Manage the Agency’s aquatic ecology education initiatives focusing on engaging diverse audiences in educational programs concentrated on water quality, water quantity, aquatic species, and Nebraska’s habitats and ecology.
This position will manage existing and develop and implement new programs to meet needs on a statewide level.
Specific job duties for this position will include:
• Maintain existing aquatic education programs in a strategic manner to meet established goals including but not limited to the Nebraska Trout in the Classroom Program.
• Research, plan and implement new aquatic ecology educational programs in a strategic and effective manner to meet established goals including but not limited to educator workshops, citizen science, resources, festivals and events.
• Develop and implement educational publications and information for a diverse audience.
• Participate in local and national conservation education conferences, professional development and organizations.
• Utilize technology to expand the reach of the aquatic ecology education program.
• Develop and manage a portion of the Division’s budget; grant writing and management.
• Perform related work as required.
Knowledge of educational principles and practices as associated with both formal and informal education including state and national education standards. Knowledge of innovative education and communication techniques including social media, distance and online learning and classroom education methods. Knowledge of Nebraska’s natural resources specifically focusing on aquatic resources including water quality and quantity, Nebraska’s fish and aquatic species, and aquatic conservation initiatives. Skills to engage diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Ability to work as part of a team. Ability to speak effectively before large groups and manage volunteers. Ability to create, design and implement new educational programs to meet the Agency’s goals and priorities. Ability to evaluate educational programs for effectiveness and make changes necessary.
Bachelor's degree in natural resources, education or related fields plus three years of related experience, preferably in outdoor/natural resource education, or wildlife management; OR a minimum of seven years related professional experience. Education may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
Prefer: Master's degree in natural resources, education, curriculum development or related fields plus three years of related experience, preferably in outdoor/natural resource education, or wildlife management.