Drought Outreach Specialist

Auburn University

Auburn, AL, USA 🇺🇸

Position Details

Position Information

Requisition NumberS2276P
Home Org NameAES Administration (Orgn: 300000)
Division NameAgriculture Experiment Station
Position TitleDrought Outreach Specialist
Job Class CodeCA06A-B
Appointment StatusFull-time
Part-time FTE
Limited TermYes
Limited Term Length1 year
Job SummaryThe Auburn University Water Resources Center is seeking an Alabama Drought Outreach Specialist to expand educational resources and develop a collaborative approach for drought monitoring and reporting in Alabama. This position will be in collaboration with the Alabama Office of the State Climatologist at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES). This is a one-year limited-term position and is funded from external sources. Continuation of employment is contingent upon the availability of funds.

The mission of the Auburn University Water Resources Center is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among Auburn University faculty and staff on water-related research, outreach, and instruction; conduct innovative research to find practical solutions for current and future water issues and empower private citizens to become active stewards of water resources.

To learn more about the AU Water Resources Center, visit: https://aaes.auburn.edu/wrc/.

About Auburn: At Auburn, our work changes lives. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a premier public institution, Auburn University is dedicated to shaping the future of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research, scholarship and selfless service. Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, community outreach, positive work environment, student engagement, and thriving community.

It’s a Lifestyle: The Auburn/Opelika area is a page right out of Southern Living magazine with an idyllic small-town feel, perfecting a unique balance between a close-knit community and driving consistent growth and development. Paralleling the exponential growth of Auburn University, the Auburn/Opelika area boasts services and amenities that cater to any interest. We’re proud of our top school systems, city services, award-winning restaurants, and the infectious spirit of life in a college town. You can find us nestled halfway between the beach and the mountains in a lower-cost-of-living area, two hours outside of Atlanta or Birmingham. If you’re new to Auburn, we’d love to introduce you. If you’re already acquainted with Auburn, we’ll keep it simple: it’s time to come home!


Why employees choose Auburn: Auburn University was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama’s best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years. Employees enjoy competitive benefits that include top-notch health insurance, generous retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, flexible spending accounts and more! Learn more about Auburn’s impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting aub.ie/working-at-auburn.


Our Commitment: Auburn University is committed to a diverse and inclusive campus environment. Visit www.auburn.edu/inclusion to learn more about our commitment to expanding equity and inclusion for all.


Formal AU title: Outreach Programs Administrator levels I or II
Essential FunctionsResponsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
-Plan, coordinate, deliver and manage drought impact Extension training and communications materials.
-Develop a statewide Extension drought impact reporting platform.
-Coordinate directly with the Alabama Office of the State Climatologist to provide drought impact data.
-Maintain budget and financial records related to the drought program.
-Assist with grant writing.
-Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education LevelBachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Field of StudyEnvironmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Climatology, Soils, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, or field closely related to drought planning.
Years of ExperienceNo experience required for level I
Area of Experience
Requirements for Additional Job LevelsLevel I requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Climatology, Soils, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, or a field closely related to drought planning.

Level II requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Climatology, Soils, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, or field closely related to drought planning, plus 2 years of experience in the design, implementation, delivery, and management of educational programs/services related to water resources, climate science, or related.

Alternate Minimum Education and Experience (If available)

Education LevelIndicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.
Field of Study
Years of ExperienceWhen a candidate has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of one (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.
Area of Experience
Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and AbilitiesExcellent interpersonal communication skills, demonstrated technical excellence, and ability to work independently. Must be able to work outside in unfavorable conditions and periodically travel (sometimes overnight) to conduct training and visit partner meetings; Knowledge of drought planning and impacts (esp. agricultural impacts).
Minimum Technology Skills
Minimum License and CertificationsA valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to employment is required.

Desired Qualifications

Desired QualificationsMaster’s degree in the areas listed above or equivalent work experience (2-3 years). Experience with conducting outreach and/or professional training, especially drought-related content. Experience with webpage design and Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

Posting Detail Information

Salary Range$34,500 – $72,200
Job CategoryEducation/Instructional
Working Hours if Non-Traditional
City position is located in:Auburn
State position is located:Alabama
List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position
Posting Date01/04/2023
Closing Date
EEO StatementAuburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Internal Postingshttps://www.auemployment.com/postings/34628

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please select how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.
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  2. * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Climatology, Soils, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, or a field closely related to drought planning from an accredited institution?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one prior to selection?
    • Yes
    • No

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED

IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development