The Natural Resources Educator designs, delivers, and evaluates research-based educational programming and services aligned with the position's programmatic focus. Initial programming focus will include: - Providing organizational, leadership, and content support for producer-led watershed groups (focused on soil health, water quality and related subjects) - Engaging stakeholders to create and implement information and outreach strategies focused on shoreline property owners to address lake and river water quality issues; - Providing programmatic leadership and increase the capacity of individuals, organizations and partnerships to address priority natural resource issues in Washburn County. - Working with Extension, county land and water conservation, state and other professionals to collectively address natural resources issues affecting Washburn County residents.
Delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.
15% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
15% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
15% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
15% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
20% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
5% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
5% Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
10% Communicate plans, activities and achievements to Area Extension Director, Program Managers, partners, and relevant stakeholders
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
Required Bachelor's Degree in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position, including, but not limited to human dimensions or behavior change in natural resource management, ag extension, rural sociology, hydrogeology, geology, soil science, agronomy, environmental science, or other closely-related fields.
Preferred Master's Degree in a field relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position
Required: - Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional work environments including demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts; - Work experience relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position. - Experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
Preferred: - Ability to work cooperatively and develop partnerships or coalitions with other agencies, community-based services, or organizations to address educational needs; - Demonstrated experience developing effective partnerships or coalitions with community partners and local governments. - A combination of at least 3 years of relevant work experience in the area of natural resource programming and service delivery such as civic engagement, leadership development, adult education and outreach, organizational development - Demonstrated success in developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs and messages for diverse audiences utilizing a variety of educational techniques, methods, and modes - Experience planning, facilitating, and/or evaluating community-based civic engagement, leadership development, organizational capacity efforts and watershed planning with natural resource groups.
Full Time: 100%
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months) Depending on Qualifications Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/)
- The primary accountability relationship for this position is the Area 2 Extension Director for supervision, compensation and benefits and performance reviews; - This position's primary programming focus is Washburn County; however some programming will also be conducted over a broader geographical area; - Expectation to make arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions; - Work evenings or weekends as needed to meet programming needs. Candidates should expect to work 1-2 evenings per month and a few weekends throughout the year.
How to Apply:
We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume detailing your educational and professional background. Please keep in mind, applicants need to articulate all required qualifications in their cover letter and/or resume. Applicants who have preferred qualifications should share those too in the cover letter and/or resume. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.