Duties

Bastyr University believes that inclusive diversity is essential for achieving academic excellence and creating a profoundly enriching university experience. Our faculty and staff are committed to achieving our mission by educating students to be future leaders that bring the natural health arts and sciences to people from all backgrounds. Promoting an educational environment that allows students, faculty and staff to develop their talents while experiencing a sense of community, we expect campus members to engage in respectful communication, behaviors and thoughtful self-reflection, increase their understanding of cultures and empower people who are disenfranchised, marginalized or oppressed. In so doing, the University pledges to prepare our students (and support faculty and staff) to recognize and appropriately respond to health inequities that affect multiple communities. This involves infusing DEI knowledge, skills, and practices in all academic programs, clinical training and patient services. In all, Bastyr University is dedicated to the welfare of our students and patients as well as to promoting equal opportunity and access in education and health care.

In alignment with Bastyr’s DEI commitment, applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Coordinate with K-12 schools (especially tribal and title I schools) to schedule, plan and implement seasonal field trips rooted in the tend, gather, & grow curriculum/principles. Note: depending on COVID-19, these field trips may be offered virtually or in-person.
  • Design, research and compose ethnobotany adventures written curriculum and activities for K-12 classrooms, to be offered through the sacred seeds virtual education portal.
  • Design, film and edit engaging educational videos for virtual sacred seeds offerings and maintain youtube channel.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate with the Sacred Seeds-focused Assistant Gardener to keep updated about happenings on the Trail, as well as to identify appropriate field trip restoration opportunities and content for videos and written curriculum.
  • Participate in regular check-ins with Garden Supervisor to track progress.
  • Attend and participate in occasional Sacred Seeds Advisory Committee Meetings.
  • Attend trainings with the Tend, Gather, & Grow team and dive deep into learning their curriculum and perspectives on ecological education.
  • Tend relationships between Sacred Seeds and Tribal schools/Coast Salish Tribal Nations with cultural humility and respect.
Qualifications: 

Knowledge   

  • Must have training or other experience in ethnobotany and environmental education.
  • A foundational knowledge of Coast Salish native plants/ecosystems and restoration is highly preferred.
  • A familiarity with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion concepts as they relate to native plants, ecological restoration and Indigenous communities is preferred.

Skills and Abilities   

  • Able to operate a digital camera and edit videos. Familiarity with YouTube and basic video editing software.
  • Able to research opportunities for K-12 field trip collaborations and build relationship through phone or email.
  • Able to keep organized and work independently (be self-driven to deadlines), while also remaining team-oriented (with the Bastyr Gardens team and K-12 schools).
  • Willingness to expand knowledge and abilities involving concepts of ethnobotany, reciprocity, environmental justice and decolonization.
  • Able to walk on uneven forest trails and tolerate variable weather for field trips or filming.
  • Creative thinking and an adaptive, proactive approach to challenges.
  • Personal qualities of professionalism, integrity and reliability
  • People skills and an enthusiasm to engage and facilitate student learning.
  • Able to communicate clearly in a variety of situations and environments.
  • Researching and computer skills, especially Microsoft Work, Outlook and Excel programs.
  • A strong passion for plants and plant-human relationships.

Internship runs from February 2021 – January 31, 2022. This position is entirely grant-funded.

Please refer to job #21-005 and position title subject line when applying -- send cover letter and resume to jobs@bastyr.edu.                    

Bastyr University does not discriminate against any person in matters of employment, application for employment, student or applicant for admission, or participation in our programs or benefits on the basis of the following protected classes: ancestry, gender, gender identity, or expression, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, religion (includes religious dress and grooming practices), sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and/or related medical conditions), ethnic or national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), age (40 and above), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), marital status, genetic information, medical condition (genetic characteristics, cancer or a record or history of cancer), veteran or military status or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law.
All applicants must prove authorization to work in the United States at the time of a position offer. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. Any applicants requiring special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability during the application process should contact Human Resources at (425) 602-3087 (phone), (425) 602-3058 (fax) or jobs@bastyr.edu.