Job Opening: Community Education and Outreach Specialist


Community Education and Outreach Specialist

Position Overview

Under the general direction of the Executive Director and with additional work direction from the Youth Program Manager and Faculty Director of the Center for Community and Citizen Science, the Community Education and Outreach Specialist plays a central role in managing partnership-based projects that support community and citizen science (CCS) capacity-building and program development across a range of socio-environmental contexts. A key aspect of these projects is establishing and enhancing links between CCS activities and formal or non-formal education, related to science, the environment, and other content areas. The Specialist also manages the Center’s external communications with the goal of both expanding and deepening the impact of its research and programming.

Essential Responsibilities:

The Specialist leads community-engaged projects, which serve as an essential component of the overall collaborative research agenda of the Center for Community and Citizen Science. This includes developing and maintaining partnerships both internal and external to the University; coordinating with education researchers; developing and/or adapting curriculum and other materials in support of both CCS and education-oriented goals; planning and facilitating meetings with partners and community members to advance project objectives; and disseminating project results and other products. As a part of project management, the Specialist coordinates team operations and delegates duties and responsibilities to graduate and undergraduate research staff and others to ensure project success. The Specialist will also facilitate educator professional development, including planning, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of materials. 

The Specialist will manage the Center’s external communications with the goal of both expanding and deepening the impact of its research and programming. This responsibility includes managing websites and social media accounts; producing the newsletter and other targeted communications; overseeing communication activities of undergraduate interns; and strategically expanding the Center’s audience. The Specialist also leads the curation and integration of the Center’s expanding set of practitioner-oriented resources.

Support the Center’s work on federal, state and private foundation grant opportunities in collaboration with Center faculty and other staff. Participate in coordination and writing of grant proposals as required. Draft interim and final reports for funders of grants in collaboration with Center faculty and staff. 




  • Degree in a field relevant to environmental education, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Experience in project management, with demonstrated ability to facilitate goal-based processes with community-based organizations and other partners with diverse interests.
  • Experience managing community outreach and other forms of strategic communication.
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience in environmental education pedagogy and practices, including experience with instruction focused on place-based and/or outdoor learning in formal or informal settings.
  • Knowledge of and experience implementing community and citizen science, particularly as it relates to field-based and/or community-based settings.
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively and professionally with faculty, staff, students, internal and external partners, and the general public.
  • Experience with grant development, preparation, editing and publication.
  • Experience carrying out university-based research and programming with non-academic collaborators, including Tribes, ideally related to environmental science.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with intersectional aspects of, and approaches to education.
  • Professional presentation skills to write for and speak to multiple audiences.


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