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Forestry Youth Education Coordinator AC II (AP# 22-68)

County Locations: Sutter County, Yuba County

Date Posted: November 3, 2022
Closing Date: December 27, 2022

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Forestry Youth Education Coordinator (AC II)

Location Headquarters: Sutter-Yuba County, Yuba City, CA

Purpose:

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique recruitment opportunity for a Forestry Youth Education Coordinator (Academic Coordinator II). UC ANR operates a statewide network of researchers, educators and support staff dedicated to the development and application of knowledge to address local agricultural, environmental and (community)health issues. Research, outreach and education from locally based CE offices serves all 58 counties from 70+ locations throughout the state. By working and living among those we serve, UC ANR expands the University of California’s reach to engage all people and communities in California, ensuring equal access to the UC System.

The Forestry Youth Education Academic Coordinator will oversee the Forestry Institute for Teachers program and develop a comprehensive forest education program preparing California’s youth to tackle future forest management needs.  The academic coordinator will serve as a liaison between UC ANR academics, other credentialed educators, forestry professionals and the general public to provide education on forest resilience, forest management, career opportunities, and community resilience. The incumbent will also support the development and distribution of research-based information to address ongoing workforce capacity issues throughout the state.  Additional responsibilities include identifying extramural fund development opportunities, and developing a system to track project performance.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with environmental education centers and outdoor camps to develop and deliver new K-12 forestry education trainings.
  • Evaluate and identify opportunities which lead towards increased youth engagement in the Professional Forestry and Natural Resource workforce.
  • Manage Forestry Institute for Teachers (forestryinstitute.org) education program.
  • Collaborate with current education curriculum (i.e. Ag in the Classroom, Project WET, California FireWorks, 4-H, PLT, Project WILD, etc) and local education departments (i.e. Office of Education, school districts, etc) to identify relevant training needs and ensure environmental curriculum meets or exceeds local district and California State Standards.
  • Evaluate accessibility and utilization of current forestry recruitment programs and improve engagement within previously underserved communities
  • Track project performance, gather data and report outcomes.
  • Assist in the identification and submission of extramural fund development opportunities.

Counties of Responsibility (Statewide).  This position is responsible for statewide coverage and is headquartered in Sutter-Yuba County. There is an opportunity to work collaboratively across counties.

Reporting Relationship: The Forest Youth Education Academic Coordinator is administratively responsible to the UC ANR Sutter-Yuba Forestry and Natural Resources CE Advisor.

Qualifications and Skills Required 

Required Qualifications

Education:  An earned Master’s degree or other advanced degree in Forestry, Education, Natural Resources, or related field is required at time of appointment.

Additional Requirements

  • General knowledge of forest health, forest management or ecology; and/or general knowledge of K-12 environmental education curricula.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint), databases and web-based tools (calendar/documents).
  • Ability to organize and prioritize activities to meet programmatic work plans.
  • Experience working independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to travel to locations within California to host workshops.

Skills Required:  To be successful, Academic Coordinators require skills in the following:

Technical Competence and Impact

The candidate should understand key forestry concepts affecting forest management in California OR current standards and practices in environmental education.  Incumbent will be responsible for developing and coordinating: professional development programs, resources, and collaborations which support education of forestry and natural resource management in California.  The candidate will travel to various work sites to meet with adults and youth to engage them in this rewarding program.

Incumbent will be responsible for successful delivery of the existing Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) program while working to expand and diversify forestry education offerings throughout California.  FIT is an award-winning environmental education curriculum program designed for teachers and other educators, partners and community leaders.  FIT is designed to prepare instructors with active learning strategies where children and youth learn environmental education in practice.

Under direction of PI, incumbent will also be responsible for investigating current opportunities and barriers to workforce engagement within California.  The candidate will be comfortable working with either forestry principles or environmental education curricula, and be willing to develop competencies in both.  The candidate will take leadership in synthesizing and communicating key concepts drawn from these disciplines to support educators in promoting Environmental Education Principles and Concepts as well active learning to facilitate forest health improvement.

This position will promote, in all ways consistent with other responsibilities of the position, the affirmative action goals established by the Division.

Communication

Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, interpersonal and information technology communication skills.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others. Able to adapt as circumstances warrant. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Lifelong Learning

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement.

Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/Professional_Development/files/355229.pdf

Desired qualifications:

  • General knowledge of forest health, forest management and current Workforce challenges/or fuels reduction.
  • Ability to communicate with youth, forestry professionals, educators, and academics.
  • Ability to connect people and facilitate group interactions.
  • Experience coordinating or managing outreach and educational programs.
  • Successful grant writing experience.
  • Experience developing a social media outreach presence

Salary & Benefits

Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Academic Coordinator II series.  The salary for this position will not exceed Step 4 ($86,133 annually) of the Academic Coordinator II, Fiscal Year Salary Table. Step placement in this series is based on experience.  For information regarding the Academic Coordinator series salary scales, please refer to: 

https://www.ucop.edu/academic-personnel-programs/_files/2022-23/july-2022-salary-scales/t36-ii.pdf

 This position is a definite term appointment.  The position is a one-year renewable term appointment (up to 3 years) with a merit cycle every two years.  The performance in the position will be evaluated annually.  The position will be extended based on the continued need for the position, performance and availability of funding.

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and holidays. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #22-68)

Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by December 27, 2022

Questions?

Contact Mikyla Perez; email mikperez@ucanr.edu

 “Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring work authorization without need of employer sponsorship for the duration of the appointment period.”