Connecticut's Changing Land Cover

Example Job Descriptions

Example from Minnesota - Northland NEMO
Example from Connecticut - CT NEMO
Example from California - CA NEMO
Example from New York - NY NEMO
Example from Vermont - VT NEMO

Example from Minnesota

Sea Grant College Program
University of Minnesota

TITLE: Coastal Communities Extension Educator

LOCATION: Washburn Hall, University of Minnesota Duluth Campus

The Coastal communities extension educator position will serve as the coastal communities and land use planning extension educator for the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program. S/he will work with interested local governmental units, individual communities, citizen groups, and the U of MN extension service to help communities protect water resources through development of in-depth, pro-active land use plans, incorporating GIS-based land use data, build out scenarios, and community visioning. The use of NEMO materials and techniques will be a significant component of this outreach program.

Extension Education 100%
The individual will develop and implement a watershed-based nonpoint pollution education program for the MN portion of the Lake Superior Basin. He will be expected to provide science-based outreach education to coastal community decisionmakers and planners, government agencies, developers, and citizen groups that encourages successful community-based environmental protection and sustainable community development. Specifically, this individual will address land use planning, watershed planning, and socio-economic and environmental problems associated with growth, including stormwater and nonpoint pollution. He will be responsible for developing an applied outreach and technology transfer program responsive to the needs of coastal communities in MN. Programming will also include group facilitation of decisionmakers at the local level. In addition, the educator will be expected to conduct some applied research and demonstration projects that support their outreach program, and to publish the results in appropriate technical and non-technical outlets.

This individual will work closely with the NEMO coordinator from the Wisconsin portion of the Lake Superior Basin to build a bi-state program promoting cooperation among a number of governmental administrative and educational agencies, local governmental units, Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program, Wisconsin’s Coastal Management Program, and the National NEMO team, based in Connecticut. The Educator will help develop and provide a consistent program methodology with NEMO staff in Wisconsin and the Twin Cities area. S/he will work with a bi-state steering committee to develop a work plan, write and administer grants for the regional program, modify National NEMO education materials to include regional data and examples, oversee the development of an educational website, and prepare and present educational materials and information in cooperation with Sea Grant communications staff. Some specific responsibilities will include:
• Facilitate a communication network among groups implementing NEMO and other land use programs in their communities
• Work with GIS professionals to incorporate local data and case studies into NEMO educational materials
• Stay abreast of research, projects, related watershed models, and other activities in the region that apply to land use, water quality, model ordinances, and NEMO, and adapt information where applicable to the program
• Develop and disseminate land use educational and technical materials that are applicable to the basin and will help communities with decisions affecting environmental quality
• Conduct and/or facilitate training for educators including U of MN extension service, county water planners, state agency staff, and others that will help them gain skills necessary to assist local land use planning efforts
• Write and administer grants cooperatively with local government units, U of MN Extension educators, and others interested in pursuing regional land use planning
• Conduct some applied research and demonstration projects that support the land use outreach program and evaluate the outcomes and impacts of programmatic efforts

In addition, the individual will also be expected to fulfill certain core Sea Grant duties, including:
• Helping to write, edit, design, review, and/or produce documents critical to Sea Grant such as the Strategic Plan, the Omnibus proposal, the Implementation Plan, and the annual progress report.
• Attending staff meetings and staff retreats unless they have made other arrangements with their supervisor.
• Maintaining their office in a professional manner, update their computer security and virus protection software, and make sure that their computer files and records are backed-up on a timely basis.
• Undergoing regular performance reviews with their supervisor.
• Maintaining records of outputs, outcomes, and impacts.
• Contributing to and support the overall Sea Grant mission.

The person in this position will be administratively responsible to the director of the Minnesota Sea Grant Program through the associate director. Programmatic direction for the position will come from the Western Lake Superior Basin and Northland (joint Western Lake Superior Basin and Twin Cities Metro) NEMO steering committees, Minnesota Sea Grant’s advisory council, and programmatic needs assessments. The person in this position will be expected to work closely with the U of MN Extension Service.

The person in this position will have a 100% annually renewable Sea Grant appointment as an Extension Educator in the University’s academic, professional, and administrative category, with Extension academic rank

The performance of this individual will be evaluated annually according to Minnesota Sea Grant policies and procedures. Results of such appraisals will be shared and discussed with this person.

This person shall hold a minimum of an M.S in water quality, environmental engineering, land use planning, or other natural resources or water-related field. The position requires familiarity with NEMO, ArcViewtm and substantial experience using Microsofttm Powerpoint and other word processing and spreadsheet software. The person must have the ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to lead and facilitate meetings with community decisionmakers, citizen groups, county water planners, and state agency staff, and to secure funding for extension education and applied research programs.

• Contribute to a respectful workplace and contribute as a Sea Grant team member.
• Follow the University code of conduct regarding authorship, research, financial transactions, expense reimbursement, vacation and sick leave reporting, use of supplies and office equipment, supervisory duties, use of controlled substances, outside consulting, and use of name.
• Ensure diverse and inclusive programming and employment with attention to affirmative action.

Back to Top

Example from Connecticut

Associate Educator-in-Residence (NEMO Coordinator)
University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut Department of Extension is seeking a full time Associate Educator-in-Residence to coordinate and implement the Connecticut Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) Program, an educational project for local land use decision makers that promotes resource based planning and innovative site design as strategies for enabling growth while protecting natural resources. The NEMO Coordinator will also be a member of the Center for Land use Education and Research (CLEAR), a multidisciplinary team at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Responsibilities include: developing and conducting educational workshops for municipal and other audiences; coordination of the “municipal initiative” project in coordination with CT DEP; in collaboration with the Geospatial Technology Program, developing and delivering new educational products and services involving the remote sensing and geographic information system capabilities of CLEAR; working with a wide variety of partner agencies and organizations, including NEMO’s principal partners at the CT DEP and CT Sea Grant Program; oversight of the CT NEMO web site and the CT NEMO newsletter; production of a wide range of scholarly works; grant writing; project impact evaluation and reporting; and, representing the CT NEMO program in the National NEMO Network.

Minimum requirements: MS in natural resource management, land use planning, environmental engineering, or other related subject; minimum of 5 to 7 years of relevant work experience; demonstrated ability to give public presentations and to write for a non-technical audience; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; ability to work as part of a team. Desired qualifications: a thorough working knowledge of the local land use process; experience with working on water quality, land use, and site design issues; experience in working with state and federal agencies; familiarity with Extension non-advocacy educational programming.

Salary and benefits: $42,000 – $48,000, commensurate with experience. Full benefits. Reappointment is annual and contingent upon availability of funds and performance.

Duty station: This position is located at the Middlesex County Extension Center in Haddam, CT.

To apply: send cover letter, resume and three references by September 15, 2003 to: Marilyn Gould, Department of Extension, Box 4036, 1376 Storrs Rd., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. (Search #04A060).

Back to Top

Example from California

Coastal Community Development Advisor - California NEMO

Closing date is June 1st, 2004. For more details, go to

Back to Top

Example from New York

New York Sea Grant Extension Associate - NEMO Educator Position Description
Location: SUNY/Stony Brook, NY

Position Summary
The mission of the New York Sea Grant NEMO Program is to facilitate municipal implementation of effective Phase II stormwater management programs and to advance Long Island’s estuary programs’ priority water quality goals. This position entails providing direct environmental management support to local governments. Through presentations, workshops, consultations and work sessions, the NEMO Educator promotes implementation of municipal stormwater management strategies. Responsible for delivery of the New York Sea Grant NEMO Program, the NEMO Educator works to ensure Phase II compliance and to increase intermunicipal watershed based coastal resource restoration and protection. Under supervision of the New York Sea Grant NEMO Program Manager, the NEMO Educator delivers the skills, tools, and resources needed to strengthen municipal programs that result in healthy shellfishing areas, clean bathing beaches, protected and restored habitats, improved water quality and coastal resources with the vitality to sustain vibrant communities.

Back to Top

Example from Vermont

Water Quality Educator

The University of Vermont is seeking an Entry level Water Quality Educator to serve the University of Vermont Extension and Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program.

Responsibilities will include:

Develop and implement water quality education and outreach programs for municipal officials in rural Vermont communities threatened by inappropriate and unsustainable development.

Collaborate with partner organizations to develop agricultural non point source pollution education program in support of agricultural NPS pollution reduction efforts.

Collaborate with local government, communities, planning commissions, citizen groups and UVM Extension and utilize GIS-based land-use data, water quality data and community visioning to assist communities to understand water quality issues, protect water quality and identify cost effective options for water quality improvement.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree (must be completed by June 2005) in natural resource management, environmental planning or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with or knowledge of urban storm water management and water quality protection tools and applications, knowledge of agricultural non-point source pollution issues and management, and ability to develop and deliver water quality and storm water educational programs required. Effective oral and written communication skills and organizational skills required. Knowledge of general office software applications, GIS applications in land use and watershed planning, and ability to create and maintain project web site and newsletter required. Commitment to diversity and inclusion are required.

For further information, or to apply with electronic application, resume and cover letter for #030878, visit our website at: Tel: 802-656-3494

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Back to Top