Everglades Literacy Program Coordinator

Reports to

Vice President of Education

Type of Job

Full Time

Published Date

August 16, 2021, 2:00:00 PM

About the position


The Southwest Florida Everglades Literacy Program Coordinator directly supports the mission of the Everglades Foundation by assisting the Education program with coordinating and carrying out the Everglades Literacy Program, which fosters Everglades literacy among elementary and secondary students throughout Florida. The Coordinator assists with the development and maintenance of grade-appropriate, multi-disciplinary curricula that are aligned to State of Florida educational standards and adopted by public schools, private schools, charter schools, parochial schools, and home-schools. The Everglades Literacy Program Coordinator will manage training of teachers to bring the curriculum into classrooms. The Coordinator also promotes Everglades literacy by building relationships and partnerships with universities, non-profits, and other organizations that advance environmental education.


The primary responsibilities of the Southwest Florida Everglades Literacy Program Coordinator are grouped into three areas: curriculum development, teacher training, and partner and community engagement.

Curriculum Development

  • Assist with the development and execution of the Everglades Curriculum and Teacher Training in Orange, Osceola, Hillsborough, and Pasco counties

Teacher Training and Champion Schools support

  • Facilitate teacher training agenda and process

  • Print and prepare materials for teacher trainings

  • Order and organize teacher training kits

  • Attend school events, environmental education events, career days, and guest teaching opportunities

  • Assist with data compiling, administrative and clerical duties, and various other tasks as requested by Vice President of Education and/or Education Manager

  • Assist with establishing recruitment process, school contact list, and identifying training venues

  • Maintain county training schedule

  • Manage teacher stipend process

  • Assist with teacher in-service credit procedures

  • Provide follow-up consultation to ensure lesson implementation by teachers who complete training

  • Assist with content management of Everglades social media as it relates to education, including blogs, Facebook, and Twitter posts

  • Assist with experiential experiences and learning activities for the Everglades Champion Schools Program

  • Help to recruit high quality teachers for trainers in the “Train the Trainer” program

  • Attend “Train the Trainer” workshop and events twice a year

  • Assist with the development of policies and procedures for the “Train the Trainer” program for effective implementation of teacher trainings and follow-up

Partner and Community Engagement

  • Attend local and regional conferences and meetings to promote the Everglades Literacy Program as needed

  • Establish partnerships with school districts and maintain communications to schedule teacher trainings

Development and Fundraising

  • Research, identify, engage, and cultivate new sources of support and funding opportunities for the Everglades Literacy Program in collaboration with the Director of Development& Events SWFL

  • Prepare grant applications

  • Partner with Director of Development & Events SWFLt in networking and community relations to assist in the development of key relationships and opportunities to advance

  • strategic objectives of the Everglades Literacy Program

  • Coordinate with Director of Development & Events SWFL on outreach and engagement opportunities, such as fairs/festivals, community events, and speaking opportunities 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of program management and development procedures

  • Knowledge of budgeting, bookkeeping, and reporting

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, database management, email, internet use and research, etc.

  • Able to work with diverse and multi-disciplinary

  • Excellent time management and organizational skills

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills

  • Detail-oriented and efficient

  • Able to proactively solve problems and think analytically

  • Punctual, reliable, and self-directed

  • An optimistic outlook and enthusiastic attitude

  • A passion and enthusiasm for the Everglades and/or the environment a plus

  • Ability to effectively work remotely, independently, and under limited supervision


The Everglades Literacy Program Coordinator reports directly to the Vice President of Education and works closely with and under the guidance of the Education Program Manager.

Travel and Schedule

This position requires considerable local and regional travel. The Southwest Florida Everglades Literacy Program Coordinator may travel as much as 50% of the time. Additionally, the Everglades Literacy Program Coordinator is required to attend weekend and/or evening training sessions and other events that must be synchronized with the school calendar, which varies by county.

COVID-19 Considerations

Masks are required in Foundation offices and on Foundation business. Employees are required to complete daily COVID screening before performing in-person work. The Foundation strongly encourages and may require employees to receive COVID-19 vaccines.

How to Apply

Send a detailed cover letter and resume to Jennifer Diaz, Vice President of Education, at jdiaz@evergladesfoundation.org. 

No phone calls, please.



  • B.S. in education, environment, or related field required

  • Teacher certification and teaching experience preferred

  • Familiarity with and thorough understanding of Florida Education Standards

  • At least two years of experience in a program coordinator role or similar position

  • This position works where children regularly congregate and in accordance with Florida Statutes, applicants must pass criminal sexual predator and sexual offender background checks. Successful applicants will also be subject to local, state, and FBI background checks, including fingerprinting


$42,500 - $47,500 commensurate with experience

About us

About Us:
The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local outdoor enthusiasts, the Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems, working tirelessly to bring people together and provide a powerful voice for Everglades restoration at the state and national levels.

Funds raised by the Foundation are used for scientific research, advancing understanding of the greater Everglades ecosystem, advocating for key restoration and preservation projects, and providing grants to conservation partners. The Foundation’s world-class science department conducts and sponsors scientific research and analysis so that its policies, positions, and actions are governed by facts.

The Everglades Foundation is a responsible employer that seeks to recruit and retain outstanding, high-performing professionals who are at the top of their fields, to thrive in a
dynamic, mission-driven culture committed to excellence, innovation, collaboration, and
diversity. The Foundation has an operating budget of $10+ million, a talented staff of 34, and a high-profile national 35-member Board of Directors committed to personally supporting the organization’s administrative and fundraising costs so that every dollar raised from outside donors goes directly toward programmatic work in science, research, education, and advocacy.


Southwest Florida