Help Wanted

Summer Program Coordinator for STEM and GEAR TECH 21 robotics camps

Job Purpose: This position will work with youth and adults in Clay, Dickinson, Sioux, O’Brien, Lyon, and Osceola Counties to create and support youth science and technology education. Outcomes include two programming priorities:

1. The direct delivery of summer GEAR TECH 21 robotics and GIS/GPS curriculum in a five day camp format ( in support of 4-H Robotics and Technology Education.

2. The delivery of STEM Science camps where youth can participate in inquiry based programming with a wide variety of interactive SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATHEMATICS (STEM) subjects.

This summer educator works as a team member with Extension staff, council and community partners in the six counties to build interest in 4-H science and technology while educating and training an adult support system to take the learning into the next 4-H programming year.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Direct and conduct research-basededucational programming in science, engineering and technology, including GEAR-TECH 21 Curriculum and STEM curriculum
  • Innovate and adapt teaching styles; adjust group and individual engagement to accomplish educational objectives
  • Work with adult volunteers and county Extension staff to support these two programming events as they support existing and new special interest clubs
  • Maintain a close working relationship with the Regional Extension Education Director, County Program Coordinators and Youth Program Specialist
  • Work independently and with other staff to secure necessary resources (volunteers, materials, and donations) to support 4-H summer STEM programs in northwest Iowa counties.
  • Manage resources to ensure the effective delivery of education programs
  • Be recognized locally as an Extension professional through public relations and networking
  • Report and evaluate the impact of programs through bi-weekly program summaries to the Region 1 Youth Program Specialist
  • Comprehensive progress summaries to Extension Councils of activities, programming and impact by July 1 and August 9.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, communications, agriculture, biological or physical sciences, or related field to Extension discipline. Junior/Senior Level undergraduate students in previously mentioned degree fields can qualify as a summer intern in order to meet the required qualifications.
  • Evidence of good organizational skills
  • Evidence of excellent performance working with groups and individual youth in non-formal group and classroom settings
  • Demonstrates flexibility, adaptability and creativity in leading and working with individual and groups of middle school youth in learning contexts in a fun and innovative manner.
  • Evidence of teaching or youth program delivery in a camp, classroom, or afterschool program capacity
  • Good written, oral and customer relations communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and E-mail applications
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Pass the background screening to meet the Child Protection and Safety Policy
  • The successful candidate will be expected to manage their schedule to meet program objectives

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Coursework in education with experience in non-formal and/or formal teaching
  • Experience as a user of any Extension’s programs
  • Hours:400 hours during the 2013 summer. Start date Wednesday, May 29 – Friday, August 9 (M-F); July 4th Holiday excluded. This position is funded from May 29 – August 9, 2013
  • Fiscal Agent will be ISU Extension O’Brien County office in Primghar; home office flexible depending on candidate’s housing situation.
Review of applicants starts Monday, March 4. Open until filled. Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter to the following either electronically or physically by mail:

Send electronic copies to both and

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach O’Brien County
340 2nd St. SE
PO Box 99
Primghar, Iowa 51245
Attn: Wade M. Weber

2013 GEAR TECH 21 Summer Camp Schedule:

Level 1 Dates: (5 day camp in each county) – DELIVERED by summer educator with support from county Extension staff in set up and takedown (Monday and Friday)

Registrations open to all youth in Region 1 for any site.

June 3-7 – Dickinson (Level 1)
June 10-14 – Lyon (Level 1)
June 17-21 – Osceola (Level 1)
June 24-28 –O’Brien (Level 1)
July 1-3 – (CLAY or Dickinson) STEM Camp
July 8-12 – Clay (Level 2)
July 15-19 – Clay (Level 1)
July 24-26 - (Sioux) STEM Camp
July 29 – Aug 2 – Sioux (Level 1)
Aug 5 – 9 – O’Brien (Level 2 @ NCC)

Time: 9:00 – 3:30 p.m. daily

Place: TBD

Age: 4-12th Grades (target age is middle school with high school youth potentially helping)

… and justice for all
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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