The Community, Food and Environment Institute of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension seeks an Extension Educator with a focus on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention. The successful candidate will create, deliver, and evaluate local and statewide communication strategies and educational programs based on basic and applied research that meet current and projected outreach needs related to the prevention of AIS introduction and spread. With a focus on recreational boating and fishing activities, the successful candidate will collaborate closely with colleagues at MSU and MSU Extension, and a diverse network of partner groups, including:
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)
Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs)
In this role, you will explore and implement programs that lead to boater and angler knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that prevent AIS introduction and spread. Serving as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele, you will collaborate in research, engage with stakeholders, and disseminate research-based information through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming, personal education, and written articles/communications.
Working in partnership with the State of Michigan Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) program staff, and in collaboration with the MSU Extension team of water resource educators, you will coordinate impactful boater and angler engagement programs, such as Michigan’s Mobile Boat Wash program and the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program. You will be responsible for coordination of a new mini-grants program to support local program implementation of the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program. Working collaboratively with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, you will coordinate to provide outreach and materials for the State of Michigan’s “AIS Landing Blitz” annual event and will serve as a single, statewide point of contact and support for CISMAs, the public, and water-related businesses in Michigan, in their AIS prevention efforts. You will have the ability to facilitate connections among AIS programs within and beyond Michigan, including the Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch program and the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN). Attendance and participation in relevant stakeholder workshops, meetings, and conferences (e.g., Michigan Lakes and Streams Association annual conference, Michigan Inland Lakes Convention, Michigan Invasive Species Coalition annual meeting, State of Michigan AIS Core Team meetings) is also an integral part of your role.
This position will be based in northern lower Michigan, with anticipated office space in the Roscommon County MSU Extension office.
Develop, conduct, and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs.
Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele.
Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners and Extension staff.
Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts.
In concert with the MSU Extension work team(s), work with federal, state, county, and local agencies and organizations, to complete needs assessment of the community/region, and develop/guide effective programming.
Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Community, Food and Environment Institute and partner organizations.
Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles and other outreach products.
Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities.
Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension, and the Community, Food and Environment Institute.
Work to ensure that community needs assessments, program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences.
Understand and implement Civil Rights, diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and procedures.
Perform other duties or projects as assigned by Institute leadership.
Masters -Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries Management, S
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to aquatic ecology, fisheries management, science communication, or a related field must be earned by date of hire.
Familiarity with aquatic invasive species science, management, and policy.
Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion, evaluation, and follow-up.
Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs.
Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Experience and proven ability working productively with a team.
Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching.
Proficiency in use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management.
Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities, including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences.
Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach.
Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights, diversity, equity and inclusion principles, and compliance standards.
Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
Ability to travel in local and surrounding communities, and occasional long distance travel, are required as a regular part of this position.
Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
3-years’ experience in Extension program delivery, or demonstrated ability and skill, in educational program planning, implementation, and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred).
Thorough knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques related to designing effective outreach, engagement, and communication strategies.
Ability to learn, distill, and effectively communicate content of scientifically and politically complex issues to stakeholders, the public, and the media.
Ability to manage budgets and multiple projects while adhering to deadlines.
Understanding of and familiarity with recreational boating and fishing activities, and related vehicles, gear, and equipment, as well as the associated culture.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with aquatic management principles, practices, and programs.
Demonstrated understanding of the value of, and has the ability to build multi-disciplinary teams for addressing complex ecological and natural resources problems.
Required Application Materials
Four (4) professional references, including at least two (2) prior or current supervisors
This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding. At this time, funding is anticipated to be available for two (2) years.
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