Working Title: Forest Wildlife Program Coordinator
Appointment: Full-time, AFSCME Technical, 4912 Community Program Assistant, funded through September 2017 Center/Program Area: Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources – Forestry Location: Green Hall, St. Paul Campus Application Deadline: Review of the application will begin April 5; position will remain open until filled
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Forest Wildlife Program Coordinator will work closely with Educators and Specialists in Extension’s Forestry and Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Education teams to assist in developing citizen scientific protocols, educational content, creating educational resources and tools for forest-wildlife interactions, and supporting communication efforts.
This position will assist with coordinating the University of Minnesota (U of M) effort to train volunteers to identify, report, and monitor white-tailed deer impacts on woodland regeneration across Minnesota’s family-owned forests. Trainings will be delivered statewide.
ABOUT THE POSITION: This position is accountable to the University of Minnesota Extension Program Leader for Forestry and Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Education in the Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
The person chosen for this position will join a statewide team of regional and campus-based individuals focused on invasive species, natural resources, and related programs.
The position will be housed with the Forestry and Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Education Program teams in Extension.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS 70% Educational Development & Implementation *Assist in establishing a framework for a citizen science program to document white-tailed deer impacts on woodland regeneration across Minnesota’s family-owned forests. *Assist with development, implementation and evaluation of forest-wildlife educational activities online and in-person, including writing research-based educational content on wildlife and forest management for private forest landowners for multiple formats. *Assist in developing and maintaining supplies to be used for trainings and for volunteer work related to Forestry and Wildlife interactions. *Coordinate logistics, including scheduling, participant registration and communication, room reservations, communication with instructors, development and distribution of educational materials, and other tasks as assigned.
20% Administration *Maintain records and assist with preparation of reports on program activities, outcomes, and grants. *Learn and assist with technical support for online AIS tracking systems and help volunteers utilize these systems.
10% Community Relations *Assist in developing and sustaining collaborations and partnerships with Extension partners (e.g., MN Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Forestry Association, UMN Department of Forest Resources) to help advance shared goals.
BENEFITS/APPOINTMENT 1. This full-time, temporary AFSCME Technical position in the University job code 4912 Community Program Assistant 2. The appointment is funded for an initial period of six months. The appointment may be extended depending on performance and availability of funding. 3. University of Minnesota benefits apply and information is found at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/prod/groups/ohr/@pub/@ohr/documents/asset/ohr_56709.pdf 4. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. Must provide own means for traveling throughout the state and legally required vehicle insurance. 5. Salary commensurate with education and related experience.
QUALIFICATIONS Required Education & Experience: At least two years of education in the area of Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, or a closely related field AND at least two years of experience (paid or unpaid) related to position responsibilities.
Examples of related experience include, but are not limited to: forest and resource management; adult non-formal education; volunteer management; digital media and communication technologies.
Preferred Education and Experience: Additional education or a completed Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Education, or a closely related field. Additional education is preferred in aquatic ecology, environmental management, adult education, environmental education and interpretation, program development, and formal and non-formal science education.
Skills and Abilities: *Excellent oral and written communication skills. *Ability to help coordinate, develop, and deliver effective educational programs. *Evidence of skills in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders. *Ability to work effectively with new and diverse audiences. *Organization and detail management
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