Water Quality Outreach Specialist
|Job Title||Water Quality Outreach Specialist|
|Rate of Pay||Commersurate with experience|
|Type of Position||Full-Time|
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|Position Reports To (Title)||Executive Director|
|Purpose of Position||Under the direction of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) work with the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) to develop an extension and technology transfer program on nutrient and related water quality issues to inform community decision makers, policy makers and resource managers in the Mississippi river basin and Gulf of Mexico. Work closely with IISG personnel, faculty and staff from the University of Illinois, NGRREC, and appropriate state and federal agencies.|
|Essential Duties and Responsibilities:||The following are duties that are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned.|
• Work with scientists and agency officials to identify data, models and outreach products necessary to inform science, policy and management that impacts water quality in the Mississippi river basin and Gulf of Mexico;
• Participate with a team of scientists and outreach professionals to coordinate development and refinement of a data-to-knowledge web portal modeled after the Great Lakes Monitoring portal (www.greatlakesmonitoring.org);
• Work with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in development of the architectures and technologies for supporting automated data extraction interfaces with highly visual decision-making support tools;
• Work with scientists and agency officials to identify the source, transport and combination Best Management Practices (BMP’s) most likely to reduce nutrient losses in selected watersheds;
• Identify key audiences and conduct applied research and needs assessments necessary to identify barriers to implementing BMP’s, land use changes, or policies to reduce nutrients and sediment loads in the Mississippi River;
• Work with federal, state and local agencies to design and deliver innovative science-based programs and data products necessary to inform research, policy and management decisions;
• Design and develop local outreach programming that empowers clients to interpret and apply science-based information to local decisions involving nutrient reduction strategies and other water quality practices;
• Deliver educational programs that support the mission of the University of Illinois, IISG, and NGRREC specifically in the areas of water quality
• As appropriate, develop financial resources to support programs through grant writing and sponsorships.
|Minimum Qualifications:||Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions|
To be considered, candidates will have a PhD or masters with equivalent experience in some aspect of water quality.
• At least three years practical work experience on hypoxia issues, nutrient management, agricultural best management practices, point source nutrient reduction, urban non-point source nutrient reduction or related field.
• Demonstrated experience coordinating, conducting or developing outreach programs.
• Strong oral, written, and electronic communication skills.
• Ability to work independently; function in interdepartmental and interagency teams, and to work effectively with clients and scientists.
• Leadership ability and experience including the ability to facilitate meetings with a broad range of stakeholders and experience collaboratively solving problems with community decision-makers, governmental agency personnel, natural resource managers, scientists, special interest groups, and the public.
• Travel is required.
|Open Until Filled||No|
|Special Instructions to Applicants||Partners and Position Background|
The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center is a partnership of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Lewis and Clark Community College. This position is a 12-month, 100% time position working as an outreach specialist located in Urbana, Illinois. The position may also be issued a 0% University of Illinois Extension appointment.
Application Deadline: Applications should be received by March 16, 2014. The screening and interview process will begin shortly thereafter and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.
|EEO Statement||Lewis & Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, LCCC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. It is also the policy of the College to prohibit any form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law. If interested, please contact the Human Resource Department, Erickson Hall – Room 107.|
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