The UW-Madison Arboretum promotes ecologically sustainable relationships between people and the land through research, stewardship, education, and public engagement. Educational programs emphasize understanding the natural and cultural history of Wisconsin, basic ecological principles, history of the Arboretum and ecological restoration, and Aldo Leopold's land ethic.
The Adult and Community Engagement Coordinator is a member of the Arboretum's Education unit and reports to the Education Program Manager. The person in this role will work closely with the Restoration Outreach, Youth and Community Education, and Journey North coordinators; naturalist educators; and staff in the Research, Land Care, and Foundational Units to meet the organization's lifelong learning initiatives. The Education Unit contributes to the Arboretum mission --"We conserve and restore Arboretum lands, advance restoration ecology, and foster the land ethic"-- by ensuring that we cultivate ecological knowledge and literacy, promote engagement and learning through citizen-science, inquiry-based and experiential teaching techniques, and development of materials and exhibits. The unit creates and offers programs that are science-based, accessible, meaningful, and responsive to diverse audiences and communities, addressing the realities of a changing world. Our teaching and outreach targets broad audiences at the Arboretum, in the community and reaches beyond our national borders.
This position will interact with Arboretum visitors, both in-person and on-line, and correspond with
visiting and off-campus group contacts. This role also leads adult program development, coordination, and implementation, including teaching and exhibit coordination. Additionally, this position facilitates on-site and off-site community outreach presentations, as well as adult evening and weekend programs. This position will also work closely with Journey North, a crowdsourced citizen science program of the Arboretum that engages a wide audience across North America in tracking wildlife migration and seasonal change to foster scientific understanding, environmental awareness, and the land ethic. The person in this role will be responsible for ensuring that data (e.g. comments, images, observations) submitted to Journey North are complete and accurately uploaded.
Additionally, the Adult and Community Engagement Coordinator provides behind-the-scenes planning and program data management and reporting. Sample responsibilities include assigning program staffing, intake, and management of unit program registrations; developing and facilitating exhibit installation; and teaching programs in areas such as teacher professional development, adult, community, and citizen science education. An essential element of the position to create a welcoming and safe educational experience for visitors.
The Arboretum is committed to embracing social equity and intentional inclusivity as fundamental parts of everything we do, and to fostering connections to the land among diverse audiences.
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Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.
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-Bachelor's degree OR 2 years of relevant work experience in education, environmental education, natural science, or related field.
-Ability to behave and communicate in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork, inclusion, and cooperation with co-workers, supervisors/managers, students, volunteers, and visitors.
-Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and manage time well.
-Possesses a multicultural lens and philosophy of supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all material development and activities.
-Demonstrated flexibility, initiative, and ability to problem solve.
-Excellent organizational skills.
-Familiarity with data management.
-Ability to coordinate and communicate with students and volunteers.
-Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills.
-Background in environmental educational pedagogy, effective experiential education techniques, customer service, and/or technology-based program support.
-Understanding of and ability to teach using an inquiry-based approach.
-Understanding of the concepts of conservation biology and wildlife migration.
-Familiarity with citizen science projects.
-Familiarity with databases and query-based systems.
-Familiarity with and knowledge of regional flora and fauna.
-Familiarity working with (1) Microsoft Office and G-Suite; (2) Cloud-based communication and project management tools (3) Photo manipulation tools; and (4) Data analysis software.
-Multi language proficiency a plus, Spanish proficiency preferred.
Additional Requirements and Physical Demands
-Hold CPR & First Aid and Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Auto-Injector Certification (can be completed after hire).
-Must pass a "Position of Trust with Access to Vulnerable Populations" background check periodically.
-Ability to lift 25 pounds and transport supplies and equipment for outdoor and off-site programs.
-Ability to work flexible hours including some evening and weekend hours.
-Ability to move about to teach and accomplish program tasks, sometimes for long distances or rough terrain.
Minimum $42,600 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
This position offers a comprehensive benefits package, including generous paid time off, competitively priced health/dental/vision/life insurance, tax-advantaged savings accounts, and participation in the nationally recognized Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) pension fund. For a summary of benefits, please see: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl.pdf