Outreach Specialist

Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center

Location: University of Minnesota, St. Paul
Reports To: MAISRC Associate Director
Position Classification: Researcher 3
Position Number: 315872
Salary Range: $50,000 – $60,000

Position Overview

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.

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.

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

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