Internship: Asia Pacific Civil-Military Disaster Assistance Research Intern

Peace Winds America is a disaster preparedness, response and recovery organization. Peace Winds America advocates for increased collaboration between governments, militaries, NGOs, and the private sector to prepare for and respond to natural disasters in Japan and the Asia-Pacific, with the Japan – U.S. relationship as the cornerstone of humanitarian assistance in the region.

Opportunities of position: Gain experience in international relations. Gain expertise in civil-military disaster policies, programs, training, and research. Gain expertise in the policies and procedures of select Host Nations receiving humanitarian aid. Assist with preparing documents for senior government, military, and NGO officials. Help connect international communities and leaders. Gain experience in the non-profit industry.

Description: Research, review/analyze, and evaluate the existing civil-military disaster policies, programs, and training for the initial phase of the 18 month program “Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative”:
(a) Collect data on the disaster response activities of Japan and the U.S. for disasters in the Asia Pacific over the last ten years.
(b) Clarify and categorize existing disaster policies, plans, exercises and trainings.
(c) Examine the Japan and U.S. civil-military disaster policies, procedures and programs, reviewing documents, program briefs, and evaluations.
(d) Determine effectiveness and results of existing trainings, i.e., capabilities increased, contacts and connectivity established, coordination enhanced amongst the various groups involved (militaries, ministries, NGO communities, and host nations).
(e) Identify areas for improvement and means to increase coordination and collaboration during both planning and operations, while reducing costs.
(f) Assist with drafting and editing of civil-military literary reviews, conference proceedings, policy recommendations, policy briefs, and other materials as required.

Qualifications: Current graduate student or recent Master’s Degree preferred. Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills. Experience in Asian research, particularly disaster preparedness/relief, humanitarian assistance, civil-military collaboration, or international relations. Knowledge of Japanese or another Asian language is a plus.

We expect the intern will work 10 to 20 hours a week for three to six months. The internship begins in January, 2011. Although this position is not paid, through the internship at Peace Winds America you will gain valuable knowledge and experience in the field of nonprofit management and international humanitarian assistance.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and a cover letter explaining why you would like this position and what specific skills and qualifications you would bring to Peace Winds America to We anticipate filling the internship immediately.

Job: Environmental Education Program Coordinator

Love inspiring children by teaching awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the natural world? The Pacific Science Center is looking for the right candidate to coordinate the implementation of high quality science-based environmental education programs at our second location, The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue.

Reports To: Mercer Slough Program Manager
Position Start Date: ASAP
Job Status: Part Time, Temporary
Duration: Up to 34.5 hours/week through June 10, 2011
Compensation: $13.50/hour

Job Duties:
• PROGRAM OPERATIONS: Coordinate the smooth and safe operation of the Mercer Slough program by:
• Scheduling staff for programs, communicating with staff about the schedule and ensuring that the schedule is running efficiently
• Acting as primary liaison for Mercer Slough Staff
• Assisting teachers with operation of programs and any difficulties that arise as necessary
• Following up on any program or maintenance needs reported by teachers
• Assuming responsibility for the safe site operation of programs in the absence of the Mercer Slough Supervisor and/or Mercer Slough Manager
• EDUCATIONAL PLANNING: Assists in the improvement of programming by:
• Assisting with staff training staff for all current curriculum
• Seeking feedback from staff and updating current curriculum as needed
• Setting up summer field trips.
• FINANCIAL INTEGRITY: Assist with the efficient financial operation of the Mercer Slough program by:
• Purchasing and maintaining program supplies within budgetary constraints
• Tracking all expenditures and turning in receipts
• ADMINISTRATION: Ensure the Mercer Slough program meets all operational needs by:
• Assisting in the hiring of staff and volunteers, and tracking HR paperwork
• Assisting Mercer Slough Supervisorwith staff evaluations, as needed
• ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EDUCATION: Inspires stewardship and respect of the natural environment by:
• Teaching Summer camps, Wetland Field Study Programs, Scout Programs, B’earthday programs, and other programs as needed
• Modeling respect and appreciation for the environment and the participants
• Sharing excitement, wonder and enthusiasm for the program and the natural world with all participants
• CUSTOMER SERVICE (Internal and External): Ensures a pleasurable experience for all participants by:
• Communicating in a clear manner with all participants (adults and children)
• Fielding phone calls in a courteous and professional manner
• Assisting teachers with parent and teacher concerns as needed
• Ensuring that all program paperwork is completed and turned in by teachers
• Communicating staff needs and feedback to the Mercer Slough Supervisor and/or Manager
• Other duties as assigned

Other Job Considerations:
Most programs have ½ indoor and ½ outdoor components. The Coordinator must be able to work outside in inclement weather and in a variety of environmental conditions including mosquitoes and muddy trails.
Working on the weekend and nights are required at certain times of the year; during the summer season this program is especially busy and will require additional working hours.

Education and Experience:
• B.A. or B.S. in environmental education, science, education or related field
• Good driving record
• Knowledge of fresh water ecosystems with emphasis on ecosystems native to the Puget Sound region
• Able to pass a background check
• Taught Environmental Education programs (at least two years of experience)
• Taught summer camps (for at least two seasons
• Familiarity with outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing
• Current First Aid and CPR certification (must be willing to obtain)
• Valid Washington State driver’s license (must be willing to obtain)
• Experience teaching summer camps and school programs at the Mercer Slough
• Supervisory experience
• Developed and managed environmental education programs
• Led group overnight trips
• Worked with high school students
• Have taught about local ecosystems
• Driven a 15 passenger van and a canoe trailer
• Worked with a diverse population of people from various ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds

Abilities and Personal Characteristics:
• Multitasking
• Proved Organizational skills
• Flexibility
• Detail Oriented
• Group Management skills
• Ability to think on your feet during unexpected and stressful situations
• Ability to maintain enthusiasm and positive outlook
• High energy level and strong initiative
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal, especially with large groups)
• Teaching and classroom management skills
• Smiling team player

Physical Demands
The Coordinator must be able to walk 3 miles with students. They must be able to carry up to 20 pound class bins to and from storage and assist with the carrying and loading of canoes.

How to Apply:

TO APPLY: In order to be considered send your resume and cover letter to: with the job title in the subject line. You may also mail in your information to – Attention: Human Resources Department, Pacific Science Center, 200 2nd Avenue North, Seattle WA 98109, -OR- fax to 206.269.2147.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, February 4, 2011