[ES_JOBS_NET] NEON science educator

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Wed Apr 3 09:03:36 MDT 2013

Date:    Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:14:29 -0400
From:    David Inouye <inouye at UMD.EDU>
Subject: Job: NEON science educator

Science Educator

http://www.neoninc.org/jobs/scienceeducator2013 has application link

The National Ecological Observatory Network=20
(NEON) is a $430 million dollar observatory=20
project dedicated to understanding how changes in=20
climate, land use and invasive species impact=20
ecology. For the next three decades NEON will=20
collect a comprehensive range of ecological data=20
on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic=20
domains representing US ecosystems. NEON will use=20
cutting edge technology including an airborne=20
observation platform that will capture images of=20
regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile,=20
re-locatable, and fixed data collection sites=20
with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and=20
atmosphere; and trained field crews who will=20
observe and sample populations of diverse=20
organisms and collect soil and water data. A=20
leading edge cyber-infrastructure will calibrate,=20
store and publish this information. The=20
Observatory will grow to 300+ personnel and will=20
be the first of its kind designed to detect and=20
enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

The Science Educator (SE) is responsible for=20
developing educational materials (web and print)=20
for use in informal education settings to support=20
implementation of Project BudBurst (PBB), a=20
national plant phenology and climate change=20
program. This Boulder, CO based position will=20
work in conjunction with staff from the National=20
Geographic Society=92s (NGS) FieldScope effort.=20
Working with educators, scientists, and web=20
technologists, the SE will contribute expertise=20
in the development and dissemination of online=20
educational resources related to plant phenology,=20
climate change, and visualization/analysis of geospatial data.

This is a one year .75 FTE (30 hours per week) position with benefits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
=95Participate in strategic planning activities for=20
PBB and FieldScope educational activities (5%)
=95Develop online educational modules in support of=20
PBB and FieldScope that are targeted for informal=20
education that include science content,=20
appropriate instructional approaches, learning=20
outcomes, implementation strategies, and=20
evaluation and assessment practices (60%)
=95Assist in the development and delivery of online=20
professional development tutorials for informal educators (20%)
=95Assist NEON EDU staff in identifying approaches=20
to engage underrepresented audiences in PBB and=20
FieldScope online activities (10%)
=95Represent PBB FieldScope activities at=20
conferences, meetings and other appropriate=20
events to network, share resources, and establish/maintain partnerships (5%)

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:
=95B.S. and/or M.S. in science education,=20
geography, ecology, botany, or related field
=953 =96 5 years experience with development of=20
environmental science based educational resources
=953 =96 5 years experience in citizen science,=20
community science, or public engagement projects
=952+ years experience developing content,=20
structure, and/or tools for science and/or educationally based web sites
=95Proven organizational and time-management skills
=95Ability to balance self-directed work while=20
being an effective member of an interdisciplinary team
=95Ability to communicate effectively while working in a team environment
=95Strong problem solving and analytical skills and ability to be detail=
=95Expertise in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
=95Demonstrated ability to write and edit=20
scientific information for a general audience
=95Understanding of instructional approaches for=20
informal and formal education audiences

Preferred Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:
=95 Knowledge of best practices in online citizen=20
science programs including relevant technology=20
for data analysis and visualization
=95Basic familiarity in using Dreamweaver,=20
InDesign, Photoshop and/or other graphics software
=95Ability to use current generation social=20
networking tools (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr,=20
etc.) to engage potential participants in desired activities
=95Understanding of map creation and geospatial data processing.
=95Knowledge of presenting educational materials=20
within an online content management system (CMS)
=95Familiarity in multi-media presentation of=20
scientific concepts (e.g. using Adobe Captivate to present information)

NEON Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.=20
Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.
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