Employment

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Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center is a residential facility operated by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and located on the beautiful Wisconsin River, two miles north of Wisconsin Dells. The site consists of 14 buildings that supply lodging, meals and environmental education resources year round for youth and youth leaders. The center rests on 310 acres of forested land including Blackhawk Island, a 210-acre designated State Natural Area. This wooded property is considered one of the few remaining “old growth” natural areas of the state. The rock cliffs, shady canyons, caves and sandy beaches feature a variety of flora, fauna and unique geologic and cultural history.

Currently accepting applications for the following positions:

 

Post Doctoral Fellow

WORKING TITLE:  Curriculum & Evaluation Specialist/Post-Doctoral Fellow

OFFICIAL TITLE:  Associate Outreach Specialist

GEOGRAPHIC AREAS SERVED: Statewide

OFFICE LOCATION: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, N194 County Road N, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:
This is a full time, fixed-term terminal appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s division of Cooperative Extension. The end date for this position is August 31, 2021. This position is a 1.0 full-time equivalence (FTE) University Staff appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension division of Cooperative Extension.  This position can be structured as a post-doctoral fellowship.

POSITION PURPOSE:
The Curriculum & Evaluation Specialist provides support for the evaluation of outreach & educational programs in areas of natural resources. The position is part of Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center which works to improve and demonstrate the value of environmental programs.  The primary purpose of this position is to design and carry out various evaluations primarily involving survey methodology and data analysis of Upham Woods environmental education programming.  Further, this position will develop curriculum and training materials for staff to implement the improvement of programs based upon evaluation. This position works closely with the Environmental Education State Specialist Faculty and the Upham Woods Research Naturalist team.

Applicants are required to apply online. UW-Extension will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Online application, with all required documents, must be received by March 4, 2019.

CLICK  HERE for a full job description and a list of primary duties and job functions, and to learn how to apply.

For questions about this position, please contact Justin Hougham, Environmental Education State Specialist.

 


Conservation Program Coordinator

WORKING TITLE: Conservation Program Coordinator

OFFICIAL TITLE: Associate Instructional Specialist

PRIMARY POSITION LOCATION:
University of Wisconsin-Extension Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI

PURPOSE AND PRIMARY FOCUS OF POSITION:
The Upham Woods Conservation Program Coordinator’s primary purpose is to support the Environmental Education State Specialist Faculty of Upham Woods’ programming and outreach duties and duties are split between providing conservation program support (50%) and ensuring the Center operates its service projects and related partnerships in an efficient manner (50%). The Program Coordinator assists Upham Woods administrative personnel in the training, mentoring and the evaluation of teaching naturalists and assists with program coordination and development. The position is also responsible for teaching classes, leading programmatic activities, interacting with center clientele to meet their needs, and coordination of programmatic technology equipment. All of the above is to be done with a focus on customer service and effective educational methods in a safe environment.

PRIMARY DUTIES/ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

50%       Conservation Program Support

  • Prepare for and teach Upham Woods service projects using effective educational methods and safe work practices. Make adjustments to training content, length, focus, etc. as needed based upon audience, clientele needs, environmental concerns, etc.
  • Mentor and help train programmatic personnel
  • Facilitate off-site outreach programs to local youth-serving organizations occasionally
  • Coordinate on-site service learning projects
  • Maintain an inventory of program tools and equipment and recommend purchases when needed
  • Serve as a lifeguard as required in waterfront programming
  • Provide evening and weekend on-call schedule coverage

50%       Project and Partnership Coordination Duties

  • Compile and maintain Upham Woods GIS data for use in instruction, research and outreach
  • Communicate and coordinate outreach activities with partners, including scheduling
  • Attend regular meetings of partner entities, including some evenings
  • Initiate and process evaluation materials for reporting and grant related research tasks
  • Contribute to technology based and research curriculum development
  • Train staff and partners on research protocol and methods for using technology effectively in the field

Applicants are required to apply online. UW-Extension will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Online application, with all required documents, must be received by February 25, 2019.

CLICK  HERE for a full job description and a list of primary duties and job functions, and to learn how to apply.

 


     

Summer Camp Naturalist

OFFICIAL TITLE: Summer Counselor Naturalist

PRIMARY POSITION LOCATION:
University of Wisconsin-Extension Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, Wisconsin Dells, WI

PURPOSE AND PRIMARY FOCUS OF POSITION: The Upham Woods Summer Counselor Naturalists are the primary programmatic personnel for Upham Woods in the summer season. This position is responsible for teaching the summer camp and recreational activities for user groups, interacting with 4-H Youth educators and adult volunteers, and care for programmatic, outpost and recreational equipment which includes the science center animals. Additionally the summer counselor naturalists may sometimes be called upon to lead off and onsite adventure-type programs. All off the above is done with a focus on customer service and effective educational methods in a safe environment.

Upham Woods uses a rolling application process for the Summer Counselor Naturalist position. Please email cover letter, resume, and three references to Ellen King, Program Director.

CLICK HERE for a full job description and a list of primary duties and job functions, and to learn how to apply.

Visit our Open Enrollment Summer Camps page for more information.


 

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