Program Coordinator, bilingual (Spanish) at Earthwatch

Program Coordinator, bilingual (Spanish)

Earthwatch is an international environmental nonprofit organization that engages people in scientific field research and education. To achieve our mission, we offer research expeditions at exciting locations around the globe. Participants on these expeditions assist top scientists as they investigate important questions about how we can better protect our planet.

This position is no longer recruiting!

Location: Boston, MA, United States

Position Type: Full-time salaried

Department: Program Delivery


Earthwatch is seeking an organized and adaptable individual, with experience in coordinating international programs and a solid understanding of science and sustainability. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for supporting Program Managers in the creation and delivery of citizen science programs and projects. In particular, he or she will be responsible for all aspects of preparing participants for their expeditions, in Spanish and in English, and stewarding scientists. The successful candidate must be fluent in Spanish and possess exemplary customer service skills. The role requires some international travel, as he or she will also be responsible for delivering learning sessions to participants in Mexico. The role requires creativity and flexibility in an often fast paced environment. He or she will work closely with a team of Program Managers, Coordinators, and other international staff to provide support to the organization in delivery of the mission.


Preparing participants for field expeditions

  • Deliver prompt, friendly and consistent high-quality customer service and participant stewardship
  • Collect materials and answer questions via email and phone communication
  • Collect, log and screen participant forms
  • Work across departments to resolve participant requests, questions, and overcome fielding challenges
  • Field incoming phone calls from general inquiries, potential and current participants
  • Transmit participant information to scientists
  • Coordinate conference calls, webinars and/or events for participants
  • Collect and share stories

Program & Project Support

  • Assist Program Managers with stewardship of scientists, funders, and partner organizations
  • Coordinate materials to and from scientists and partners
  • Assist with development and updating of risk management materials
  • Organize, request and track pre-fielding documents to scientists, including annual contracts and risk management documents 
  • Support creation of and disseminate key program materials (expedition briefing, flyers, letters, etc.)
  • Maintain project, program and participant data in the CRM database to a high standard
  • Collect and share evaluation data 
  • Support Marketing with information for communications, website updates, etc. as needed
  • Support and participate in training events for Earthwatch staff and scientists
  • 2-4 annual trips to Mexico to deliver learning sessions to Spanish speaking citizen science participants
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Experience in facilitation or teaching in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree (in science, education, sustainability, nonprofit or environmental studies preferred)
  • 1 – 3 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, environment, sustainability, or field research
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Proven track record of strong customer service 
  • Ability to develop good relationships with colleagues, scientists and participants
  • Exceptional listening, organization and time-management skills
  • Ability to prioritize competing deadlines 
  • Ability to work well under pressure, independently and with initiative
  • Detail-oriented, adaptable and motivated
  • Willingness to learn and work collaboratively across teams 
  • Willingness to offer constructive and creative solutions for better mission delivery, revenue generation and results
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs and relational databases (such as CRM Dynamics)
  • Positive attitude
  • Demonstrated commitment to Earthwatch’s mission and values
  • Experience leading or facilitating experiential learning in the field (international programs preferred)
  • First Aid or other medical training preferred

To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via the form below. 

No phone calls please. Due to limited resources, we are only able to accept applicants who are already eligible to work in the United States. Earthwatch is an equal opportunity employer.


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