Water and Conservation Educator
Iowa State University
Ames, IA, USA 🇺🇸
Water and Conservation Educator
Professional & Scientific
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience
MS in water resources, water resources management, agriculture and biosystems engineering, agronomy (with emphasis on water quality practices), environmental sciences or comparable area Experience with conservation, water quality and natural resources education and development for adult and youth audiences Experience and demonstrated knowledge of Midwest agriculture, water quality issues, conservation and wildlife concerns Field work experience Experience with R, SAS, SPSS, or some other statistical analysis tool Ability to drive truck and haul a trailer
Iowa State University seeks a water quality-focused scientist or engineer to serve as a Water and Conservation Educator with two innovative and award-winning outreach programs: Iowa Learning Farms, centered around conservation outreach to farmers and landowners, and Water Rocks!, centered around K-12 youth education and outreach. The Water and Conservation Educator will translate complex science into effective outreach that engages Iowans on issues of water, soil health, in-field and edge-of-field conservation practices via farmer field days, community outreach events with the fleet of Conservation Station trailers, and school visits. The Water and Conservation Educator will conduct on-farm field research on cover crops, edge-of-field practices and other water quality-related practices, and assist in the development and testing of farmer-scientist kits. The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of Midwest agricultural systems, experience in water quality and conservation outreach, and an educational background (MS
preferred) in water resources, water resources management, agricultural and biosystems engineering, agronomy (with specific emphasis on water quality practices), environmental sciences or comparable fields.
Example of Duties
Serve as a water quality and conservation subject matter specialist at farmer field days.
Deliver high-energy, high impact presentations in school settings, providing K-12 outreach on natural resources topics including water, soil, wildlife, and ecosystems.
Conduct on-farm field research and assessments on cover crops, edge-of-field practices and other water quality issues, and lead in the development and testing of farmer-scientist kits.
Assist in the recruitment of farmer partners for on-farm demonstrations including in-field and edge-of-field conservation practices.
Translate complex scientific knowledge into various displays and outreach materials including infographics, fact sheets, blogs, e-newsletters, and social media posts related to water quality and natural resources.
Support program evaluation through data entry and reporting in MyData.
Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)
Proposed End Date or Length of Term:
May 31, 2023
Number of Months Employed Per Year:
12 Month Work Period
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