Adult and Community Engagement Coordinator

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Saturday, October 1, 2022, 12:30am


Madison, WI
United States

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum promotes ecologically sustainable relationships between people and the land through research, stewardship, education, and public engagement. Educational programs emphasize understanding the natural and cultural history of Wisconsin, basic ecological principles, the history of the Arboretum and ecological restoration, and Aldo Leopold's land ethic.

The Adult and Community Engagement Coordinator is a member of the Arboretum's Education unit and reports to the Education Program Manager. The person in this role will work closely with the Restoration Outreach, Youth and Community Education, and Journey North coordinators; naturalist educators; and staff in the Research, Land Care, and Foundational Units to meet the organization's lifelong learning initiatives. The Education Unit contributes to the Arboretum mission --"We conserve and restore Arboretum lands, advance restoration ecology, and foster the land ethic"-- by ensuring that we cultivate ecological knowledge and literacy, promote engagement and learning through citizen-science, inquiry-based and experiential teaching techniques, and development of materials and exhibits. The unit creates and offers programs that are science-based, accessible, meaningful, and responsive to diverse audiences and communities, addressing the realities of a changing world. Our teaching and outreach target broad audiences at the Arboretum, in the community, and reaches beyond our national borders.

This position will interact with Arboretum visitors, both in-person and online, and correspond with visiting and off-campus group contacts. This role also leads adult program development, coordination, and implementation, including teaching and exhibit coordination. Additionally, this position facilitates on-site and off-site community outreach presentations, as well as adult evening and weekend programs. This position will also work closely with Journey North, a crowdsourced citizen science program of the Arboretum that engages a wide audience across North America in tracking wildlife migration and seasonal change to foster scientific understanding, environmental awareness, and the land ethic. The person in this role will be responsible for ensuring that data (e.g. comments, images, observations) submitted to Journey North are complete and accurately uploaded.

Additionally, the Adult and Community Engagement Coordinator provides behind-the-scenes planning and program data management and reporting. Sample responsibilities include assigning program staffing, intake, and management of unit program registrations; developing and facilitating exhibit installation; and teaching programs in areas such as teacher professional development, and adult, community, and citizen science education. An essential element of the position is to create a welcoming and safe educational experience for visitors.

The Arboretum is committed to embracing social equity and intentional inclusivity as fundamental parts of everything we do, and to fostering connections to the land among diverse audiences.

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