Closed: Job Opportunity: Minnesota Sea Grant Temporary Watershed Game Education Specialist

DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota Sea Grant seeks a Temporary Watershed Game Education Specialist to participate in an exciting Center for Great Lakes Literacy project.

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Quick Link

Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to and search for job opening 355933. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application and attach a resume and cover letter.

Quick Reference

  • Who's hiring: The University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program
  • Job title: Minnesota Sea Grant Temporary Watershed Game Education Specialist
  • Job code: 9745S2 - Education Program Specialist 2
  • Regular/temporary: Temporary
  • Full/part-time: Part-time (13 hours per week)
  • Total hours: 160
  • Rate of pay: $35.00 per hour
  • Location: All locations in Minnesota; work will be mostly remote.
  • Travel percentage: Up to 5%
  • Start date: June 26, 2023
  • End date: August 31, 2023

Who We Are

Minnesota Sea Grant (MNSG) is a systemwide program of the University of Minnesota and one of 34 federal-university Sea Grant partnerships across the country that bring applied water science to communities. MNSG’s extension educators, researchers and communicators work with community members, local decision-makers, policy leaders, and personnel from resource agencies, business and industry to protect, enhance and restore habitats, ecosystems and the services those ecosystems provide. We are what makes the University of Minnesota a Sea Grant institution.

About the Position

MNSG seeks a Temporary Watershed Game Education Specialist to participate in an exciting Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) project. CGLL is a collaborative effort led by Sea Grant educators from MNSG and Sea Grant programs throughout the Great Lakes watershed. The program seeks to foster informed and responsible decisions that advance basinwide stewardship by providing hands-on experiences, educational resources and networking opportunities that promote Great Lakes literacy among an engaged community of educators, scientists and citizens.

Position Responsibilities

  1. Develop reference lists, guidance documents, classroom activities and/or supportive materials for the Watershed Game that will help teachers identify and implement a stewardship or citizen science project after playing the game with their classrooms.
  2. Activities and guidance documents must be connected to multiple education standards, including Next Generation Science Standards and various state standards, and be targeted for use with middle and high school students.
  3. Activities and materials will become part of MNSG’s Watershed Game project and will be made publicly available on the CGLL website.

Position Duties

  1. Develop reference lists and guidance documents for incorporating stewardship or citizen science projects into middle school and high school classrooms (65%).
  2. Develop classroom activities and/or supportive materials aligned with multiple education standards, including Next Generation Science Standards and various state standards (25%).
  3. Develop program assessment tools (10%).

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in education with at least five years of relevant post degree experience.
  2. Experience teaching or working with middle school and/or high school students.
  3. Experience and ability developing engaging curriculum and/or lesson plans in a middle school and/or high school education setting.
  4. Knowledge of multiple education standards, including Next Generation Science Standards and various state standards.
  5. Core knowledge of science, mathematics, engineering, or related fields.
  6. Strong written communication skills.
  7. Organized, detail oriented, focused, independent, and reliable.
  8. Able to meet deadlines while working independently.
  9. Familiarity with Google Workspace

How to Apply

  1. Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to and search for job opening 355933.
  2. In the online application, please submit a one page cover letter, and resume.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access Consultant at 612-624-3316.

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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. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.

If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact OHR Benefits at 1-800-756-2363 for more information.

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Maggie Karschnia, Minnesota Sea Grant and Water Resources Center Stormwater Extension Educator, University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Duluth.

Additional Information

Minnesota Sea Grant is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Sea Grant Program, which supports 34 similar programs in coastal states throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. It receives funding through the NOAA - Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the University of Minnesota. The program partners with local, regional and national organizations and is an integral member of the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network.


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