SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL Extension Scientist – Illinois

Illinois - Indiana Sea Grant/ University of Illinois Extension
Chicago, IL
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The Senior Environmental Extension Scientist for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant serves as a full time academic professional with primary responsibility for expanding an outreach program on Great Lakes contaminant remediation and restoration activities being conducted under the Great Lakes Legacy Act. Specific responsibilities of the Senior Environmental Extension Scientist for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant are as follows: Development, Delivery, and Evaluation Design and implement an outreach and education plan based on local conditions and needs. Programming should empower clients to interpret and apply science-based contaminant information to local decisions involving sediment removal and clean-up as well as habitat restoration once remediation is complete. This programming could include case studies of remediation and restoration projects in designated Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs) for communities considering or administering other remediation and restoration projects. It might also include youth education programs that help lead to greater support and long-term planning and protection of remediation and restoration efforts. Develop outreach tools that transfer science and engineering-based information to AOC communities and other Great Lakes stakeholders. Maintain and expand web-based AOC resources such as, a remediation and restoration website. Determine the effectiveness of programming using appropriate evaluation techniques and contribute to grant and program reporting. Ensure that programming addresses the diversity of stakeholders. Research / Collaboration Conduct user needs assessments in Great Lakes AOCs that are considering/planning remediation of sediment contamination or restoration. Identify economic and societal impacts of sediment remediation and restoration within the Great Lakes AOCs and provide those outcomes to the Great Lakes community. Publishing results in professional journals is encouraged. Work with GLNPO, appropriate state agency officials, and communities developing remediation and restoration plans to provide communities with the information necessary to work toward delisting their AOCs. Develop a communication plan for the Great Lakes Legacy Act, in partnership with GLNPO staff, focusing on both overall program coordination and project-specific communication. Work with scientists and GLNPO and IISG staff to develop products that address these needs. Other Information Comply with all University of Illinois Extension Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity policies and guidelines in all aspects of Extension work; assists Unit staff with data collection for Affirmative Action, Gender, and Targeted reports. Perform other duties that contribute to the mission of the University of Illinois Extension and Outreach programming, as assigned. To perform the functions of this position, the employee will be required to perform work both within an office and outside in the communities that are served, and must have the capability to travel from one location to the other in a timely fashion. Employee is responsible for securing personal transportation. A valid driver’s license is preferred. Some work will be required during evenings and/or weekends. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may occasionally weigh up to forty (40) pounds and frequently weigh up to twenty (20) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling movements. More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) by contacting Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in both the program and the communities it serves. For more information, visit
Required: A Master’s degree related to subject matter from an accredited institution of higher education is required. Examples of relevant specializations could include, but are not limited to, human dimensions of natural resources, coastal management, environmental policy, sustainability studies, environmental economics, human geography, urban and regional planning, or community development. Candidates with a Master’s degree in progress will be considered for interviews, but degree must be completed by hire date. 3-5 five years of relevant outreach experience is required. Relevant experience is considered broadly and can include seasonal positions, volunteer work, graduate assistantships, or other student/part-time positions, on a prorated basis. Experience communicating science to scientific and non-scientific audiences. Experience with data analysis. Preferred: PhD related to subject matter. Experience building and maintaining diverse networks. Experience working effectively under minimal supervision and managing multiple priorities. Experience with Great Lakes. Training in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Strong oral and written communication skills. Evidence of strong interpersonal skills. Organized work approach with attention to detail and sound judgment. Ability to lead, plan, and work in a collaborative team environment. Ability to perform effectively under minimal supervision and manage multiple priorities. Strong interest in public outreach. Ability to build and maintain diverse networks, to communicate effectively via social media, and a strong interest in/knowledge of remediation, restoration and community revitalization are preferred. For further information about the position, please contact Pat Charlebois at For technical assistance with the online application process, please email
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