The Rivers2Lake Education Mentor provides leadership and support to teachers enrolled in the Lake Superior Rivers2Lake Education Program. By providing mentoring in outdoor and inquiry‐based learning focused on freshwater estuaries and Lake Superior, and assisting teachers with integration ofRivers2Lake topics across the curriculum, they work to improve academic learning, enhance engagement, and build a stronger sense of place in students and teachers. Based with the Superior Rivers Watershed Association, this position works in close collaboration with staff at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve who operate the Rivers2Lake program, the National Park Service, teachers, school administration, and multiple partner organizations.
The Rivers2Lake Education Mentor position is offered cooperatively by a partnership between the Superior Rivers Watershed Association in Ashland, WI, and the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve in Superior, WI. Superior Rivers Watershed Association (SRWA) Executive Director is the on‐site manager for this position. The program manager is the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Education Coordinator. This position is funded through a grant from the NOAA Bay Watershed Education Training program (B‐WET).
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Arrange and conduct bi‐monthly in‐school meetings with Rivers2Lake teachers to assist them in planning, integrating, teaching, and evaluating outdoor and inquiry based learning in their classrooms (30%)
2. Model for and support educators as they develop cross‐curricular outdoor and inquiry‐based learning activities that incorporate Lake Superior and freshwater estuary topics. (20%)
3. Assist teachers in planning and conducting Rivers2Lake student field experiences (20%)
4. Assist the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve Education staff in planning and organizing meaningful professional development activities for enrolled Rivers2Lake teachers.(10%)
5. Create and maintain positive collaborative relationships with teachers, school administrators, students and community members from diverse backgrounds. (throughout duties)
6. Collaborate with Rivers2Lake partners (including the National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Great Lakes Aquarium, UWSuperior,and others) in program planning (5%).
7. Represent the Rivers2Lake Education Program and Superior Rivers Watershed Association at various venues and public events (5%).
Knowledge and Skills Required
1. Ability to create and nurture supportive and beneficial mentoring relationships that foster
exchange between the Lake Superior NERR and enrolled schools, while supporting educator
success in the Rivers2Lake program.
2. Strong environmental, outdoor, and inquiry‐based pedagogy.
3. Understanding of state and federal educational standards and the application of standards in the classroom.
4. Ability to collaboratively plan and manage program logistics and risk management, especially regarding outdoor learning experiences.
5. Knowledge of scientific and ecological processes, especially related to watersheds, water quality and Lake Superior and ability to collaborate with researchers and integrate applied scientific research into classroom curriculum.
6. Ability to manage student behavior and safety in an outdoor environment.
7. Ability to work with students (minors) in a school setting.
8. Computer literacy, including competency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook, and ability to conduct independent online research in support of Rivers2Lake teacher projects.
9. Professional demeanor and demonstrable leadership skills, including building strong
interpersonal relationships with teachers, partners and co‐workers, as well as attention to
administrative details, organization, and timeliness.
1. Bachelor’s degree in education, environmental/outdoor education, or related discipline.
2. At least two years’ experience as an educator in or with public schools (formal or non‐formal education).
3. Experience using outdoor and inquiry‐based methods of education.
4. Experience collaborating and building strong mutual partnerships with diverse people and organizations.
5. Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
1. Teaching licensure.
2. Experience in planning and conducting professional development for educators.
3. Knowledge of cultural and natural history in Western Lake Superior and its watersheds.
4. Master’s Degree in Education or related field.
This project position runs from July 30, 2018 – through June 7, 2019, at approximately 28 hours/week. The position may be renewed the following school year if funding is available.
Please email a cover letter, resume and three references in PDF format to Tony Janisch,
Superior Rivers Watershed Association Executive Director on or before June 22, 2018. Emailed applications are strongly preferred. If you are not able to email your application, please mail application materials to Tony Janisch, Superior Rivers Watershed Association,
PO Box 875, Ashland, WI 54806.
Job Type: Part-time
Salary: $19.50 /hour
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