Summer Position Open: Animal and Natural Resources Summer Associate Educator

Animal and Natural Resources Summer Associate Educator

This position works with youth and adults in Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, Osceola and Clay Counties to create and support agriculture and natural resources research-based education.

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About Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is committed to carrying out the land grant mission of Iowa State University by providing research based educational opportunities to all Iowans without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.

Job Purpose

The agriculture and natural resources summer associate educator will work with youth and adults in Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, Osceola and Clay Counties to create and support agriculture and natural resources research-based education. Key programming priorities throughout the summer include:

  • The direct planning and delivery of day camps for youth for youth (ages 9-14) including Explorations in Veterinary Science, Advanced Veterinary Science, Explore Nature and Water Quality, Dirt on My Plate, Plant Detective and Insect Invasion - where youth can participate in an inquiry based learning program focused on animal systems and care.

Responsibilities of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Summer Associate Educator:

  • Direct and conduct research-basededucational programming in agriculture and natural resources.
  • Work in collaboration with the regional marketing coordinator to coordinate and market agriculture and natural resource programming priorities and opportunities to youth and adults in the five counties, including but not limited to underserved populations by working closely with the regional marketing coordinator.
  •  Recruit and work with adult volunteers and county extension staff to support these programming priorities.
  •  Maintain a close working relationship with the regional 4-H and youth specialist, including keeping the regional 4-H and youth specialist and all staff updated on programming.
  • Work independently and with other staff to secure necessary resources (volunteers, partners, materials and donations) to support agriculture and natural resource programs in Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, Osceola and Clay counties.
  •  Manage resources to ensure the effective delivery of educational programs.
  •  Offer comprehensive and complex educational programming to support long-term behavioral and conditional change in both youth and adults.
  •  Be recognized locally as an extension professional through public relations and networking.
  • Report and evaluate the impact of programs through weekly program summaries to the regional 4-H and youth specialist.
  • Provide comprehensive progress reportsto extension council members on a quarterly basis. Progress reports would include a summary of programming activities and impact.
  • This position will be funded by the extension councils in the counties of Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, Osceola and Clay and may be contracted with other regional counties for services as available.
  •  Work on additional programming needs in agriculture and natural resources as directed by the extension councils and regional 4-H and youth specialist

Required qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in education, agriculture, agriculture education, agriculture communications, biology, or related field to extension discipline.
  • An undergraduate sophomore, junior or senior level college student with a major in education, agriculture, agriculture education, agriculture communications, biology, or related field to extension discipline also meets the required qualifications for this position. 
  • Evidence of good organizational skills.
  • Evidence of excellent performance working with youth and adults in group and classroom settings.
  • Evidence of teaching youth or adult program delivery.
  • Good written, oral and customer relations communication skills.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite products, Internet, social media and e-mail applications.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
  • Pass the background screening to meet the Child Protection and Safety Policy.

Additional preferred qualifications

  • Coursework in education with experience in formal and/or non-formal teaching.
  • Experience as a user of extension programs.

Work Schedule

The agriculture and natural resources summer associate educator will work a flexible 40 hours/week work schedule starting approximately May 12, 2014 - August 15, 2014 with a per hour pay rate of $12/hour. Performance will be evaluated throughout the duration of the summer experience with a possibility of an offer of an academic year experience during the academic year of 2014-2015.

Applicant Instructions

Interested applicants are asked to please submit the following documents electronically by Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to Wade Weber, Regional 4-H & Youth Specialist at wadewebr@iastate.edu:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three professional references

For questions regarding this position, please contact Wade Weber, Regional 4-H and Youth Specialist via phone at 712-262-2264 or via email at wadewebr@iastate.edu.

 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs are available to all without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance, 3280 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.

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