Program Area: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)
Office Location: UMN St. Paul campus or Minnesota Sea Grant office in Duluth
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021, initial review; open until filled
ABOUT THIS POSITION
This Extension Educator will bring in-depth expertise to address complex water management and water quality issues, specifically related to urban stormwater, community resiliency, and watershed education. The educator will collaborate with diverse organizations to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs that will have a measurable impact on water resources by engaging with water professionals, policy-makers, water and land managers, and others in coastal and inland communities across the state. The position will require working with a range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders including:
Soil and water conservation districts;
Watershed districts and watershed management organizations;
City and county governments;
Diverse cultural groups;
Water resource professionals; and
Minnesota state agencies.
This position is a collaborative appointment between Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG), a system-wide program across the University of Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center (WRC), a unit of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and University of Minnesota Extension. MNSG and the WRC have complementary missions that have led to a growing set of joint activities. This Extension Educator will advance MNSG-WRC collaboration in a significant way by developing unified Extension programming that contributes to mutual goals.
We have recorded a webinar about the position, our organizations, and answers to some likely questions. If the hyperlink does not work, the webinar can be accessed at: https://z.umn.edu/SeaGrantWRCJob
Lead Extension programs, education, and outreach related to urban stormwater and community resiliency, including identifying needs and developing, teaching, and evaluating research-based curriculum. These programs may include:
The Minnesota Stormwater Research Program
The Watershed Game
Non-point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO)
Contribute to research that supports Extension programs, education, and outreach related to water resource issues.
Adapt Extension programs for audiences with a range of knowledge, background, and cultures.
Be an active member of Minnesota Sea Grant, the Water Resources Center, the Water Resources Extension Team and broader University of Minnesota community.
LOCATION OF POSITION
Currently, both Minnesota Sea Grant and Water Resources Center personnel are working remotely and both units plan to employ elements of a virtual work environment into the future. When a physical workspace is needed, this position will be either on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus or Minnesota Sea Grant office near Lake Superior in Duluth. The location and mode of work (i.e., physical, virtual) are negotiable and will be determined at the time of hire and as conditions change.
When physical events and meetings become possible and advisable, the person in this position will travel overnight to locations across Minnesota approximately 1-3 nights per month and day trips approximately 1-3 times per month. If the successful candidate is housed on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus, they may be required to travel to Minnesota Sea Grant in Duluth 1-3 times per month, and vice versa if the candidate is housed in Duluth. The goal of these trips are to connect with relevant partners, plan activities, and host events, and most of them can be done in a day. Successful candidates must have a valid driver’s license or have a demonstrated ability for timely travel across all parts of Minnesota.
This is a full-time, Extension Educator position with an annual University Academic Professional appointment at the level of Assistant Extension Professor, Job Code 9623.
The appointment will be annually renewable with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of funds, and program needs.
The position carries Extension academic rank. Rank is assigned at hire contingent on education and professional experience and accomplishments. Successful advancement in rank is expected and contingent on accomplishments as an Extension Educator as governed by Extension's promotion system policies and procedures.
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
To be eligible for hiring, candidates must meet all of the following REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
A master’s degree in a field closely related to water management and water quality, including but not limited to water resources sciences; hydrology; civil, environmental, or biosystems engineering; watershed science, management and policy; and urban or regional planning.
Two years of post-degree professional experience designing, delivering, and evaluating extension or outreach programs.
Two years of post-degree professional experience in watershed science, urban stormwater, or related disciplines.
A proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and collaborations with colleagues, stakeholders, and communities, including those that may have diverse missions, goals, cultures, and backgrounds (e.g., regional water managers, community officials, legislators, program participants, industry groups, diverse cultural groups).
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
A proven ability using technology to enhance learning.
Valid driver's license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for frequent travel within Minnesota.
Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes.
Access to a reliable internet connection and ability to work remotely when Extension offices are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rigorous scientific training in water resources sciences, evidenced by graduate-level coursework, publications, or previous professional experience.
Experience in or evidence of promoting and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Experience in applied research and project management.
Experience writing and administering grants.
Internal Number: 338674
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