Extension Educator Master Watershed Steward Coordinator
Penn State University
- Penn State Extension
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- open until filled
- Job Number:
- Level/Salary Band:
- 02 – G – Exempt
- Work Unit:
- College of Agricultural Sciences
- Extension - Westmoreland County
- Full/Part Time:
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual to coordinate the regional Armstrong, Indiana, and Westmoreland Master Watershed Steward Program. It is expected that this individual will develop, direct, and coordinate the operations of the Master Watershed Steward (MWS) volunteer program in the counties and work with the State Coordinator to maintain a strong program. This individual will serve as the spokesperson for the MWS program and be expected to engage community members as appropriate to promote Extension, the MWS Program, and Penn State University. In addition, this individual will provide the expertise to compliment and support the efforts of the Extension Water Resources Team designed to improve drinking water safety and watershed management within the counties. This individual will be required to work with Master Watershed Steward committees to: initiate, staff, manage, evaluate, and prepare program impact reports; recruit, select, and train new volunteers; assure volunteers’ compliance with Penn State policies; oversee volunteer projects; identify and promote volunteer professional development opportunities; manage business/program development meetings for volunteers; and manage volunteer fiscal matters. As a member of the Extension Water Resources Team, this individual will be required to use a variety of traditional and new technological delivery methods to develop workshops, seminars, demonstrations, "on-line" courses and/or other educational strategies to communicate the latest technologies to clients. Identify opportunities and educational needs in the county, provide non-formal educational opportunities and prepare educational materials that are relevant to and that enhance the educational process for targeted individuals and groups. This position will also include interpreting drinking water analysis reports for clients based on Environmental Protection Agency standards. The individual must be able to work collaboratively with volunteers, other county coordinators and extension programs, county office staff, and organizational partners. With the assistance of the volunteer groups, this person will be responsible for providing community outreach to educate consumers about natural resource issues in the target counties for each program. This individual will need to identify opportunities and educational needs of consumers and stakeholders and strengthen or extend the programs by maintaining a working relationship with agencies and organizations including the local Conservation Districts, municipalities, DCNR, DEP, and other agencies and organizations as appropriate. It is expected that this individual will develop revenue enhancement strategies to obtain additional resources for the MWS program. This individual must ensure compliance with the affirmative action plan. Through public notification and “All Reasonable Efforts,” make all programs accessible to clientele without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree(s) in Environmental Science or similar field, with at least five years of experience in volunteer management, the ability to manage staff and volunteers, ability to inspire and develop leadership in individuals, committees and supervisors, ability to build and maintain community partnerships, strong organizational and communications skills (both oral and written). The candidate must be organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Computer literacy including Microsoft Word, Sharepoint, email and Web browsers, and ability to lift up to 30 pounds with or without accommodation is required. They must possess a valid driver's license, use of a private automobile, and the ability to travel across several counties. Since this position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.