Education Specialist

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Classification:Term Assistant Professor (F9)
Grade:UNAC Grade 30
Work type:Faculty Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Alaska Sea Grant and MAP
Location: Dillingham, Kodiak, Valdez, Kotzebue, Nome, Ketchikan, Bethel
Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Alaska Sea Grant is seeking an Education Specialist to support statewide education engagement efforts for a portfolio of informal and formal education projects focused on Alaska's marine ecosystems and coastlines. The education specialist will create reciprocal partnerships with mutually beneficial exchanges of knowledge to create, deliver, and assess timely, unbiased educational materials and programs that address relevant, critical and emerging issues; provide training and professional development for formal and informal educators in marine and environmental literacy; coordinate with local, state, and national educational networks, including the National Sea Grant network; and facilitate and support engagement activities by Alaska researchers. The faculty member joins a great team of marine advisory program agents and specialists located across Alaska who work collaboratively to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of Alaska’s marine and freshwater resources through research, outreach, and extension. The position will be based in a rural coastal community in Alaska, such as, but not limited to, Bethel, Dillingham, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome, or Valdez.


30Educator Networking Participate in the National Sea Grant educator's network, to include monthly teleconferences and annual meetings, to share best practices and coordinate activities with other Sea Grant Programs. Coordinate with UAF Summer Session and Lifelong Learning programs to develop online and in-person courses for K-12, homeschool families, and summer camps. Coordinate with marine environmental literacy and outreach efforts in Alaskan science centers, the Alaska SeaLife Center, Alaska State Parks, and other Alaskan institutions. Provide information on educational activities in support of proposals and reports to funding agencies. Develop and implement evaluation methods to measure quantitative and qualitative impacts of education and outreach activities. Attend and report on education program accomplishments during Alaska Sea Grant monthly staff and faculty meetings and annual meetings.Essential
30Engagement Update and post highlights and new materials on existing educational web sites, such as Alaska Seas and Watersheds and Adapt Alaska, and social media channels. Facilitate and support educational engagement activities by Alaska researchers. Work with scientists and Alaska Sea Grant communications staff to develop accurate and engaging media, such as brochures, flyers, videos, and posters as needed for publicity and informational campaigns. Keep updated on the latest research on physical, chemical, and biological processes important in Alaskan marine ecosystems and fisheries, as well as coastal resiliency. Communicate this knowledge effectively to outside organizations such as the general public, educators, and relevant stakeholders. Present on teacher trainings, K-12 education activities, or other related activities at symposiums or conferences. Serve on advisory committees for organizations that further environmental literacy, education, and workforce development.Essential
40Educational Training Create reciprocal partnerships with mutually beneficial exchanges of knowledge to create, deliver, and assess timely, unbiased educational materials and programs that address relevant, critical and emerging issues. Interact with internal and external partners to develop and implement teacher training programs for marine and coastal environmental literacy. May include focus groups with licensed teachers to identify academic needs and/or developing and teaching workshops for teachers. Provide professional development for formal and informal educators, with emphasis on hands-on and field-based strategies and engaging participants in coastal environmental monitoring and stewardship activities. Provide marine literacy instruction to informal educators and the public. Develop and adapt existing curriculum materials, lesson plans and other educational resources that meet federal and Alaskan educational standards and reflect current science research to engage students and the public. Work independently and/or with collaborators to write proposals to secure funding for educator trainings, curriculum development, and K-12 educator programs.Essential

Alaska Sea Grant requires talented and committed teams working together to build innovative solutions that can be shared with a broad community. An essential component of these teams is the full inclusion and participation of individuals from a broad diversity of backgrounds, who bring a range of perspectives, values, and tools to bear on major scientific problems. Alaska Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking and learning.

Alaska Sea Grant is a collaboration between NOAA and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and coastal communities statewide from the Arctic to Southeast. 


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an advanced knowledge and ability to write and edit reports and other materials for training and development.
  • Ability to work under general direction and balance complex tasks, deadlines, and budgets from internal and external organizations.
  • Ability to plan, develop, and train K-12 teachers in original curriculum and educational materials.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of professional training and development, program management, curriculum development, and evaluation methodology.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex scientific topics and content to a diverse audience using varied and appropriate media platforms (print, web, video, etc.)
  • Understanding of scientific methods and ecological process, especially as they apply to Alaskan waters and coastlines, and ability to apply this expert knowledge to the development of educational material.
  • Knowledge of teacher training, effective pedagogy, and trends in STEM education programs, and ability to keep current in these areas.
  • Knowledge of national and Alaska state educational standards, such as the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Experience working in rural and/or with Alaska Native communities or populations in Alaska.
  • Experience working with diverse cultures and knowledge systems.



Master's degree in Education, Marine Science, Ecology, Oceanography or related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Review Date: This position is open until filled.  To ensure consideration, please apply prior to March 31, 2021 at 11:59PM Alaska Standard Time.

Required Application Materials: Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching/research, and the contact information for at least 3 professional references.

Union Representation:

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

Term Position: This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

This is a 9 month full-time, term, non tenure-track faculty position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

Advertised: Alaskan Standard Time
Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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