Don’t Waste It! State Content Specialist:
About Don’t Waste It!:
Don’t Waste It! is a collaborative project across North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. The original Don’t Waste It! guide was developed by Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling in North Carolina in 2019, through updating outdated lessons and activities from other resources and creating new lessons and activities. There are five themes in Don’t Waste It! with accompanying lessons: Municipal Solid Waste, Recycling, Plastics, Composting, and Landfills. Thanks to support from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we will create an updated and expanded North Carolina version and new versions for the other six partner states, developed by the Project Lead and Content Specialists from each partner state.
The goals of the Don’t Waste It! project are to help current and future educators across the southeast understand the systems for municipal solid waste, landfills, material recovery facilities, recycling, and composting in their state, and then provide them with resources and lessons to share this knowledge with students, in order to inspire their local communities to get involved with composting, recycling, waste reduction, and other activities that revitalize land and reduce contamination in EPA Region 4.
LEEF will hire a Content Specialist in the solid waste field who will work with the Project Lead to collect and update the Don’t Waste It! guide with appropriate content for Florida. Examples of state-specific content include: local recycling and waste statistics, local check-out programs for equipment/tools/teaching resources, local solid waste and recycling contacts, guidelines for what is or is not recyclable in a particular location, lesson correlations to state education standards, etc.
Timeline and Commitment:
The target date of completion for each state curriculum guide is January 31, 2021. Overall, we estimate this project will take a total of 20-30 hours, but actual time commitment may vary.
● Significant knowledge of solid waste operations, statistics, contacts/organizations, and resources for your state.
● Strong knowledge of your state’s education/curriculum standards, particularly science and social studies for grades K-12.
● Familiarity or ability to become familiar with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guidelines for Excellence: Environmental Education Materials.
● Excellent attention to detail.
● Strong writing skills, especially relating to grammar, consistent formatting, and accuracy in transposing dates/numbers in written communications.
● Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
$500 stipend upon successful update of all state-specific information in the Don’t Waste It! guide. This can be paid to an individual or to an employer to cover a portion of an employee’s salary.
Please email LEEF Executive Director, Terran McGinnis, at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest by 5pm on September 4, 2020.