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- Education & Outreach Coordinator
Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
Type of Position: Full-time, exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Salary Range: $42,400 - $63,600, depending on qualifications, plus paid vacation & personal time off, PERA contributions, medical/dental insurance
The Education and Outreach Coordinator reports directly to, and is supervised by, the District Administrator. The position will meet with the District Administrator regularly to prioritize project workload commitments and to discuss issues pertaining to this position. This position attends Board of Manager meetings and provides updates to the Board on programs and activities he or she is involved in.
This position oversees the water resource education and outreach programs of the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District. The position works to establish and maintain partnership with the municipalities, appropriate groups and other organizations (Partners) to implement education and outreach programs. The primary objective of this position is to improve and protect the water resources of the Nine Mile Creek Watershed by providing water resource education and outreach programs and resources to citizens, interested schools, community leaders, municipal staff, landowners and others in the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Develop and coordinate the District's Education & Outreach programs. (50 percent)
a) Coordinate all District adult and K-12 education and public outreach/involvement activities through the goals, objectives and policies of the District's Education Program. Identify target audiences, development of annual education work plan, develop and present to the Administrator & Board of Managers a budget for each activity/program, and evaluation of the education activity.
b) Develop and assist in the production of educational materials and literature for the District, as well as for the website development and refinement
i. Water quality reports/fact sheet
ii. Education materials/information/displays
iii. Manage website and communication technology innovations
c) Develop and implement education programs, including public involvement for the District, focusing on program sustainability and evaluation. Programs can include but are not limited to:
i. School presentations, professional conference presentations and field trips.
ii. Strategies for non-structural non-point source pollution control, e.g. Water Festival, community environmental fairs, storm drain marking projects, and street management program design.
iii. Design of adult watershed education programs for various target audiences (collaboratively with the Citizens Advisory Committee)
2. Coordinate the education and outreach programming of the Nine Mile Creek Water Resource Center (10 percent)
a) Assist with the development and design of education programs/possibilities for the Water Resources Center.
b) Develop and lead education/outreach programming for the Water Resource Center
c) Assist District Administrator with the operations of the Water Resource Center
d) Assist the District Administrator with the coordination of the Water Resource Center Neighborhood Advisory Group
3. Coordinate the District's Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) (10 percent)
a) Plan the Summer Education Series
b) Coordinate Earth Day Creek Clean Up events
c) Recruit CAC members
4. Coordinate the Citizen Assisted lake Monitoring Program and Citizen Stream Monitoring Program (5 percent)
5. Coordinate education and outreach partnering opportunities (10 percent)
a) Partnering opportunities may include working with:
i. local non-governmental organizations such as Conservation League of Edina, Friends of the MN Valley, Bush Lake Izaak Walton League, Friends of Birch Island Woods, others.
ii. Coordinate and develop District education/outreach programs with local municipalities and other watershed organizations where appropriate.
iii. Governmental partners including state, regional, and local agencies
iv. Private businesses
6. Assist with the management of the Cost-Share/Grant Program (5 percent)
SECONDARY/OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (10 percent)
1. Coordinate District outreach efforts and assists with District communications. This may include press releases, newspaper articles, annual water festival(s), newsletters, and updating and creating new Fact Sheets.
2. Develop & coordinate volunteer program and policies. Works with and provides direction to volunteers as needed.
- Supervise and coordinate interns, student workers, and volunteers
3. Coordinate with media links at schools, local municipalities, and the District as appropriate.
4. Develop multi-faceted approaches to educate the general public.
5. Represent District at cooperative regional education programs (e.g. WaterShed Partners) and regional public education conferences
- Serves as the District's primary representative to Project NEMO and serves as a member of the Steering Committee.
- Serves as the District's primary representative to Blue Thumb.
6. Participates as a member of the staff team for District projects and programs by cooperating with other staff and consultants, contributing ideas, providing comments when requested, and helping where needed.
7. Assists with grant writing to obtain funds to enhance education program implementation and be a representative of Nine Mile Creek Watershed District for their grant review process
8. Research and stay up to date with developments in the field of water resources.
9. Other duties including by not limited to:
- Assist with the design and coordination of the NMCWD Annual Report
- Effectively represents water and watershed issues at meetings, conferences, before the media, and to other local units of government, City Departments, the Nine Mile Creek Watershed District Board of Managers, partner organizations, and the public
- Prepares reports and summaries for the District Administrator and Board of Managers as required/requested
At least three years experience with the development and coordination of water resource and environmental education, outreach and communications programs to a variety of audiences. Bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis in natural resource sciences, or inversely, bachelor's degree in natural resource sciences with experience in education. A graduate degree in a related field may be considered in lieu of work experience. Knowledge of technical and regulatory water quality and stormwater issues. Demonstrated written, verbal, and presentation skills (including PowerPoint). Demonstrated networking, team-building, research, coordination, and multi-tasking skills. Ability to work with a diverse public audience. Must have reliable vehicle and valid US drivers license with no recent suspensions.
Understanding of social marketing and behavioral change strategies. Experience with information programs and working with mass media. Experience with non-formal, non-traditional teaching settings (e.g., outside of classroom, adult learners).
Previous experience with small local units of government, secondary education and water resources education experience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES
- Proficiency with a personal computer (PC) and Microsoft software packages for word processing, spreadsheet, database management and computer generated graphics, specifically, but not limited to, Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint.
- Ability to effectively use email and Internet applications and other common software applications.
- Ability to take direction, work independently with a minimum of supervision, use good time management practices, possess the ability to set priorities and balance large volumes of diverse work.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with, the District Administrator, NMCWD Board of Managers, Citizens Advisory Committee, City and agency staff, members of the public, and other interested parties.
- Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in written form.
- Ability and skill with analysis, planning, and implementation of administrative programs and solutions.
- Ability to research and prepare detailed reports and analyses.
- Creativity in developing and presenting educational information and exhibits
Submit cover letter, resume, and references by Wednesday, September 12, 2012 to Kevin Bigalke, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, 7710 Computer Avenue, Suite 135, Edina, MN 55435.
- Posted: 8/28/12
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