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Michigan State University Extension Seeks Extension Educator

June 26, 2019

Position Title                                                                                                                                                                                          3c0c8a7a-ab8a-43d1-9982-0d6e4bd87348-resume_upload-MSUE-202010_RGB_Green_150_5in

Extension Educator                                                        




Job Description 

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and the Community, Food and Environment Institute (CFEI) seek an Extension Educator.


Working/Functional Title

RIPPLE/Invasive Species Ext Educator


Position Summary


As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Community, Food, and Environment Institute (CFEI), this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in alignment with the Water Team within the Natural Resources work group. This position may collaborate across work groups, with other MSUE Institutes and community groups, and work with faculty, specialists and Extension educators for advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele. The successful candidate willdesign, implement and evaluate programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele groups; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education and written articles; and serve as an informational resource for Extension Personnel and clientele.


Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities


  • Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystem protection and management.

  • 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 MSUE work team(s) and other federal, state and county agencies, assess needs of the community around water issues and develop effective programming.

  • Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and CFEI.

  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles.

  • 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 MSUE, the Community, Food, and Environment Institute and the work group aligned with.

  • 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 implements Civil Rights policies and procedures.

  • Perform other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.


Required Degree

Masters -Aquatic science, Fisheries, Ecology, Bio

Minimum Requirements


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to aquatic science, fisheries, ecology, biology, or natural resources must be earned by date of hire.

  • 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 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 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.

  • Transportation is the responsibility of the employee.

  • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.


Desired Qualifications


  • 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).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of invasive species, their impacts and management.

  • Knowledge of aquarium and/or ornamental pond hobby or trades.

  • Demonstrated understanding of one or more of the following topic areas: aquatic toxicology, aquatic plant management, septic system management, climate change impacts or adaptation, pond management.

  • Demonstrated skill in print and/or graphic design.

  • Successful experience using digital media for public outreach and engagement, including social media platforms, websites, or online instruction.


Required Application Materials

Current resume/CV

Cover letter

Four (4) professional references, including at least two (2) from current or prior supervisors


Special Instructions


This is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.


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