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Outreach Specialist

St. Paul MN

The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC) works to develop research-based solutions that can reduce the impacts of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Minnesota by preventing spread, controlling populations, and managing ecosystems; and to advance knowledge and inspire action by others. MAISRC supports about 20 research projects at one time, many of which have applied management implications. It is important that MAISRC provide the needed support to ensure research-based solutions are made available to state and local managers in an understandable and useful way.

The primary role of the Outreach Specialist is to help translate research into action by serving as a bridge between MAISRC research and AIS managers. The Outreach Specialist will help catalyze the transfer of research-based knowledge to new applications in Minnesota by working closely with MAISRC researchers to identify project outcomes that address knowledge gaps and needs identified by agency staff, AIS managers, policy makers, and other stakeholders. This will include the development of research summaries, writing white papers, facilitating workshops, and presenting information to stakeholder groups. The Outreach Specialist will be expected to work across high-priority species and research topics, and with diverse stakeholder groups.


Major Areas of Responsibility

Facilitate the synthesis of research outcomes and potential impacts:

Work with MAISRC research teams to understand research outcomes and potential impacts for AIS management

Develop written reports, summaries, and white papers that synthesize research findings to provide accessible information and recommendations to state and local managers, as well as other stakeholders

Organize and facilitate workshops with relevant state and local managers to share research findings and recommendations

Contribute to MAISRC communications initiatives by working closely with the Communications Specialist and contributing to the generation of content for MAISRC website, newsletter, etc.

Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of science translation to continually improve outcomes


Nature of Appointment

This position is full time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, annually renewable, academic professional and administrative (P&A) appointment; reappointment contingent upon successful performance and availability of funding. Position number: 315872


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, natural resources, or related field

2+ years of experience working with a research organization and/or a management agency, excluding graduate work

Strong writing ability, particularly with scientific information

Strong public speaking skills and the ability to connect with multiple audiences

Experience working with external stakeholders

Experience with facilitating effective workshops, meetings, and/or trainings

Knowledge of issues related to aquatic invasive species

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Dependability, accuracy, and attention to detail

Willingness to work occasional nights and weekends


Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in environmental science, natural resources, or related field

Experience working directly with both researchers and management agencies

Experience working with diverse populations

Ability to work independently with little supervision and as part of a team

Excellent time management skills

Ability to adapt in a quickly-changing environment


How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://z.umn.edu/MAISRC_Outreach. All applications must be submitted online and include a resume, letter of interest, and three professional references to be considered. Position number: 315872

Questions? Contact MAISRC Associate Director, Cori Mattke at cmattke@umn.edu.

Posted September 30, 2019

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