The Education Coordinator (EC) is the education program manager and lead educator at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve (LSNERR). The EC strategically plans, coordinates, evaluates, and manages funding for LSNERR-led environmental education that serves PK-12 and post-secondary students, visitors and community members, and mentoring-based teacher professional development. They direct day-to-day operation of the Lake Superior Estuarium exhibit hall and lead interpretive planning. As the direct supervisor of the Education Specialist and in collaboration with other program leadership at the Reserve, the EC develops and leads meaningful educational opportunities responsive to community, partner and watershed needs. The EC demonstrates advanced communication skills and models educational best practices in program planning, promotion and delivery, while coordinating nationally with other National Estuarine Research Reserve System education program managers and NOAA staff. They work collaboratively to include diverse perspectives in programs and to serve diverse audiences, including First Nations. Through this work, the EC increases public understanding of, connection to and support for the St. Louis River Estuary and the Lake Superior watershed.
Based on the St. Louis River Estuary in Superior, WI, the 16,697-acre Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 29 reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. The Reserve is a part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and is supported through a network of innovative regional partnerships. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides federal leadership and guidance to the Reserve system.
This position is a part of the Division of Extension Natural Resources Institute. The Natural Resources Institute works at the crossroads of communities, natural resources and agriculture to empower individuals and communities to make informed decisions that benefit our shared natural resources.