Sustainable Contra Costa (SCOCO), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, educates, connects and inspires Contra Costa individuals and organizations to embrace a sustainable lifestyle. We are a community of citizens, educators, innovators, and organizations working together to create ecologically sustainable, economically vibrant, and socially just communities for all. Our work is based on the 10 principles of One Planet Living and we are committed to helping achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals through local actions in the greater Contra Costa region.

Job Description

SCOCO is seeking to retain one or more experienced on-call Instructors to teach water- and wastewater-oriented courses at grade school and high school levels at Central Costa County area schools. Each grade school class (1st through 5th grade) is approximately an hour each and focuses on the water / wastewater cycle, and water sources and uses; multiple classes are typically scheduled at a given school on a given day. High school classes are structured as week-long, hands-on labs that step students through the wastewater treatment process.

Grade school Instructors should have a background in elementary education and preferably an interest or background in science. High school Instructors with a background in the water cycle and/or water or wastewater treatment are preferred; additional training or background in biology, chemistry, earth science, and/or environmental science is an advantage. No teaching certifications are required for either the grade school or high school positions.

Primary Responsibilities

Instructors may be asked to participate in any or all of the following activities:

-Conduct classroom instruction
-Advise and assist SCOCO staff as requested to:
-Publicize programs, contact schools and teachers, and schedule classes
-Modify and/or improve course materials and curriculum
-Manage schedule with classroom teachers and program instructors
-Train instructors
-Communicate with classroom teachers and deliver materials
-Assist with supply preparation, classroom packing up and moving when needed. (The high school labs are moderately physical, requiring moving and lifting containers weighing up to approximately 50 pounds).
-Administer and grade course evaluation tests and review teacher evaluations
-Prepare or contribute to monthly and final reports of activities

Required Skills and Attributes

-Excellent oral and written communication skills
-Confident and enthusiastic demeanor with SCOCO staff; and school administrators, teachers and students
-A team player who enjoys working collaboratively and independently.
-Personable and a natural networker
-BA/BS in Environmental Studies, Science, Environmental Education or similar is strongly preferred
-Must be able to clear a background check and TB test

Preferred Skills and Attributes

-Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with individuals from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
-Experience delivering hands-on, engaging and active education
-Strong ability to inspire and motivate self and others
-CPR/First Aid
-Living in Central Contra Costa County
-Technical Expertise
-Experience using Google Suite (Google Docs, Gmail, Calendar, etc.)
-Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
-Salesforce experience (strongly preferred)
-Comfortable with and eager to learn new technology


Must have reliable vehicle, clean driving record and proof of insurance for regular work related travel throughout the greater East Bay. Work involves travel to and from schools on weekdays during times when schools are in session
Travel reimbursement is at standard government rate (currently $0.575/mile)

These positions are:

-Part-time, contract, on-call positions with variable hours
-Pay based on experience
-Professional development opportunities include training, mentoring, and networking

-Paid $20-30 per hour, depending upon experience

To Apply

Send your resume and a cover letter to with “On-Call Instructors” as the subject. Please indicate in your cover letter why this position suits your skills, interests and experience. For more info, please check out our website:

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