Native Prairies Association of Texas seeks Environmental Education Coordinator

The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is a non-profit land trust that is seeking an experienced science or environmental educator to develop an educational program including activities and curriculum for Lawther Deer Park Prairie, a prairie nature preserve located in Deer Park, Texas. Development of student activities, a program to train teachers to teach the prairie and facilitation of a partnership with local school districts, businesses and other NGO’s including the greater Houston area will be required. The development of grassland biome curriculum to include demonstration trunks and activities to be taken to local schools for presentation to classes will be required. The ability to work with school district personnel in planning school presentation activities and logistics to facilitate use of the preserve is needed. The position may also require working with universities that are interested in planning programs and research projects at the prairie preserve. The educator would also develop and implement a plan to offer prairie education opportunities to non-public school groups like boy scouts, girl scouts and private schools. The position may also require interaction with city officials, chamber of commerce and local newspapers to promote the on-site education program. The educator will also need to coordinate with maintenance volunteers and managers of the prairie site to ensure appropriate and timely maintenance activities that do not interfere with each other.

To apply for this position, please send resumes via email to Pat Rinn, Office Administrator, at [email protected]

Job Requirements:

  • Experienced Teacher with Texas Certification in Science Education
  • Experience with Environmental Education for Development and Implementation of Education Program for a Nature Preserve
  • Must be flexible and have the ability to work in a variety of settings including outdoors
  • Must be able to work independently, be creative in problem solving and have the ability to work collaboratively to achieve goals
  • Must have highly developed communication skills

Houston Environmental News Update February 1, 2018

Vote early, vote often!*  

This year, local voters might have the opportunity to participate in three elections (designated as uniform election dates) and potential runoffs.

  • March 6: Primary Election
    • February 5: Last day to register to vote
    • February 20 – March 2: Early voting
  • May 5: Uniform Election Date (local election)
    • April 5: Last day to register to vote
    • April 23 – May 1: Early voting
  • May 22: Primary Runoff Election
    • April 23: Last day to register to vote
    • May 14 – May 18: Early voting
  • November 6: Uniform Election Date (national election)
    • October 9: Last day to register to vote
    • October 22 – November 2: Early voting

In statewide primaries, registered voters will decide the candidates that will face off in various state and federal elections. All seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 U.S. Senate positions will ultimately be decided by voters in November. Contests include all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives; statewide positions such as governor, attorney general, railroad commissioner, and agriculture commissioner; U.S. representatives; and a U.S. senator. Voters may also weigh in on ballot propositions.

Visit your county’s election webpage to learn more about the election process and view comprehensive sample ballots. You can learn more about voting and registration at

If you need some inspiration on why voting is important for our environment, you can learn more from the League of Women Voters of Houston, the Texas League of Conservation Voters Educational Fund, the Environmental Voter Project, and the Annette Strauss Institute For Civic Life at UT.

* Only one election at a time!

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CEC welcomes Jacqueline Reyes as a Professional Writing Intern

Jacqueline Reyes is in her last semester at the University of Houston-Downtown and will be graduating May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Communications with minors in Communications Studies and English. Jacqueline stays busy with her full-time job in the medical technology sector while attending school. She has paid her way through school by the grace of scholarships and working as technical writer for the past 3 years.

Jacqueline’s passion is writing. She started writing for her high-school newspaper and has not stopped since then. She was editor at UHD’s newspaper, has written for other publications and blogs, and also freelances. She has experience in an array of writing styles, but her favorite is feature writing.

She is an inquisitive and analytical thinker by instinct. She has a deep interest in the natural sciences, medical and health research, enjoys debating and challenges. Jacqueline is considering pursuing a natural science graduate degree or attending law school in the near future. She enjoys jogging outdoors, camping, reading, writing, visiting museums, and indulging in Houston’s diverse food scene.

At CEC, she is hoping to assist with communication and writing tasks, and learn more about issues and solutions and best practices in the environment. She can be reached at [email protected].