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KU Field Station Education Program Coordinator

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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Position OverviewThe Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research (KBS-CER) is seeking to hire an Education Program Coordinator who will help create and lead a vibrant new program of public education and outreach at the University of Kansas Field Station. The University of Kansas Field Station is administered by the Kansas Biological Survey and Center for Ecological Research and is a member of the international Organization of Biological Field Stations. The Field Station consists of over 3500 acres in northeastern Kansas and provides infrastructure for field-based research and education as well as a network of nature preserves used for research, public outreach and conservation. Field Station lands include a wide variety of terrestrial environments representative of the transition from eastern deciduous forest to tallgrass prairie in eastern Kansas. The field station also contains a variety of aquatic ecosystems (ponds, streams, and lake) that are accessible for research and education activities.

The Education Program Coordinator will develop and direct education activities at the field station that excite learners of all ages and backgrounds, educate diverse audiences about nature, and train volunteers to extend the reach of these activities. The position will increase the field station’s engagement within the University (in-reach) and in the broader public (outreach). The coordinator will present themselves as an outstanding representative of KBS-CER at local and regional events. This position will report to the director of the KU Field Station and work closely with field station staff. The primary location for this position is at the KU Field Station headquarters (350 Wild Horse Road, Lawrence, KS.) Job Description50% - Public education, outreach. Developing a public education and outreach program based at the KU Field Station. Example activities include coordinating and hosting tours of nature preserves and research experiments at the field station, developing field-based learning activities for visiting K-12 students and teachers, organizing and participating in special events for public groups at the field station, developing promotional materials for community events.

25% - Volunteer program development. Create and sustain a field station volunteer program to include developing program objectives, recruitment and training, and coordinating volunteers and activities.

15% - In-reach at KU. Working with KBS-CER researchers to incorporate field station education and outreach opportunities into research programs and proposals; engage with other departments and research centers across KU to promote field station activities within the University and broaden participation in field station activities.

10% - Administration. Maintain records of all educational and outreach activities. Work with KBS-CER communications staff to develop and maintain accessibility to outreach, education, and volunteer opportunities. Work closely with the field station director and staff to coordinate education activities in ways that are synergistic with the mission of the field station research, and other duties as assigned. Position Requirements
    This position is on-site at the KU Field Station headquarters (350 Wild Horse Road, Lawrence, KS).Availability to work occasionally on weekends and evenings to participate in special community and university events
Required Qualifications
    A bachelor’s degreeThree years of experience in an education and/or community outreach environmentAt least one year of professional supervisory experience including the recruitment and training of employees or volunteersExperience in MS Office skills (e.g., Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word) as demonstrated by application materials
Preferred Qualifications
    A bachelor’s degree or higher in the biological sciences, environmental studies, natural resource management, science education, or related fieldFour years of experience in an education and/or community outreach environmentExperience developing programs and managing volunteers/docents at a museum, field station or non-profit cultural organizationDemonstrated ability to create dynamic new programs with minimal supervision while collaborating with researchers and staffDemonstrated ability to thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment and be adept at managing many projects at onceExcellent communication skills; must be personable and diplomatic in working with diverse constituenciesDemonstrated ability to work well with researchers, staff, students, volunteers, and members of the publicDemonstrated strong interest in environmental education and public programsInterest in the natural history of the Great Plains, knowledge of the flora, fauna, and ecosystems of Kansas
Additional Candidate InstructionsOnly complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application includes online application form, resume, cover letter, names and contact information for three professional references.

Application review begins June 1, 2022 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is received. To ensure priority consideration, apply before the review date.
Contact Information to ApplicantsSheena Parsons, [email protected] Advertised Salary RangeStarting at $46,000, commensurate with experience Work ScheduleM-F, 8a-5p Application Review Begins01-Jun-2022 Anticipated Start Date11-Jul-2022


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