Working Title: Program Coordinator – Cover It Up! Citizen Science Program Appointment: 50% time, Researcher 3 (Civil Service), funded through December 2022 Location: Green Hall, St. Paul Campus
ABOUT THE PROGRAM The Program Coordinator will work closely with researchers in the Department of Forest Resources as the coordinator for the Cover It Up! Citizen Science Program. The goal of this program is to identify environments where densely seeding native plants is most likely to effectively prevent buckthorn re-establishment by recruiting and managing volunteer citizen scientists to test the ability of a diverse mixture of herbaceous and woody species to quickly establish buckthorn-suppressing cover in a wide range of environments throughout Minnesota.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
40% Program Development & Implementation: • Collaborate with researchers to develop protocols for citizen science participants to establish experimental plots, monitor plot performance, and submit data. • Validate use of novel measurement tools accessible to citizen scientist (e.g., cellphone apps to estimate light levels) against “gold standard” scientific measurement tools. • Lead development of participant recruitment and training materials (written and audiovisual) and events via online and in-person platforms throughout Minnesota. • Lead development of a volunteer management system to coordinate citizen science participants. • Lead development of a web-based method for data submission by citizen science participants. • Coordinate and lead participant recruitment and training events. • Coordinate procurement and provision of seed and other supplies to citizen scientist participants, including evaluation of alternative vendors and products. 30% Community Relations: • Serve as primary point of contact for citizen scientist participants, including as liaison between researchers and participants. • Engage citizen science participants and other Minnesotans through an active social media presence. • Consult on effective practices with other University of Minnesota researchers and extension staff who develop and co-ordinate citizen science programs. • Attend relevant popular and scientific conferences and meetings to promote the program, disseminate findings, recruit new participants, and engage with existing participants. • Assist in developing and sustaining collaborations and partnerships between the Cover It Up! Citizen Science Program and other organizations. 10% Administration • Maintain records and assist with preparation of reports on program activities, outcomes, and grant updates. • Learn online data management systems and help participants use these systems.
20% Related Research: • Contribute to allied research projects on buckthorn management via field work, volunteer co-ordination, data analysis and preparation of scientific reports and presentations.
QUALIFICATIONS Required Education & Experience: A BS in Biology, Ecology, Education, Environmental Education or a closely related field and two years' experience or a combination of education and work experience equal to six years.
Examples of related experience include, but are not limited to: forest and resource management and research; adult non-formal education; volunteer management; digital media and communication technologies.
Preferred Education and Experience: Additional education and experience is preferred in program development, formal and non-formal science education, vegetation ecology research, and plant identification and propagation.
Skills and Abilities: • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including competency in Microsoft Office and social media platforms. • Evidence of ability to develop, coordinate, and deliver effective outreach programs. • Evidence of skills in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse colleagues, partners, and stakeholders. • Ability to work independently. • Ability to work effectively with diverse audiences. • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. • Evidence of ability to manage, analyze, and interpret scientific data. • Evidence of ability to lead field experiments in vegetation ecology (experimental setup, maintenance, and data collection). • Ability to perform repeated measurements at ground level, including routine kneeling. • Ability to lift and carry 20 pounds up to 100 yards. • Plant identification and propagation (preferred). • Familiarity with terrestrial invasive plant management (preferred).
Internal Number: 330197
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