Extension Educator (Water Resources)

University of Minnesota

, MN, US


Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in natural or water resources sciences, hydrology, lakes management, limnology, watershed science and management, or closely related field.
  • Experience and education in watershed management, lakes and aquatic ecosystems systems, hydrology, limnology, natural resources management, or related disciplines.
  • A proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and collaborations with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders, including those that may have diverse missions, goals, cultures, and backgrounds (e.g., regional water managers, community officials, legislators, program participants, and industry groups).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A demonstrated ability using technology to enhance learning.
  • A valid driver’s license and own means of transportation, and applicable vehicle insurance.
  • Use of personal cell phone.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years of post-degree professional experience related to the position;
  • Experience designing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs;
  • Experience in applied research and project management.

About the Job

Title:                                        Extension Educator – Water Resources

Classification:                        Assistant Extension Professor, Job Code 9623

Appointment:                         Full-time, Academic Professional, annually renewable

Program Area:                       Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)

Office Location:                     Regional Extension Office (To Be Determined)

Application Deadline:            February 3, 2020 initial review; open until filled


This Extension Educator will bring in-depth expertise to address complex water management and water quality issues, specifically through the connection between Minnesota agriculture and our lakes, rivers, and streams. The educator will collaborate with diverse organizations to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs that will have a measurable impact on water resources by engaging with water professionals, policy-makers, farmers, land managers, and others across the state.

The position will require working with a range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders including:

  • Soil and water conservation districts;
  • Watershed districts and watershed management organizations;
  • City and county governments;
  • Agriculture and natural resource organizations; and
  • State agencies such as the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Pollution Control Agency, and Department of Health.

In the job, the successful candidate will:

  • Assess and identify needs;
  • Develop curriculum;
  • Train and teach;
  • Research and evaluate;
  • Collaborate; and
  • Travel within Minnesota and beyond.


  • Lead Extension programs related to water challenges at the intersection of agriculture and natural resources, including identifying needs and developing, teaching, and evaluating research-based curriculum. Extension programs led by this educator could include:
    • Watershed-based programs to improve stream, river, and lake water quality;
    • Citizen science activities to monitor water quality (e.g., for harmful algal blooms);
    • Training for water resource professionals (e.g., lake managers);
    • Education initiatives to improve private shoreland management; and others.
  • Collaborate with departmental faculty and other research professionals to conduct that supports Extension education related to water resource issues.
  • Use technology for program design, delivery, reporting, communication, trend monitoring, and locating information.
  • Adapt Extension programs for audiences with a range of knowledge, background, and cultures.
  • Be an active member of the Water Resources Extension Team and broader University of Minnesota community through engagement, teamwork, and promotion of diversity and inclusion principles.


This position will be based in one of the Regional Extension Offices outside of the metro area. The location is negotiable and will be determined at the time of hire.


  • This is a full-time, Extension Educator position with an annual University Academic Professional appointment at the level of Assistant Extension Professor, Job Code 9623.
  • The appointment will be annually renewable with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of funds, and program needs.
  • The position carries Extension academic rank. Rank is assigned at hire contingent on education and professional experience and accomplishments. Successful advancement in rank is expected and contingent on accomplishments as an Extension Educator as governed by Extension’s promotion system policies and procedures.
  • University of Minnesota appointment and benefits, including health and life insurance,  https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries
  • Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
  • Salary commensurate with education and experience.

About the Department


University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land-grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of Extension is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Learn more at www.extension.umn.edu.

How To Apply

To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

  • Resume which includes your qualifications based upon the job requirements
  • Cover letter

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during interview process.


Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.


To request an accommodation during the application process, email [email protected] or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).


For questions about this position, contact:

Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension Educator – Water Resources, [email protected].


For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, [email protected].


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.

Background Check Information

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