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Homelessness Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

In partnership with researchers from the University of Utah, the Jordan River Nature Center (JRNC), as part of the Tracy Aviary, is looking for a masters-level social work student or recent graduate to support programming, outreach, and engagement with people experiencing homelessness. Located adjacent to the Men’s Resource Center (MRC), the JRNC is in a unique position to provide programming and support for both sheltered and unsheltered residents of the area. While the exact details of this new position are in development, it is expected that the ideal candidate have appreciation for and experience with homelessness services and populations, is comfortable working outdoors and/or in a nature center, and is prepared to engage in a dynamic and evolving social environment. This position is initially designed for the summer months (late May – August), at approximately 15-20 hours a week. Compensation will be in the $18-$20/hour range, based on qualifications. We are looking to start this position soon, so please reach out as soon as possible. Specific responsibilities of this position may include:

  • Acting as a liaison between the JRNC and the MRC;
  • Supporting existing JRNC programming for MRC residents;
  • Developing further programming for MRC residents;
  • Working with JRNC environmental education staff for best practices for engaging with people experiencing homelessness;
  • Supporting research efforts concerning the JRNC, the MRC, homelessness, and health; and
  • Supporting the JRNC mission of providing a comfortable, welcoming, and ecologically appropriate space for a diversity of visitors.

Interested applicants should send a brief email to Dr. Jeff Rose ( that includes a statement of interest and a resume/CV. Applicants can also contact Dr. Sarah Canham ( with questions.

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Last Updated: 5/26/22