Extension Educator-Fixed

Bay City MI
Aug 31, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Sea Grant Educator, Saginaw Bay District

Position Summary

Michigan Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, helps to foster economic growth and conserve Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach. Sea Grant Extension educators are involved in planning, organizing, and implementing university-based educational programs that apply knowledge and understanding gained through research. MSU Extension (MSUE) educators support Great Lakes stakeholders with information and tools to make informed decisions to conserve Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources and enhance coastal communities.

Sea Grant Extension educators serve a variety of stakeholder groups, but no single educator can be an expert in all areas of concern to all potential stakeholders. Therefore, educators are part of a collaborative team within Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, specializing in particular areas of concern in their districts; and sharing their knowledge and skills with colleagues in other parts of the state, Great Lakes region and nation.  The person in this position will work collaboratively with the team of Sea Grant and MSU Extension outreach professionals to provide overall leadership for the Saginaw Bay region, encompassing the counties of Arenac, Bay, Tuscola, Huron and Sanilac. This person will collaborate with other partners to support activities related to the conservation of freshwater wetlands, water quality, fish, and wildlife habitat within Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, and the Great Lakes Ecosystem.  Also, the educator will engage in applied research and Sea Grant Extension activities that contribute to the sustainability of Great Lakes water quality, fisheries, waterfowl populations, and coastal community resiliency.

Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron) contains America’s largest contiguous freshwater coastal ecosystem, supporting fisheries, migrating waterfowl, and coastal communities. Intense use of the Saginaw Bay Watershed, the largest in Michigan, has resulted in beneficial use impairments of the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay in Lake Huron. The individual selected for this position will work with local stakeholders, Sea Grant colleagues, and other Extension team members to identify key issues and develop educational and outreach programming that address water quality, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitats within the Saginaw Bay region. The educator will also develop performance measures to evaluate the effectiveness of Sea Grant Extension programming in collaboration with the Sea Grant Extension Program Coordinator.

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • 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 MSUE work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming;

  • Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Greening Michigan Institute;

  • 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 Greening Michigan 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; 

  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

Required Degree

Masters -Freshwater coastal wetlands, Nat Res

Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to freshwater coastal wetlands, fisheries or wildlife ecology, water quality, land use, planning, natural resources, or related field 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;

  • 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 regularly in local and surrounding communities;

  • Ability to travel long distances on a fairly regular basis to provide statewide and Great Lakes region-wide coverage, with occasional national travel;

  • 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 effectiveness in leadership, facilitation, human relations, and written and oral communications;

  • Proven record of working with State, Federal, and community based organizations and groups;

  • Experience in establishing collaborations and community-based initiatives;
  • Computer skills, including use of word processing, spread sheets, GIS, presentation software and the development of multimedia programs;
  • An understanding of educational program planning and successful experience in proposal development;
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing and experience managing operating budgets;
  • Documented understanding of and commitment to equal opportunity, affirmative action and diversity/pluralism; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse audiences of all socioeconomic levels and cultural backgrounds.
Required Application Materials

Current resume/CV, cover letter and four (4) professional references, including email addresses.

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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