Extension Program Assistant-Part Time
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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Arizona Project WET (APW) is a statewide water resource education program offered to teachers, students and educators. Through a grant with Tucson Water APW delivers locally relevant water education programs to Tucson-area school districts.

These programs include but are not limited to: Groundwater Flow Model presentations to 3rd and 6th grade classrooms; Sweetwater Wetland Water Festivals for 3rd grade classrooms; School Water Audits with middle and high school classrooms.

Ultimately, the aim of this initiative is to promote an understanding of Arizona's water resources and issues affecting the state. A strong understanding of water in arid Arizona will also promote an ethic of water conservation and stewardship.

Under the direction of the APW Tucson Water Education Coordinator, the Extension Program Assistant will assist in the coordination of a group of University of Arizona (UA) student educators to deliver water education programs at local schools and at the Tucson Water Sweetwater Wetland facilities. The Extension Program Assistant will be responsible for scheduling dates with classroom teachers; and communicating program specifics; scheduling UA student educators, ensuring that program objectives are met and reporting data is collected throughout the school year.

A valid Arizona Driver's License, clean driving record, current vehicle insurance and access to working motor vehicle are required upon employment.

Good communication skills are necessary for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Schedule and coordinate Sweetwater Wetlands Water Festivals, classroom presentations, School Water Audits, and community outreach events.
  • Assist in the recruitment, interviews, and hiring of UA student water educator positions.
  • Plan and co-facilitate training sessions for the UA student water educators.
  • Assist in observations to ensure that facilitation of water lessons at Sweetwater Wetlands Water Festivals and in classrooms are engaging, inquiry-based and follow the lesson plan.
  • Accompany student educators in conducting groundwater flow model presentations in classrooms until they are highly proficient presenters.
  • Manage the logistics of implementing Water Festivals at Sweetwater Wetlands.
  • Help students discover concepts for themselves through hands-on minds-on lessons.
  • Order all consumables and maintain equipment.
  • Manage the collection, organization and input of student evaluation data.
  • Promote inquiry-based water education opportunities to teachers and district personnel.
  • Work with teachers to assess their needs, as they will be at different points in the water oriented science kits.
  • Promote Arizona Project WET workshops, teaching tools and Tucson Water publications.
  • Schedule, train and coordinate volunteers to participate in community events.
  • Ensure accurate, timely reporting data for Sweetwater Wetlands and in-classroom presentations.
Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

One year of instructional leadership, volunteer development or community organization experience; OR, any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education. Possession of a current Arizona Type D driver's license upon employment.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

  • A valid Arizona Driver's License, clean driving record, current vehicle insurance and access to working motor vehicle are required upon time of employment.
Candidates must posses:
  • Program coordination or management experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Highly developed organizational skills
  • Ability to take initiative and be independent and resourceful.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in education, communication or business administration preferred.
  • Strong interest in inquiry-based water education with a basic knowledge of educational principles and methods enhanced by creativity and flexibility.
  • Strong knowledge of earth sciences, with an overall emphasis on hydrology.
  • Solid scientific habits of mind and strong motivation to work with students, teachers, and community members to elevate the level of hydrological literacy within our community.
  • Spanish is helpful but not required.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is security sensitive based on the job duties and requires a finger-print criminal background check

Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening


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