time position. It is expected that the position will work approximately 20 hours per week over a six month period (with the possibility of extension at the end of six months), but exact duration will differ depending on need.

Major Responsibilities:

Community Outreach &Education 

  • Work with CWC staff to plan, organize, promote, and implement community as part of a project to develop a public water system in East Porterville.
  • Work with CWC staff to create and distribute bilingual informational materials to local residents and community leaders in the East Porterville project area.
  • Implement bilingual door-to-door outreach strategy and necessary follow-up for community meetings, and assist in facilitating these meetings.
  • Inform and guide residents through the process of submitting necessary documentation or signing agreements to establish water service.
  • Conducting sampling of private domestic wells, deliver samples to laboratory personnel for analysis, and assist with follow-up to ensure residents understand the results
  • Work with CWC staff to craft and translate flyers and appropriate educational materials and presentations for community members on issues and data relating to the project.
  • Conduct follow-up outreach with residents to engage them in other relevant campaign work related to drinking water issues

General Duties 

  • Foster an environment that promotes trust and cooperation amongst CWC staff, community members, and affiliate organizations
  • Work remotely in the field in East Porterville, coordinate with supervisor and staff by telephone and e-mail, and travel to the Visalia office on average one day per week
  • Participate in program strategy and staff meetings as needed
  • Other duties as assigned by the Community Water Solutions Coordinator or Co-Executive Directors

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Minimum Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Fluency in both English and Spanish, and ability to provide oral translation
  • Flexible schedule, willing and able to work weekends and evenings as needed
  • Valid California Drivers’ License
  • Ability to walk door-to-door in rural, unincorporated communities
  • Ability to effectively and clearly communicate about local drinking water issues with local, low-income residents
  • Experience working with low-income communities and/or communities of color in an organizing, outreach, or service capacity
  • Good organizational skills with ability to track and report on project work and execute a project involving multiple actors
  • Familiarity with and ability to use MS Office software, the Internet, photocopiers, fax machines, telephones, and other office equipment
  • Ability to work with and inspire diverse communities and age groups
  • Commitment to social and/or environmental justice, and a sincere belief that together we can change the world

 

Preferred Qualifications and Skills: 

  • Fully-insured personal vehicle
  • Ability to do written translation into English and Spanish
  • Experience producing or managing communications in public or non-profit sector, preferably environment, health, and/or social justice
  • Experience working with both English and Spanish media outlets throughout California, specifically in the Central Valley
  • Community organizing experience 

Note: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Starting Date: OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Salary: $17/Hourly 

Application:

To apply, email resume and cover letter to: ryan.jensen@communitywatercenter.org 

Benefits:

(Benefits guidelines and eligibility vary based on tenure and employment status, among other factors.)

 

Community Water Center is committed to providing equal opportunity to qualified job applicants and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability (including pregnancy), mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, military service status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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