Open Rank Extension Educator - Watershed Science

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Lincoln, NE
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 1 month ago
Position Information

Working Title Open Rank Extension Educator - Watershed Science
Department School of Natural Resources-0844
Requisition Number F_200099
Posting Open Date 07/01/2020
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 08/03/2020
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work


Focused Assignment – Watershed Science
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. The educator's base will be in Lincoln, Nebraska. The subject matter focus for this educator is watershed science, including regional-scale water resources management. The primary responsibility for the Watershed Science Educator is to coordinate the development and delivery of Watershed Science education to adults in Nebraska, including key decision-makers at local and state levels. Collaboration with Nebraska state agencies, including Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, and local Natural Resources Districts is a critical component of the position. This educator will conduct programming statewide and be an active participant in the statewide Crops and Water Systems Team.

In this position the educator will:
1. Use innovative education and communication methods and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate Watershed Science Extension program aimed at increasing the application of scientific information in water resources management decisions.
2. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment including faculty and staff with expertise in Human Dimensions, Science Literacy, Extension Education, Distance Education, Hydrology and Watershed Science, Geological Science, Agricultural Economics, Political Science, Communications and Outreach, Graphic Design and Web/App Development.
3. Work with partner agencies, Extension Educators, and research faculty to co-develop and expand on existing online interactive educational modules (e.g.,, hybrid and in-person training, and Watershed Science educational tools such as podcasts and webcasts.
4. Tailor educational products to key water resources decision-makers at local and state levels, including Natural Resources District Directors and other elected or volunteer officials. Work closely with NRD staff, including Water Resources, Public Information and Education staff to prioritize and develop educational topics and learning objectives.
5. Coordinate and conduct capacity-building training webinars and face-to-face workshops with Natural Resources District staff and other educational partners. This effort will include recruitment of new and existing educators to facilitate formal and informal adult education in Watershed Science across Nebraska.
6. Partner with research faculty to develop and deliver timely and relevant Watershed Science information, with a balance between statewide relevance and location-specific information.
7. Conduct needs assessments, prioritize programming, and document impact. Report results at professional meetings and in peer-reviewed publications.
8. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the educational program's resource base and reach.
9. Develop and engage in a professional development plan to build on existing expertise in Watershed Science and/or Extension pedagogy for adult audiences.
10. Develop and implement a communications plan to promote Watershed Science education for adults and the scientific endeavors which contribute to the educational content.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver's license. Criminal history background check will be conducted.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See
Minimum Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree required and must be completed prior to the start date; one degree in Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Water Science; Hydrology; Hydrogeology; Biological, Agricultural, Civil or Environmental Engineering; or closely related field.
  • Successful experience teaching in a formal and/or informal setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web, and/or social media).
  • Working knowledge of groundwater and/or surface water systems.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of online educational programs.
Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required
Criminal History Background Check Required Yes
Posted Salary
How to Apply

Click “Apply for this job" or sign on and complete or review existing Information Form. You will be required to attach the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Resume
- List of three professional references
- Transcripts (official or unofficial) or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade.

Transcripts must be attached to the online application (as Other Document), attached to an email and sent to, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to black out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.
For questions or accommodations related to this position contact

Jodi Mackin, 402-469-0273,
Job Category Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Category (old) Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Type Full-Time
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? Yes
If Temporary, indicate end date
Planned Hire Date TBD
Appointment End Date

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Describe your teaching experiences related to watershed science.

(Open Ended Question) * Provide an example of how you have worked as a team to accomplish a common goal.

(Open Ended Question) * Provide an example of an innovative program that you have developed.

(Open Ended Question) * Provide an example of how you have worked with federal, state and local agencies and/or agribusinesses to address watershed issues.

(Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents * Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
Optional Documents * Other Document

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