University of Connecticut, Natural Resources and the Environment

Position ID:UConn-NRE-2019612 [#13918]
Position Title: Visiting Assistant Extension Educator
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Natural Sciences
Environmental Studies
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/06/19, finished 2019/08/02, listed until 2019/07/08)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Natural Resources Conservation Academy (NRCA) at the University of Connecticut is seeking applicants for the non-tenure track of Visiting Assistant Extension Educator for the Conservation Training Partnership program ( The Conservation Training Partnership is a program under the NRCA umbrella of conservation/environmental education programs.

The NRCA’s ( mission manifests in three separate programs that engage high school students, adults, or K-12 teachers from across Connecticut in natural resource science and provide transformative learning opportunities for them to interact physically, intellectually, and creatively with local environments while contributing to environmental solutions in their own communities.

The NRCA Conservation Training Partnership is a program that partners teens and adult community volunteers, and supports their conservation efforts by providing training during a 2-day field workshop and guidance as the teen/adult teams conduct a local conservation project of their choosing. The Conservation Training Partnership, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, is a partnership among University of Connecticut faculty members in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources and the Neag School of Education.


The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating program services and activities; supervising the day–to-day operations of the program including developing and disseminating research and experience-based information to the public as well as promotional materials as related to the Conservation Training Partnership; promoting the program through visits to CT high schools, education forums, workshops, etc.; coordinating recruitment and selection of students; providing assistance in the delivery of programming as needed, including teaching and curriculum development; coordinating and managing all aspects of the three annual 2-day field workshops including project planning, data analysis, communication, community outreach, administration, evaluating and reporting; managing the hiring, training and supervision of program staff; cultivating and recruiting community partners throughout the state to co-mentor students during conservation projects; tracking each students' progress on community projects and assisting students as needed from project initiation to completion; preparing progress reports and additional administrative duties; exploring funding opportunities and writing proposals to public and private funding sources to enhance the overall NRCA. The successful candidate will work closely and under the supervision of Dr. John Volin, Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Connecticut.


A Master’s degree or higher in a natural resource science, environmental science, environmental education or closely related field by the time of hire; proven ability to manage a team of co-workers, staff and volunteers; willingness and ability to occasionally work nonstandard hours, including nights and weekends; excellent written and oral communication skills; excellent work ethic; good organization skills; ability to set and meet deadlines; ability to work independently; and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point. Personal transportation and the ability to travel regularly throughout CT.


Ph.D. in scientific discipline; experience working with youth and environmental education programming; demonstrated experience in developing and delivering educational programs; proven ability to mentor students on community projects; experience in research or experimental design; and grant writing experience.


This is a full-time, 11-month non-tenure track position with full benefits. This position is grant funded and has an end-date that is subject to annual renewal, based on performance and availability of funding. Applicants will be subject to a background check. The anticipated start date is August 2, 2019.


Click “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Applicants please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and three (3) professional reference letters. Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. For full consideration, applications should be received no later than July 8, 2019.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.  (Search # 2019612)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The diversity of students, faculty, and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural, and diverse community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087
Phone: (860) 486-2840

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