Outreach Specialist, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Vacancy Announcement - Human Resources Office - UW-Superior Employment Opportunities

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UW-Superior is committed to making excellence inclusive in every aspect of the institution. Diversity, inclusion and equity are prioritized learning resources for all community members. We strive to offer quality programs in an environment of trust and cooperation that centers on the worth of all individuals. The University is seeking candidates who will contribute to the achievement of this goal.


Outreach Specialist, Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR)


As part of the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) education program, the Rivers2Lake Education Mentor provides leadership and support to teachers in regional schools that are enrolled in the Lake Superior Rivers2Lake Education Program. By providing year-long mentoring in outdoor and inquiry-based learning focused on freshwater estuaries and Lake Superior, and assisting teachers with integration of Rivers2Lake topics across the curriculum, they work to improve academic learning, enhance engagement, and build a stronger sense of place in students and teachers. This position works in close collaboration with Lake Superior NERR staff, teachers, school administration, and multiple partner organizations. This position is funded through a grant of the NOAA Bay Watershed Education Training program (B-WET).


  1. Arrange and conduct bi-monthly in-school meetings with Rivers2Lake teachers to assist them in planning, integrating, teaching, and evaluating outdoor and inquiry based learning in their classrooms.
  2. Assist teachers in planning and conducting Rivers2Lake student field experiences at the Lake Superior (NERR) and other locations.
  3. Model and train educators in cross-curricular outdoor and inquiry-based learning activities that incorporate Lake Superior and freshwater estuary topics.
  4. Assist the Lake Superior NERR Education Coordinator and education intern(s) in planning and organizing professional development activities for enrolled Rivers2Lake teachers.
  5. Assist in Rivers2Lake program evaluation.
  6. Create and maintain positive relationships with teachers, school administrators, students and community members from diverse backgrounds.
  7. Collaborate with Rivers2Lake partners (including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fond du Lac Resource Management, Great Lake Aquarium, UW-Superior, and the Superior School Forest) in program planning.
  8. Represent the Lake Superior Rivers2Lake Education Program and Lake Superior NERR at various venues and events.


  1. Knowledge of environmental, outdoor, and inquiry-based education techniques.
  2. Understanding of state educational standards and the application of standards in the classroom.
  3. Ability to manage student behavior and safety in an outdoor environment.
  4. Ability to collaboratively plan and manage program logistics and risk management, especially regarding outdoor learning experiences.
  5. Knowledge of scientific and biological processes, especially related to watersheds and water quality.
  6. Ability to create a supportive and beneficial mentoring relationship that supports educator success.
  7. Ability to work with students (minors) in a school setting.


  1. Bachelor's degree in education, environmental/outdoor education, or related discipline.
  2. At least two years' experience as an educator in or with public schools (formal or non-formal education).
  3. Experience using outdoor and inquiry-based methods of education.
  4. Experience collaborating and building strong mutual partnerships with diverse people and organizations.
  5. Valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation.


  1. Wisconsin and/or Minnesota teaching licensure.
  2. Experience in planning and conducting professional development for educators.
  3. Knowledge of cultural and natural history in Western Lake Superior and the St. Louis River watersheds.
  4. Experience in education program evaluation.
  5. Master's Degree in Education or related field.


The Rivers2Lake Education Mentor position is a 24-hour/week position with an hourly wage of $18/hour. Mileage reimbursable from office to participating schools.


This project position runs from September 9, 2013 through May 31, 2014 with an additional one week of participation in the Rivers2Lake Summer Institute from August 5, 2013 through August 9, 2013.


Please email a cover letter, resume and three references to Deanna Erickson, Lake Superior NERR Education Coordinator at deanna.erickson@ces.uwex.edu on or before June 21, 2013. Email is preferred, but those wishing to mail application materials may send them to:

Deanna Erickson
RE:  Rivers2Lake Mentor Position
Lake Superior NERR
14 Marina Drive
Superior, WI  54480

UW-Superior: A Special Place:

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is Wisconsin’s public liberal arts college. Established in 1893 with a mission to train teachers, it later became a part of the University of Wisconsin-System, and in 1998 was designated as Wisconsin’s Public Liberal Arts College by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. The University serves 2,600 traditional and non-traditional students and is dedicated to the integration of liberal and professional studies and to serving a diverse student population.

UW-Superior maintains its foundational teacher education college values through its emphasis on excellence in teaching, as well as service to the community and region. Its core mission is student-centered. The institution fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention, embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices, and engages the community and region. The richness of its programs creates a personalized educational environment that integrates theory and practice, liberal and professional education, teaching, scholarship, and creativity. The University has a significant investment in and commitment to campus-wide Liberal Arts High Impact Practices (HIPs) that includes a First Year Experience, Academic Service Learning, Global Awareness, Writing Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research Scholarly and Creative Activity, and a Senior Year Experience.

At UW-Superior, we promote the values of academic excellence, integrity, and community within a collegial environment. At the core of our values is the appreciation for, and examination of, diversity, inclusivity, and equity. UW-Superior offers day, evening, weekend, and distance learning classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of “final candidates” must be revealed upon request. According to the Attorney General, “final candidates” under Wisconsin law means the five candidates who are considered most qualified for the position. See Wis. Stat. Sec. 19.36(7)(a).

The University reserves the right to check additional references with notice given to the candidates at the appropriate time in the process.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

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