Geospatial Education Specialist

Geospatial Education Specialist


Job No:


Classification:Research Professional 4

Grade:Grade 81

Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks

School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center


Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Education/Instructional, Research/Science/Grants


Position Summary:

Are you a passionate educator and researcher who loves community-driven environmental problem solving? Do you love using maps to show data, document environmental changes, and promote community self-advocacy? Do you like working with diverse intergenerational and cross-cultural teams? The UAF International Arctic Research Center (IARC) needs you! IARC is seeking a highly qualified science educator-researcher with a passion for working with Alaskan youth, educators and community members to address climate change issues in their communities using geospatial data, field data, and local and Indigenous knowledge. In this job, you will collaborate with the IARC education team and partners to develop and deliver training workshops and learning activities on access and use of geospatial data; use GLOBE citizen and community science to supplement remotely sensed data; provide ongoing support to workshop attendees; connect students to research opportunities in the geospatial and environmental sciences; and conduct program outreach and reporting through communication products, presentations, and videos. The International Arctic Research Center Education and Outreach office is a team-oriented, family-friendly work environment. The staff are encouraged to bring their personal creativity and gifts to the work within the funding requirements and overall mission of IARC. In this position, you will collaborate closely with the IARC Education and Outreach team, UAF Alaska Satellite Facility Geodata Cooperative, the UAF IARC Alaska Tribal Resilience Learning Network, and other partners.



20%Develop Community-Based Datasets: -Use community-based data, including GLOBE data, produced by workshop participants to develop ground-truthing datasets to validate and supplement geospatial data products. -Act as a trainer for the Alaska Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program. Tasks include completing GLOBE protocol training and trainer certification, creating GLOBE training on the GLOBE administration website, including GLOBE protocol in the geospatial training program workshops, and building local environmental datasets using GLOBE. -Use GLOBE datasets or other environmental monitoring datasets to supplement or ground-truth geospatial data to address locally-identified environmental issues. -Create map / geospatial data products to address community-driven questions or environmental change issues of program participants, or assist participants in creating their own map products.Essential 25%Program Outreach and Extension: -Provide continuing support to respond to the needs of the educators, students, and community members involved in the workshops. This includes: providing on-call support, developing communication products such as videos and data briefs, and distributing educational curricula and learning resources. -Respond to geospatial information requests from diverse program participants and members of the public by acknowledging receipt of the request, researching the answer to the request, creating map products in GIS or similar geospatial analysis programs to assist stakeholders in their research needs, and/or reporting the request to co-workers who have the appropriate expertise and are equipped to address the question. -Develop communication products for program participants and sponsors such as videos, newsletters, and data briefs. -Conduct program and research outreach through tables at outreach fairs and stakeholder gatherings and presentations at professional meetings and conferences.Essential 25%Student Research and Workforce Development: -Increase awareness of and engagement in geospatial research project opportunities and career pathways amongst UAF and rural Alaskan students. -Serve as a connector for students and geospatial science research and training opportunities. Includes maintaining a working knowledge and web listing of geospatial research opportunities for high school and undergraduate students within UAF, with emphasis on opportunities within IARC and the Geodata Cooperative, and other workplaces. And maintaining a list of student groups interested in geospatial research and employment (such as UAF Climate Scholars Program, Undergraduate Research & Scholarly Activity (URSA), Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, various academic departments and campuses).Essential 30%Training Program Development, Delivery, Research and Evaluation: -Plan and deliver training workshops for rural Alaskan educators, students, and community members in collecting, accessing, and interpreting geospatial data in collaboration with relevant workshop partners (eg. Alaska CASC Tribal Resilience Learning Network, GLOBE, Arctic Coastal Geoscience Lab, etc.). -Collaborate with research faculty and staff to conduct research related to science education, outreach and communication, needs assessment and program evaluation. -Synthesize research and evaluation results for sponsors and other groups. -Manage program activities and materials including website, developing and maintaining partner and participant databases and communication, planning and publicizing events, developing and distributing research-informed geospatial learning materials, and; -Develop models for use by other research professionals, faculty members or institutions. -Lead student or staff in program implementation as needed. -Write grants to continue to grow the geospatial training and workforce development program.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

-Experience in designing and delivering educational workshops or programs.


-Background in geospatial sciences, environmental sciences, remote sensing, and education and outreach.


-Advanced GIS skills.


-Strong interpersonal communication and leadership skills.


-Experience working or living in rural Alaskan communities and/or Tribal organizations.


-Ability to synthesize and communicate information and research results for internal and external reporting and outreach.


-Advanced knowledge of interdisciplinary and community-driven program development and research, analytic procedures and peer-review publication processes.


-Strong analytical and data management skills.


-Advanced computer skills.


-Ability to understand and solve complex problems.


-Ability to communicate effectively in both academic and non-academic settings.


-Ability to write and maintain databases and websites.


-Basic knowledge of budgets and granting process.


-Ability to conduct business in a professional and timely manner.


-Proven ability to collaborate in research, education and outreach teams.


-Proven ability to develop innovative research and education programs and disseminate the model to other researchers and education program developers.


-Ability to lead others in program research, workshops, and outreach products.


Required Education or Training:

Master's degree and four years experience at the postgraduate level in education, outreach, training, remote sensing of the environment, GIS, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Relevant experience in project management or coordination.


Salary Information:


This is a full-time/term-funded position, 12-month/exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. New hires will be placed on the, Grade 81, based on education and experience.


*This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


Special Instructions to Applicants:


Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.


This position is open until filled with the initial applications review taking place on October 3rd, 2022. To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55PM Alaska Time on 10/2/22.


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


UAF COVID Requirements:


Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.


*Employees based on UAF's Troth Yeddha' (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.


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.


Probationary Period:


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.


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.


Applications Close: Open until filled


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21 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2022-12-18